How to Be Good at Laser Tag

Laser tag is a fun and simple game that involves using laser tag guns to try and shoot your opponent. The laser guns fire infrared beams, and trigger sensors in a player’s vest to indicate that they’ve been hit.[1] Games of laser tag are typically team-based, and take place in complex arenas and mazes. This means that strategy and teamwork are essential to becoming a good laser tag player. You can increase your odds of performing well by preparing for the game, working as a team, and making smart decisions in combat.

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EditPreparing for the Game
Wear darker clothing to make yourself harder to spot. Laser tag is almost always played in the dark. This means that you’ll stick out if you’re wearing bright clothing, making it easier for the enemy to spot you. Wear black or dark blue to keep you hidden from your opponents.[2]
Wear something comfortable. You’re going to be running around a lot, so make sure that you’re not wearing any heavy or baggy clothing.

Tighten your tactical vest to make you harder to hit. Your vest contains sensors. When one of your opponents hits one of your sensors, you’re out. To make it harder to hit your sensors, tighten your vest so that it doesn’t wobble around. To tighten your vest, push it all the way up on your torso, and then tighten and buckle the shoulder and side straps.[3]
Some vests go off accidentally if they’re too loose. Make sure that it’s tight by double-checking the shoulder and side straps before the game starts.

If your vest is loose, it’ll be easier to hear it rattling around when you’re moving. You don’t want to give away your position![4]
If you have trouble with your equipment, ask someone that works at the venue for help.

Communicate with your team ahead of time to prepare your strategy. Most laser tag games are team-based, meaning that you’ll be working alongside the others on your team. Before the game starts, discuss a general strategy for working together. This could be as simple as assigning roles, or as complex as setting up specific plays.
Consider using simple hand signals to indicate the location of an enemy, or ask for covering fire.

Split your team into two smaller teams and use one for offense and one for defense if you’re playing a game of base defense or capture the flag.

Study your environment ahead of time to get an upper hand. If you can study the map ahead of time, look for good tactical positions or areas to hide. Knowing the lay of the land will give you an advantage over an unprepared opponent. Look for areas with good cover, or easy routes to sneak around and flank the other team.[5]
Some laser tag facilities have a brochure with their map in it. Pick one up when you get to the play area to see if it has a map!

EditWorking as a Team
Split your team up in order to make you harder to beat. Many people think that it’s always better to stick together, but it actually makes it easier for your opponent to hit one of you. If your team is bunched together, the odds of a shot landing are much higher. Split up or work in pairs to keep your team safe and difficult to catch.[6]
It’s also much easier for the opposing team to pin you down in one location if you’re all next to each other. You don’t want to get trapped as a team!

Ambush the enemy by splitting up with a teammate. Try hiding near an enemy and using a teammate to lure them out. Once your opponent reveals their location, get into position and sneak up on them. While they’re distracted, jump out and surprise them.[7]

Cover your teammates by shooting when they’re moving. Shooting while a teammate is moving is a good way to ensure that your opponent doesn’t get a free shot off. It’s harder to hit a moving target if someone is shooting back![8]
Some laser tag weapons use digital ammunition. That means that you may not have unlimited opportunities to shoot, so use them wisely![9]

Watch your back and keep an eye out for your team. Being aware of your surroundings is essential to winning at laser tag.[10] Make sure that you keep track of your team so that you can help them if they get into trouble. Keep an eye out for opponents that try to sneak around and flank you from behind.
Almost all laser tag vests have a sensor on the back, but ask if you have one just to be sure. You can’t be hit from behind if there’s no sensor on your back.

EditMaking Tactical Decisions
Take the higher ground whenever possible. If your play area has multiple levels, it is a good idea to get as high as possible. If you’re up high, you have a vantage point over the rest of the map. This will make it easier to spot and shoot at enemies.[11]
Being up high can be dangerous, since you’ll be a target for your opponent. Consider bringing a teammate to cover your back.[12]

Stay low behind cover to reduce your vulnerability. If you stand out in the open, you’re giving your opponent an easier shot. Try to keep the majority of your vest behind cover so that you’re harder to hit.[13]
If you have to go out into the open, stay low while you’re moving. This will make you harder to aim at, and your opponent might not even see you moving.

Keep an exit route nearby if things get messy. You don’t want to end up in a sticky situation with no way of getting out. When you move to a certain part of the map, try to identify where you could hide or run away before going any further.

Avoid staying in one place for too long. Unless you’re intentionally defending a good position, you’ll need to move often to stay safe. It’s easier for an opponent to hit a target when it’s standing still, and moving a lot will make it harder for them to keep track of where you are.[14]

Hide if you get shot and regain your composure. Most games of laser tag give you multiple “lives” and let you continue playing after you’ve been shot. If you get hit, the odds are that you’ll be removed from combat temporarily. This is a good time to find a spot to hide and catch your breath.
Slow your breathing while you wait and relax. This will make sure that you’re ready to move when you’re able to reenter combat!

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Today in History for 4th June 2019

Historical Events

1850 – Empire Engine Company No 1 organized
1859 – Second Italian War of Independence: Battle of Magenta, results in a French-Sardinian victory under Napoleon III over the Austrians under Marshal Ferencz Gyulai
1919 – US marines invade Costa Rica
1940 – British complete the “Miracle of Dunkirk” by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats
1964 – Test Cricket debut of Geoff Boycott v Australia at Trent Bridge, 48
1973 – A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain

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Famous Birthdays

1700 – Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1759)
1912 – Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (great iron sculptures)
1916 – Fernand Leduc, Canadian painter (The Automatistes)
1930 – Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), born in Pleasantville, New York (d. 2018)
1948 – Rosemary Joyce, model/actress (Daphne Draper-Search For Tomorrow)
1956 – John Treacy, marathonr (Olympic silver 1984)

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Famous Deaths

1926 – Fred Spofforth, Australian cricket fast bowler (“The Demon” – 18 Tests, 94 wickets @ 18.41), dies of chronic colitis at 72
1937 – Donald Eligon, cricketer, dies of blood poisoning from a nail in his boot at 28
1942 – Reinhard Heydrich, German Nazi leader (head of Bohemia and Moravia and the Reich Main Security Office), dies a week after an assassination attempt at 38
1994 – Thomas Stuart Willan, historian, dies at 84
1994 – Sophie Winter, actress (She’s a Good Fighter), dies at 33
2011 – Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)

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How to Remove Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions make your eyes look lovely, but they don’t last forever. Lash extensions are secured with a very strong adhesive that resists soap and water, so they won’t come off easily. You’ll need to break down the glue before you can remove the extensions without damaging your natural lashes. Fortunately, you can remove your lashes at home using glue remover. If your lashes are starting to fall off, you can remove the rest with steam and oil. However, it’s best to get your eyelash extensions removed by a professional technician.

EditSteps
EditApplying Glue Remover at Home
Buy a professional grade eyelash extension glue remover. Since the glue used to apply eyelash extensions is very strong, regular eyelash glue remover may not work on your lashes. Get glue remover that’s labeled for use on eyelash extensions and that says it’s “professional grade.”[1]
You can find eyelash extension glue remover at a drugstore, in a beauty supply store, or online.

If you had your extensions professionally done, ask the technician which solvent they uses. Then, see if you can purchase it from them.

Remove your eye makeup to easily see where the extensions start. Apply eye makeup remover to a cotton swab or pad, then wipe it over your eyes. Be sure to remove all of your mascara and eyeliner. This will allow you to identify where your real lashes end and the extensions begin.[2]
You can use your normal makeup remover for this step.

Don’t use a cotton ball or a fuzzy pad, since these could leave lint or cotton fibers behind on your lashes.

Place under-eye pads below your eyes to protect your skin. Under-eye pads are thin, C-shaped pads that have an adhesive on the back. You can use these pads to protect the delicate skin under your eyes. To apply them, pull the back off the adhesive side of a pad. Then, position the pad under your eye with the scooped out side facing your eye. Lightly pat along the surface of the pad to make it stick.[3]
This step is optional, but it will help keep the glue remover off of your skin. If you get the glue remover on your skin, it may cause itching or irritation.

You can find under eye pads at your local beauty supply store or online.

Apply eyelash glue remover to 2 brush applicators or spoolies. Use disposable brush applicators or spoolies so you can easily apply the glue remover to your lashes. Coat the brush end of both applicators or spoolies with the glue remover. Then, set 1 of the applicators or spoolies aside for later.[4]
You’re going to use 1 applicator or spoolie to apply the glue remover. Then, you’ll use the second applicator to remove your extensions.

If you prefer, wait to apply the glue remover to the second applicator until you need it. However, it will be difficult for you to see after you apply the glue remover because your eyes will be closed. It’s best to do this ahead of time.

Set the second applicator or spoolie down somewhere close by so that you can easily find it with your eyes closed.

Close the eye you’re working on so you don’t get the glue remover in it. The glue remover can sting and irritate your eyes, so it’s important that you don’t get it in them. Tightly close your eyes before you apply the remover, then leave them closed until you’re finished removing the extensions.[5]
It’s best if you can have someone help you apply the glue remover and take off your extensions. That way, they can apply the glue remover to both eyes at the same time so you’ll be able to finish the process faster. Typically, this is the way a professional technician will do it. However, it’s okay to do it yourself if you don’t have help.

Swipe the applicator or spoolie from the midpoint of your lashes to the tips. Pull the applicator or spoolie through your lashes like you’re applying mascara. However, focus on the ends of your lashes where the extensions are applied. You don’t need to get the glue remover on your natural lashes below the extensions.[6]
It’s okay to open the eye you aren’t working on so you can see what you’re doing. Just make sure you keep the eye you’re working on closed.

Sweep glue remover on the lower part of your lashes, avoiding the lash line. Apply a thin layer of glue remover just below the midpoint on your lashes. This will make sure that all of the glue dissolves. However, don’t put the glue remover on the roots of your lashes or your lash line. It may irritate your skin, and you don’t want to risk getting it into your eye.[7]
It’s okay to skip this step if you know you’ve already coated the area where the glue is located. You just need to apply the remover over the glue itself.

Let the glue remover sit for 3 minutes so it can break down the glue. Set a timer and wait 3 minutes for the glue remover to dissolve the glue. Leave your eye closed while the glue remover is on your lashes. Don’t rinse off the remover after 3 minutes because you still need to remove the extensions.[8]
Some glue removers may recommend leaving the product on for up to 5 minutes. Read your label to check the instructions for the product you’re using.

Pull the second applicator or spoolie through your lashes to remove the extensions. Retrieve the second applicator or spoolie that you coated with glue remover earlier. Then, slowly pull the applicator or spoolie through your lashes, starting below the midpoint. The lash extensions should come off in the brush. Use your fingers to pick the lashes off the applicator or spoolie, then continue working until all of your extensions are gone.[9]
You may need to make several passes to remove all of your extensions. You’ll know they’re all gone when you just see your natural lashes, which will be shorter and an even length.

Discard the extensions once you’ve removed them.

Use a gentle eye makeup remover to clean away excess glue remover. Soak a cotton swab or pad with your makeup remover, then wipe it over your eyes to clean away any excess glue or glue remover. Make several passes to make sure the area is totally clean.[10]
If you want to cleanse your face, it’s okay to do that instead.

EditUsing Steam and Oil
Remove your eye makeup so you can tell where your natural lashes end. Use a gentle eye makeup remover to wipe away any mascara or eyeliner. This makes it easier for you to see where your real lashes end and the extensions begin.[11]
Use your normal makeup remover to clean your eyes.

Fill a bowl with steaming hot water. Boil water on the stove or in the microwave. Then, carefully pour the water into a heat-safe bowl. Set the bowl on a table or countertop where you can bend down over it.[12]
If you like, you can add some essential oils to the bowl to help you relax. For instance, you might add 2-3 drops of lavender, tea tree, peppermint, or eucalyptus essential oil to the water.

Put a towel over your head, then lean over the steam for 15 minutes. Set your timer for 15 minutes, then drape the towel over your head and lean forward. Be careful not to get too close to the water, as it could scald your face. Position the towel so that it encircles the bowl and traps in the steam. Keep your head over the steaming bowl for 15 minutes.[13]
The steam will loosen the glue on your extensions so it comes off more easily.

Soak a cotton swab in olive or coconut oil. Pour olive oil or coconut oil onto a cotton swab. Make sure that it’s really saturated, as dry cotton may scratch or irritate the skin around your eyes.[14]
If you’re using coconut oil, you may need to microwave the oil for a few seconds to get it into a liquid state.

You may need to use multiple cotton swabs to get off all of the lashes, so have extras on hand.

Swipe the oil over your eyelashes until all of your extensions come off. Start at the inner corner of your eye and pull the cotton swab across your lashes. Make several passes to coat the extensions in the oil. Once the oil coats your lashes, the extensions should start to come off. Keep wiping until all of the eyelash extensions are removed.[15]
If your skin starts to feel irritated, stop wiping immediately. Wash your face, then see a professional to get the remaining extensions removed.

If necessary, apply more oil to your cotton swab or get a new swab.

Don’t simply pull off the extensions, as this can damage your natural lashes.

If the extensions don’t wipe away easily, comb the oil through them with a spoolie, then let it sit for a minute. Once it’s had a chance to soak in, run the spoolie through your lashes again to comb out the extensions.

Use a gentle cleanser to wash away the excess oil. After you’ve removed all of your extensions, apply a pea-size amount of mild facial cleanser to your skin. Work the cleanser over your face to remove any excess oil from your skin. Rinse your face with cool water, then pat it dry with a clean towel.[16]
It’s okay to use your normal facial cleanser to clean away the oil.

EditGetting a Professional Removal
Go back to the salon technician who applied your extensions. Eyelash extensions are most often affixed using surgical-grade glues, which are a type of superglue. This type of glue is extremely difficult to remove without the proper tools and chemical solutions, so it’s best to return to your eyelash technician. Make an appointment with them to get your eyelashes removed.[17]
If you’ve had your lashes for less than a week, then it’s very important that you go back to your technician. It’s very difficult to remove a full set of extensions that have only recently been applied.

Go to a different salon if you’re concerned about the application. While eyelash extensions are generally safe, sometimes people make mistakes, especially if they’re a beginner or lack proper training. If you have any concerns about how your extensions were applied, go to a different salon to have them removed. For instance, you might want to see a different technician if you experienced any of the following:[18]
Unprofessional, crooked, patchy, or unattractive eye lashes

Pain around your eyes

Itching or stinging around your eyes

Eye redness

See a doctor if you’re experiencing pain, irritation, redness, or swelling. In some cases, eyelash extensions can cause an allergic reaction or lead to an infection. Similarly, improperly applied lashes may cause pain, irritation, and damage. If you’re getting your lashes removed because they’re bothering you, it’s best to see a doctor so you can get proper treatment.[19]
In rare cases, an infection can cause serious complications, so don’t hesitate to see your doctor. You’ll likely receive a referral to an ophthalmologist, who can make sure your eyes are okay.

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You can also try the oil removal process with baby oil or oil-based eye makeup remover. Make sure to work the oil into the lash line thoroughly before attempting to lift the lashes out.

If either of the home removal treatments don’t work for you, go to a professional to have the extensions removed.

EditWarnings
Do not pull eyelash extensions off. Your real lashes will come off with the fake lashes.

Eyelash extensions can permanently damage your natural lashes if they’re improperly applied or removed. It’s best to work with a trained professional.[20]
Eyelash extensions can result in pain or an infection, especially if your technician isn’t properly trained. If you notice any pain, irritation, redness, swelling, or vision issues, visit your doctor immediately.[21]
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