How To: Cool Off Without the AC

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It's hot. We mean ... well, most of you know what we mean. The cats have crawled off to lie on the floor of the shower -- it's dark and relatively cool there.

We've stripped down to the lightest clothes we own. There is no AC, and even if there were, we'd like to think we wouldn't turn it on.

If you live somewhere that's hot right now (like California), but not so hot that it would be dangerous to leave the AC off, what are you doing to stay cool?

We've got one interesting idea after the jump. Please add your own, too!

If you're feeling really ambitious, how about a homemade swamp cooler? If you already have a fan, you're halfway there.

The directions are at Instructables. We've also heard that putting a bucket of ice water in front of a fan works. Ever tried it?

image via Dmitry; sxc.hu

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