23 Everyday Things That Are Actually Pretty Freaking Genius

Diply 3 Jul 2018

When you spend every day writing articles about new things, eventually things stop surprising you so much. Or, that's what I thought, until I started writing about everyday things that are actually genius.

How many times a day do you stare at a screen going "OMG, how did I not think of that sooner?" Well my friends, that's me right now. These things truly are an act of genius.

1. Use a plastic cereal container as a trash bin in your car.

eBay | eBay

Considering my car is currently filled with receipts, candy bar wrappers, Starbucks cups, and glitter, I could use something like this for sure.

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2. You can adjust the heat on this hot sauce bottle.

Reddit | my_mexican_cousin

This would be perfect in my house considering that my boyfriend and I have very different ideas of what constitutes "spicy".

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3. You'll never have to guess which ceiling fan string controls what ever again.

Reddit | hammurabi1337

And it looks like you can get them for pretty darn cheap. This might just change your life forever.

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4. Someone turned a kinder surprise container into a pineapple ear bud holder. 

Instagram | @2cats1doll

I'm pretty sure I've never seen a pineapple as cute as this, and I need it in my life ASAP.

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5. Coffee shops that give out frozen coffee cubes instead of ice cubes have their customer's best interest at heart.

Reddit | zp2018

Because no one wants to drink diluted coffee, what would be the point?

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6. The flush for these urinals is by your feet.

Reddit | Gnarly_Barkley

I think all toilets should have this mechanism, but please guys, this does not mean you don't have to wash your hands.

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7. One of the worst parts of taking a shower is getting under the shower head and waiting for the water to start to get warm. 

Reddit | Jamie_019

There are so many things you could do outside the shower in the 30 seconds it takes to warm up.

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8. This pill bottle lid lets you know the last time you opened it.

Reddit | CptnBo

You'll never forget what time you took your last pill again. This is probably the coolest thing I've seen in a long time.

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9. This clever design helps you know how much is left in your measuring cup when you are pouring.

Reddit | SharkGlue

If you've ever tried to estimate half a cup of flour while pouring but then accidentally poured most of it in anyway, then you know the pain.

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10. This Rubik's Cube has braille on it.

Reddit | Zaffan

I love anything with a fabulous design that also is accessible to everyone. You could also give yourself a challenge if you've mastered the colored one, but that seems like a lot of unnecessary work.

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11. This machine lets you pay for your train tickets using recyclable items, like water bottles.

Reddit | steve669

Not only is this easier on our wallets, but it's helping the environment at the same time. This is the work of a true genius.

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12. Wow, a grocery store that will actually repair the wonky wheels on their carts by asking you to tag the ones that are broken.

Reddit | Master-Obvious

This is definitely something you don't see every day.

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13. This remote control comes with a handy cover to hide all the confusing buttons you don't use.

Reddit | SoundXHunter

What a great way to make sure grandma can watch her shows with ease.

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14. These public bathrooms have lights above each stall to let you know when one is occupied.

Reddit | Shagfastic

No more knocking on stall doors or being interrupted while you're on the john.

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15. Whoever owns this lenticular — aka magic motion picture — found the most brilliant spot to hang it.

Reddit | brandonlevi

It's positioned so you can see both images at the same time by looking in the mirror.

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16. These papers are handed out to train riders in Japan if the train runs late, so people don't get in trouble at work. 

Reddit | tikuku

It provides the date and how late the train was. Wow, Japan's public transit system looks amazing!

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17. This park slide lets you experience a speed boost irl.

Reddit | Hashbringingslasherr

I have to find this slide immediately! But tbh, at first glance, I thought it looked like a grater of some sort and I was mildly horrified.

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18. It's maddening to throw out questionable food because you can't remember how old it is, which is why this product is genius! 

Reddit | nihwtf

This chicken comes with a device that tells you how many days until it goes bad. Bye bye food waste!

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19. This hotel places exit signs at the bottom of the wall in case there's smoke and you have to crawl. 

Reddit | Reddit

I feel like this needs to happen in all public buildings!

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20. This shopping cart comes with a built in magnifying glass to help shoppers read product labels.

Reddit | loopem_12

Another win for accessible items! I can imagine this makes life so much easier for anyone with a visual impairment.

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21. A basketball net over a trash can.

Reddit | steve699

Don't even try to tell me that you don't pretend to shoot a basket every time you toss out the trash. If you do, I'll know you're a liar.

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22. A box of hair dye came with not only gloves, but also plastic covers for your glasses.

Reddit | ohkatiep

As someone who can barely see a thing without her glasses, this is kind of a lifesaver.

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23. This beef jerky comes with dental floss in the bag.

Reddit | OpenShade

We've all been there when we've desperately needed to get a piece of something out of our teeth and have no floss on hand. This. Is. Genius.

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Well, there you have it. There are some pretty freaking genius ideas out there.

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TAG a friend who needs to check these out, and COMMENT to let us know your favorite one.

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