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The Forehead Ticket Trick

So, you’re going to a ticketed event, like a concert or a ball game. It’s out of town. You’re carpooling with four other people. How do you ensure that everyone in the car has their ticket with them?

The car doesn't move until each person takes out their ticket and holds it to their forehead.

Been doing it for 20 years, and you’d be amazed how often it saves the day.

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Regarding a physical check for...

Regarding a physical check for keys:

I have a habit of turning off my car, removing my keys, unbuckling my seat-belt and exiting the car in one swift motion, without thinking.

If for some reason I am sitting in the car waiting for someone or something, this can screw up my sequence, so I have the potential to lock my keys in the car.

To get around this, I did a pat check on my pocket and felt my keys. I then proceeded to lock my keys in the car, because instead of keys, I had something else in my pocket that felt like my keys.

The only thing worse than locking your keys in the car is checking to make sure you don't lock your keys in the car, but do so anyways.




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