While some smart people are trying to take people to Mars or transfer their minds into machines, others are developing genius ideas that focus on our earthly everyday lives. But it doesn't mean they're less worthy! Bored Panda has compiled a list of smart inventions and designs you didn't know you needed, and they're as awesome as they're simple.

From rethinking elevators to coming up with clever ideas for pill bottles, these simple solutions prove the brilliance of candor. We're constantly in a rush, trying to do a gazillion things at once, and it's often the little things that get in the way. Scroll down to check out the life hacks with which we can tackle them and upvote these cool photos!

#1

Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

amazon.com Report

Vicky Zar
Community Member
3 years ago

I would hit the upvote button a million times, if I could

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#2

Free Coffee In Exchange For Some Rubbish

Free Coffee In Exchange For Some Rubbish

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey.. that's so great!

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#3

These Traffic Lights In Ukraine

These Traffic Lights In Ukraine

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

That's cool! And pretty at night too. BONUS!

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#4

The Design Of This Water Fountain Lets The Water Flow Down So Dogs Can Drink Too

The Design Of This Water Fountain Lets The Water Flow Down So Dogs Can Drink Too

rubenmleon Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea!

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#5

This Sign Is 100% Necessary

This Sign Is 100% Necessary

reddit.com Report

Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

Safety first... well thought out!

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#6

My New Desk's Parts Came Separated By Steps Instead Of By Item

My New Desk's Parts Came Separated By Steps Instead Of By Item

SandyDFS Report

Peak25500
Community Member
3 years ago

Really clever!

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#7

Mountain Finder Device In Switzerland

Mountain Finder Device In Switzerland

reddit.com Report

Saurabh Nagar
Community Member
3 years ago

cheap and longlasting

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#8

Accessibility Matt On The Beach For Wheelchairs And Strollers

Accessibility Matt On The Beach For Wheelchairs And Strollers

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Alia Ris
Community Member
3 years ago

every beach should have this!!

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#9

This Toothpaste Describes Both Its Ingredients And Their Purpose

This Toothpaste Describes Both Its Ingredients And Their Purpose

TheLonelyCaricature Report

MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

If this was on everything...

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#10

This Elevator Has A Call Button 30 Feet Away So The Doors Will Be Open By The Time You Get To Them

This Elevator Has A Call Button 30 Feet Away So The Doors Will Be Open By The Time You Get To Them

lukeallen1 Report

Ilona Z
Community Member
3 years ago

I bet I would keep forgeting to push it :-/

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#11

This Pill Bottle Lid Tells You When You Last Opened It

This Pill Bottle Lid Tells You When You Last Opened It

CptnBo Report

MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

extremely useful if you need to take your tablets/pill at a certain time each day

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#12

The Curtain Design In My Hotel Room Ensures That There Is No Annoying Light Gap In The Middle

The Curtain Design In My Hotel Room Ensures That There Is No Annoying Light Gap In The Middle

taharoto Report

Saurabh Nagar
Community Member
3 years ago

first world problems

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#13

This Elevator Has Buttons You Can Kick

This Elevator Has Buttons You Can Kick

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

Perfect for the guys from UPS, Fedex, etc...

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#14

The Roofs Of UPS Trucks Are Not Brown. They're Translucent So The Inside Of The Truck Doesn't Need To Be Lit During The Day

The Roofs Of UPS Trucks Are Not Brown. They're Translucent So The Inside Of The Truck Doesn't Need To Be Lit During The Day

mortalwombats Report

Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

Creative and energy saving!

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#15

In Copenhagen There Is A Childrens Bicycling Playgroud, Where They Can Practice Bicycling In The City, And Learn The Rules, Before They Enter The Streets

In Copenhagen There Is A Childrens Bicycling Playgroud, Where They Can Practice Bicycling In The City, And Learn The Rules, Before They Enter The Streets

MY2200 Report

Iveta Kociánová
Community Member
3 years ago

We have these everywhere in my country. Are these not common?

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#16

This Fence Is Shaped To Create Seating

This Fence Is Shaped To Create Seating

LLCenter Report

mulk
Community Member
3 years ago

Dangerous, if you sit with your smartphone in your backpocket ;)

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#17

Seniors And Handicapped People Can Extend Crossing Time For This 8 Lane Highway

Seniors And Handicapped People Can Extend Crossing Time For This 8 Lane Highway

Data_in_sg Report

MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

so good

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#18

This Restaurant Has A “Toepener” For People Who Want To Avoid Germs On The Doorknob

This Restaurant Has A “Toepener” For People Who Want To Avoid Germs On The Doorknob

happysunbear Report

Lee roberts
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish everywhere had this.

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#19

These Bikes Have Airless Tires

These Bikes Have Airless Tires

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

About time too!

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#20

This Swing Is Designed So That The Kid And The Parent Can Swing Together

This Swing Is Designed So That The Kid And The Parent Can Swing Together

Bearat Report

Minnie
Community Member
3 years ago

I'll probably keep my snacks up there

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#21

At My Work's Parking Lot The Paint Lines Continue Up The Wall To Help People Park

At My Work's Parking Lot The Paint Lines Continue Up The Wall To Help People Park

Cindypi13 Report

Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

I bet you'll still find suckers double parking 🤔🤔

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#22

Shopping Cart With A Calculator

Shopping Cart With A Calculator

Afrocean Report

Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

This would really help with the surprise and embarrassment at the cashier

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#23

This USB Drive Displays How Much Of Its Storage Is Being Used

This USB Drive Displays How Much Of Its Storage Is Being Used

thefifthgiant Report

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Now, this I like!

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#24

My Local Laundromat Has Gym Equipment To Use As You Are Waiting For Your Load To Finish

My Local Laundromat Has Gym Equipment To Use As You Are Waiting For Your Load To Finish

IgiveSmallTips Report

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm guessing that laundromat doesn't get any kids coming into it. That stuff wouldn't last 5 minutes in the laundromats I've been to.

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#25

These Sheets That Tell You What Side Of The Bed To Put Them On

These Sheets That Tell You What Side Of The Bed To Put Them On

oremornayr Report

Vicky Zar
Community Member
3 years ago

Need this! Need this! Need this!

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#26

My Roommate's Spatula Has A Stand So The Bit That Touches Your Food Doesn’t Touch The Counter

My Roommate's Spatula Has A Stand So The Bit That Touches Your Food Doesn’t Touch The Counter

Alentheflannel Report

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Why aren't they all made this way ?

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#27

My Bottle Of Canadian Whisky Came With Free Public Transportation

My Bottle Of Canadian Whisky Came With Free Public Transportation

Holmes870 Report

'That'guy
Community Member
3 years ago

Canadians...

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#28

These Chairs In A Ski Resort Restaurant Have Room For Your Gloves, Helmet, Hat Etc.

These Chairs In A Ski Resort Restaurant Have Room For Your Gloves, Helmet, Hat Etc.

kazarnowicz Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

So simple and so clever at the same time

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#29

This Airport Has A Therapy Dog For People To Pet Before They Fly

This Airport Has A Therapy Dog For People To Pet Before They Fly

CilTheBard Report

Anne
Community Member
3 years ago

I need to know which airport this is please, so I can go there to pet the puppies :)

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#30

This College Has Drink Coasters That Can Test For Common Rape Drugs

This College Has Drink Coasters That Can Test For Common Rape Drugs

Akalade Report

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Tragic that such things are needed.

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#31

My Local Coffee Shop Gives Free Compost Made From Their Used Coffee Grounds

My Local Coffee Shop Gives Free Compost Made From Their Used Coffee Grounds

dazz9573 Report

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

This is awesome! I'd love to get this for my garden.

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#32

These Batteries Have An USB Port To Charge Them

These Batteries Have An USB Port To Charge Them

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Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Smart idea!

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#33

My Work Laptop Has A Webcam Cover

My Work Laptop Has A Webcam Cover

Blaze24 Report

Rahul Babu
Community Member
3 years ago

Take that FBI

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#34

The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It's Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)

The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It's Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)

eigosensei Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Japanese people are so brilliant!!

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#35

My City Added A Safe, Public Place To Conduct Exchanges Made On The Internet. Directly In Front Of The Police Station

My City Added A Safe, Public Place To Conduct Exchanges Made On The Internet. Directly In Front Of The Police Station

durnJurta Report

Susan Ramsay
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! I think that is a great idea!

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#36

The Back Of This Park Bench Can Swing Back And Forth, Allowing The User To Face Either Direction

The Back Of This Park Bench Can Swing Back And Forth, Allowing The User To Face Either Direction

cwm2355 Report

Swathika Venkatesan
Community Member
3 years ago

I will try to make it stand straight in between... :p

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#37

Some Roads In Australia Are So Long And Boring They Have Trivia Signs To Keep Drivers Alert

Some Roads In Australia Are So Long And Boring They Have Trivia Signs To Keep Drivers Alert

eppinizer Report

Alia Ris
Community Member
3 years ago

they should also have a sign to remind driver not to cheat by googling the answer. :p

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#38

This Bar Has A Frost Strip To Rest Your Drink On So It Stays Cold

This Bar Has A Frost Strip To Rest Your Drink On So It Stays Cold

Wolfos31 Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

That's cool! ^_-

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#39

Benches In Sweden Are Very Friend And Couple Friendly

Benches In Sweden Are Very Friend And Couple Friendly

iBleeedorange Report

PyroarRanger
Community Member
3 years ago

Cute! I'd love to use this with my girlfriend!

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#40

My Hotel Room Comes With A Complimentary Android Phone With Free Data And Calls

My Hotel Room Comes With A Complimentary Android Phone With Free Data And Calls

the_irrelevant_fox Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Here in India, these days Call and data has gone so cheaper that nobody even cares about them anymore.

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#41

You Can Rent Sleeping Cabins At This Airport

You Can Rent Sleeping Cabins At This Airport

SchaarMax Report

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Much better than having to sleep on the crappy seats in the waiting area.

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#42

My Local Library Has Dozens Of Different Cake Pans To Check Out

My Local Library Has Dozens Of Different Cake Pans To Check Out

flannelpancakes Report

Tarah G
Community Member
3 years ago

The most random thing ever to check out lol, I love it

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#43

This Inflatable Mattress Turns The Back Of Your Car Into A Bed

This Inflatable Mattress Turns The Back Of Your Car Into A Bed

amazon.com Report

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

I think this is so cool. Now I just need a car to put it in (I drive a pickup truck).

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#44

This Bridge Has A Crisis Hotline Machine

This Bridge Has A Crisis Hotline Machine

Crescent_Roses Report

MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

Its really sad that that is even there, much less the graffiti on it.

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#45

This Store Lets Customers Choose Whether They Want To Be Bothered By The Staff

This Store Lets Customers Choose Whether They Want To Be Bothered By The Staff

hand_ Report

Gavin Ivey
Community Member
3 years ago

We really need these at the local ACE Hardware stores. Can't get a foot in the door without someone asking to help.

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#46

This Highlighter Has A Clear Part To Show You What You're Highlighting

This Highlighter Has A Clear Part To Show You What You're Highlighting

chillin_krillin Report

Erin
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd use that, I always just end up drawing a line above the words I want to highlight

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#47

This Checkout Has No Candy For Parents With Kids

This Checkout Has No Candy For Parents With Kids

KrazoaSpirit Report

Beth
Community Member
3 years ago

Every supermarket in NZ has a treat-free checkout

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#48

This Tire Tells You To Change It When It's Time To Change It

This Tire Tells You To Change It When It's Time To Change It

notibutme Report

Peak25500
Community Member
3 years ago

Looking at the sides, it’s already late...

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#49

These Tiny Model Tents Give You A Look At What You’re Buying

These Tiny Model Tents Give You A Look At What You’re Buying

Arkenzie Report

just a thought!
Community Member
3 years ago

I would want to buy these , cause I'm obsessed with tiny houses for birds and things like that

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#50

This Ceiling Fan Differentiates The Light And Fan Chains With A Light And A Fan

This Ceiling Fan Differentiates The Light And Fan Chains With A Light And A Fan

hammurabi1337 Report

Pull King
Community Member
3 years ago

Do the mini ones work to ? That would be awesome

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#51

This Phone Charging Station Where You Have To Sit Down And Pedal To Get Power

This Phone Charging Station Where You Have To Sit Down And Pedal To Get Power

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Yousofukenprecious
Community Member
3 years ago

I need this at home lol

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#52

These Chairs Have A Notch Cut In Them To Keep Your Bag From Slipping Off

These Chairs Have A Notch Cut In Them To Keep Your Bag From Slipping Off

HOSSY95 Report

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea!

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#53

My Local Library Has Vault You Can Go Into To Talk On Your Phone

My Local Library Has Vault You Can Go Into To Talk On Your Phone

MrCrash2U Report

Jenn
Community Member
3 years ago

should of made this a phone booth or a tardis, just for the fun

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm sorry, I don't mean to be a grammar nazi, but I just can't stand it when someone writes "should of" instead of "should have".

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BlueDragons3
Community Member
3 years ago

As an introvert I’d want to stay in there and read books

SA Jane
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks like an old passway to get into a darkroom(photography).

Anne Lanham
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks very much like the rotating door things they had on the photography studio in my college.

B
Community Member
3 years ago

Surely it should be called the cylinder of silence?

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

Way better name.

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Daniel Losinger
Community Member
3 years ago

This has existed for about a hundred years. It is called a “phone booth.”

Ann Ros'a
Community Member
3 years ago

Bahahaaaahhh 😆😆😆😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣

Carole Dose
Community Member
3 years ago

Not so comfy if you're claustrophobic.

Trish Short Lewis
Community Member
3 years ago

A "Cone of Silence"!! (Get Smart reference...lol)

Nadia Bakker
Community Member
3 years ago

I need a cone of silence next to my room, just to make it cleared for people who don't understand "Do not enter my bedroom while yelling at your phone" requests.

Emily Dixon
Community Member
3 years ago

The fact that this is not a cone bothers me...

Debbie Learman
Community Member
3 years ago

Turn cell off and enjoy the library’s silence!

Leone Boyd
Community Member
3 years ago

Some people need to carry one of these everywhere with them!

JozeeMom
Community Member
3 years ago

Reminds me of the darkroom from 6th grade photography class...

Marilyn Slater
Community Member
3 years ago

'Cone of Silence' - A truly 'Get Smart' device!

Ruth Meszaros
Community Member
3 years ago

Now isn’t that original (not). Just a new style.

Phil Emore
Community Member
3 years ago

Most people WANT you to hear all the tawdry details of their pathetic lives...

Jason G. Clauß
Community Member
3 years ago

You mean a... booth... that you can use your... phone... in.

Oscar Casian
Community Member
3 years ago

to the CONE OF SILENCEE!

Natasha Hiscock
Community Member
3 years ago

ive seen these used before for dark rooms entrances and exits (for processing film), best idea!!

Christopher Chang
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder whether can scream your heart out in there, to let go some steam, without disturbing others ?

Dana Zuber
Community Member
3 years ago

Shouldnt a library be silent?

George Foster
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope superman can get out in a hurry !

JD Cassavaugh
Community Member
3 years ago

Cylinders are cones, hmm? Oh well, who uses math in the real world, anyway? 🤦

Nini Meow
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome place..

Vicki White
Community Member
3 years ago

You mean a phone booth?

Emily Eve
Community Member
3 years ago

the C O N E O F S I L E N C E

Debbie
Community Member
3 years ago

need this all over town and shops!!!

xolitaire
Community Member
3 years ago

So... a phone booth?

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
3 years ago

I think I would have a panic attack in that thing.

Adimu
Community Member
3 years ago

Nope, not with my claustrophobia.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
3 years ago

You go in a bookworm (me) and come out Dr. Who.

LRo
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome idea, however I'm too claustrophobic. I hate those spinning doors.

FreakCowHybrid
Community Member
3 years ago

THE CONE OF SILENCE

Jill Rhoads
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe it should also be called the ”cone of shame”?

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Max ! 99 !

Alia Ris
Community Member
3 years ago

that sign and that name look like something out of Twilight Zone episode! XD

Renee Wrede
Community Member
3 years ago

Why not go outside?

Elfmonkey
Community Member
3 years ago

"Nuclear protection on a budget!"

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a cylinder, not a cone.

Esther Rideout-Grimes
Community Member
3 years ago

Looking at the logo on it, I think it should be called Cell Zone but whoever made the sign thought it was a C rather than a Z

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#54

The Mirror In My Hotel In Japan Has A Heated Part That Won't Steam Up After A Shower

The Mirror In My Hotel In Japan Has A Heated Part That Won't Steam Up After A Shower

mdengler10 Report

MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

I kind of like the foggy windows, fun to play with

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#55

Rental Car In Ireland Has Dashboard Sticker That Reflects In The Windshield To Remind You What Side Of The Road To Drive On

Rental Car In Ireland Has Dashboard Sticker That Reflects In The Windshield To Remind You What Side Of The Road To Drive On

lambokid Report

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd need this if I was driving in Ireland. I'm from the US and I know I'd forget which side was the correct side.

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#56

At This Airport, They Have A Machine That Will Print Off Free Short Stories For You To Read While You Wait

At This Airport, They Have A Machine That Will Print Off Free Short Stories For You To Read While You Wait

MisallocatedRacism Report

Saurabh Nagar
Community Member
3 years ago

Do you have Roald Dahl?

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#57

Trash Bins In Copenhagen Are Angled So Cyclists Can Toss Their Trash While Biking

Trash Bins In Copenhagen Are Angled So Cyclists Can Toss Their Trash While Biking

DrChrispeee Report

Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

What if they miss!

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#58

This Elevator Shows How Close To Capacity It Is Based On The Weight Of The Riders

This Elevator Shows How Close To Capacity It Is Based On The Weight Of The Riders

bgrafnation Report