Sometimes the world feels like it’s against us. Like, when you accidentally rip off the precious pull tab while opening a can of beans or when you are trying to figure out where is the end, the top, and the side of the sheet when making a bed. To some aliens from outer space, it would likely sound like not that big of a deal, but trust us, tiny humans, it is.

But thanks to some clever minds who were blessed with powers of creativity and problem-solving skills, life could be made easier, hundreds of times easier. But wait, let’s not hype it up too much, and let’s see what smart solutions to everyday problems Bored Panda has rounded up this time.

From tactile paintings for the blind to reversible public benches, and something as simple as a discount for well-behaved kids, these little things give us hope that no matter what, we are all going to be fine. Psst! More clever ideas to ease the stress of handling daily things can be found in our previous posts here, here, and here.

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A Discreet Way Of Calling For Help

A Discreet Way Of Calling For Help

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

That is very smart...

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#2

How The Ruins Are Displayed In Serbia

How The Ruins Are Displayed In Serbia

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rgr8
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1 month ago

That is cool!

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In Norway, You Get A Small Amount Of Money For Recycling Bottles/Cans. A Lot Of Our Trash Cans Have These Holders So Poor And Homeless People Don't Have To Search Through The Trash To Collect Them

In Norway, You Get A Small Amount Of Money For Recycling Bottles/Cans. A Lot Of Our Trash Cans Have These Holders So Poor And Homeless People Don't Have To Search Through The Trash To Collect Them

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Maroon
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1 month ago

Because of this, my brother put a bottle next to a trash can once and he got fined 50€ for that 🤦🏽‍♀️

brukernavn340
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1 month ago

The problem with doing that, is that you'll risk the bottle roll away from the bin and end up somewhere else.

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

Here in America, people just throw their trash on the ground right next to the can (or wherever they happen to be standing). It's kind of a "shithole country".

me
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1 month ago

That's so thoughtful!

UncleTrash
Community Member
1 month ago

Same here in Canada. People will leave their cans/bottles next to their bins so that an collectors can pick em up without going through the garbage

Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Over here many bins also say "Pfand gehört daneben" which translates as "Bottles and cans with deposit should be placed next to the bin" in a very short form. The idea is to have those who do not want to return the bottles do rather do a good deed than wasting the resources. It saves those collecting bottles and cans for deposit from grabbing into filthy bins, too.

Zlaxcat Youtube
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1 month ago

Similar in Germany, when you're in a supermarket you put bottles in a machine, and it gives you 50 cents each bottle.

JuJu
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1 month ago

What? Highest is 25 cents for cans and non-refillable platic bottles.

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Johnny
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1 month ago

If the government wants to help the poor/homeless, maybe it'd be better to actually give them food and shelter than to make it easier for them to collect trash.

Nora
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1 month ago

We have same system in Denmark, also the trash bins with holders for empty bottles.

BabaBizzle
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1 month ago

I love Norway. They’re so community minded and care for the humans and animals around them.

Smitten Kitten
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1 month ago

Meanwhile many other countries create hostile architecture and put spikes in doorways to stop people taking shelter.

Wyn Williams
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1 month ago

In Finland we don't have the holders so leave them around the bin for them

YoyoSthlm
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1 month ago

We have the same thing in Sweden. If you take your bottles to a grocery store and recycle them you get like 20 cents per bottle. But then you can choose to get the money OR give it to a charity organization.

Tambot
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1 month ago

We have these in Vancouver, British Columbia too, great idea

Liz the Wanderer
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1 month ago

This is very smart!! We need this in the US.

Linda HS
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1 month ago

👏👏

Bonnie Bonella
Community Member
1 month ago

Same here in Denmark :)

gracey grace
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1 month ago

I love this

Lucy Skinner
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow they should have this everywhere!

sbj
Community Member
1 month ago

Great Idea!

Daisypiis
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1 month ago

<3

Allan Miller
Community Member
1 month ago

We have the same arrangement in British Columbia, Canada.

Kimberly Reetz
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1 month ago

I didn’t think there were poor or homeless people in socialist countries

Sharon Kapon
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1 month ago

This iis a very good idea

Melanie Gallegos
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1 month ago

I think this is very cool👍🏾

Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa
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1 month ago

👍👍👍

okpkpkp
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1 month ago

Homeless in Norway? Summer might not be too bad but in winter?

Camil Gagnon
Community Member
1 month ago

We have those in Canada.

basson6
Community Member
1 month ago

Brilliant! gives the poor a bit of dignity

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

Cans and bottles can also go on the ledge inside, but this is extra smart. With people throwing bags of dog droppings into garbage cans, they can be nasty places.

Maggie Mae
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like an Easy way to Leave Pop Cans and Bottles instead of Carrying them Home with You!! Good for Norway Leading the way!!

Jenny Lynch
Community Member
1 month ago

So simple and so thoughtful.

Meredith Gossland
Community Member
1 month ago

Brilliant

Mumof1
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1 month ago

Brilliant idea

Christine Temple
Community Member
1 month ago

What you think of as trash or not worth your time, can be a small boon to a needy person.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't buy water or soda (or beer for that matter) but I find recyclables I jam them into the bars on top so they can be easily grabbed. this is a good idea tho

Steven Meyer
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1 month ago

If you’re so lazy that you can’t put a bottle in the can, but you put it close to the can, you deserve to be find.

Deborah Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

When I worked downtown, we'd save up all our cans and bottles in a garbage bag then set them next to the sidewalk trash cans. The homeless would have them picked up in a matter of minutes.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 month ago

Good idea

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
1 month ago

Our state has a 10c refund on most drink containers, so I'll leave mine sitting on top of the bin, if I'm out and about.

Dennis Wright
Community Member
1 month ago

In vancouver too! 5cents on a can or bottle

Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

In Sweden too. That’s basically how homeless people survive. They collect cans and bottles and recycle them for money so they can eat.

Community Member
1 month ago

Make them work for it, I say.

Alejandra Lima
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1 month ago

Homeless? In Norway?

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Humans have been coming up with ideas since the dawn of time. Some have been stupid (well, let’s be honest, most of them), some have been life-changing. But generating a truly good idea is a job on its own that requires breaking one’s conventional thinking and making that holy light bulb appear. But how you do this?

Well, first, good ideas don’t come naturally. You have to engage in observation, do research, watch people, and reflect on what you’ve seen. Gather all the information you can and look for patterns. In this way, you may spot the problem that needs to be solved and this is the point where your brain gets stimulated.

#4

This Furniture Hardware Is Sorted By Step Rather Than By Type

This Furniture Hardware Is Sorted By Step Rather Than By Type

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Wendillon
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1 month ago

This would make DIY so much easier!

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#5

These Public Swings Powered Chargers For Your Phone In A Train Station

These Public Swings Powered Chargers For Your Phone In A Train Station

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Linda van der Pal
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1 month ago

Now I wonder which station it is! (Somewhere in the Netherlands, but I haven't seen it before.)

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#6

The Fitted Sheet In My New Sheet Set Is Marked For Easier Bed-Making

The Fitted Sheet In My New Sheet Set Is Marked For Easier Bed-Making

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CATMONSTER2018
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1 month ago

i need this

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Then, writing down the ideas, even the most absurd ones, is key. Think of how many bursts of thought we forget on a daily basis. Also, don’t worry about how the idea sounds initially. Picking the best ones is the second part of the job, but you only do this after you've got a solid list of ideas to work on.

Thirdly, remember that whatever it is that came to your mind, nothing’s impossible. Whether you dream of a business idea or a gadget that will change the world, accept the challenge you created for yourself and don’t be afraid it won’t work out.

Because even if it likely won’t save the planet, and you won’t become a second Steve Jobs, that doesn’t mean it won’t make our lives a tiny bit easier. And this is what we call an excellent idea turned reality.

#7

Crosswalk Projected On A Dirty Winter Road

Crosswalk Projected On A Dirty Winter Road

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

RGB road

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#8

They Put Rails Under The Benches In This Park So You Can Always Be In The Shadow

They Put Rails Under The Benches In This Park So You Can Always Be In The Shadow

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

If only this was available in South Texas!

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#9

Our Refrigerator Has Revolving Levels So You Can Reach Everything Easily

Our Refrigerator Has Revolving Levels So You Can Reach Everything Easily

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Lxm
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1 month ago

Love this fridge!

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#10

These Notched Chairs To Hold Bags

These Notched Chairs To Hold Bags

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Beau Chevassus
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1 month ago

It’s so stupidly brilliant it almost angers me it hasn’t been done more.

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#11

This Restaurant Gives You A Discount If You Have Well-Behaved Kids

This Restaurant Gives You A Discount If You Have Well-Behaved Kids

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CATMONSTER2018
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1 month ago

lmao... every restaurant needs this

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#12

These Public Benches Are Reversible, So You Can Choose To Look At People, Or Boats

These Public Benches Are Reversible, So You Can Choose To Look At People, Or Boats

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rgr8
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1 month ago

Thats a neat idea!

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#13

This Museum In Berlin Has "Touchable" Versions Of Their Paintings For Blind Or Visually-Impaired Visitors

This Museum In Berlin Has "Touchable" Versions Of Their Paintings For Blind Or Visually-Impaired Visitors

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me
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1 month ago

YES! GO MUSEUM IN BERLIN!

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#14

This Keypad Randomizes The Numbers Every Time So Someone Doesn't Figure Out The Password From Your Hand Movements

This Keypad Randomizes The Numbers Every Time So Someone Doesn't Figure Out The Password From Your Hand Movements

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Jozie
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1 month ago

hello ppl who r still awake lol

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#15

Refillable Detergent In Prague, Czech

Refillable Detergent In Prague, Czech

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CATMONSTER2018
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1 month ago

this is a good idea

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#16

Doctors Paint The MRI Machine In The Children's Clinic To Look Like A Submarine

Doctors Paint The MRI Machine In The Children's Clinic To Look Like A Submarine

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Dr Nostromo
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1 month ago

With refrains of, "We all live in a yellow submarine", playing in the background.

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#17

If You’re An Elderly Or Disabled, You Will Receive A Card That Enables You To Cross The Road With A Longer Countdown Time (Singapore)

If You’re An Elderly Or Disabled, You Will Receive A Card That Enables You To Cross The Road With A Longer Countdown Time (Singapore)

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Kay blue
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1 month ago

I wish they had these in the UK.

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#18

A Very Interactive CPR Training Kiosk At The Airport

A Very Interactive CPR Training Kiosk At The Airport

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Akucdota
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1 month ago

Now that is brilliant!

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#19

Train Seats In Japan Facing Outwards So You Can See The Scenery

Train Seats In Japan Facing Outwards So You Can See The Scenery

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Sarcasm101
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1 month ago

Be nice in tourist city’s

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#20

This Shirt Has A Piece Of Lens Cloth Sewn On The Inside For Your Glasses

This Shirt Has A Piece Of Lens Cloth Sewn On The Inside For Your Glasses

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
1 month ago

That I could use!

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#21

This Soap Bottle Lists A Purpose For Each Ingredient

This Soap Bottle Lists A Purpose For Each Ingredient

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Beau Chevassus
Community Member
1 month ago

Now I have something mildly interesting to read in the shower besides having made-up debates in my head that will never happen.

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#22

A Pill Bottle That Keeps Track Of When It Was Last Opened

A Pill Bottle That Keeps Track Of When It Was Last Opened

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Shelli Aderman
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1 month ago

I used to think things like this were silly. Until I got older... 🤣👍🏽

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#23

This Airplane Sleeping Mask Has Different Sides Depending On If You Want The Flight Attendant To Wake You Up For Meals Or Not

This Airplane Sleeping Mask Has Different Sides Depending On If You Want The Flight Attendant To Wake You Up For Meals Or Not

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

ALWAYS wake me up for food.

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#24

My University Sent Me A Wallet-Sized Diploma

My University Sent Me A Wallet-Sized Diploma

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

Why isn't this a thing... I'd use it all the time.

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#25

This Baby Store Has Different Surfaces To “Road Test” The Strollers

This Baby Store Has Different Surfaces To “Road Test” The Strollers

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me
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1 month ago

Smart

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#26

My Spatula Has A Little Stand So It Doesn’t Touch The Counter

My Spatula Has A Little Stand So It Doesn’t Touch The Counter

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Tomas Holicka
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1 month ago

And hang it on the rim of the pot! neat!

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#27

My Hospital Has Lights In The Ceiling That Are Designed To Look Like The Sky

My Hospital Has Lights In The Ceiling That Are Designed To Look Like The Sky

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Dr Nostromo
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1 month ago

Whole new meaning to the term 'skylight'.

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#28

A Bicycle Escalator In Norway

A Bicycle Escalator In Norway

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rgr8
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1 month ago

That honestly looks scary

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#29

The Tear-Offs On This Poster For Domestic Abuse Have The Phone Number Disguised As A Bar Code

The Tear-Offs On This Poster For Domestic Abuse Have The Phone Number Disguised As A Bar Code

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K.
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1 month ago

Jesus Christ!! It’s f*****g awful that these solutions have to be made in the first place, but I applaud everyone who fights the good fight and stomach these things to help the victims.

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#30

At The Uffizi Gallery In Florence, They Have Versions Of Paintings So That Blind And Visually Impaired Visitors Could Still Enjoy The Art

At The Uffizi Gallery In Florence, They Have Versions Of Paintings So That Blind And Visually Impaired Visitors Could Still Enjoy The Art

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Azure Adams
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1 month ago

Yup saw this when I went there

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#31

The Plastic Packaging Of This Paint Roller Doubles As A Paint Tray

The Plastic Packaging Of This Paint Roller Doubles As A Paint Tray

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Saoznei
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1 month ago

Smart packaging !

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#32

This Toilet Lock That Doubles As A Tray So You Can’t Leave Without Taking Your Stuff

This Toilet Lock That Doubles As A Tray So You Can’t Leave Without Taking Your Stuff

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Hans
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1 month ago

I would be too concerned that people have touched that with their feces-ladded hands before...

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#33

You Can’t Read The Cash Machine Screen If You’re Not Directly In Front Of It

You Can’t Read The Cash Machine Screen If You’re Not Directly In Front Of It

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Wendillon
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1 month ago

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I'm a little curious as to why this is a thing? None of your private info is displayed on the screen anyway, it's the keypad you wana hide.

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#34

This Elevator At My University Has Feet Buttons

This Elevator At My University Has Feet Buttons

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Dr Nostromo
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1 month ago

What if your left hand doesn't know what your right foot's doing?

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#35

My Wife Got Me A Magnet Bracelet For Holding On To Screws As I Fix Things

My Wife Got Me A Magnet Bracelet For Holding On To Screws As I Fix Things

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Sarcasm101
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1 month ago

This guy clearly has kids lmao

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#36

This Chess Set From 1972 Has The Valid Moves For Each Piece Stamped On Their Bases, Making The Game Much Easier For Beginners To Learn

This Chess Set From 1972 Has The Valid Moves For Each Piece Stamped On Their Bases, Making The Game Much Easier For Beginners To Learn

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Azure Adams
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1 month ago

I want this

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#37

They Have Pet Carts In Grocery Stores In Italy

They Have Pet Carts In Grocery Stores In Italy

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Sarcasm101
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1 month ago

Wat about the big ass dogs. Can I put them in a normal one?

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#38

My Local Hypermarket Grows Some Of Its Own Vegetables

My Local Hypermarket Grows Some Of Its Own Vegetables

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Zlaxcat Youtube
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1 month ago

Is this in the UAE.

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#39

This TV Remote Has A Keyboard On It's Back

This TV Remote Has A Keyboard On It's Back

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Sarcasm101
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1 month ago

I would be licking on that all day I don’t need more encouragement

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#40

These Two Different Sets Of Shopping Baskets At A Department Store In Bangkok - For Those That Need Help Or Want To Be Left Alone

These Two Different Sets Of Shopping Baskets At A Department Store In Bangkok - For Those That Need Help Or Want To Be Left Alone

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Sarcasm101
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1 month ago

God I need this. I feel so awkward saying no always

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#41

My Work Has A Special Coat Closet For Smokers

My Work Has A Special Coat Closet For Smokers

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Tara Brooks
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1 month ago

Thank you for not smoking in my coat closet...

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#42

Shopping Cart Cleaning Machine In Germany

Shopping Cart Cleaning Machine In Germany

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me
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1 month ago

Nice, especially now

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#43

This Dustpan Has A Comb For The Broom

This Dustpan Has A Comb For The Broom

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Shelli Aderman
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1 month ago

I NEED THIS!!!!

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#44

This Rooftop For Bicycles So The Saddle Won't Get Wet

This Rooftop For Bicycles So The Saddle Won't Get Wet

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rgr8
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1 month ago

That would be nice! I am sick of my bike seat always being wet!

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#45

This Kinetic Sidewalk Generates Electricity When You Walk On It

This Kinetic Sidewalk Generates Electricity When You Walk On It

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Tomas Holicka
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1 month ago

So Rick grew our universe?

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#46

My Spoon Carving Kit Came With Bandaids

My Spoon Carving Kit Came With Bandaids

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1 month ago

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#47

A Suitcase That Can Measure Its Own Weight

A Suitcase That Can Measure Its Own Weight

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Zlaxcat Youtube
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1 month ago

Actually you can just buy a small device that you put on your suitcase.

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#48

This Is A Mud Shovel. The Holes Help Break Suction When Digging In The Mud

This Is A Mud Shovel. The Holes Help Break Suction When Digging In The Mud

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Nick Flower
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1 month ago

The simplest of things, yet genius.

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#49

This Ruler Has Cascading Millimeter Mark That Makes It Easier To Read

This Ruler Has Cascading Millimeter Mark That Makes It Easier To Read

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

Wher can I buy this?

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#50

This Deck Of Cards Has A Blank For A Replacement If A Card Is Lost

This Deck Of Cards Has A Blank For A Replacement If A Card Is Lost

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