Sometimes we get so used to everyday life, it becomes hard to imagine that things can be different. But they can. Whether it's out car getting scratched in the parking lot or our poop splashing in a public toilet so loud, everyone knows what we're doing, if there's a problem, there's a solution. Bored Panda has collected a list of genius ideas that have the potential to make some our day-to-day struggles go away, and while you in particular might not benefit from all of them, you'll still probably appreciate the effort that went into making them a reality.

#1

The Bathroom At My Doctor's Office Has A Discreet Way For Victims Of Abuse, Violence, Or Human Trafficking To Get Help

The Bathroom At My Doctor's Office Has A Discreet Way For Victims Of Abuse, Violence, Or Human Trafficking To Get Help

The number is rather clever as well. The way it's written, it's a visual mnemonic device, meaning it helps the human memory to remember it. 888-3737-888 - with the differing numbers in red. Useful for someone who's in a hurry and can't write it down.

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm both sad and happy to see strips used.

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
1 year ago

It is like seeing a doctor, the police or the fire department. I would prefer to never have to call them, but if something went wrong, I am always happy to see them.

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Lisa Hearn
Community Member
1 year ago

Awesome idea

Tony
Community Member
1 year ago

Things like this wouldn't need to exist if we didn't have so many males around. You know it's true. We should consider aborting male babies to decrease the number of men in the world.

Rose
Community Member
1 year ago

This kind of ignorant attitude only makes things worse.

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Mama Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

While it's a great idea, it only works if the victim uses the bathroom. I wish there was a way for victims to get help without the predator knowing what is up.

Tahani
Community Member
1 year ago

it's a start...

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AngelCake13
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish this had been an option for me. Luckily 8 years free now, but endured 6 years of extra hell before i plucked up the courage. Also because my abuser would never let me be alone other than bathroom visits. But, i am 8 years free with pretty much no help xx

The Dutches
Community Member
1 year ago

I am so happy for you

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Glowdaddy
Community Member
1 year ago

I use the Multicare health group in Washington State, recently when checking in I have had receptionist ask me if I need to discuss something with the Dr in private, when I asked why they asked, it is for cases like like these to temporarily separate them from their abusers.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

So true. You can't speak out otherwise. They have way too much control over your life.

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kathryn stretton
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1 year ago

People have taken the tickets too. Hope they got the help they needed.

Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

They should have that in a few more languages - especially the Eastern European ones...

A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

The help line number starting with +1 indicates that this sign is used in the US. Almost every person living there spraks either English or Spanish. So why would they need it in Eastern European languages?

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SirWriteALot
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1 year ago

3 already had to be used :-(

Jacob Frantz
Community Member
1 year ago

Perhaps, though I would like to think it was just a kid who pulled them because they can't read.

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KarmaQueen
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1 year ago

Sad to see that some have been removed. Great way to help those in need and afraid to say something if their abuser is sitting there.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Let's hope they can get access to a phone.

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Iris Engler
Community Member
1 year ago

That is a great idea even it's sad it is needed in our world. Asking someone with words face to face for help can be very hard and difficult. Giving a stripe is so much easier

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

it's sad when things like that has to exist

Ozacoter
Community Member
1 year ago

Such a humane and kind idea

Michael Naegele
Community Member
1 year ago

absolute great

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

I've seen these in college campus ladies bathrooms too. Excellent idea.

Norman van Druten
Community Member
1 year ago

That is brilliant.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

"(It's not your fault)" should be a lot bigger.

Valereee
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a great idea !

Pamela Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

This should be in every docs office bathroom! School bathrooms and college bathrooms might be a good idea as well!!!

Ashley Duke
Community Member
1 year ago

My mom was a DV victim.(my dad) we lived in a dv shelter for a while and i am so grateful that she left with her life when so many others dont. This sign is a great thing. Its nice to see people being proactive and trying to help before its too late.

Renee
Community Member
1 year ago

the sad thing is, some people have torn them off

GABRIEL HICKNER
Community Member
1 year ago

It's sad that some of the strips are torn off

Lisa Georgette
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't delete. Disregard previous question, as now I've read the entire message. Thank you for your help. This should be in every bathroom.

Lilith Hollis
Community Member
1 year ago

Great service I only wish that had been around when I needed it by I came out stronger x

Tonya Burkhard
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so excellent. Every Dr. office should have this.

Anita Holleufer
Community Member
1 year ago

They have this at my dialysis center too!

Lynn Hussey
Community Member
1 year ago

Happy to see others caring for people in need. Thank you.

Meri Kassner-Gomez
Community Member
1 year ago

This is amazing

Grace Robertson
Community Member
1 year ago

Sometimes.the women in sex slavery world are accompanied by other older women that pose as aunts, or mothers. It is their task to not let the young women alone with anybody for any period of time. I hope that these strips are in each and every stall that the "aunts or mothers" give them privacy.

María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

These are the real heroes. In our rich societies people are becoming more and more selfish and self-centred, but there are people like this, who do what they can to help others.

Wanda Roberts
Community Member
1 year ago

Clever!

Parvin Mesghali
Community Member
1 year ago

Great idea

Shona Boufford
Community Member
1 year ago

Excellent idea. This should be implemented by every doctor and clinic

Lisa Georgette
Community Member
1 year ago

How does one take it without the abuser noticing?

Lyn Herron
Community Member
1 year ago

Women are also traffickers and are often used as recruiters. (Admittedly, many of the recruiters have been or are currently being trafficked themselves.) It's not a gender specific blame situation.

R.s. Potter
Community Member
1 year ago

Hopefully the people doing the abusing/trafficking/slavery wouldn't also see this and know what the strips were for. Otherwise, great idea.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s in the women’s restroom.

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Dk7399
Community Member
1 year ago

My abuser made me leave the bathroom door open, so I could never do anything alone. I eventually got away, but even after all these years, every once in awhile I look over my shoulder twice. Just in case.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a fantastic idea and should be used everywhere !!!

Jon Wong
Community Member
1 year ago

it could also be helpful if there's a pen to jot down circumstances

Abbygail Holmes
Community Member
1 year ago

yes finally we need this everywhere

Richard Hartmann
Community Member
1 year ago

reminds me of the spoon in the underwear campaign, sad but neccesary. I truly revere this initiative.

Rory Gibbons
Community Member
1 year ago

Shit Happens 😆

lamps
Community Member
1 year ago

Tony Stark sure went off the rails after the snap.

Aaron O'Bryan
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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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Monty Glue
Community Member
1 year ago

Horrifying that so many tabs have already been used. The old days were so innocent.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

They weren’t, it just happened behind closed doors, and was hushed up as private business.

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1 year ago

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43 people who upvoted Tony's comment is the reason our world is SHIT. We should be teaching out baby boys, guys, men to be GOOD!

Tony
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1 year ago

The reason this world is SHIT is because it's run by men.

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#2

A Sign In The Women’s Bathroom For Those Who Feel Unsafe On A Date

A Sign In The Women’s Bathroom For Those Who Feel Unsafe On A Date

'Ask For Angela' is a relatively new campaign designed to reduce sexual abuse on nights out. It originated in a pub in Lincolnshire, England, in 2016 and since then, it has received worldwide attention and has been adopted by bars and clubs across the globe.

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so compassionate and wonderful. I hope it's also available for men. The statistics for men being victimized and abused are surprisingly high.

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#3

My Local Vet Has A Sign And Candle For When Someone's Pet Is Dying

My Local Vet Has A Sign And Candle For When Someone's Pet Is Dying

As heartbreaking as it is to say goodbye to your pet, it's what most of them need during their final moments. "I beg you DO NOT LEAVE THEM,” a message shared by Hillcrest Veterinary Clinic in South Africa read. "Do not make them transition from life to death in a room full of strangers in a place they don’t like. The thing you people need to know that most of you don’t is that they search for you when you leave them behind. They search every face in the room for their loved person. They don’t understand why you left them when they are sick, scared, old, or dying from cancer and they need your comfort.”

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

In a perfect world it would never be lit

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#4

This Park Has A Swing For Wheelchair Users

This Park Has A Swing For Wheelchair Users

The freefall that these swings provide is about 4.3 feet (1.3m) and they can safely take on a load of up to 4,400 pounds (2,000 kg). Moreover, the rope pull included within the design allows those with upper body mobility to swing themselves independently. 

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thee1nonlykRiS
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1 year ago

I love this idea! Every park should incorporate these swings so the disabled children are never left out!

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#5

These Lines Go Up The Wall So You Can Park Perfectly In-Between The Lines

These Lines Go Up The Wall So You Can Park Perfectly In-Between The Lines

Everyone wants to drive until it's time to park in a cramped corner. This particular one was found in Seattle, under the Amazon Go store. And even though the driver on the left didn't back backwards, it actually has a lot of benefits. Most importantly, reversing into a parking space gives you greater control and makes it easier to manoeuvre out the space. Avoiding reverse parking usually leads into much more difficult situations, trying to wiggle your car out of a tight space when you parked front-first.

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ronathan
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1 year ago

Some people seriously need this

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#6

A Color Blind Viewer

A Color Blind Viewer

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee State Parks have partnered to install “color blind” viewfinders at five state park locations across the state. In total, there are 11 of them installed in Tennessee.

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Astounding. These should be everywhere.

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#7

In Singapore The Elderly Can Tap Their Identity Card To Have More Time At The Pedestrian Crossing

In Singapore The Elderly Can Tap Their Identity Card To Have More Time At The Pedestrian Crossing

Swiping the card at a sensor gives its holder an extra 3 to 13 seconds to walk across, depending on the size of the crossing.

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sh
Community Member
1 year ago

This reminds me of the Grace and Frankie episode where Frankie is trying to get the crosswalk time extended in front of the buffet because the older people could never make it across in time.

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#8

My Moms 3D Printed Cast. She Can Take A Shower With It!

My Moms 3D Printed Cast. She Can Take A Shower With It!

For everyone wondering, it's held together with zip ties. From scan to cast, it took the woman about 2 weeks to get it. While the company printed it in just a few days, the longest part of the process was drafting the print and shipping it from Colorado to Florida.

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Symtpom
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1 year ago

holy shit those toes tho

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#9

This Toilet Flushes By Using Your Foot

This Toilet Flushes By Using Your Foot

This mechanism is located in a toilet in Mexico and you don't have to be a germaphobe to appreciate it. Unsanitary public toilets can lead to gut infections, lung and skin infections as well as STDs. If a stool doesn't look clean but you really need to use it, consider using tissue paper to open its door, using the toilet seat cover, and if there isn’t one, cleaning the toilet seat with a tissue paper before using it or even hovering closely above the toilet.

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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

Very clever. I always hate touching the flush button on public toilets. You never know who touched it before and what they touched before!

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#10

This Hexagonal Graph Paper For Organic Chemistry

This Hexagonal Graph Paper For Organic Chemistry

Ideal for chemistry notes and practice, the non-intrusive lines also allow legible note taking if there's anything you need to write down.

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Jonathon Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Sure its not for designing D&D dungeons? I mean, I love organic chemistry but I know what I'd spend every chemistry lesson doing if I had that...

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#11

My Grocery Store Started Selling Overripe, Discount Bananas With A Recipe For Banana Bread On The Bag

My Grocery Store Started Selling Overripe, Discount Bananas With A Recipe For Banana Bread On The Bag

This solution comes at a time when it's needed the most. Americans waste 150,000 tons of food each day – equal to a pound per person. Also, fruit and vegetables were the most likely to be thrown out, followed by dairy and then meat.

By the way, interestingly enough, banana bread is actually a somewhat young dish. It first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s.

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Sasy
Community Member
1 year ago

Genius

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#12

This Shop Has A Option To Shop Alone Or With Assistance

This Shop Has A Option To Shop Alone Or With Assistance

The shop is located in UAE, Dubai. For the complete antisocial experience, bring earphones.

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thee1nonlykRiS
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1 year ago

I'm curious what kind of assistance is given

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#13

This Dish Soap Lists The Purpose For Each Ingredient

This Dish Soap Lists The Purpose For Each Ingredient

It's a great way of making people less afraid of this kind of products. Chemicals ten do have weird names, so people think weird things about them. Explaining each in plain language for non-chemists is a great idea.

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Ozacoter
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

They should do it in food products

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#14

I Adapted A Rubik's Cube For The Blind

I Adapted A Rubik's Cube For The Blind

Rubik's Cubes for blind people have been available for some time now. For example, the Braillecube is an attempt to adjust this timeless toy to the needs of people with impaired vision - the design makes them "feel" the colors. The first letters of the color are written on the cube in braille in the order of the colors on the original cube. 

As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide making it the world's top-selling puzzle game.

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Sasy
Community Member
1 year ago

Wonderful

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#15

The Hotel I Am Staying At Has The Fire Evacuation Plans At Ground Level So You Can See Them If Smoke Has Filled The Hallways

The Hotel I Am Staying At Has The Fire Evacuation Plans At Ground Level So You Can See Them If Smoke Has Filled The Hallways

This is especially thoughtful considering that smoke inhalation is the primary cause of death for victims of fires. Some 50–80% of all fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries, including burns to the respiratory system.

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a really good idea, because people might be too panicky to remember what to do!

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#16

Washing Your Hands To Flush The Toilette

Washing Your Hands To Flush The Toilette

Urinal-sink combos like this save water by reusing the hand-washing water to rinse out the urinal. Presumably, it could also allow bathrooms to be more compact and less expensive to install, as it replaces two appliances with one, thus requiring less plumbing works.

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Brilliant!

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#17

Supermarket Trolleys In Sweden Have A Map Of The Supermarket

Supermarket Trolleys In Sweden Have A Map Of The Supermarket

It's about time we got something like this. Rick Paulas of the Pacific Standard has compared the current design of many grocery stores to casinos. "There are lights and sounds that re-focus attention every micro-second, carpet on the ground to offer cushion for our feet, an open-flow space from the slot machines to the poker tables to the roulette. But what's more important is what's not there: clocks on the wall, bathrooms, escape routes. The reason is obvious — can't spend money if you're not present—and they point toward why supermarkets attempted to get their customers lost."

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Snorri Grissomson
Community Member
1 year ago

There is a reason this isnt a thing everywhere. Supermarket dont want you to know where things are, they want you to be slow, look at everything and buy more.

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#18

This Stall For Your Dog Outside A Super Market In Copenhagen

This Stall For Your Dog Outside A Super Market In Copenhagen

No petting, no taunting, no questionable treats, perfect! Just don't plan to spend the night there yourself. A writer for The Outline tried a similar booth and apparently they have cameras/sensors watching and the company will fine people who get in.

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Chris Rickards
Community Member
1 year ago

I would definitely put both of my kids in this, my dog never asks for every damn thing in the store.

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#19

Perfectly Flat Floor, Designed To Stop People From Running In The Hallway

Perfectly Flat Floor, Designed To Stop People From Running In The Hallway

The design, partly inspired by Alice in Wonderland, took more than 400 tiles to create.

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Oathbraker
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1 year ago

Lol, zero sympathy for drunk people.

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#20

This Bathroom In The Atlanta Airport Has Lights To Let You Know If A Stall Is In Use

This Bathroom In The Atlanta Airport Has Lights To Let You Know If A Stall Is In Use

Manufactured by Tooshlights, the smart latch and deadbolt communicate wirelessly with the indicator light. When the stall is available, the light is green. When the stall is occupied and the smart latch or deadbolt is locked, the light illuminates red.

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Kori Peek
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually terrific bc ATL airport is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. It's easier to just see a light than to get halfway down and realize the door is shut only to walk back and the next person in line is taking a just open stall that u missed bc u were checking another one. This helps save time too when you're rushing to get to a flight and have to go! Literally "go". ;)

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#21

A Public Bike Stand With A Built-In Pump

A Public Bike Stand With A Built-In Pump

This cool multi-purpose mechanism was photographed in Utrecht, the Netherlands. And this doesn't come as a surprise. Cycling is a common mode of transport in the Netherlands, with 36% of the people listing the bicycle as their most frequent mode of transport on a typical day.

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Ozacoter
Community Member
1 year ago

There are pumps like that in Utrecht University. I wouldnt be surprised if this picture is from their campus.

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#22

My School Just Installed A CVS Vending Machine Full Of Medicine And Hygiene Products

My School Just Installed A CVS Vending Machine Full Of Medicine And Hygiene Products

To help customers navigate this new shopping experience, the vending machines, will feature a 22" multi-touch screen, displaying high resolution images with expansive product information and more.

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Finally!

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#23

My Local Car Wash Has A Gun For Kids That Shoots Soap Suds At The Cars Going Into The Car Wash

My Local Car Wash Has A Gun For Kids That Shoots Soap Suds At The Cars Going Into The Car Wash

A professional car wash requires only 5 – 8 minutes on average and typically use up to 50% less water than at home washes. Now, it's a lot more fun, too!

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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1 year ago

"The kids"...

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#24

A Business Card For Kids Who Are Allowed To Go Places By Themselves

A Business Card For Kids Who Are Allowed To Go Places By Themselves

The organization behind the campaign, Let Grow, state that "treating today’s kids as physically and emotionally fragile is bad for their future, and [the] country's. With an unpredictable and rapidly changing economy ahead, kids need to be flexible, creative problem-solvers. They can’t solve their problems if adults are always right there, solving them first!"

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Lars Lasersson
Community Member
1 year ago

Love this. Especially the stats on it being safer today. Fear is a powerful thing, and unfortunately fear mongering is a huge business.

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#25

This Pizza Box Can Be Torn In Half And Folded To Create A Smaller Box For Leftovers

This Pizza Box Can Be Torn In Half And Folded To Create A Smaller Box For Leftovers

To make your leftover pizza taste better, experts suggest reheating it face down in a pan and adding water to the bottom of the skillet. If you have to use a microwave, however, add a glass of water in there to avoid soggy crust.

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Sophia Li
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1 year ago

What leftovers

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#26

This Car Park In France Has Soft Barriers Between Parking Spaces To Stop People Scratching Other Cars

This Car Park In France Has Soft Barriers Between Parking Spaces To Stop People Scratching Other Cars

Probably gets people to park between the lines better, too! Just think of all the a**hole drivers that will be unable to use multiple spots at once!

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ronathan
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks like a great idea but I can see myself getting all tangled up when trying to get the kids in the car

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#27

The Inside Of The Pizza Box Was A Tuxedo

The Inside Of The Pizza Box Was A Tuxedo

The organization behind the idea, Pizza Bib, offer custom designed boxes both outside and inside. "While sitting on the couch after a few too many beers our founder Jack decided to order his favorite pizza. Wearing his brand new t-shirt, he decided to use the ordinary pizza box as a bib, keeping his brand new t-shirt clean he thought about how you could add fun designs to keep himself clean and have a whole lot of fun."

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ronathan
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1 year ago

Love it. Very classy.

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#28

This Menu In An Italian Restaurant, Is Shaped Like A Circle Showing You What The Type Of Pizza Would Look Like

This Menu In An Italian Restaurant, Is Shaped Like A Circle Showing You What The Type Of Pizza Would Look Like

This pizzeria is located in Prague, Czech Republic. According to the person who took this photo, "it's literally above the metro station of Chodov on the Red/C line!" If you still can't find it, just look for a sign that has a hotdog on it and says "Pizza." Ye, we know.

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Magdalena🇸🇰
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1 year ago

That's in Czech Republic!

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#29

My Classroom Has A Mirror So We Can See Teacher's Counter When He’s Cooking

My Classroom Has A Mirror So We Can See Teacher's Counter When He’s Cooking

Commenting on this picture, some redditors remembered having the same setup in their Home Economics cooking classes all the way back in the 80s!

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DearOptimists
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1 year ago

They watch him cook?? In Denmark we learn by doing in cooking class.

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#30

This Shoe Shop Has An Area To Test Your New Shoes, Containing Lego

This Shoe Shop Has An Area To Test Your New Shoes, Containing Lego

Reportedly, this test "track" is located in a Leguanos store which sells the so-called barefoot shoes, really bendy shoes that supposedly make you feel like you're barefoot.

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Vlad Horobet
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1 year ago

If a 25 years old man is caught building lego instead of walking on it, what is the punishment? Asking for a friend.

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