How to Kiss Someone Who Has Never Been Kissed

A first kiss between two people is always a big deal. You may feel even more pressure to get it right if it’s your partner’s first kiss ever. Luckily, there are things you can do to make the situation less intimidating for both of you. By doing your best to put your partner at ease, approaching the kiss slowly, and treating your partner with respect after the kiss, you can help create a great first kiss experience for both of you.

EditBuilding up to a First Kiss
Recognize the importance of the moment for the other person. A first kiss is an important rite of passage on an individual level, and it’s often taken as a sign of commitment or as a signal that the relationship is moving forward. People who have never been kissed before may attach even more weight to the moment, so don’t pursue a kiss unless you’re really interested in the other person.[1]

Decide when you’d like to try kissing your partner. You could try pulling the other person aside when you’re hanging out in a group setting, but it may be harder to gauge whether they want a kiss if they’re surrounded by friends. Most people, however, will expect a kiss while on a date, or at least they may view it as a possibility. Try taking your partner on a date, and going in for a kiss at the end.[2]
Don’t wait too long before going in for a kiss. If you spend weeks or months flirting with your partner, they may lose interest and try to move on from you.[3]

Show your partner you’re interested by flirting with them. Whenever you’re around the other person, smile at them and offer compliments. Try saying, “you look really nice today!” You can also show them you’re interested by asking their opinion or seeking advice, and putting away your phone and giving them your full attention.[4]
Make sure your compliment is genuine. Find something honest and specific to tell the other person. Say, “that shirt brings out the beautiful color of your eyes,” or “I’m really impressed by the way that you are able to speak your mind.”[5]
You can also show someone you’re interested by contacting them when you’re not hanging out. Try sending a note or message just to say hi, or tell them, “Hey! I just saw this cute picture that reminded me of you.”[6]

Strike up a good conversation in order to connect on a deeper level. Start by asking the other person about themselves, and offering up information about yourself in turn. Try to move beyond basic small talk by asking interesting questions such as “What was a defining moment in your life?” or “What is your dream job?”[7]
Be curious and interested in what the other person is saying. Asking follow-up questions shows your partner you’re listening, and helps you connect.[8]
Be willing to share more personal and vulnerable things about yourself, when appropriate. It will help your partner feel more comfortable and learn more about you.[9]

Use positive body language to show you’re paying attention. Making lots of eye contact and smiling at the other person can give them a clue that you’re interested. Mimicking their behavior in small ways, such as running your fingers through your hair after they’ve tucked their hair behind their ear, can also make your partner more drawn to you.[10]
Take a minute to think about the other person’s body language, too. If they look like they’re not interested, then it’s probably not the right moment for the big kiss. Negative signals include things like your partner leaning away from you, crossing their arms in front of their chest, or not making much eye contact.[11]

Touch your partner and gauge their response. Lightly tap your partner’s arm or lay your hand on theirs. If they smile, lean closer to you, or touch you back, this may indicate that they’re ready to keep moving forward with you. If you get a more negative response, back off a little bit and give your partner some space.[12]
Keep your touch light and playful so that your potential kissing partner doesn’t get creeped out or feel like you’re pressuring them. Try quick touches in safe areas, such as the arm or knee.[13]

EditGoing in for a Kiss
Ask for a kiss in a playful or flirty way. People differ on whether or not they would like to be asked before they’re kissed. Someone who has never been kissed may not be as familiar with hints you’re dropping, so it may be easier to just directly ask.[14]
Try giving your partner a compliment, and then directly asking for a kiss. Let them know you appreciate what they’re doing or saying, or how they look in that moment. For example, say, “you look really beautiful right now. Is it okay if I kiss you?”

If you’re in the middle of a fun and flirty conversation, try leaning in and saying, “I’d really like to kiss you.” If your partner leans in too, give them a kiss.

Lean in slowly and kiss your partner on the lips. Put your hand on their face, neck, or arm, and move in for a light peck. If your partner is receptive, give them another small kiss, and then another. Try pulling away slightly to look your partner in the eyes and give them a small smile, to make sure that they look happy and comfortable.[15]
When people are nervous, they tend to rush quickly into a kiss, which can be awkward. Try to keep things more relaxed by waiting until you and your partner lock eyes, and then lean forward slowly.[16]
Close your eyes during the actual kiss. You don’t know if your partner will prefer eyes closed or open, so it’s better to close them to be on the safe side. Some people will be creeped out by open eyes.[17]

Deepen the kiss only if your partner is comfortable and enthusiastic. If your partner is leaning forward, touching you, and their breathing is increasing, it’s likely that they want to keep kissing you. However, if they are pulling back, are not moving, or are very stiff and uncomfortable, break off the kiss. If you’re not sure, it’s better to assume that they’re not interested in continuing.[18]
Try kissing or lightly sucking on your partner’s top lip or bottom lip. If they reciprocate, try moving your tongue very lightly across their lips.[19]
Both you and your partner should be kissing each other with the same amount of pressure. If you knock your teeth into theirs, you’re probably pushing too hard and should keep things lighter. Likewise, don’t stab into their mouth with your tongue when they’re using little or no tongue.[20]
Move your hands a couple of times during the kiss. Run your fingers through your partner’s hair, touch the back of their neck, trail your fingers down their arm, or hold their hand.[21]
It’s usually better to keep kisses lighter the first time. If your partner has never been kissed before, they’re not used to tongue and may be more easily overwhelmed by how wet a French kiss can feel. Keep it soft, light, and dry at first.[22]

Pull back slightly and give your partner a compliment. They may be feeling very nervous after their first kiss, so reassure them by telling them they look cute or that you really liked kissing them. You can also reassure them with a hug.[23]
If the other person seems unsure about how they feel about the kiss, they probably need some space. Walk away, but leave on a positive note. You could try saying, “I had a really good time with you tonight. Is it okay if I call you tomorrow?”

EditFollowing up After the Kiss
Cut your partner some slack if the kiss wasn’t perfect. First kisses are often awkward even between people who have experience kissing, and if your partner is completely inexperienced, then the kiss is bound to be imperfect. Don’t go in with high expectations, and give your partner another chance if you didn’t feel fireworks the first time.[24]
If you have an especially awkward moment, such as bumping heads or stepping on your partner’s foot, ask them if you can try the kiss again.

Give the other person some space right after the kiss. Some people, and particularly women, tend to feel a lot of mixed emotions about a first kiss experience, and your partner may need time to sort out how they feel about you and about the kiss. Let them have some time to process the experience.[25]
Make sure your partner doesn’t think you’re running away or feeling disappointed while you give them space. Tell them you liked spending time with them, but you have to go. Ask if you can message them or follow up with them later so they know you’re still interested.

If your partner is clearly very enthusiastic about your kiss, and enjoying spending time with you, giving them space may not be necessary! Feel free to prolong your time together if you are both obviously enjoying each others’ company.

Follow up with your partner within a day or two. It’s hard to get your partner out of your mind after a first kiss, so your partner will probably be thinking about you. Hormones in the brain often give people feelings of affection and closeness after a kiss, so your partner will probably want to hear from you.[26]
If you’re interested in meeting up with your partner again, or continuing to progress the relationship forward, let them know sooner rather than later. You could call or send them a message saying, “I really enjoyed kissing you. I hope we are able to hang out again soon! Are you free tomorrow?”

If the kiss fell completely flat for you and you aren’t willing to give the other person another chance, be completely open about it. Try to share something positive, while also being honest. You could try saying, “I’m glad I got to spend time with you the other day, but I’m not interested in anything more happening between us.” Don’t blame your partner, and don’t give them a false reason for wanting to end things, as this will only hurt them more.[27]

The safest time to ask for a kiss is at the end of the night, since that’s what most people will be expecting. However, if you find yourself only part way through a date and you’re both having fun and feeling relaxed, go for it sooner! It could end up being a welcome surprise.[28]
Brush your teeth before a potential kiss. Women in particular pay more attention to a potential partner’s teeth when they’re trying to decide if they want to kiss that person.

Talk positively about your partner’s lack of experience, as they are likely to feel self-conscious about never having been kissed before. If they bring up the fact that kissing is new to them, don’t imply that they’re doing something wrong, talk about how young you were when you had your first kiss, or make light of it.[29]
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Today in History for 29th December 2018

Historical Events

1806 – Thomas Dibdin’s pantomime “Harlequin and Mother Goose” starring Joseph Grimaldi, in his most famous clown performance, opens at the Covent Garden Theatre, London
1852 – Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
1945 – Montreal right wing Maurice Richard scores twice in Canadiens’ 5-4 loss to Chicago Black Hawks to record his 100th NHL career goal; reaches mark in just 145 games, then fastest in history; since broken by Mike Bossy, 100 goals in 129 games
1972 – “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” film written and directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinki premieres in West Germany
2013 – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says barrel bombs on Aleppo have killed 517 people since 15th December
2013 – 7-time world F1 motor racing champion Michael Schumacher suffers a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps; his condition still remains unclear

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Famous Birthdays

1856 – Thomas J Stieltjes, Dutch mathematician (Stieltjes integral), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1894)
1938 – Jon Voight, American actor (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy), born in Yonkers, New York
1952 – Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
1960 – Katerina Didaskalou, Greek actress, born in Athens, Greece
1965 – David Delfino, American hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1975 – Jaret Wright, American baseball player, born in Anaheim, California

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Famous Deaths

1619 – Antoine Arnauld, French lawyer (Philippica), dies
1910 – Reginald “R.F.” Doherty, British tennis player (4-time Wimbledon champion), dies of neurasthenia at 38
1916 – Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, assassinated by conservative Russian aristocrats at 45
1929 – Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)
1953 – Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
1984 – Leo Robin, lyricist, dies of heart failure at 84

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How to Help Fidgety Kids Sit Still

A bit of fidgeting is normal, especially in kids and teenagers. If your child fidgets a lot, you may be wondering how to help them sit calmly and focus. If you notice a certain child fidgeting a lot, here is how to handle it.

EditEncouraging a Healthy Lifestyle
Encourage adequate exercise. One factor that may make children more fidgety is a lack of exercise.[1] Children should get at least 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day. Any physical activity that accelerates your child’s heart rate will help them burn off excess energy, allowing them to focus.[2]
Consider having kids play games and sports that encourage a lot of physical activity, like tag or soccer. You might also encourage them to jump rope, practice animal walks, do some wall pushups, or simply run around in the park.[3]

Promote a healthy diet. In some children, fidgeting and an inability to concentrate may be the result of a poor diet. Sugary foods, such as soft drinks and sweets, cause a spike in activity followed by a quick crash in energy. In order to help children stay focused, try to promote a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. This will ensure that your children are eating foods that will supply them with a steady source of energy throughout the day.[4]
Choose calming foods for snacks, like low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt, whole grain crackers, nuts or seeds, and veggies, instead of foods with lots of sugar.[5]

Make sure that lots of stimulating activities are available. Sometimes, kids can get restless because they’re bored. Keep options available so that the child can find something to do if they are bored.
High-energy activities, like jump ropes and mini trampolines, can help a child burn off excess energy.

Include some activities that children can do for longer periods, like books, toys, puzzles, and coloring books.

Spend one-on-one time with your child each day. Sometimes, kids act out a little because they feel like they aren’t getting enough attention. Your child may be a bit more peaceful if they get some attention from you.
If your child seems bored, you can always ask “Are you bored? Do you feel like hanging out?” You can also encourage your child to ask you to do things with them (e.g. inviting you to draw pictures or go for a walk) when they want attention.

Encourage your child to communicate their feelings and talk about them.

Develop relaxation practices. Anxiety is another factor that can cause children to be fidgety. To help your children feel less anxious, teach them mindfulness practices, such as meditation and controlled breathing. This will help them manage their anxiety and concentrate on their tasks.[6]
Mindfulness practices are a great way to teach a kid to handle distractions and hone their concentration.

Children can also do yoga and meditation to help them relax and self-soothe. Look for kid-friendly videos online, such as “Cosmic Kids Yoga” and “Stop, Breathe and Think Kids.”

If your child is particularly anxious, you should talk with them about their anxiety. You may also want to consult a mental health professional if the anxiety appears severe.

Eliminate distractions. Fidgeting can be the result of external distractions. For example, music, a playing television, or noises from outside may distract your child from their task. If you want your child to concentrate and not fidget, be sure to remove anything that may distract them. Turn off any loud appliances and try to create an environment that is peaceful and relatively quiet.
If outside noises are a distraction, you might consider using a white noise machine, playing ambient music, or providing your child with noise-cancelling headphones.

Fidget toys are less likely to help typically developing children. You can try fidget toys, but for kids without disabilities, they may be more harmful than helpful. See what works for your child.

EditManaging Fidgety Behavior
Create realistic expectations. In some cases, it is the adults who need to adjust their expectations about how long a child can sit still. Some fidgeting is normal for children. Keep in mind that the average attention span for a child is their chronological age plus 1, in minutes. Therefore, a 6-year-old has an attention span of around 7 minutes. Be mindful of this and don’t expect a child to sustain an activity past their natural attention span.[7]

Allow fidgeting. Some kids need to move more than others do, so if your child fidgets a lot, it’s not something to worry about. Kinesthetic learners may need to move their bodies while learning and/or focusing.[8]
Fidgeting is also normal and healthy behavior in autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and similar disabilities. Children with these disorders will probably need to fidget in order to sit calmly and focus.

If you discourage a naturally fidgety child from fidgeting, they will spend all of their mental energy trying to stay still, which distracts them from their other tasks. As long as the fidgeting is not a distraction to others, you should allow fidgety behavior.

For example, a child might find it helpful to swivel in their chair, twirl their hair, or tap their pencil.[9]

Consider offering fidget toys. One way of proactively addressing fidgeting is by giving students fidget toys that allow them to fidget while they work. These toys are typically soft balls, like a stress ball, or objects that students can squeeze as they concentrate on a task. This ensures that the kids are not distracted by their own restlessness.[10]
Some kids (especially kids with disabilities) focus better with fidget toys. Others find them more distracting than helpful. Try them out with your child and see what happens.

Coloring books are another way for kids to be physically active while concentrating on a task.

Use different types of seating. Various desks and chairs may help students work out their fidgeting issues while boosting their concentration. Standing desks allow students to move their legs while they work. Stability balls provide a similar amount of physical stimulation for kids with disabilities. A Hokki Stool is another seating device that allows students to fidget while not distracting those around them.[11]
If it is not too much of a distraction, you might consider allowing students with ADHD and related disabilities more time to walk around while they work on a task.

Redirect a child whose fidgeting is getting excessive. If a child is fidgeting to the point where they aren’t focusing, it means they probably need to take a break to get up and move around.
Remind children to respect others’ personal space as needed. For example, if your child is fidgeting with another kid’s hair, you could say “Annie, we always need to respect people’s personal space when we fidget. You can play with your own hair or your toys, but it’s not okay to play with Susie’s hair without her permission.”

If the fidgeting isn’t disruptive, then let it be.[12]

EditRecognizing Developmental Disabilities
Realize that all kids fidget. All children fidget sometimes, and plenty of adults fidget from time to time also. Don’t worry if your kid is a little more fidgety than average. It could just mean that you have an energetic kid.

Look for signs of ADHD, autism, and related disabilities. Fidgeting can be a sign of a developmental disability that impacts your child’s ability to sit still. Learn the signs and see if they sound familiar.[13]
Inattentive type ADHD involves difficulty listening, daydreaming, and difficulty paying attention.

Hyperactive type ADHD involves impulsivity, restlessness, excessive talking, and other signs.

Autism involves a need for routine, intense interests, fidgeting, social confusion, and developmental delays and quirks.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) involves over-sensitivity, under-sensitivity, and/or fidgeting used to calm oneself or stay occupied.

Talk to the child’s teachers, and other adults who work with the child. Go to anyone who works with lots of children, because they have a good sense of what is typical and what is different. Ask them if they’ve noticed anything different about your child.
If they say yes, don’t panic. Whether your child has a disability or not, they can still have a happy and meaningful life. Plenty of kids with disabilities grow up into happy and healthy disabled adults.

Talk to a mental health professional. If you believe that your child is autistic or has ADHD, you should visit a mental health professional and have them assessed. It is important that a professional evaluate your child in order to receive a correct diagnosis and course of treatment. A mental health professional will likely give you some strategies for handling your child’s disability that may include things like medication or increased activity.[14]
Children with developmental disabilities may also have disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and behavior issues like conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. If this is the case, finding the diagnosis/diagnoses can help you learn to identify and manage problems.

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Help Your Child Focus

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Help a Hyposensitive Autistic Person

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How to Keep Goggles from Fogging Up

It can be frustrating to deal with constantly foggy goggles when you’re trying to work or swim. Luckily, though, there are some simple ways to get rid of the fog quickly. If you have swim goggles, you can try using saliva as a quick fix or buy an anti-fog spray to get rid of the problem completely. If you have scuba gear, consider burning away the film to keep your goggles from fogging up, and for other protective eyewear, try to select a breathable, anti-fogging design.

EditUsing DIY Fixes to Prevent Fog
Splash cool water on your face to slow down condensation. By lowering the difference in temperatures between the outside of the goggles and your face, you might be able to decrease the amount of fog that forms on the lenses. Splash a little bit of cold water over your face 4 or 5 times immediately before putting your goggles on to cool your face down.[1]
While this might work on the fly, this isn’t a great long-term fix. Consider investing in different goggles if the problem persists.

Rub a small amount of saliva on the inside of the goggles for a cheap solution. Just before putting on your goggles, spit lightly into each lens. Use one finger to lightly spread the saliva around the lenses until both are covered, building up a small film that can reduce fog.[2]
While this isn’t a long-lasting method for preventing fog in your goggles, it is one of the most effective methods that won’t cost you a cent. Use this technique if you need to stop your goggles from fogging up for a short period of time.

Try using baby shampoo or another liquid soap to stop condensation. Put a small drop of a liquid soap on your finger and rub it around the lenses of your swimming or work goggles. Dip the goggles in some clean, non-chlorinated water and wash the soap away. A tiny amount of soap remaining on the inside of your goggles will stop fog from forming on the plastic.[3]
Make sure you wash the excess soap out of the goggles before putting them on, so as to avoid getting soap in your eyes. Using baby shampoo or something similar may also help, as it will hurt less if you get it in your eyes.

Instead of soap, you can also use a tiny amount of shaving cream smeared thinly over each lens. Again, make sure you wash it off to avoid getting any minty gel in your eyes as you swim.[4]

Rub a cut potato over your lenses to repel water. Cut a small chunk from a potato to expose some of the flesh. Rub this over the lenses of your goggles to build up a thin protective layer that will work to repel water and moisture from sticking. Wash the lenses in clean water to remove any visible residue.[5]
While this may work on plastic lenses, it’s generally most effective when used on goggles with lenses made from glass.

Clean your goggles with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the inside of your lenses. With a clean, damp toothbrush, spread the toothpaste around and lightly scrub the inside of the lenses. Rinse your goggles in clean, unchlorinated water to remove any leftover toothpaste.[6]
The light abrasion of the toothbrush and the toothpaste will remove any protective film on the lenses, as well as giving it a thorough clean. A thin layer of toothpaste will remain, that can help prevent fog from building up on the lenses.

EditUsing Commercial Options to Keep Your Goggles Clear
Opt for an anti-fog spray or fog prevention wipe for a long-term solution. If you don’t like the idea of putting saliva or soap on the inside of your goggles or don’t find that either of these methods lasts long enough, you can also purchase anti-fog products from your local sporting goods or swim store. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided, but here are a few products and the recommended way to use them.[7]
Spray a small amount of anti-fog spray on the inside of your goggles. Use a clean cloth to rub it into each lens before rinsing them clean. This will get rid of excess spray and leave a thin layer on the inside of your goggles.

Take a single fog prevention wipe from its packet and use it to wipe down both lenses of your goggles.[8]

Choose protective eyewear that sits further from your face to reduce fogging. The main cause of fogging in protective eyewear or masks is moisture from your breath or face getting heated and trapped inside the goggles. Look for eyewear with better ventilation, or that will sit further from your face to reduce the amount of moisture and heat that can build up on your goggles.

Purchase anti-fogging swimming goggles for an easy solution. There several different swimming and scuba goggles that come pre-coated with a layer of material that prevents fog from forming. Look at your local swimming or sports store for goggles that are marked as “anti-fogging” or something similar to easily reduce condensation.[9]

Burn away the protective film over the inside of your scuba goggles. Scuba diving masks are often made with a thin, protective film coating the inside of the lenses, which will easily accumulate fog. Hold a lighter around away from the lenses and move it around, trying to cover the whole surface of the glass. Let the goggles cool naturally before rinsing them.[10]
Make sure not to burn or melt any silicon, rubber or plastic insulation around the edge of the goggles, as this may stop them from being entirely waterproof.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, your local diving shop may be able to burn your goggles for you.

Try not to touch the inside of your goggles with your fingers, as this will transfer oil and grime to the lenses that can leave big smudges.[11]
If you’re swimming in a chlorinated pool, rinse your goggles in clean water when you’ve finished with them. The chlorine will cause the thin film on your goggles to disappear more quickly, requiring you to apply more soap or anti-fog spray much more often.

Keep your goggles as dry as possible when you’re not using them. Any moisture that gets trapped inside the lenses will turn into condensation the next time you go swimming.

Try and avoid putting goggles on your forehead at any point while you’re swimming, as this will add more moisture to the inside of your lenses.

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Today in History for 28th December 2018

Historical Events

1944 – Leonard Bernstein’s musical “On the Town” premieres in NYC
1963 – “Double Dublin” closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
1984 – Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress party wins election in India
1987 – In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
1989 – Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die
2015 – Japan and South Korea reach agreement over WWII “comfort women”, Japan apologies and pays 1bn yen compensation

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Famous Birthdays

1805 – Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
1921 – Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
1922 – Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
1931 – Georg “Org” Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
1938 – Bruce Yarnell, American actor (Outlaws), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
1982 – Cedric Benson, American football player, born in Midland, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1673 – Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
1795 – Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
1862 – Joaquim Casimiro Junior, composer, dies at 54
1948 – Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
1959 – Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70
2001 – Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)

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How to Do a Wheelie

Popping a wheelie is a great way to impress your friends or look cool on a bicycle or motorbike. Although it’s one of the easiest tricks to learn, if you don’t have your balance right it can be a difficult one to master. By accelerating quickly, pulling up on your handlebars and knowing how to position your weight for balance, you can learn to pull off a wheelie on almost anything with two wheels.

EditDoing a Wheelie on a Bicycle
Set your seat to a middle position. One of the biggest problems when trying to do a wheelie is overbalancing and falling backward off of your bike. Set your seat so that it is at a medium height or in a middle position, to help adjust your center of balance and make the trick easier.[1]
As you get more practice at pulling off a wheelie, you can adjust the seat height to whatever you want. Keep in mind that this may change your center of gravity and mean you need to relearn how to balance your bike.

Lower your gears as far as you can. When you’re first learning how to do a wheelie, you don’t need to be going very fast at all. In fact, it’ll be much easier to do your first wheelie if you are going slowly. Set your gears to a low gear, between 1-1 and 1-3 to practice.[2]
As with the seat height, you can adjust the gear whenever you want. You should be able to do a wheelie no matter what gear you’re on. It’s much easier to learn on a lower gear, though.

Find a large area where you can practice. It’ll be much easier to get the right build-up and pull off a wheelie if you can find a large space to practice. Go to a local park or a large field so that you can practice doing wheelies without having to turn around too often.[3]
Local parks will be great as they are both large and grassy, which will mean you’re less likely to get hurt if you fall off your bike. If you don’t have a big park nearby, you can also practice on an empty sidewalk, a very quiet road, or anywhere that you can safely ride a bike.

If you can, try practice your wheelies on a very gentle uphill incline. This will make leaning backward and balancing the wheelie more natural.

Start cycling at a slow to medium pace. Get on your bike and start pedaling to build up a little speed. You should aim for something slightly above walking pace, which will give you just enough speed to pull off a wheelie without going too fast.[4]
Once you gain more confidence, you can start doing wheelies when traveling at a higher speed. Start slow and gradually get faster as you practice doing a wheelie.

Hold the pedal with your dominant foot at the 2 o’clock position. As you’re cycling, work out which is your dominant or stronger foot. Cycle that foot around until it is at the 2 o’clock position on the rotation of your pedals so that you can easily push down on that pedal to quickly accelerate.[5]
If you don’t know which is your dominant foot, try doing a few wheelies leading with each foot and see which way feels more natural.

Your dominant foot is the foot that you put forward when you feel yourself falling over. While standing straight up, get someone to give you a light shove and see which foot you put forward to stop yourself.

Push down on the pedal sharply and lean backward. Use your dominant foot to push down on the pedal, quickly accelerating the bike and lifting the front wheel slightly. As you do this, hold onto the handlebars and lean backward to pull the front of the bike off the ground. Once you’ve done this, you’ve done your first wheelie![6]
Start with small wheelies at first and slowly try and bring the front wheel higher and higher off the ground as you get a better sense of the balance of your bike. It’s much safer for you to undershoot the wheelie and let your bike land back on the front wheel than it is to overshoot it and fall backward of the bike.

If you feel like you’re going to fall backward, pull on the rear brake. This will stop the back wheel from moving and set you back down safely on the front wheel.

Shift your weight around slightly to find your point of balance. Once you’ve lifted the bike off of the ground, start shifting your weight back and forth on the bike to try and find a point of balance. It might take a long time to work out the best position to be in to keep your wheelie going. Keep at it, and eventually, you’ll get it right and be able to hold your wheelie for longer.[7]
If you feel yourself falling backward, tap on the rear brake to lean forward slightly. If you start falling forward, pedal a little faster to gain some more acceleration and tilt backward a little.

Keep in mind that you’ll also need to maintain your balance side to side. Try and keep your weight centered down the middle of the bike to prevent yourself from tipping over. If you feel yourself tilting to one side, slightly shift your weight to the other side or turn the handlebars the other way.

Tap the rear brakes and straighten the front wheel to land the wheelie. Once you start losing balance, you see a shift in terrain coming up, or you just want to stop, hold down the rear breaks to end your wheelie. As you do, make sure that your front wheel is aligned with the rest of the bike. If it’s slightly off or facing another way, your front wheel will swerve when it touches the ground and you could fall off.[8]
Try not to land on your front wheel too harshly. While front suspension will cushion some of the blow, you don’t want to put the wheel under any unnecessary stress.

EditDoing a Wheelie on a Motorbike
Wear full protective gear. Riding a motorbike can be dangerous enough without trying to do tricks on it as well. Always wear full protective gear when riding a motorbike, and especially when practicing tricks.[9]
Full protective gear includes a helmet, face shield, gloves, jacket, pants, and proper boots. Make sure everything is covered to prevent serious injury if you fall off.

Find a quiet stretch of road to practice. In order to pull off a wheelie, you’ll need space to get up to speed, do the wheelie, and land it safely. Try and find a long, flat stretch of road that won’t have many cars on it. Take some time to practice riding up and down this road to see how your bike rides and brakes on it.[10]
Make sure the road doesn’t have any big potholes, cracks, or anything that could throw your wheelie off unexpectedly. Find the smoothest, bump-free road that you can when first starting out.

Start riding on first gear at around . Start riding your bike and get it into first gear. You don’t need to reach a very high speed when first learning how to do a wheelie. Aim for something around , which will let you easily pull off a wheelie without going too quickly.[11]

Snap the throttle back when you reach 6000rpm. Keep riding your motorbike until you get to a comfortable speed and your torque is high enough that the RPM meter is around 6000. In a quick, singular motion, pull the throttle back to quickly accelerate your bike and lift the front wheel off the ground slightly.[12]
As you do this, lean backward on your bike to lift the wheel up further and get a higher wheelie. This will take a little practice to avoid getting too high, so start small at first.

Rotate your hand slightly forward and around the throttle before you pull it backwards. This will make pulling back on it sharply much easier, as well as naturally bending your elbow to help you lift up the front of the bike slightly.[13]

Move around on the bike to balance it. Once you get the front wheel off the ground, you’ll need to maintain the balance in order to keep your wheelie going. Shift your bodyweight backward to lower the center of gravity, and use the rear brakes and throttle to tilt the bike slightly forward and backward as you need to.[14]
If at any point you feel like the bike may start “looping” and fall back onto you, hold down the rear brakes immediately. This will stop the wheelie and set you back on the ground.

Lean forward to bring the front wheel back down. The final part of a perfect wheelie is landing it. Lean forward to bring the front wheel toward the ground, staying on the throttle until you have landed. Once both wheels are on the ground again, ease off the throttle to begin slowing down.[15]
If you need to bring down the front wheel very quickly, shut the throttle off and don’t accelerate again until the wheel is just about to touch the ground. Tap the throttle just before the front wheel touches down to soften the landing slightly.

Practice makes perfect! It’ll take a while to get the balance of your wheelie just right. Keep at it and trying slightly different ways until you find the method that works for you and your bike.

If your bicycle has rear shock absorbers, it may be more difficult to maintain your balance. Remember this when practicing your wheelies and choosing a bike.

Riding a motorbike is very dangerous, especially when you a performing tricks. Always be very careful if you choose to attempt a wheelie, and know that it can be very risky.

Check the road rules for motorbikes in your country, as it’s illegal to do a wheelie on the road in many countries.

Always wear a helmet when wearing a bicycle. For extra safety, wear knee and elbow pads as well.

Don’t attempt a wheelie on a bicycle with clip-in pedals. If you feel yourself falling over, you won’t be able to do anything but fall.

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How to Drink Earl Grey Tea

Earl Grey is a type of tea that is enjoyed by tea lovers across the globe. Derived from the Bergamot orange, Earl Grey has light citrus notes that add a unique flavor to the drink. To prepare and drink your own cup of Earl Grey, you’ll have to steep the tea leaves in hot water for 3-5 minutes. From there, you can add different things like lemon or sugar to the tea to enhance its flavor. For a special treat, you can steam milk and add vanilla to create an Earl Grey latte.

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EditPreparing Earl Grey Tea
Measure your tea on a scale if you’re using loose leaves. If you have tea bags, you can skip this step. As a good rule of thumb, use of tea leaves per of water. If you like stronger tea, use more tea leaves.[1]
If you are using teabags and want a stronger cup of tea, use 2 tea bags instead of 1.

If you are using loose leaf tea, you can pack the leaves into empty tea bags or tea filters to prevent you from having to strain the tea.

Fill a pot or kettle with cold water. Always use fresh, cold water when preparing tea. Do not use warm water from your tap or water that has been previously heated and left to cool.[2]
Hot water from the tap contains minerals from your pipes which could alter the flavor of the tea.

Use a pot or kettle made of glass or stainless steel so that there aren’t any impurities left in your tea.

Bring the water to a boil then let it cool for 1-2 minutes. Set the pot or kettle on the stovetop and set it to high. Keep the kettle or pot on the stovetop for 4-10 minutes or until it begins to boil. Then, turn off the heat and let the boiling water sit for 1-2 minutes so that it cools down slightly below the boiling point.[3]
Earl Grey is best steeped in water that is or slightly below the boiling point. You can use a thermometer to ensure the water is at the exact temperature.

Warm the cup or teapot before steeping the tea. Pour the hot water into whatever container you’re going to steep the tea in. Swirl the hot water around before pouring it out.[4]
Warming the pot that you’re steeping the tea in will ensure that the temperature stays consistent during the steeping process, which should produce a better cup of tea.

Place the tea in your teapot or cup. If you are using tea bags, remove the teabag from the paper packaging before placing it in your tea container. If you are using loose leaves, you can put them in an empty tea bag or tea filters or you can put the measured leaves into the bottom of your teapot or mug.[5]
If you place loose tea leaves into your steeping container, you’ll have to strain the tea before you drink it.

Steep the tea for 3-5 minutes. Pour the hot water over the tea. As the tea sits in the water, it should start to become brown. Leave the tea in the cup and let the flavor from the tea transfer to the hot water. The longer that you steep your tea, the stronger it will be.[6]
Don’t fill the cup or teapot all the way to the top to prevent it from overflowing.

Remove the tea bag or strain the tea if you’re using loose leaves. If you are using teabags, discard the tea bag in the garbage. If you are using loose leaves, strain the tea through a sieve. Let the tea slightly cool before you drink it so that you don’t burn the inside of your mouth. Enjoy the tea while it’s hot, or let it cool and add ice cubes to it later for iced tea![7]

EditAdding Things to Your Tea
Drink the tea black to get a pure flavor. Instead of putting things into the tea to change the flavor, drink it black. Drinking the tea black will give you the strongest flavors in the tea leaves.

Pour sugar in your tea to add sweetness. Put anywhere from a to of sugar into the tea and stir the sugar so it dissolves in the tea. This will reduce some of the bitter notes in the Earl Grey and make the tea taste sweeter.[8]
If you want sweeter tea, add more sugar.

Squirt lemon into your tea for additional citrus notes. Cut a lemon into quarters and squirt one of the quarters of lemon into your tea. If you want more citrus notes, add more lemon juice to the tea.[9]
Adding lemon and sugar together in Earl Grey tea is a popular preparation.

Add milk or cream to the tea for added creaminess. Add a small amount of milk or cream to the tea after it’s had time to steep and stir it. This will add a creamy flavor and will cut through the floral and citrus flavors of the tea.[10]

EditMaking an Earl Grey Latte
Heat of milk into a saucepan for 5 minutes. Pour of milk into a saucepan and set it on top of your stovetop. Turn the heat to medium-high and stir the milk as it heats up, ensuring that the milk does not start to boil or burn. The milk should be warm and frothy when ready.[11]
Use coconut or almond milk for added creaminess and sweetness.

Pour the heated milk into a cup of steeped Earl Grey. Pour the heated milk into a cup of Earl Grey that has steeped for 3-5 minutes. Then, stir the tea with a spoon so that the steam milk gets incorporated with the cup of tea.[12]
Do not pour the milk into the water before the tea has steeped, as milk will often mute the flavors in the tea.

Add a of vanilla extract to the tea and stir. The vanilla extract will add vanilla notes and play off the flavors in the steamed milk. Taste the tea and add more vanilla if desired.[13]

EditThings You’ll Need
Pot or kettle

Earl Grey tea


Teapot or cup


Thermometer (optional)

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Today in History for 27th December 2018

Historical Events

1836 – Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
1884 – Netherlands recognizes King Leopold II’s Congo Free State
1972 – Belgium recognizes German DR
1978 – Ballon d’Or: Hamburg’s English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 1st of 2 consecutive trophies as best football player in Europe; beats Barcelona striker Hans Krankl and Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink
1988 – Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
2002 – Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

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Famous Birthdays

1555 – Johann Arndt, German Lutherian theologist
1874 – Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), born in Lwow, Poland (d. 1951)
1917 – Earl of Inchcape, English large landowner/industrialist (PandO)
1962 – Bill Self, American basketball coach
1970 – Mike Salmon, NFL/WLAF safety (Houston Oilers, Rhein Fire, SF 49ers)
1982 – Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist, (Týr)

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Famous Deaths

1858 – Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely, composer, dies at 73
1991 – Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
2002 – George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
2015 – Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
2015 – Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
2015 – Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93

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How to Replace a Bicycle Tire

Having a flat bicycle tire can leave you stranded, but it’s simple to replace the tire yourself. Usually, this just means replacing the tube inside the tire. However, you may need a new tire if it’s very damaged or worn. Before you replace the tire, you’ll need to take it off. Then, replace the tube and tire, if necessary. Finally, put the tire back onto the wheel.

EditTaking Off the Wheel
Put your bicycle on its side with the chain facing up. You can’t remove a tire while the bicycle is upright because it will fall over. The chain side, which is called the driving side, should always face up to avoid damaging it.You can also turn the bike upside down, resting it on its handlebars. Some people don’t like turning it upside down because the handlebars or seat can get damaged.[1]
As another option, you can invest in an upright bike stand that will hold your bicycle while you work on it. You can find these stands at some bicycle stores or online.

Adjust your gears to the smallest ring if you’re removing the back tire. Usually, this will be the outer gear. Setting your chain on this outer, smaller gear will make it easier to remove the rear tire.[2]You don’t need to adjust the gears if you’re removing the front tire.

Open and remove the quick release lever, if your bike has one. Look for the quick release lever at the center of your bicycle wheel. Pull up on the lever, then turn it 180 degrees to loosen it. Remove the lever from the axle and set it aside.[3]If your quick release lever doesn’t come off after you turn it 180 degrees, keep turning it until you can remove it.

If you’re not sure how to remove your bicycle tire, it’s best to check your bicycle manual or the manufacturer’s website.

Use a wrench to loosen the nuts if you don’t have a quick release lever. Hook the wrench onto the nut, then turn to loosen it. Continue turning the nut until it comes off. Remove the wheel nuts on both sides of the bike.[4]If you can’t get the nut loose, you can spray it with WD-40 or cooking spray to make it easier to loosen it.

A 15mm wrench is usually the correct size for loosening the nuts on a bicycle.

Detach the brake cables if necessary. In many cases, opening the quick release lever also detaches the brakes. If your model doesn’t have this feature, squeeze the calipers on the brakes to release the cables.[5]Check your bicycle manual or the manufacturer’s website if you’re having trouble detaching your brakes. Instructions vary for different bike models.

Lift the wheel off the frame. Pull the tire out of the forked slot that supports it on the bicycle. You may need to slightly shift the bike tire as you remove it.[6]If you’re removing a back tire, you may need to lift the bicycle chain out of the way.

EditRemoving the Tire and Tube
Deflate the tire completely. Loosen the cap on the air valve. If it comes completely off, set the cap aside. Release the air using the correct procedure for your air valve type. This will make it easier to remove.[7]If your bicycle has a Schrader (American) valve, use a small tool, such as your wrench, to press down on the plunger inside the air valve to release the air.

If you have a Presta valve, unscrew and pull up on the valve cap to release the air.

If you have a Dunlop valve, take off the cap, then pull up on the air valve to release the air.

Hook the rounded edge of a tire lever under the outer edge of your tire. This will pop up the edge of the tire, releasing it from the frame. Pull the other end of the lever down toward the spokes. Next, hook the other end of the lever onto a wheel spoke to keep the edge of the tire popped up.[8]If you don’t hook the other end of the lever onto a spoke, your tire will go back into place and reseal itself around the wheel.

The outer edge of a bicycle tire is called a “bead.”

You can find inexpensive tire levers at a bicycle store, outdoor store, or online.

You may be able to remove your tire with a spoon or screwdriver, but they can damage your tire.

Work a second tire lever clockwise around the circumference of the tire. Insert the second lever near the first one, then press up on the tire. Move the lever clockwise around the tire, pushing up on the tire as you go. Keep going until the entire side is loosened from the frame.[9]
Pull the tube out from inside the tire. Insert your fingers under the side of the tire. Grab the tube and slide it out. When you reach the air valve, push it through the hole on the wheel frame, then continue removing the tube.[10]You can discard or recycle the tube.

EditInserting a New Bicycle Tube
Unwrap the tube and remove the dust cap, lock ring, and valve cover. Carefully unfold the tube, making sure you don’t damage it. A dust cap and lock ring may be on your air valve, and you will need to remove them. Loosen or remove the air valve cover so you can add air to the tire.[11]
Inflate the bicycle tube slightly so it will hold its shape. Putting air in the tire will also help you avoid pinching, bending, or twisting the tube as you install it. This makes it easier to install the new tube.[12]
Inspect the inside wall of the tire for a puncture. Look for a sharp object that may have punctured the tire, such as a nail, thorn, or piece of glass. Use your eyes, a cloth, or a gloved finger to check the surface of the tire.[13]If you find something stuck into the tire, remove it if you plan to patch the tire.

Don’t put a new tube inside your bicycle tire without checking for a puncture. If there is an item like a thorn or nail stuck in your tire, it will likely puncture the new tube.

Place the tube inside the tire. Press the tube into the tire using your fingers. The tube should follow the shape of the tire. Make sure there are no bends, twists, or kinks in the tube.[14]The entire tube should be inside the tire before you proceed. If you’re having trouble getting the tube fully inside, take it out and start over. You may need to let out some of the air you put in to help it hold its shape.

Buy a new set of tires only if you can’t repair it or the treads are worn. You can usually repair a flat just by changing the tube. However, your tire may need to be replaced if it’s damaged beyond repair. This might mean a large break or puncture. It may also be beyond repair if the treads are worn down, the tire is dry rotted, or the tire is very old. If this is the case, you can buy a new set of tires from a local bike store or online.[15]
You’ll need to buy a set of tires labeled for use on your bicycle model. It’s best to get them from the manufacturer.

Tires are sold folded up in a package. Usually, the package will contain a set of tires.

Always change both tires if you need to change one. Otherwise, the tires won’t match and you risk having a blow out on one of them, particularly the older tire.

EditPutting Your Tire Back on Your Bike
Work the tire back onto the wheel on one side. Put the air valve in the air valve hole. Then, align the outer rim on one side with the wheel. Push the rim back into place along the wheel frame.[16]Check your tire for an arrow that tells you which direction the treads should face. This is called the “direction of travel.” If your tire has an arrow, make sure it’s facing forward. Some tires can go in either direction and won’t have this arrow.

Don’t use any tools to replace the tire. This can damage or puncture the tire or tube. Just use your fingers.

Use this same process to put the tire on the wheel frame whether it’s the old tire or a new tire.

Fit the other side of the tire back onto the wheel frame. Make sure the tube is completely under the tire. Next, put your fingers on one side of the air valve and press the tire into place. Work your way around the wheel frame, pushing the tire onto the frame. Finish over the air valve, which will be the loosest part of the tire when it’s on the frame.[17]Make sure there are no bulges on the tire, which could mean the tube is bunched up, twisted, or pinched.

You may have to use tire levers at the end of the process, but be very careful not to puncture the tube or tire.

Putting your tire back on the wheel can be very difficult, especially if your tire is new. However, you can get it back on with just your hands.

Screw the lock ring down over your air valve if there is one. Some tubes come with a lock ring that goes down over the air valve. It will hold your tube in place on the wheel. Align the lock ring with the threads on the air valve, then screw it down.[18]
If your bike tube didn’t have a lock ring, skip this step.

Inflate your tire to the correct pressure level. You can use a manual or electric air pump to air up the tires. Fit your pump onto the air valve, then air up the tires. Once the tires reach the correct pressure level, put on the air valve cap.[19]The correct pressure level should be listed on your tire wall. You can also check your bicycle manual or look it up online.

Slide the wheel back onto the bike and replace the lever or nuts. Thread the wheel back into the forked slot that holds it in place. Then, slide the lever or metal bar that holds the wheel back into place. Tighten the easy release lever or nuts, using a wrench if necessary. Close the easy release lever, if your bike has one.[20]If you fixed your back tire, you’ll need to lift the chain to put it back on.

Check that the wheel spins freely.

Reconnect the brakes if they’re still detached. Press the calipers again and slide the brakes into place. Squeeze the brakes to make sure they tighten up on the wheel.[21]Before you ride your bike, check the brakes again to make sure they’re in correct working order.

If you’re having trouble changing your bicycle tire, visit a local bicycle shop for help. They will show you how to do it on your bike, though they may charge a small fee.

It’s best to fix your bicycle tire on a flat surface.

If you can, fix your tire indoors to help keep your bike clean and make it easier for you to work.

Never over-inflate an inner tube, as it can cause you to blow out a tire. Check your tire wall for the recommended pressure level.

Keep the inner tube away from hot objects. Heat can expand the tube and even cause it to explode.

When you remove your tires, be very careful with them so that nothing gets bent. If you accidentally damage a part on your bike, you’ll likely need to repair or replace that part.

It’s normal for your tires and tubes to deteriorate over time. Bikes kept indoors will likely need tire replacement every 10-15 years, while bikes kept outdoors will likely need tire replacement after 7 years.

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How to Boost Microphone Volume on iPhone or iPad

This wikiHow teaches you what to do when one of your iPhone or iPad’s microphones isn’t working properly. Though there’s no way to directly raise the microphone’s volume, issues of quiet or muffled phones calls and recordings can usually be resolved with a few quick troubleshooting steps. If you’re having trouble hearing audio, phone calls, or alert tones, see How to Increase the Volume on your iPhone.

EditTroubleshooting a Quiet or Muffled Microphone
Make sure the microphone is not covered by a case (or your fingers).
Some protective cases may cover up one or more of your microphones. If removing the case fixes your issue, get a different case.

When talking on the phone, try to avoid resting your iPhone on your shoulder, make sure your fingers (or other body parts) are not covering the bottom or back microphones. If either of these microphones are covered, your voice will not come across clearly on phone calls.

Try using the microphone without headphones or other accessories attached. If your voice sounds clear without accessories, one of those accessories was the culprit.[1]

Remove dust and debris from the microphone. If crud has collected inside your microphone, your recordings or phone calls will sound quiet or muffled. Here’s how to clean the problematic microphone:
Turn off your phone or tablet and remove any cases or accessories.

Using a soft, dry, and unused toothbrush or makeup brush, gently sweep the microphone hole back and forth.

Use a can of compressed air to spray short bursts (in one or two-second intervals) into the microphone. Hold the can several inches away from the microphone to avoid overdoing it.

Update your iPhone or iPad to the latest software version. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you’re using the latest version of iOS on your phone or tablet.
If you’re only experiencing microphone issues in one app, update that app as well.

Contact Apple Support if the issue persists. If these troubleshooting tips did not solve your issue, you may be experiencing a hardware problem. See Apple’s support site to learn how to get in touch with Apple in your region.

EditFinding the Problem Microphone
Locate the microphone(s). If your phone or tablet has multiple microphones, each should be tested separately.
iPhone: Your iPhone has 3 microphones.[2] The set of small circles on the bottom-left edge is the main microphone (used when you’re talking on the phone).

The wide oval-shaped hole at the top-center part of the screen is used when you record video with the front (selfie) camera and when you use Siri.

The small circle next to the flash camera on the back of the iPhone is used for regular (non-selfie) video recording, as well as a secondary microphone during phone calls.

iPad: Your iPad has one or two microphones, depending on the model. If it has two, they are right next to each other and are used together. Look for an oval-shaped hole (or two) on the top left or ride side of the tablet.[3]

Test the main microphone. If you’re using an iPhone, it’s the microphone at the bottom-left edge of the phone. Here’s how to test it:
Open Voice Memos. It’s the app with a black icon with a waveform image inside. You’ll usually find it on the home screen.

Tap the red circle to start recording, and then speak clearly into the microphone for a few seconds.

Tap the red square to stop recording. Your recording now appears of the memos list.

Tap the black triangle to listen. If your voice sounds muffled, try cleaning it.

If your iPhone’s main microphone sounds okay but people have complained you sound quiet or muffled on the phone, you’re likely covering either the bottom or back microphones while speaking.[4]

Test the front and rear microphones (iPhone only). These are the microphones next to the front and back cameras. To test:
Open the Camera app and swipe left to access video mode.

Tap the camera icon with two curved arrows to switch to the front (selfie) camera.

Tap the red circle to start recording, and then speak clearly into the microphone for a few seconds.

Tap the red square to stop recording.

Play back the video. If your voice sounds muffled, try these troubleshooting tips.

Tap the back button to return to the camera, and then tap the camera icon with two curved arrows to switch to the back (primary) camera.

Record yourself speaking again, just as you did with the front camera, and then play back the recording. If your voice sounds muffled, try these troubleshooting tips.

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