Life does not always go the way we plan or intend. When something abruptly changes, we can either whine about the difficulties that we face, or we can choose to come up with a creative solution and turn lemons into lemonade. Here are the best and worst solutions from around the globe.
Why Did The Chicken Board The Bus?
Although a hilarious situation, we feel bad for the poor bus driver who had to tolerate that squeaking chicken’s shriek until the stop button got fixed.
Forgive us if we seem a bit uptight about this whole situation, but we just can’t help but wonder if there was absolutely no better solution for this sawing project. This is a safety hazard in the workplace, which means it not only makes the construction company vulnerable to all kinds of lawsuits, but it also is a disaster just waiting to happen. The guy used a stable table for the sawing better had pretty good insurance, just to be on the safe side.
Modern times brought a lot of changes to today’s youth, such as the obsessive need to update social media profiles constantly. Instead of going outside and playing catch, kids nowadays are more invested in taking flattering pictures of themselves on their smartphones. The boy in the picture below seems to be living in the outskirts of a third world country, and still has one thing on his mind – owning his very own selfie stick, so that he could take better pictures.
No, this is not an art student’s interpretation of “The Persistence of Memory” by celebrated painter Salvador Dali. Evidently, this clock was broken, so its owners came up with an inventive way to never lose track of time. Although a suitable solution, it needs to be taken into account that unless there are equal spaces between the numbers, the time is not going to be accurate when pointing at the part of the clock that was drawn as a fix.
Electricity Well Spent
At the end of a long, tiring day at work, all you want to do is come back home, sit in your most comfortable chair and unwind with a cold beer in your hand. Imagine the disappointment this guy felt once returning to his home only to realize he forgot to put the beers in the fridge? There was no way he was going to let a rookie error like that get in the middle of him getting his way, so he came up with this solution.
Hot As Hell
Who has not been to a social gathering and wished a hot tub was available right there and then? Well, these guys were set in their ways to make their dreams come true, so instead of sulking in the notion there isn’t one available, they made one available. Was it the smartest idea? Judging from the look of the soot that accumulated at the bottom of the bathtub, the answer is probably not. We just hope no one was hurt in the process.
Patience Is Key
The Longxiang Public Bus Company, a bus company located in China, launched a new campaign for safe driving, which involves hanging large bowls of water next to the drivers, making them drive at lower speeds. “Passengers often complain that sudden braking and bad driving makes them really uncomfortable on the buses,” said the company’s spokesman. “Hanging bowls of water in the driver’s cab will discourage them from making any jolting starts, sudden braking or bad turns,” he explained.
You Have Been Warned
It is a good thing this car has a sticker on the passenger window that reads a warning concerning the alarm installed within, because one look at the chain and lock on the door suggests one does not need anything more than a cutter to be able to break into that car. How fed up was the owner of this car with the constant break-ins that they went as far as to drive a hole through their car doors and chain the two together? Pretty fed up.
Music To My Gears
For long drives, there is nothing more comforting than the sound of the radio. If you get lucky, maybe you will even get to hear your favorite singer playing a tune or two. When you are stuck in traffic in the morning, it is nice to listen to a radio show and hear other people discussing their problems in life. This poor car owner had their radio stolen, so they came up with a creative solution that would help them get through those moments behind the wheel.
Do Not Drink
Fire extinguishers are necessary in every building, but we are not entirely sure this hanging bottle of water is what was meant in the fire safety guideline book. It is very doubtful that with a single spritz of mineral water a fire could be put out, let alone a single lit match, but at least this is some form of help. It would probably be better to install a fire alarm instead of the bottle, as it would help much more in case of an actual fire.
Seat Of Stool
It is a well-known fact that third world countries and rural areas do not always have good plumbing – if at all. This particular bathroom was probably made in the wild as a portable stall could not be positioned for whatever reason. What worries us is the fact that it does not seem as though that upside down cone is connected to an underground sewage system, which means that whoever does number 2 is meant to clean up after themselves.
Having your shower head burst is a less than ideal situation, as it means you cannot take a shower until you get it fixed. Ruth had no time to go buy and replace her old shower head, so instead, she came up with a solution to the problem that ended up being much more successful than she initially thought it would be. It is a good thing she was an engineering student, as her learned skills proved to be worthwhile at home, too.
Some people simply cannot begin their day without a hot cup of coffee that will get them going. For these particular individuals, having their coffee machine break could very well mean the end of the world is coming, which is why they always have a Plan B in stock. Jeff was one of these caffeine addicts, so when his coffee machine betrayed him and ceased to function, he made do with whatever he found lying around the house.
Personal protective equipment (as the Health and Safety Executive refers to it) is vital for anyone who works “in an environment where falling materials, contaminated air or corrosive liquids pose a hazard.” For example, wearing duct-taped glasses instead of appropriate eyewear, like goggles, is highly dangerous. Another example can be seen in the picture below, where the guy is putting his life at great risk by not putting a mask over his head and using a flammable newspaper page instead.
Now here is a bridge we would hate to have to cross by car or by foot! The foundation of the entire structure could have been better built, to begin with, but say that it was not and someone had noticed there was a problem with its stability – it would have been better to start from scratch and fix the groundwork than come up with this barely stable composition that could potentially put a lot of lives at risk.
Kiss The Boo Boo
We are all about positive thinking, but to go as far as to put a band-aid on a broken windshield and hope that it would repair it is a bit of a stretch – even for us. Maybe whoever placed that band-aid on top was a kid who stole the family car from their parents and had a minor accident, so they tried to fix it the only way they knew how. Either way, that windshield needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
Shop For Shelves
Maybe this was an experimenting artist who thought ordinary shelves were much too bland for them, or perhaps this was a job done by someone who wanted to show off their wall hanging skills. Either way, drilling holes to hang a grocery store cart seems like a lot of weight to be put on a wall, so we hope the foundations of the house are strong enough. Having the entire house crumble down for the sake of art is not something we think many would support.
Girlfriend Of The Year
Sarah’s boyfriend’s mailbox was buried so far under the snow, he and his roommates were not able to dig it out. Being the attentive and concerned girlfriend she was, Sarah knew that what bummed her boyfriend out the most was the fact that he was waiting for his new video game to arrive and was afraid his placed order would never arrive. To make sure that did not happen, she improvised a mailbox using a hockey stick and a bucket.
Let’s Get Physical
Not every great athlete begins training with a fully equipped gym, and neither did whoever built this DIY workout zone. We have to say, for someone who clearly did not have means, the final outcome is pretty impressive. Even the wall paint used as weights were taken into consideration, which is not an easy task at all and definitely requires a lot of imagination. We certainly hope whoever built this will reach their physical goal and gain the most out of their exercises!
Coming home after a late night out with friends is fun – until you arrive home and realize your stove does not work and you can’t make what you have been craving all night. The midnight munch sounds too good to pass off and you already imagined the taste of that amazing, greasy meal in your mouth – do you let the minor glitch get in your way, or do you find another way to make it happen? This person picked the option standing behind curtain number two.
Lazy Boy Innovation
Being a student in college, you often find yourself having many financial obligations and wind up being in debt. Although taking loans are a seemingly easy way out from sleepless nights that consist of counting pennies, you would probably take one just to pay off major necessities, like rent and bills. This guy thought the same, which is why instead of using his hard-earned part-time job money on a tablet holder, he came up with this adaptable solution.
You Crack Me Up
Poor Bill was sick of people making fun of his ‘plumber pants’ – after all, they were a present he received many years ago for Christmas from his beloved aunt, Flora, and he was not willing to give them up. Since he was much younger when he first got the pants, and back then they fit perfectly, he was having a hard time giving in to the idea that he outgrew them, so instead of tossing them away, he thought of a better solution to his problem.
There are a lot of people who like to enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day, as a way to unwind. Others may frown upon the notion and claim it promotes the idea that one cannot enjoy life and relax without turning to alcohol, but those who are true wine fanatics enjoy the drink for its essence and taste – and not for the boozy effect it has on the mind. This book-made wine glass holder, however, could be a bit much.
Working on a farm during the cold and rainy days of winter is very different to when doing so in the summer. Although the warmer temperatures can cause other problems and sometimes even make it harder to work under the scorching sun, rain quickly turns sand into mud, thus shortening your working boots’ lifespan significantly. The owner of these boots had no time to wait for his shoes to dry off, so he thought of a way to speed up that process.
If It Is Broken, Don’t Fix It
They say you should throw away a broken mirror since it could bring you and whoever looks into it bad luck. Although the superstition does not apply to broken plates, we still cannot find one logical explanation for anyone to keep it in their home. Even if the house is running low on plates, it would be better to throw one away instead of picking fractures of the ceramics out of your food and mouth. This is a choking disaster waiting to happen.
Light Up My Way
As if getting finding out that his car’s front light is not working is not bad enough, Adam soon found out paying for a new one is not the only thing he would have to whip out his maxed out credit card for. After driving down the highway and being pulled aside by the local police, Adam was told he was being given a fine for not fixing his light and thus putting other drivers in danger, too. To avoid any other further fines, he came up with this.
C(D) What You Did There
Mistakes can happen, we are only human. However, it is in your best interest that it does not happen while driving as an accident could result in severe damage to your car – or worse, your body. Car injuries are easier to fix, but they can come at a hefty price. Those who are not insured could soon find themselves having to pay thousands of dollars for even the most minor fixes, which is why many people rather fix their car in an alternative way, as seen here.
Jingle Doorbells, Something Smells
If we came across this little note reading “To ring doorbell, connect wires,” we would have definitely preferred to knock on the door instead. It may be less convenient, but we would still rather go through with that old-fashioned knock on wood than to risk our lives by connecting the two wires together. Getting electrocuted is just not worth it, it does not matter who you are visiting that lives on the other side of that door.
Fork Clean Cut
Shaving is a mundane task as it is, so when your razor breaks, there is nothing more frustrating than having to settle for stubble or trying to use just the head. Not only is it incredibly inconvenient to hold it that way, but it is also dangerous and you could end up cutting yourself very seriously. For this reason precisely, Matt came up with a method that would put an end to all broken razor sagas – and save his family from spending extra bucks on new ones.
Chair Of Nightmares
We can already imagine the family feuds that would start based on who gets to sit on the comfy couch cushion, and who gets the hard, wooden chair seat. It was probably an untrained, newly adopted puppy that is to blame for this seat improvisation, but that is the price one has to pay for adopting a puppy. The good news is that in a couple of years time, when the puppy is a well trained, loving dog, it will all be worthwhile.