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
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2 years ago

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

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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
2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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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2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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2 years 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
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2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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2 years 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
2 years 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". ;)

Nathan Parrish
Community Member
2 years ago

not just one of the busiest in the U.S. but the busiest in the world

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Diana Brunetti
Community Member
2 years ago

And the doors go all the way down to the floor :) Thank you for that!

Rachael Marrast
Community Member
2 years ago

They actually dont. Look carefully.

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Dennis Kovalev
Community Member
2 years ago

A lamp above a free stall could be turned off by default, and turned red when a stall is occupied. Why so many green light...

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
2 years ago

Cause then you can't say when the light is defect. Green just says "system is working".

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Stephanie Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

I saw something similar in a parking garage in Perth. It's a great idea and should be implemented everywhere!

Rowlie
Community Member
2 years ago

And a yellow light for just pee

Shirin Kamer
Community Member
2 years ago

They have this in a car park in Bahrain.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
2 years ago

It's pretty common to have them in parking structures. There are several in Chicago.

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Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

I like that the doors go all the way down!

JessyJoy
Community Member
2 years ago

What's wrong with red/green twist locks on the doors?

Gracie Mae
Community Member
2 years ago

nothing, but with these lights you can see instantly from the entrance-way what is available or not, rather than walking all the way down the length of the room checking the twist locks.

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Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

Slight problem in that red / green is the more common color blindness. But overall very helpful.

Rachel Van Huuksloot
Community Member
2 years ago

Not great if your trying to hide!

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

Ooohhhh I saw these in Atlanta but had no idea what they were!!

Linouchka 99
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't get this : if the door is slightly open, the stall is free, if it's closed, it's occupied ! Easy peasy ! All you have to do is to NOT close the door entirely when you leave ! And not try to open a door that is closed, of course... God, I hate when people try to open my door while I'm on the loo ! At the very least, knock before trying !...

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2 years ago

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Frozengeckolover
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2 years ago

These were not in place the last time I went through Atlanta. This is a great idea!

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
2 years ago

If people don’t give a shit about the red tag that shows on the locked door, what says they give a shit about a red light in the ceiling??? Believe me, they will continue to try to get through the locked doors.

Claire the Bear
Community Member
2 months ago

it's for the lines, where if you think you see a stall open and you go to it only to find out that it's occupied, you can't just get back in line

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Rosie Seek
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a great idea, they have these at a carpark complex in Christchurch NZ which is handy.. unless you're my colour blind husband..

P Allen
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

They have parking garages and lots like this in Malaysia, Singapore, and The Philippines. Dunno why they don't have this in the States...

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Very good !!!

Erin Pratt
Community Member
2 years ago

I’m in ATL all the time and I’ve never seen this. It’s brilliant......wonder what concourse it is

Daniel W Maynard
Community Member
2 years ago

What if you're using the bathroom and the airline says YOUR FLIGHT IS ABOUT TO TAKE OFF

Ms E
Community Member
2 years ago

Soo good. I have seen the same in parking garages in Sweden.

Addison
Community Member
2 years ago

They should do this for all public bathrooms!

Rachael Marrast
Community Member
2 years ago

Im from GA and been to this airport many many times. Never seen this.

Lbr218
Community Member
2 years ago

As someone who lives in Atlanta and uses that airport at least 4-5 times a year, I've never seen a restroom with this feature. Must be in the Delta terminals. Us Southwest passengers always get the short end of the stick

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
2 years ago

is "occupied" on the door lock not enough?

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
2 years ago

I never noticed that, but good to know. I've flown in and out of that hellacious airport many times, always on connecting flights, so I guess better late than never.

Catherine Todd
Community Member
2 years ago

"needs" = "knees"

Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
2 years ago

We have this in Austria in Parking Lots in shopping mals

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
2 years ago

Just like some underground parking..

Norberto Amaral
Community Member
2 years ago

Because it's soooooo difficult to have a green/red sign on the lock of the door.

Steve
Community Member
2 years ago

Now the serial killers who chase you into the bathroom will know exactly which one to go to first, instead of starting at one end and giving you time to come up with a clever plan to escape!

Herb Coleman
Community Member
2 years ago

The church had these for confessionals for centuries.

Cheryle Fuller
Community Member
2 years ago

Hahahaha! Crawling on your knees! hahahah

Shauna Mañana
Community Member
2 years ago

Worse ..... ‘needs’

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Michelle Dodson
Community Member
2 years ago

So a closed door isn't enough of a clue?

Maggie Collins
Community Member
2 years ago

Simply genius!

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
Community Member
2 years ago

"needs"?

Sue Lowe
Community Member
2 years ago

YAY!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 years ago

This would be helpful in ALL public restrooms. I've seen the same idea applied in large parking structures to indicate an open space at a glance.

Mare Freed
Community Member
2 years ago

I know a parking garage that has this. It's brilliant, and so helpful.

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
2 years ago

Silly really.

Sandra Mason
Community Member
2 years ago

saves on all the "oops sorry"s

Judy Gibson
Community Member
2 years ago

Great idea!!

Arran Walker
Community Member
2 years ago

“Crawling on your needs”? Someone “knees” spellcheck 😉

Curious Cat
Community Member
2 years ago

or if you are sick o, you know where you can place your camera.. ahahhaha

Paulo Garcia
Community Member
2 years ago

Red light = shiting in process

Nicklas Linder
Community Member
2 years ago

I've seen these kind of solutions at parking garages in malls and sports arenas here in Sweden. Great when you're trying to find a spot when there's lots of visitors.

Patty Lloyd
Community Member
2 years ago

Great idea

Gracie Mae
Community Member
2 years ago

great idea! i wonder what the blue light means? out of order?

Lilibeth Rodriguez
Community Member
2 years ago

I’ve seen them in parking garages too. Easier to know which spot is empty.

DC
Community Member
2 years ago

I've seen things alike a few times in bigger railway stations. Pretty handy ... but one was broken, always showing red, for some time in one station - good to know after football matches - who knows don't wait.

Bj Heptig
Community Member
2 years ago

Sure wish the parking ramp at ATL had this FML....San Antonio does

Kathleen Moore
Community Member
2 years ago

Yep, this gets my vote.

MJ
Community Member
2 years ago

Left row is all green, left row it is...

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

I wish all big restrooms like this had that.

Nina Cartagena-pruden
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow I never noticed

Nuggs Franklin
Community Member
2 years ago

Shit man

Crystal Merrie
Community Member
2 years ago

That's nifty

Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a lifesaver to avoid the awkward, if there someone in there? is there not? are we going to make eye contact through the crack between the door?

Monty Glue
Community Member
2 years ago

Add a flashing amber light for when you need help. TP is what I meant, get your minds out of the gutter please!

Hard 2 Guess
Community Member
2 years ago

I was thinking more like a medical emergency.

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Honey
Community Member
2 years ago

They have this is in Canada too. It's great!

KarmaQueen
Community Member
2 years ago

Love this idea, no more peeking under the door or trying to door to find out they did not lock it. Unless that light only comes on if the door is locked, then my system will not work, darn the bad luck.

meerakat5
Community Member
2 years ago

atl is where i live yay, we're featured

Steve Bigler
Community Member
2 years ago

Just use glass doors.

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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2 years ago

creep.

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Maria Chrysandreou
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2 years ago

Also useful for deaf people :)

Josie Jones
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2 years ago

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Isn't this unnecessary just look if the door is closed or the usual green red lock mechanism? This is a waste of electricity.

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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
2 years 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
2 years 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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2 years 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
2 years 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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2 years 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
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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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2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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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