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

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

All water toilets should be like this.

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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

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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

Ilona Z
Community Member
3 years ago

more practical but less funn with "3D puzzle"

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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

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

And a conversation piece as well! 😃

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Ilona Z
Community Member
3 years ago

ha! thats something for me! "do you see the mont blanck?" "eeeeeeeeeehhh... yes. yes i do. somewhere... over there... indeed."

Kwihui Halliday
Community Member
3 years ago

Low tech brilliance! It'll never break, and good in all weather.

Gina Lepore Vallino
Community Member
3 years ago

Brilliant!

A S Koziol
Community Member
3 years ago

Simplicity is the essence of elegance!

MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

wow... just wow

Mare Freed
Community Member
3 years ago

Sometimes low-tech is the best way! Who needs a mountain-finding app when this could have done the same thing a thousand years ago? :-)

Vicky Nguyen
Community Member
3 years ago

It would be interesting to look through all of the pipes.

Robyn Denton
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea

Julie Lynn
Community Member
3 years ago

WOW! Way Cool :) :D!

David Cahyo
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow there's a lot of mountains in switzerland 😂

Nick P
Community Member
3 years ago

Wat an wonderful idea..

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

and no one can steal them either *L*

Maria
Community Member
3 years ago

interesting idea

Sykz
Community Member
3 years ago

Just Wow!!

Anna Mosé
Community Member
3 years ago

This is a super smart idea! Where is it exactly? On which path?

Jef Bateman
Community Member
3 years ago

I used to see these in a few national parks in the US. I think they are not so common because people vandalize them.

Leo Fitzsimon
Community Member
2 years ago

Hey, that's clever, wonderful idea.

Lisa Walton
Community Member
2 years ago

Until there's a SPIDER IN ONE!

Cheng Amos
Community Member
3 years ago

😂👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Debbie Learman
Community Member
3 years ago

Nice surprise for tourists!

Peggy Gregg
Community Member
3 years ago

Switzerland sign post.

Barb Makortoff
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea

Peppe
Community Member
3 years ago

Marvelous

_WEIRD_ONE_
Community Member
3 years ago

my parents "c'mon sarah! lets go!" me "no! MUST.LOOK.THROUGH. ALL. OF. DAH. PIES!" *forgets if i looked into that one already* "welp... gotta restart!"

Dani Rogue
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow !!!

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

Brilliant!

Kami
Community Member
3 years ago

And where can we find it? Never heard of this in Switzerland ^^'

Irene Walton
Community Member
3 years ago

excellent

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
3 years ago

Are there that many in one place?

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

No one can tell you that you lost your mountain with this device

Chandra Cannon
Community Member
3 years ago

Neat

Andree Leder
Community Member
3 years ago

Love it .....

Karen Curnow
Community Member
3 years ago

For Ben

Chrissy Collins
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing

Lucy O'Farrell
Community Member
3 years ago

That's awesome!

Susan Ramsay
Community Member
3 years ago

We need this here in Colorado on I25 near the AF Academy.

Dennis Raymond
Community Member
3 years ago

How about these in the Cascades and the Olympics?

Eddie Heron
Community Member
3 years ago

These days, they could easily have ONE l’ensemble with on screen horiz & vert arrows - or menu driven also possible, all with a personal adjust for comfort. T.his looks difficult for all but the tall and flexible! Just sayin'

Remi A. Paulin
Community Member
3 years ago

They should make them out of stainless steel - more durable !

Carol Blackburn
Community Member
3 years ago

Now this is sooooo cool!

Rumour Asit
Community Member
3 years ago

Neat!

Christopher Chang
Community Member
3 years ago

Which end to see through ?

Amanda Kirby
Community Member
3 years ago

So cool!

pajd
Community Member
3 years ago

Imaginative too!

Masaya Ichikawa
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea!!

lazy_panda
Community Member
3 years ago

neat!!

Sierra Wolf
Community Member
3 years ago

Can there be that many mountains?? Great idea!

Billy Bob
Community Member
3 years ago

pvc

Anna Mosé
Community Member
3 years ago

I live in Switzerland, where is this faboulous idea? I want to go and see it!

Sarah Laurent
Community Member
3 years ago

Switzerland here too :) +/- here : https://map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=ech&lang=fr&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe&layers=ch.swisstopo.zeitreihen,ch.bfs.gebaeude_wohnungs_register,ch.bav.haltestellen-oev,ch.swisstopo.swisstlm3d-wanderwege,KML%7C%7Chttps:%2F%2Fpublic.geo.admin.ch%2FKxdarTRmSda25SXxCvdzLg&layers_visibility=false,false,true,true,true&layers_timestamp=18641231,,,,&zoom=9&E=2566006.14&N=1108156.25 According to my resarches on the web

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Jiří Schindler
Community Member
3 years ago

Just genius

Siddharth Rath
Community Member
3 years ago

Simple yet effective design.

Gabriel Henderson
Community Member
3 years ago

its amazing

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
3 years ago

That's so cool!

Jay Kay
Community Member
3 years ago

love it even more

Hamdhaan Hassan
Community Member
3 years ago

smart

Ani Archeron
Community Member
3 years ago

how do you know which end to look through?

Rhân
Community Member
3 years ago

At the latest when you look through it and see nothing special :D

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Jean Donahue
Community Member
3 years ago

I can imagine people getting rust flakes in their eyes and suing whomever decided these were a good idea.

Ian Mansfield
Community Member
3 years ago

All I can think of is this kind of thing out west... put your eye up to it and all you see is a nest of spiders coming straight towards your face.

glowworm2
Community Member
3 years ago

What if you're really short though and can't look through some of those telescopes? XD!

Sally Parker
Community Member
3 years ago

Thought it was some weird male sex toy

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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

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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

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MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

I would love this!

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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

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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

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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

CarrollPC Report

Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

haha love this one!!!!!

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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

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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

Alia Ris
Community Member
3 years ago

why the other sign is upside down?

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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

Sašo Muc
Community Member
3 years ago

i thought you get head in other side... haha

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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

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

sweet

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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

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

The way they make sheets now, you really need this. I waste 10 minutes just trying to figure out how to put the damn things on the right way.

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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

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh excellent!

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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.

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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

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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

CelSlade
Community Member
3 years ago

Genius!

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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

booHguy
Community Member
3 years ago

Because everybody does not like sun...

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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

MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

Seen these, quite fun

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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

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 years ago

Sweet!!

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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

MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

dam

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#41

You Can Rent Sleeping Cabins At This Airport

You Can Rent Sleeping Cabins At This Airport

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rahul Babu
Community Member
3 years ago

Genius!

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#47

This Checkout Has No Candy For Parents With Kids

This Checkout Has No Candy For Parents With Kids

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Rahul Babu
Community Member
3 years ago

Pure evil!

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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

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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

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Andrew Gibb
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3 years ago

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what are those? Tents for ants?!!

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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

Alia Ris
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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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

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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

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 years ago

We need these in New Zealand.

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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

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