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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

Really clever!

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#7

Mountain Finder Device In Switzerland

Mountain Finder Device In Switzerland

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Saurabh Nagar
Community Member
2 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

canadianvintage Report

Alia Ris
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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

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MrFish
Community Member
2 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
2 years ago

first world problems

Bored Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

Most of the listed things are 'first world problems' but it is nice that also those problems can be solved. :)

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Gabriel Henderson
Community Member
2 years ago

two questions were do i get this and how much does it cost

Cathy Keiran
Community Member
2 years ago

Great for people with migraines

Siddharth Rath
Community Member
2 years ago

That's genius..... Like truly genius

HeatherJ
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG...every hotel needs this

Caroline Driver
Community Member
2 years ago

Umm...isn't this pretty fundamental and common?

Nick P
Community Member
2 years ago

Every hotel should implement this. It's really annoying to have those small gaps...

Valerie Davis
Community Member
2 years ago

clever !!

Sphinx905
Community Member
2 years ago

Curtains in the hangover position

GrumpyCat7
Community Member
2 years ago

So you can recover more peacefully in a darkened room when you're in a "hangover position" too!!! 😆

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Amanda Kirby
Community Member
2 years ago

This would be perfect for the black out curtains in our bedroom as my boyfriend works third shift.

William Wenzel
Community Member
2 years ago

Third shift people get no respect! Just lots of hard dirty work.

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Erin Sheppard
Community Member
2 years ago

I need this

Helen Holmes
Community Member
2 years ago

Been available to householder for years!

David_C Surrey
Community Member
2 years ago

These are normal curtain tracks. Since 1960 at least!

Bruce Robb
Community Member
2 years ago

Love this design, though I see it too seldom.

Hamster
Community Member
2 years ago

I need dis.

Terry Richards
Community Member
2 years ago

Where has everyone been living ... they've been doing this in the UK for prob 50 years !!!!

Debbie Learman
Community Member
2 years ago

Love it!

Debbie Learman
Community Member
2 years ago

Love this idea....I’d buy one for my bedroom!

Georgia Lowe
Community Member
2 years ago

These are in Premier inns, all over the UK.

Andrew Joseph
Community Member
2 years ago

nice

Shelly-Ann Marentette
Community Member
2 years ago

Would be handy at home too

Gordon Oldham
Community Member
2 years ago

This invention is about 50 years old

Eddie Heron
Community Member
2 years ago

Simple but effective, from generations ago. WHY isn’t it the default curtain mounting standard?

Pat Hege
Community Member
2 years ago

Would love this for my home

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
2 years ago

These are everywhere.

Faith Arnold
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought all curtain rails did this... well, except for the ones that take rings rather than hooks.

Azziza
Community Member
2 years ago

I need this in my house!

Mike Otley
Community Member
2 years ago

These were popular years ago.

Vicki White
Community Member
2 years ago

I need this in my bedroom

M.J. J.
Community Member
2 years ago

In counties where the Summer sun is out just about 24 hours, those curtain gaps are frustrating

Janice Kambarn
Community Member
2 years ago

This is an everyday traversing drapery rod. They are all made this way. Not a new idea.

Nikki Angulo
Community Member
2 years ago

I want this for my house! This is my biggest pet-peeve when staying in a hotel, now what about the light from the door gap?

Timothy Lewis
Community Member
2 years ago

That why i brought clothespin

Ángel del Castillo
Community Member
2 years ago

Meanwhile in Spain... persiana-e...e3a2a1.jpg persiana-exterior-mini-cajon-aluminio-con-persiana-termica-5aa15b5e3a2a1.jpg

Dennis Wong
Community Member
2 years ago

have you been living under a rock?

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
2 years ago

Seen this many times... not so special to me..

Annette Felix
Community Member
2 years ago

A very old idea. All our curtains were like this where I grew up.

Rhon
Community Member
2 years ago

Fantastic idea for hotels as they are usually in the city with way too much light.

Phil Barnes
Community Member
2 years ago

MY MOTHER HAD THESE CURTAIN TRACKS IN THE 1950'S

Christine Hickinbottom
Community Member
2 years ago

They used to always be that way years ago,

Dijana Alija
Community Member
2 years ago

This is what I need!!!!

Molly Block
Community Member
2 years ago

The little solutions in life bring big joy and satisfaction.

Lorraine Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

Good old Premier Inn

Glowdaddy
Community Member
2 years ago

Carry safety pins in your luggage, but not a bad idea

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember those from the 70s.

Hamdhaan Hassan
Community Member
2 years ago

this is so useful... every hotel should do this...

Just Carmen
Community Member
2 years ago

I need that gap in my curtains so I can see where I'm going if I get up in the middle of the night.

Gary Kenward
Community Member
2 years ago

Not new.

FM
Community Member
2 years ago

Standar

Sanne H.
Community Member
2 years ago

With better quality of fabric and good sewing skills, there won't be a light gap in the first place. 😇

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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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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

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Lee roberts
Community Member
2 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
2 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

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Minnie
Community Member
2 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
2 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

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Geedee Gituma
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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.

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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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just a thought!
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

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

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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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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