164 Examples Of Cool Design


According to Tim Antoniuk, an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta, we can all intuitively sense what good design is and isn't.

"Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems," he told Bored Panda in one interview.

For Antoniuk, good design is "intuitive, [...] deeply sympathetic and empathetic to the user at all levels, and at some level, it is emotional."

So as much as we at Bored Panda like to make fun of crappy design, this time we decided to compile a different kind of list. Whether it's a space-saving Tetris cat tower or a skatepark shaped like bacon and eggs, continue scrolling and check out these prime examples of human ingenuity.

#1 Carpet Patterned Street

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#2 Itsukushima Shinto Shrine Appears On The Dish When Sauce Is Poured On It

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#3 This Is Beautiful

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#4 This Benjamin Franklin Mug I Just Got With A Slot To Make The End Of Your Tea Bag The Kite

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#5 The Logo On My Umbrella Only Shows Up When Wet

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#6 Astronomical Makeup Palette

#7 This College Made A Water Bottle With A Map Of The Campus On It. It Also Shows Places Where You Can Fill It Up

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#8 This Bench That Looks Like A Book

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#9 The Bollards Outside This School In Dublin Look Like Pencils

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#10 My Raincoat Reveals A Floral Pattern When Wet

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#11 I Have A Clock Where The Numbers Rotate Rather Than The Hands

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#12 My Friend's House Key Is Shaped Like A Sword

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#13 This Swiss Bottled Water

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#14 You Can "Light" And "Extinguish" The Flames On The Menorah

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#15 Our Wedding Bands Are Laser Engraved With Each Other's Fingerprint

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#16 My Space-Saving Cat Tower

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#17 This Bench Is Made From A Curled-Up Paving Stone

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#18 The Inside Of The Pizza Box Was A Tuxedo

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#19 This Barbie Doll With Vitiligo

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#20 A Skate Shop & A Butcher Shop Are Located Next To Each Other. They Share One Sign

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#21 The Handle To This Knife Shop Door Is Also A Knife

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#22 Cool Tables In Plymouth That Look Like It's Anti-Gravity

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#23 National Geographic Gallery Uses Its Logo As A Door Handle

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#24 This Building In Chicago Has A Map Of The Surrounding Area With Its Own Location Marked

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#25 Fork At The Eiffel Tower Is The Eiffel Tower

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#26 There’s A Skatepark Shaped Like Bacon And Eggs An Hour Out Of Seattle

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#27 This Crane Has Giraffe Print

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#28 My Local Bakery Has Started Putting BLM On Their Bread

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#29 This Clock With Words Only

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#30 This Sugar Cube Shaped Like A Tea Pot

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#31 This Jar Is Shaped To Look Like A Ziplock Bag

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#32 My Husband’s Fully Reflective Iridescent Rain Set

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#33 Spotted This Amazing Door Stop At Work

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#34 A Worker In My Factory Has A Cowboy Hat That Doubles As A Hard Hat

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#35 I Found This Fibonacci Clock At A Clinic

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#36 This Brand Of Coffee Changes The Design For Decaffeinated Coffee

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#37 Saw This Awesome Metallica Plate On The Freeway Today

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#38 Metal Benches In Buenos Aires Look Very Soft

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#39 This Whale Tissue Dispenser

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#40 These Bollards Outside A School Shaped Like Pencils

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#41 This Golden Record/Rocket Pizza Cutter

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#42 This Lamp With Individual Switches You Can Turn On And Off

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#43 My Desk Notes Are On A Tiny Shipping Pallet

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#44 A Wet Floor Sign In The Shape Of A Shark Fin

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#45 This Building Looks Like It’s Woven

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#46 My Nintendo Switch Case's Zippers Are Joycons

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#47 The Pills Which Help Regulate My Heart Rate Are Shaped Like Hearts

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#48 The Door Handle To This Butcher Shop

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#49 The Blossoms On My LEGO Bonsai Are Small Frogs

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#50 These Old Ornate Handrails On An Othrewise Nondescript Copenhagen Building

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#51 This Inflatable Lock Advertisement On A Storage Building

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#52 My Kid’s Fake Cash Register Has Fake Inputs On The Back

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#53 This Unique Wooden Bicycle Frame Design

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#54 A Little Crab Pen Holder I Found In Tokyo

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#55 This Subway Train Has Clouds On The Ceiling To Look Like The Sky

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#56 The Tread On My Wife's Shoes Is A Remote Control

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#57 Here's A Street Lamp That Was Designed To Look Like A Paintbrush

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#58 My Spanish Sneakers Have A Map Of Barcelona On The Sole

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#59 The Security Hut At The Igloo Factory Is An Igloo Cooler

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#60 A Bench In The Library Of Alexandria

#61 Somebody In My City Is Walking Around With The Prettiest Soles I've Seen So Far

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#62 WOW Air Has A Vomit-Meter On Their Sick Bags

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#63 My Grandparents' Clock Measures Time On A One Week Scale Instead Of A 12 Hour One

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#64 This Three-Way Chess Set I Found In My Basement

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#65 These Two Spatulas Came With A Clip To Make Tongs Out Of Them

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#66 The Air Vents On A Subway In Stockholm Have A Hidden Pacman Easter Egg

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#67 I Own A Plexiglass Longboard

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#68 My Coworker Has Humerus Looking Glasses

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#69 The Edge Of The Knife In This Swiss Restaurant Was Shaped To Show Off Many Of The Peaks Found In The Swiss Alps

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#70 The Restaurant I’m Eating At Provides A Pill That Turns Into A Towel When Soaked In Water

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#71 This Wooden Tie I’m Wearing As A Groomsman

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#72 This Book Bag I Bought At Comic Con Today Glows With Flash Photography

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#73 The Wolf On This Van Has Eyes Which Light Up With The Brake Lights

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#74 Wooden Puzzle In The Shape Of A Wine Bottle

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#75 USB Power Bank Disguised As A Mini Generator

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#76 This Side Table Designed Specifically For These Books

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#77 My Keyboard’s USB Has A Keyboard On It

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#78 This Sofa Set Made Out Of Red Bricks

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#79 The Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Disc Looks Like A Record

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#80 I’m Making Personalized Coasters Of All My Coworkers’ Brain Scans

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#81 The Bike Rack At This Dentist Office Looks Like It's Being Squeezed Out Of A Tube Of Toothpaste

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#82 These Ceiling Fan And Light Bulb Chain Pulls In My Best Friends Childhood Home

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#83 My Shirt's Cuff Has Thousands Of Mushrooms Printed On It

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#84 Scissors Shaped Like A Bird

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#85 The Knobs In My Dentist's Office Are Toothbrush And Toothpaste

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#86 I Work At A Vet Clinic And One Of Our Orders Had Bubble Wrap In The Shape Of Bones

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#87 This Coffee Cup From A Paris-Themed Cafe Chain In Seoul

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#88 My Coasters Are Tiny Pallets

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#89 IKEA Sells A Kit To Build A Chocolate Moose, So Naturally I Bought One

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#90 My Freezer Produces Ice Spheres Rather Than Ice Cubes

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#91 My Work Got A Whole Roll Of The New 2020 “Bat” Quarters

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#92 These Rainbowless Skittles

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#93 A Really Cool Bookshelf Whose Shelves Spell Something, Seen At A Hotel

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#94 Emirates’ Starry Sky In Their Long-Distance Planes

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#95 I Got A Keychain That Uses The Radioactive Decay Of Tritium (The Radioactive Isotope Of Hydrogen) To Emit Light

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#96 This Rubik's Cube That Uses Different Sized Surfaces Instead Of Colors

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#97 This Pen From A Technical College That Says How Many Words Can Be Written With It

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#98 My Grandma Has A Radio That Looks Like An Old Computer

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#99 My Dad Has A 100 Sided Die

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#100 Brewtorium In Austin's Bathroom Signs Are Great

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#101 This USB Stick That I Received From Olive Garden Looks Like Garlic Bread

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#102 My Dad Has A Cap With A Solar-Powered Fan On It

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#103 A Gelato Shaped Doorstop At A Gelateria In Italy

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#104 This Ping Pong Halfpipe I Saw At A Hotel In Munich

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#105 These Chairs At My Hotel In Munich Spell Out "Hello"

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#106 These Burger Seats

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#107 A Pen That Looks Like A Small Baguette When The Lid Is On

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#108 There's A Cute Little Excavator Graphic On The Window Of This Excavator

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#109 This Oil And Vinegar Container In An Italian Restaurant

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#110 This Grocery Display Contains Both Watermelon And Watermelon Cakes

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#111 Japanese Book For Children That Includes A Blacklight

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#112 This All Storage Building Is Shaped Like A Shipping Box

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#113 This Dark Toilet Paper At My Friend's Bathroom

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#114 The Opening Of My Toothpaste Is In The Shape Of A Tooth

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#115 The Ceiling Of LEGO Stores Looks Like The Bottom Of A 3x4 LEGO Brick

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#116 The Drains For The Sinks In The Minneapolis Airport Are Airplanes

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#117 The Seats At Carnegie Mellon University Have Zeroes And Ones Stitched Into Them

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#118 A Mug In The Design Of A Dented Plastic Cup

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#119 My Dustpan Brush Is A Violin

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#120 Car Park Barriers At The Estonian National Opera House, Tallinn

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#121 A Curved Escalator

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#122 IKEA Are Selling Self Assembly Chocolate Bunnies For Easter

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#123 My Train Conductor Stamped My Ticket With A Little Train

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#124 The Way The Wafers Line Up Going From Box To Box

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#125 Hotel I Stayed At Had Black Toilet Paper

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#126 This Radio I Found In My Attic Is Built To Resemble A Coca-Cola Vending Machine

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#127 My Headphones Measures Their Size By Afro Size

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#128 An Ashtray That Gives A Visual Representation Of The Negative Effects Of Smoking Cigarettes

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#129 This Hair Dryer Designed To Look Like A Revolver

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#130 My House Key Is In The Shape Of A House

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#131 The Grip On The PS5 Controllers Are Made Up Of The Symbols On The Buttons, Just Really Small

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#132 This Tiny Star In A New Train In Stockholm

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#133 My Friend’s New Surfboard Was Made To Look Like A Baguette

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#134 The Way This Tea Cafe Cans Beverages To Go

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#135 My Old Shoes Have Keyboard On The Bottom

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#136 These Bowling Balls Are Painted Like Pool Balls

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#137 The Lights On The Plane From My Trip Back From Australia

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#138 This Dog Pattern On The Seats At Our Local Veterinarians Office

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#139 This Book About Radiation Has A Glow-In-The-Dark Dust Jacket

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#140 My Guinness Came With A Picture Of The Queen On It

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#141 This Playable CD In The Shape Of A Square

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#142 The Rubbish Bins At The Pyramids Of Giza Have Hieroglyphic Instructions

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#143 This Watch Has Disks Instead Of Hands

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#144 I Found A Set Of Circular Playing Cards

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#145 Appropriate Wet Floor Warning

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#146 The Way This Coffee Cup Looks Sad Until You Open It, Then It Looks Happy

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#147 This Cigarette Butt Collector That Looks Like A Used Cigarette

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#148 Thought This Was A Cool Idea For A Bag From A Shoe Store

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#149 This Rubik's Cube Safe That I Have. You Have To Line The Colors Up In A Certain Order To Unlock It

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#150 This Reflective Jacket That Completely Lights Up When You Take A Photo Of It With Flash

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#151 My Ice Cream Sandwich Has A Comic Strip On It

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#152 I Got A Package In The Mail Today And The Bubble Wrap Was Heart-Shaped

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#153 This Bread Shaped Bread Knife

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#154 Alaska Airlines Giving Out Water In Paper Cartons Rather Then Plastic Bottles

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#155 The Classic Red Checkered Pattern Of The Tablecloth Of This Restaurant Is Made Of QR Codes For Their Menu

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#156 The Footrest In This Jeep Says “Sand Snow Rivers Rocks” In Morse Code

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#157 Found My Old Gameboy And Its Case (Which Was A Giant Gameboy) While Cleaning My Room

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#158 This Collection Of Mystery Science Theater 3000 VHS Tapes Creates An Image When Put Together

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#159 I Have A Real Pizza Epoxy Doorstop

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#160 This Crane Is Painted Like A Giraffe

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#161 Buttons & Buttonholes On Blouse

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#162 Union Jack Taillights For The Mini Are A Pretty Neat Idea For A Car With British Roots

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#163 My Coworkers Bamboo Keyboard And Mouse

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#164 This Ashtray Which Looks Like A Snubbed Out Cigarette

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