Hack to stop kitchen food spills proves popular on TikTok

No matter how much you love getting your creative juices flowing in the kitchen, no one loves the clear up.

Kitchen counters covered in a sticky mess is one of the worst parts of the cooking aftermath.

Thankfully, a video posted on TikTok recently promises to make annoying food spills a thing of the past.

In the clip, TikTok user Andrew Gatt demonstrates a simple (yet not commonly known) way of avoiding kitchen spills while pouring liquids from a bowl to a pan, or vice versa.

It’s all about basic physics.

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To demonstrate his method for avoiding pouring pitfalls, Gatt filmed himself making scrambled eggs.

After tipping the eggs from a bowl into the pan, he tilts the bowl back and points out the leftover egg spilling over the lip, which would continue to drip down the side of the bowl and onto the counter.

However, Gatt explains that if he applies the law of basic physics and instead of tipping the bowl back, continued to turn it in the same direction, the drippings would fall back into the bowl, preventing any mess.

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Illustrating the simple yet genius method, Gatt illustrates that by continuing to turn the bowl, he can avoid any spillage on the kitchen counter or whatever surface he places the bowl back down.

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“How old were you when you learned this life hack?” Gatt captioned the video.

While this particular video shows Gatt using the technique while making eggs, you can use this hack for virtually any liquid that could be spilled on the kitchen counter. 

The video was viewed more than 1.2 million times within a week of being posted and has clocked up 69.7K likes from impressed home cooks.

“OMG thank you so much for this. You have no idea,” one person commented.

“My paper towels be like ‘thank you’,” another joked.

The hack could help prevent certain kitchen spills. (Getty Images)

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Other people shared their own tricks for avoiding excess drippage.

“I instead use a spatula to get all the excess egg out of the bowl. I hate to see anything go to waste,” one person offered.

“I just put it in the sink while my hand is stopping the drip from hitting the floor,” another shared.

This video can join the host of other social media hacks helping to improve our kitchen skills.

Last month we learned how to make the crispiest roast potatoes using a magical store cupboard ingredient and back in August we solved the problem of cleaning stained tuppaware.

We were also impressed when a woman shared a clever trick for disposing of hot grease without having to pour it down the drain.

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TikTok hack claims to prevent kitchen food spills, goes viral

Picture this: Your counter sticky with spilled food. Your dishes caked with drippy residue. Somewhere, an infomercial of your plight plays.

Well, you’ll no longer have to struggle with these issues when cooking, thanks to a TikTok video which extolls the virtues of basic physics in the kitchen.

TikTok user Andrew Gatt has recently gone viral with a video demonstrating how home cooks can avoid kitchen spills after pouring food into another vessel.

To demonstrate the pouring pitfalls, Gatt showed himself pouring scrambled eggs from a bowl into a skillet. He then points to the runoff spilling over the lip of the bowl, which continues to drip.

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Gatt, who tipped the bowl to his left, explains if he tips it back to the right — as most people normally would when pouring — “it’s going to drip” on his counter.

However! In a moment of brilliance, Gatt continues turning the bowl to the left, allowing physics to kick in, and the drippings to fall back into the bowl — and not on the counter, or whatever surface is below.

“How old were you when you learned this life hack?” Gatt writes on the video.

The video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times and has nearly 50,000 likes from, assuming, eager kitchen novices.

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Now his video can join the pantheon of “mind-blowing” kitchen hacks, like these little-known egg-cooking tricks, or this mom’s “perfect” cheese-cutting technique.

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Hillicon Valley: Murky TikTok deal raises questions about China’s role | Twitter investigating automated image previews over apparent algorithmic bias

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TIKTOK TUSSLE: A deal to avert a U.S. ban on TikTok appears to have been reached over the weekend, but several questions remain about the contours of the pending agreement.

The most pressing is what role the short-form video app’s China-based parent company, ByteDance, will have in the newly formed entity TikTok Global.

President Trump suggested Monday that the deal could be in jeopardy if Oracle and Walmart – the two American companies involved in the proposal – do not have full control of the new TikTok.

“And if we find that they don’t have total control, then we’re not going to approve the deal,” he said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

One of the next steps in the approval process includes a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Without a term sheet being public, it is difficult to know the exact breakdown of the agreement, which was tentatively approved just before a Commerce Department order would have barred TikTok from appearing in U.S. app stores.

But from what is known, it appears that the deal falls far short of the full-on sale of TikTok to an American company that Trump originally called for in August.

Together, Oracle and Walmart will take only a 20 percent stake in the new company, TikTok said in a statement over the weekend.

According to ByteDance, other U.S.-based TikTok investors like Sequoia Capital and General Atlantic will stay on in the newly formed company, which has an estimated value of between $50 billion and $60 billion.

Even with the financial stakes of four U.S. companies, it is difficult to envision a scenario where ByteDance entirely removes itself from involvement in such a successful video app.

In a statement Monday, ByteDance emphasized it will remain in control of the new TikTok business and, crucially, the recommendation algorithm that makes the platform so popular.

That position was directly contradicted by Oracle executive vice president Ken Glueck, who said Monday that “Americans will be the majority and ByteDance will have no ownership in TikTok Global.”

The discrepancy may be explained by ByteDance’s ownership of TikTok Ltd., a business incorporated in the Cayman Islands that currently owns TikTok’s American operations.

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ByteDance floats US IPO for TikTok in effort to win White House approval

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  • One avenue ByteDance is exploring to satisfy President Trump’s concerns about TikTok is a US IPO, CNBC’s David Faber reported on Thursday, citing sources.
  • ByteDance spinning off TikTok with a US listing could satisfy President Trump’s objection of the Beijing-based tech company retaining a majority stake in TikTok.
  • Walmart and Oracle would likely own minority stakes in a spunoff TikTok, according to Faber.
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ByteDance is exploring plans to spinoff its global TikTok operations in the form of an IPO on a US stock exchange, CNBC’s David Faber reported on Thursday.

The move could satisfy President Trump’s ownership concerns regarding ByteDance and TikTok. Trump said on Wednesday that he doesn’t like the idea of Beijing-based ByteDance retaining a majority stake in TikTok. 

Oracle would own a minority stake in TikTok of less than 20%, while Walmart is also expected to take a stake in the popular social media company, according to Faber. The potential size of Walmart’s stake is still unknown.

There would likely be a new US board of directors for TikTok’s American operations, with Walmart CEO Doug McMillion expected to have a seat on the board, CNBC reported.

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A potential TikTok IPO would likely mark the largest technology IPO in recent years, with the company being most recently valued at an estimated $50 billion in private funding rounds, according to Reuters.

In recent days, Trump has been meeting with cabinet members and advisers like Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Jared Kushner on whether or not to approve a proposed TikTok deal with Oracle, according to CNBC.

Friday’s announcement that the Trump administration would block app downloads of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday suggest approval of a TikTok deal with Oracle is still up in the air. 

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TikTok reaches deal with Oracle, rejects Microsoft as White House deadline looms

TikTok has reached an agreement to partner with software giant Oracle, a landmark deal that could redefine how the U.S. and China square off over the reach of their homegrown technology companies.



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The deal, which was confirmed Sunday by a source with direct knowledge, comes after the Trump administration pressured TikTok to sell its U.S. business over concerns about the threat to national security. The administration alleged that the company’s ties to China through its parent company, ByteDance, meant it would have to hand over data about Americans if asked by China’s government. TikTok has denied that it would hand over data, which it stressed is stored outside China.

The source would not detail which parts of the technology were being taken over by Oracle, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday. Microsoft had been considered a front-runner to buy TikTok US until this weekend. Microsoft said earlier that ByteDance had alerted the company that it was passing on its proposal.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC on Monday morning that the White House had received a proposal from TikTok for an Oracle partnership.

ByteDance and Oracle still face several hurdles in completing a deal. First, they will need to win approval from the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, an interagency group that is tasked with overseeing foreign investments in the U.S. A source familiar with the negotiations said both parties believed their deal was structured to satisfy all of the committee’s national security concerns. Even then, the deal still remains vulnerable to the larger geopolitical tensions between Washington and Beijing, and both governments could move to scuttle a deal if they deemed it politically advantageous.

TikTok spokesperson Hilary McQuaide declined to comment, saying the company would not comment “on rumors or speculation.”

The short-form video app burst into popular culture in the past few years, becoming one of the few recent social media upstarts to offer a credible rival to U.S. giants like Facebook and Snapchat. The app, which gives users the ability to create short videos matched to sound or music, has created its own generation of celebrities and countless dance trends.

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But its ties to China emerged in the past year as a quiet point of contention in Washington. In November, TikTok was mentioned as a national security threat, and the U.S. government opened an investigation. Since then, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the U.S. was “looking at” banning the app, and President Donald Trump has threatened to do so several times.

“There’s a bit of a reciprocity process going on here, since China doesn’t allow U.S. tech companies like Facebook and Google,” said Paul Triolo, head of global technology policy at the Eurasia Group. “All of these actions are part of an effort by China hawks

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This Adult TikTok House is the ‘Worst Thing’ the Internet Has Ever Seen

A new influencer house made up of adult TikTok creators has emerged in Los Angeles and the internet has quickly dubbed it the “worst thing” it has ever seen.

The Honey House is not the first of its kind, though most other influencer houses like Hype House, Clubhouse BH, and the new GOAT House in Ireland, are generally made up of influencers in their teens or early twenties.

TikTok and YouTube content creators move into these houses to collaborate with one another and gain followers and likes by benefiting from each other’s followings. They tend to churn out content and make money from promotional posts and videos on social media.

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However, the video showing what the inhabitants of the Honey House do for a living has irked social media users.

The adult TikTok house, or the “Honey House,” has caused a stir, primarily because it is made up of adults—as opposed to teenagers—who have jobs outside of TikTok, with one TikTok user saying: “This is the ultimate rebrand. Turning ‘I have nine roommates’ into ‘I’m in TikTok house’.”

The social media-focused jobs the content creators have, like a mindset and motivation coach, an e-commerce consultant, plus models, actors, and fitness trainers, are also a talking point, with another TikTok user commenting: “This is the most LA thing I’ve ever heard.”

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The Honey House, which was established on August 10 and is made up of four couples, has 380k followers and 10.9m likes across its videos, which are predominately made up of challenges, exercise routines, and hopscotch videos.

But it was the behind-the-scenes video explaining what each of the creators does for a living that has sparked a backlash on Twitter. Actor Jack Wagner shared the video and said: “sincerely the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”

Author Bolu Babalola said: “It took me a while to realize this wasn’t parody.”

Writer Imani Gandy joked: “Alexa how do I street fight a TikTok video?”

Editor Michael Cuby said: “I thought ‘Adult TikTok House’ would be the end for me but what actually destroyed me was the guy lifting a weight with one hand, eating a taco with the other hand, while also reading a script.”

While reporter Jennine Khalik said: “‘adult tiktok house’ I’m having an aneurysm.”

Even actor Seth Rogen reacted to the video and joked: “F*** they cut me out.”

However, the backlash is

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Olive Garden former waitress reveals restaurant ‘secrets,’ or so she claims in TikTok video

A former Olive Garden employee has gone viral for allegedly revealing restaurant secrets.

Morgan Potter claimed to have worked at the restaurant chain for two years, as she said on TikTok. The video featuring her “secrets” has been viewed more than 750K times as of Friday.

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In the video, Potter claims that the training process is “so much fun,” and that during it, staff members taste everything on the menu in order to be able to better describe the food to customers.

She also claimed employees are able to eat unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks during their shifts.

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The positives seemingly stopped there, however, as the young woman went on to drop some less-than-favorable claims — including an allegation that the soup, salad and breadsticks weren’t really unlimited, and that “there was definitely a point where [she] would cut people off.”

The “fresh” bread, also wasn’t exactly “fresh,” she alleged, adding that nearly everything on the menu was microwaved. She later allegedly cleared this up, explaining that everything is kept in a heating drawer — not necessarily a microwave.

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Her claims were not universally agreed upon by other Olive Garden employees, though.

“OK your [Olive Garden] is totally different from mine,” one person wrote. “All our stuff is made fresh daily and our bread is baked all day.” Another person claiming to work at the chain seconded this statement.

Someone else claimed that the soup, salad and breadsticks were only available to staff members on their break, and cost $1.

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A few people did back up Potter.

“Amen girl. I worked at Olive Garden. Everything you said is correct,” one person praised.

Potter is just the latest TikTokker revealing behind-the-scenes “secrets” of popular chain restaurants – though the response is not always great. Last month, a Chick-fil-A employee was allegedly fired for sharing menu hacks on the popular video-sharing platform.

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