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

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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!

Bunzilla
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a great idea. If you're in a short car or on a motorcycle behind a van or truck, you can still see the signal. If you're on the sidewalk, it makes it much easier to see what's going on. Plus it just looks awesome.

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Geedee Gituma
Community Member
3 years ago

This is really helpful... mostly when there is a tall vehicle in front of you

Sanne H.
Community Member
3 years ago

Or you are in front of the line and the lights are high up. Happens to me a lot. I'm quite tall and driving a small car.

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Donna Reynolds
Community Member
3 years ago

How many lives could have been saved?

Elizabeth Lord Cary
Community Member
3 years ago

This should be everywhere!

Alex
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg that's soo cool

alwright
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg I love these! I grew up in Ukraine :D

Diane Herman
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes Yes Yes!!!

C.Marrero
Community Member
3 years ago

This seems more cool then useful

Сергей Сергеев
Community Member
3 years ago

Ok

Dennis Raymond
Community Member
3 years ago

Good innovation from Ukraine!

Kim Ma
Community Member
3 years ago

That's very thoughtful!

David Toh
Community Member
3 years ago

Traffic lights in the US are actually outdated compared to some countries. Also useful is the countdown timer from green to yellow.

Trudie Akin
Community Member
3 years ago

We have these in Turkey. Thing is, people get confused because you can see those green lights from the side too. It looks like green lights for everyone at first glance.

Maria
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome idea

Rhon
Community Member
3 years ago

Fantastic idea

Maria Bennett
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! That is so cool!

Bella Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

much safer a lot more clear

Christina Sersif
Community Member
3 years ago

would be great if you're stuck behind a really tall truck or van!

Evgeniy Shmelev
Community Member
2 years ago

Kyiv!

Butch Angel
Community Member
2 years ago

we need these

Leo Fitzsimon
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonderful idea... makes so much good sense..

Mert koç
Community Member
2 years ago

there are these lights in Izmir/Turkey

Robbie Ates
Community Member
2 years ago

Great Idea!

Rosie Arrington
Community Member
3 years ago

👍🏾

Debbie Learman
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this!

Олег Маликов
Community Member
3 years ago

What's new about this? There are many such traffic lights in Moscow. They've been working for couple of years already

Roberto Verezubov
Community Member
3 years ago

I love it!

Микола Кноповский
Community Member
3 years ago

we also like the inhabitants of the city

Jack Urquhart
Community Member
3 years ago

HEY... Why didn't I...

Andrew Joseph
Community Member
3 years ago

awesome idea!!! will see if can be implemented in India

Shelly-Ann Marentette
Community Member
3 years ago

Would be hard to miss these day or night, I think.

Sercan Uslu
Community Member
3 years ago

We have the same traffic lights in Izmir - Turkey as well

bob
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, I guess they need these...

Irene Walton
Community Member
3 years ago

we NEED this in Vancouver Canada!!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 years ago

Terrific idea, with big trucks in the way at times unable to see the lights.

Steven Block
Community Member
3 years ago

I would like to see digital timers at the intersections so people know how to they have to cross and how long they have before they should put the car into gear to start moving.

Sandy LeTourneau
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

There will never be the excuse that "I didn't see the light".

Halie Barela
Community Member
3 years ago

I wish the one by my house was like this maybe fewer red light runners

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

We need that here! (US) It would help just about every driver clearly see the lights! No more excuses of not seeing them.

Nancy Louise
Community Member
3 years ago

safer

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
3 years ago

You definitely can't miss that.

Andrew Wozniak
Community Member
3 years ago

Just like the start/finish pylons at Daytona International Speedway.

Nejad Bagherzadeh
Community Member
3 years ago

no excuse to jump the red then

LeAnne Sheldon
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea if you are not red/green colorblind.

Teresa Dougan
Community Member
3 years ago

Great idea. Easier to see. Why can't the US do this?

Eddie Heron
Community Member
3 years ago

No excuses!

Eddie Heron
Community Member
3 years ago

Though don’t forget to LOOK BOTH WAYS TOO!

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Penny Kastendieck
Community Member
3 years ago

We need these!

Harold Massey
Community Member
3 years ago

Definitely couldn't say you didn't see the red light.

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
3 years ago

Now everyone can see the lights change.

Barry Rashford
Community Member
3 years ago

I love it and it will brighten the city

Maria Mangione
Community Member
3 years ago

We should have these everywhere

Justin Helmcamp
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome. Too bad every city is too cheap to do it everywhere

Stacy McKeehan
Community Member
3 years ago

I bet there wouldn’t be as many red light “runners”! 👌🏻👌🏻

Ирина Яковлева
Community Member
3 years ago

We have the same in Moscow, Russia

Aleksandra Kovaleva
Community Member
3 years ago

No you don’t, lier. As usual

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Robyn Denton
Community Member
3 years ago

Brilliant!

Denise Mirto
Community Member
3 years ago

smart

Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

Frickin brilliant.

Julie Lynn
Community Member
3 years ago

An added light show to let even the people in the cheap seats know... It's green, you see, and soon you'll be in the front effortlessly!! Yippeee! A great idea to slow down "Road Rage."

Debbie
Community Member
3 years ago

Sooo needed in Israel - regular lights are obviously not clear enough

Luala Dy
Community Member
3 years ago

A bit distracting though

Alberto
Community Member
3 years ago

In the background, the building with the dome roof is the National Circus of Ukraine :)

Tolga IŞIKYILDIZ
Community Member
3 years ago

We have the same in Izmir / Turkiye already

Vicky Nguyen
Community Member
3 years ago

I would love to see those in the US!

June Denley
Community Member
3 years ago

Strange

Jessamyn Zolczynski
Community Member
3 years ago

My fiancee got a kick out of this, he has this saying 'If it turns any greener you could smoke it.' Or 'the whole poles not going to turn green, just the light.'

Molly Block
Community Member
3 years ago

How pretty!!!! Very nice.

Sylvia Williams
Community Member
3 years ago

This is a great idea!!!!!

Pet lover!❤️
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg yess

Erisa Desu
Community Member
3 years ago

I have seen that in Edirne Turkey as well.

Nicole Rosandich
Community Member
3 years ago

that would help for the awkward times of day that the sun is shining right behind the street light.

Constance Buckler
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this idea!

Ellie Andrews
Community Member
3 years ago

*ingenius

Ellie Andrews
Community Member
3 years ago

Ingenious!

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
3 years ago

Whaaa!!! This is GENIUS!!

Kaitlyn Schulz
Community Member
3 years ago

hehehehehe

mellenheadgirl head
Community Member
3 years ago

pretty neato.

Toothpick
Community Member
3 years ago

Indiana needs those so much

Gabriel Henderson
Community Member
3 years ago

that's so helpful when there is a giant truck in front of you

glowworm2
Community Member
3 years ago

These looks so awesome too!

mbergen
Community Member
3 years ago

This would be great. I find when driving long distances cross country all the city lights are almost overwhelming when you enter a city. This would make the traffic lights stand out nicely.

Gary Kenward
Community Member
3 years ago

Just what tge world needs, more light pollution.

Gabe Gomez
Community Member
3 years ago

While a nice and convenient design, I'm not a fan of the extra electricity costs and unnecessary light pollution.

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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

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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

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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

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MrFish
Community Member
3 years ago

wow... just wow

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Community Member
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

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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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