According to Tim Antoniuk, an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta, we can all intuitively sense what good design is and isn't.

"Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems," he told Bored Panda in one interview.

For Antoniuk, good design is "intuitive, [...] deeply sympathetic and empathetic to the user at all levels, and at some level, it is emotional."

So as much as we at Bored Panda like to make fun of crappy design, this time we decided to compile a different kind of list. Whether it's a space-saving Tetris cat tower or a skatepark shaped like bacon and eggs, continue scrolling and check out these prime examples of human ingenuity.

#1

Carpet Patterned Street

Carpet Patterned Street

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Manta
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1 month ago

Does anyone know where this is at?

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#2

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine Appears On The Dish When Sauce Is Poured On It

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine Appears On The Dish When Sauce Is Poured On It

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Blue of the yams
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1 month ago

Oh that's incredible.

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Back in the late 1970s, Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer, was becoming increasingly concerned by the state of the world around him. He called it "an impenetrable confusion of forms, colors, and noises."

Realizing that he was a significant contributor to that world, Rams asked himself an important question: is my design good design?

His answer is expressed in his ten principles for good design.

#3

This College Made A Water Bottle With A Map Of The Campus On It. It Also Shows Places Where You Can Fill It Up

This College Made A Water Bottle With A Map Of The Campus On It. It Also Shows Places Where You Can Fill It Up

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 month ago

That's a really neat idea! That way we wouldn't get too lost in the college

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#4

This Benjamin Franklin Mug I Just Got With A Slot To Make The End Of Your Tea Bag The Kite

This Benjamin Franklin Mug I Just Got With A Slot To Make The End Of Your Tea Bag The Kite

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80 Van
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1 month ago

Aside from the picture, this is an amazing idea for a tea mug. It’s so frustrating when the tag goes into the cup.

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1. Good design is innovative. Technological development is constantly offering new opportunities for innovative design; innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.

2. Good design makes a product useful. People buy products to use them. It has to satisfy certain criteria, it has to emphasize the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding things that could lessen it.

3. Good design is aesthetic. The beauty of a product is integral to its usefulness because the products we use every day affect us and our well-being. A product can't be well-executed if it is not beautiful.

#5

The Bollards Outside This School In Dublin Look Like Pencils

The Bollards Outside This School In Dublin Look Like Pencils

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Priscilla Reshell
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1 month ago

That's pretty cool

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#6

A Skate Shop & A Butcher Shop Are Located Next To Each Other. They Share One Sign

A Skate Shop & A Butcher Shop Are Located Next To Each Other. They Share One Sign

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Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

Clever

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4. Good design makes a product understandable; it clarifies the product's structure. Better still, it can make the product "talk." If a product is designed flawlessly, it is pretty much self-explanatory.

5. Good design is unobtrusive. Products fulfill a purpose. They're like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, leaving room for the user's self-expression.

6. Good design is honest. It does not try to manipulate the consumer; it doesn't promise what it can't deliver.

7. Good design is long-lasting. It avoids fashion trends so therefore it never appears like an antique from the middle ages. Unlike fashionable design, good design lasts many years – even in today's fast-paced world.

#7

The Logo On My Umbrella Only Shows Up When Wet

The Logo On My Umbrella Only Shows Up When Wet

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 month ago

Now that's some neat branding that I can get behind

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#8

This Is Beautiful

This Is Beautiful

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 month ago

Plot twist: this is a message to all humans that cats rule us.

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8. Good design is thorough down to the last detail. Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance: care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the user.

9. Good design is environmentally friendly. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.

10. Good design is as little design as possible. You've heard it a thousand times, less is better. As cliché as it sounds, Dieter Rams believes it to be true. Good design concentrates on the essentials and does not place unnecessary burdens on the product.

Do you think Rams would like this list? Tell us in the comments!

#9

This Crane Has Giraffe Print

This Crane Has Giraffe Print

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Priscilla Reshell
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1 month ago

I wonder how long it took to paint that

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#10

This Bench That Looks Like A Book

This Bench That Looks Like A Book

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I'm curious on what the text says tbh, but I guess I'll read on it later.

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#11

My Friend's House Key Is Shaped Like A Sword

My Friend's House Key Is Shaped Like A Sword

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80 Van
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1 month ago

You could play Sword in the Stone every time you unlocked the door.

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#12

My Raincoat Reveals A Floral Pattern When Wet

My Raincoat Reveals A Floral Pattern When Wet

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 month ago

That's really cool. I want this.

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#13

The Inside Of The Pizza Box Was A Tuxedo

The Inside Of The Pizza Box Was A Tuxedo

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Beeps
Community Member
1 month ago

And it makes you look like a very messy eater :D

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#14

This Bench Is Made From A Curled-Up Paving Stone

This Bench Is Made From A Curled-Up Paving Stone

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Nicky Hargrave
Community Member
1 month ago

This is actually Newcastle upon Tyne outside the Laing Art Gallery. I've sat on that bench and can confirm that it is not very comfortable.

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#15

This Barbie Doll With Vitiligo

This Barbie Doll With Vitiligo

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Tiny Dancer
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1 month ago

Great to see! Yeah, Barbie has been diversifying for quite some time now. Barbies-60...0db003.jpg Barbies-60c22cf0db003.jpg

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#16

National Geographic Gallery Uses Its Logo As A Door Handle

National Geographic Gallery Uses Its Logo As A Door Handle

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 month ago

It looks like they know how to handle things, including their building

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#17

I Have A Clock Where The Numbers Rotate Rather Than The Hands

I Have A Clock Where The Numbers Rotate Rather Than The Hands

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80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

I love that so much.

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#18

My Space-Saving Cat Tower

My Space-Saving Cat Tower

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Tetris shapes for the win

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#19

This Brand Of Coffee Changes The Design For Decaffeinated Coffee

This Brand Of Coffee Changes The Design For Decaffeinated Coffee

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mulk
Community Member
1 month ago

cute

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#20

Astronomical Makeup Palette

Astronomical Makeup Palette

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Potatogamers2
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1 month ago

I want Uranus on my face

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#21

This Swiss Bottled Water

This Swiss Bottled Water

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, that's actually really cool. (No pun intended)

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#22

The Air Vents On A Subway In Stockholm Have A Hidden Pacman Easter Egg

The Air Vents On A Subway In Stockholm Have A Hidden Pacman Easter Egg

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Some Cool Guy
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1 month ago

And now the pacman sound effect is playing in my head...

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#23

The Wolf On This Van Has Eyes Which Light Up With The Brake Lights

The Wolf On This Van Has Eyes Which Light Up With The Brake Lights

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Aeon Flux
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1 month ago

Wow!

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#24

My Husband’s Fully Reflective Iridescent Rain Set

My Husband’s Fully Reflective Iridescent Rain Set

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Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
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1 month ago

When you come out

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#25

This Whale Tissue Dispenser

This Whale Tissue Dispenser

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

Should it be wet wipes?

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#26

You Can "Light" And "Extinguish" The Flames On The Menorah

You Can "Light" And "Extinguish" The Flames On The Menorah

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

Now that is very enlighting

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#27

A Wet Floor Sign In The Shape Of A Shark Fin

A Wet Floor Sign In The Shape Of A Shark Fin

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

There is somefin lurking in the corner.

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#28

There’s A Skatepark Shaped Like Bacon And Eggs An Hour Out Of Seattle

There’s A Skatepark Shaped Like Bacon And Eggs An Hour Out Of Seattle

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TmKhr
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1 month ago

Now you can be part of the breakfast

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#29

The Handle To This Knife Shop Door Is Also A Knife

The Handle To This Knife Shop Door Is Also A Knife

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Mihai Mara
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1 month ago

Wouldn't want to know how the door handle of the sex shop nearby looks like. :)))

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#30

A Bench In The Library Of Alexandria

A Bench In The Library Of Alexandria

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Lavendar rose
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1 month ago

What about that ceiling ! Wow , beautiful!!

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#31

My Desk Notes Are On A Tiny Shipping Pallet

My Desk Notes Are On A Tiny Shipping Pallet

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kasa alex
Community Member
1 month ago

So cute!

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#32

An Ashtray That Gives A Visual Representation Of The Negative Effects Of Smoking Cigarettes

An Ashtray That Gives A Visual Representation Of The Negative Effects Of Smoking Cigarettes

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Blue of the yams
Community Member
1 month ago

Yuck! A message a lot of people need to see.

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#33

The Pills Which Help Regulate My Heart Rate Are Shaped Like Hearts

The Pills Which Help Regulate My Heart Rate Are Shaped Like Hearts

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Elena Ktmr
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1 month ago

What if Viagra had the same idea? Lol!

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#34

Fork At The Eiffel Tower Is The Eiffel Tower

Fork At The Eiffel Tower Is The Eiffel Tower

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Blue of the yams
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1 month ago

The Eiffork Tower

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#35

This Subway Train Has Clouds On The Ceiling To Look Like The Sky

This Subway Train Has Clouds On The Ceiling To Look Like The Sky

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Lisa McComish
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1 month ago

Did you notice the floor is green?

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#36

A Little Crab Pen Holder I Found In Tokyo

A Little Crab Pen Holder I Found In Tokyo

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mulk
Community Member
1 month ago

cute

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#37

The Blossoms On My LEGO Bonsai Are Small Frogs

The Blossoms On My LEGO Bonsai Are Small Frogs

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Jessica Cole
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1 month ago

I want!!!

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#38

This Jar Is Shaped To Look Like A Ziplock Bag

This Jar Is Shaped To Look Like A Ziplock Bag

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Priscilla Reshell
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1 month ago

You go to zip it to find that it's glass

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#39

Here's A Street Lamp That Was Designed To Look Like A Paintbrush

Here's A Street Lamp That Was Designed To Look Like A Paintbrush

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Blue of the yams
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1 month ago

Oh that is so cool

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#40

Our Wedding Bands Are Laser Engraved With Each Other's Fingerprint

Our Wedding Bands Are Laser Engraved With Each Other's Fingerprint

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DogLady
Community Member
1 month ago

Points for creativity!!

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#41

This Clock With Words Only

This Clock With Words Only

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Blue of the yams
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow!

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#42

Spotted This Amazing Door Stop At Work

Spotted This Amazing Door Stop At Work

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Jihan Kim
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1 month ago

hold the door!!!!! ...... ho dor...

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#43

This Sugar Cube Shaped Like A Tea Pot

This Sugar Cube Shaped Like A Tea Pot

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Blue of the yams
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1 month ago

I want this in my life so badly

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#44

Somebody In My City Is Walking Around With The Prettiest Soles I've Seen So Far

Somebody In My City Is Walking Around With The Prettiest Soles I've Seen So Far

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Aeon Flux
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1 month ago

Topography?

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#45

Saw This Awesome Metallica Plate On The Freeway Today

Saw This Awesome Metallica Plate On The Freeway Today

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James016
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1 month ago

\m/

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#46

My Local Bakery Has Started Putting BLM On Their Bread

My Local Bakery Has Started Putting BLM On Their Bread

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Eric Law
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1 month ago

Bountiful loaves matter.

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#47

This Lamp With Individual Switches You Can Turn On And Off

This Lamp With Individual Switches You Can Turn On And Off

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80 Van
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1 month ago

Unless there is one master switch, that would be cool for a bit but become super tedious.

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#48

This Building In Chicago Has A Map Of The Surrounding Area With Its Own Location Marked

This Building In Chicago Has A Map Of The Surrounding Area With Its Own Location Marked

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
1 month ago

Also, phallic obelisk for scale :D (with glowing balls... whaaahahahaha !)

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#49

Cool Tables In Plymouth That Look Like It's Anti-Gravity

Cool Tables In Plymouth That Look Like It's Anti-Gravity

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Annabeth Chase
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1 month ago

I was confused for a second, then I remembered chains don't normally do that

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#50

These Bollards Outside A School Shaped Like Pencils

These Bollards Outside A School Shaped Like Pencils

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Priscilla Reshell
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1 month ago

I'm guessing a lot of schools are doing this

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