Master Innovators That Are Changing The Game For Us Simple Souls

If you dream it, you can do it. Just think of all the crazy inventions we have at our fingertips that at one time were just a dream. There’s more technology in your smartphone then there was on the spaceship that landed on the moon.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to create a cool new invention. In fact, there are tons of simple tips and tricks that can make your life so much easier. Just take a look!

There’s More To That Tab

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Twitter / @EyeKnoFoto
Twitter / @EyeKnoFoto

If you don’t have the straw that bends, this is a great alternative when you’re having a can of soda. Flip your pop tab over, then put your straw right through the hole.

It’s helpful since it will prevent the straw from bobbing up and down all the time, and you don’t have to worry about a strong breeze blowing your straw away. You can just set it and forget it.

The Final Countdown

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Reddit / mrslugo
Reddit / mrslugo

This traffic light in Rwanda shows drivers how long the light is so you know exactly how much time you have to wait for your chance to cross the intersection. It appears as if the country is living in the year 3005.

Considering we’ve had these countdowns on the crossing signs for pedestrians, it’s amazing I’ve never seen this on the lights until now. This could really cut down on road rage.

Chop Sticks With Cheetos

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Reddit / aerospacemonkey
Reddit / aerospacemonkey

Cheetos are a popular junk food snack, but getting all that Cheeto dust on your fingers can be finger-licking exhausting. Instead of that, try using chopsticks the next time you eat them!

This will not only keep the Cheeto dust off your hands, but it’s a much better way to share your snacks with your friends and family. Let’s face it — it’s pretty gross sharing a bag of chips with someone who’s constantly licking their fingers.

All Of The Lights

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Reddit / LordGAD
Reddit / LordGAD

Going to the Lego store is just like going to the candy store. If you notice the lights that are on the ceiling, you’ll see that the bottom of them forms a giant yellow Lego brick.

This is branding at its finest. This just goes to show that you use Lego to create just about anything in your house. Just make sure you don’t get anything stuck inside those Lego holes.

Easy Math For Grocery Shoppers

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Reddit / Nataliewithasecret
Reddit / Nataliewithasecret

Finally, grocery shoppers can have a calculator on their carts instead of having to use their phones to estimate their total price. Seriously, this would make life easier for everyone.

Now you don’t have to use your fingers to keep track of your budget, and you can even use it for other conversions. So if you’re counting your calories, you can use this calculator to determine if you can fit those cookies in your diet.

Stop Cooking Pasta For 20 People

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Pinterest
Pinterest

The hole in the middle of the pasta spoon is there to measure enough pasta for one serving. If you’re cooking for more than just yourself, just repeat the process.

I originally thought that the only purpose of this hole was to let water through as you scoop out the spaghetti when it’s cooking. There’s nothing worse than making too much pasta and having to eat leftovers for the rest of the week.

Ketchup That Doesn’t Overflow

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Imgur / DengusKhan
Imgur / DengusKhan

Okay, this isn’t a game-changer, but this shows why condiment cups were invented in the first place. If you were the person that tried to balance 3 cups of ketchup back to your table, it turns out there’s a simple way to maximize your space.

All you have to do is tug around the rim of the cup, then pour all the ketchup into that little bad boy. Make sure you get every drop of it!

Baby Genius

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Imgur
Imgur

Stay at home dads, this one is for you. It’s hard enough trying to raise a baby, let alone twins. What better way to feed them milk than by attaching it to the headboard of the bed?

This will save so much time for you and the babies look very content too. Now you can easily set them down for nap time so you can get around to doing other chores around the house.

How To Cut A Watermelon

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Pinterest

You’re looking at the easiest way to cut up a watermelon. The slender slices of this juicy fruit will make this summer treat less of a chore.

Instead of trying to balance the watermelon in place as it rolls around, just cut it in half, and then place the flat side down on a clean cutting board. And instead of wedges, cutting them in stalks leaves less of a mess.

Walk In The Parking Lot

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Reddit / girthygirl
Reddit / girthygirl

Fitness is an important thing these days. These shoppers now have the chance to count their steps from the moment they get out of their car to the moment they get to the store.

This is not only great for people looking to get in their steps every day, but it’s also smart to take note of when you’re hunting down a parking spot. If you’re getting 100 things at Walmart, you should probably get a bit closer.

Chip Bag Trick

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Pinterest
Pinterest

Throw out the chip clip and take out the notebook, because there’s an easy way to fold the chip bag to keep everything fresh. All you need to do is follow the diagram above and fold the top corners in, then roll the top down, and your chips won’t go stale.

This makes so much sense, so stop just wrinkling up the top or trying to twist the top. It never holds.

That Fresh Remote Smell

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Imgur
Imgur

The remote is actually one of the most disgusting items in a hotel because they are rarely cleaned, so it’s nice when you go to a hotel and they provide you with a fresh new remote.

Now, you don’t have to feel paranoid about who was in the room before you and what they did to the remote. Just make sure to wash your hands anyway, because you never know how clean anything is.

Ice Cold Whisky

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Imgur / OctopussSevenTwo
Imgur / OctopussSevenTwo

All bars need this. It’s a great way to keep your drink cool and it doubles as a coaster. This strip on the bar is built right in to stay cold throughout the night, so you can just leave your drink on top to cool it down.

The only downside is that there are some drinks that just don’t need to be cooled down. Who knows, after a few drinks, you might start making snowballs or mini snowmen.

Bag Full Of Goodies

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Imgur / iduttnnytx
Imgur / iduttnnytx

Ziploc bags are such an easy way to pack some treats for the kids, but they can make it look so hard to eat out of. One way to make things easier for them is to roll down the top to add a little structure to the opening.

It will prevent the bag from flopping all the time and now your little one can easily dig out their favorite snacks.

Toilet Sink Combination

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Reddit / FullMetal21337
Reddit / FullMetal21337

A toilet with a sink on top of the cistern is such a genius way to conserve water. You can wash your hands with clean water as it refills the bowl, and you don’t even need to get off of the toilet seat to do it.

Sure, it might be hard to reach over, especially for children, but this is such a space saver and saves a ton of water, which is great for the planet.

Waldo At The Dentist

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Reddit / mtmannion
Reddit / mtmannion

That’s one way to distract your patients from being nervous about their appointment at the dentist. Trying to find Waldo while getting your teeth checked out is a great way to pass the time in the chair.

So many people have a fear of the dentist, so finding any way to keep people’s minds off the poking and prodding that’s going on is a plus. Hopefully, your dentist doesn’t try to talk to you as you’re concentrating.

Hole For The Teabag

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Reddit / japaneseholler
Reddit / japaneseholler

Say goodbye to having to fish for the string in the mug. Tea lovers will be happy to see this mug with a slit in the side of the mug specifically for your teabags.

Some people leave their tea in for a few seconds while others let it sit in there the whole time, so now everyone can easily keep track of their teabag so they can fish it out when they’re done.

Apple Cozy

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Reddit / tony_flamingo
Reddit / tony_flamingo

Bottles can have cozies so why not apples? It’s cute to see such a small fruit fit into something so comfortable. This would be perfect to give to your teacher, especially if you’re a good student (or if you’re in need of a boost in your grade).

Not only would this give your workspace a little extra zest, but this could probably prevent apples from getting bruised. There’s nothing worse than accidentally knocking your apple off your desk at work.

Beverage Choices

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Reddit / canyousavetheclique
Reddit / canyousavetheclique

Take your pick. There are some good options here, but it’s interesting to see that the soda battles have taken over this hotel. Each floor must be sponsored by either Coke or Pepsi, but at least you can find your favorite somewhere in this place.

All hotels should have this since it would save time trying to find the nearest vending machine. Now, which floor can I get some snakcs on?

No More Waiting For The Elevator

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Reddit / lukeallen1
Reddit / lukeallen1

It can be awkward standing in front of the elevator doors waiting for them to open, so this hotel decided to put the elevator call button a little further away.

It’s perfect because as you’re walking down the hall, you can call for the elevator and see the doors open right when you get there. Now you don’t have to worry about any awkward conversations waiting at the doors with strangers.

Tip Without Needing Some Quarters

machine to tip using your debit card
Reddit / McBloggenstein
Reddit / McBloggenstein

Our world has become more and more paperless, and it’s more likely people are paying with plastic rather than cold, hard cash. That has made it really difficult for businesses that depend on tips to help close the wage gap.

That’s where this little machine comes into play to make it easy to toss a dollar their way. It’s interesting that some places around the world don’t even believe in tipping.

Dogs Need Water Too

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Reddit / Somethingclever13
Reddit / Somethingclever13

It’s nice when you’re out on a walk and come across a water fountain when you’re desperately thirsty, but what about your dog? It can be hard trying to cup some water in your hands for your pooch, and please, don’t lift them up to drink from the fountain.

This fountain has a runoff down to the ground where it can pool for your dog to get a drink in. Or I guess any other animals that might need a drink.

Good To The Last Drop

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Reddit / MrCaspan
Reddit / MrCaspan

No matter what bottle you get, it’s almost impossible to get every last drop out of it. Well, at least that used to be the case. This spray bottle is engineered to be able to filter every last drop out of it.

Most spray bottles pull right from the middle, so you have to unscrew the lid to pour out the last bits. This bottle instead pulls from the front, so you can actually tilt it forward to get everything out.

machine to get a stronger phone signal int he outback
Reddit / Gazza_s_89
Reddit / Gazza_s_89

There’s nothing quite like going out into the wild and disconnect from the rest of the world, but it can get tricky if you actually happen to need your phone. If you’re in the outback of Australia, it can be extremely difficult to get a signal, so that’s why these were invented.

This rest stop features a holder for your phone that will help strengthen your signal if you need to send out a text or let someone know where you are.

Perfect For The Picky Drinker

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Reddit / superrosey101
Reddit / superrosey101

It can be hard to choose just one drink when there are so many to choose from. If you’re someone who has trouble making decisions, this cup is perfect for you. Instead of getting just one drink, this shop gives people the option to get two in one cup.

This is great if you’re someone who likes options, or if you’re looking for a cute first date move without committing to drinking from the same drink.

No Spoon, No Problem

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Reddit
Reddit

There was nothing worse than packing your lunch for school and totally forgetting to throw in a spoon for your yogurt. You’d drink to drink it right out of the cup, but it was nearly impossible to get everything and you’d have to use your hands.

This yogurt company knows that struggle all too well, so they designed their lid with instructions on how to turn it into a spoon just in case.

No More Excuses For ‘Forgetting’ To Wash Up

door with hand sanitizer attached to handle
Reddit / NoseyCo-WorkersSuck
Reddit / NoseyCo-WorkersSuck

Using a public washroom can be a daunting task just because you never know how clean everyone else really is. You can make sure you clean up, wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them properly. But the handle remains the final obstacle you just can’t ignore.

This place decided to conquer that challenge by installing a hand sanitizer dispenser right into the handle. Now there’s no excuse, and you can feel confident your hands are actually clean on your way out.

I Don’t Want To Take The Stairs

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Reddit / BoatToTheMoon21
Reddit / BoatToTheMoon21

I don’t know why we as a society just gave up on using slides once we became adults. They can be a very efficient way to go from point A to point B, and can really take the legwork out of taking the stairs.

These stairs just go to show that we’re all wasting our time walking down each step when we could fly down the slide in no time.

Don’t Lug Your Bike Up The Stairs

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Reddit
Reddit

Just like we wish we could use a slide to go down the stairs, we wish it were easier to bring some things up the stairs. This Japanese subway noticed that many riders were also using their bikes to get around town, so they installed a small escalator next to the stairs for their bikes.

This is a great way to encourage people to use travel options like bikes that don’t have a negative effect on the ecosystem.

It’s A Good Idea In Theory

hole in shower to turn it on from the outside
Reddit / 7moonman
Reddit / 7moonman

This one might be a little difficult to see thanks to the transparent glass, but this shower has a small hole in it so you can reach the taps from the outside. This would be super helpful so you don’t have to worry about getting that cold shot of water as you reach in and wait for it to warm up.

Unfortunately, some people pointed out that because the hole is always there, some water is bound to get out and end up on the floor. Maybe it needs a little window instead.