Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner, two undisputed Hollywood and national treasures, have teamed up and are helping kids that are impacted by the closing of their schools. Together, the two actresses launched Save With Stories, an effort to fundraise money directly for No Kid Hungry and Save the Children.
Both these organizations provide educational supplies and food for millions of children who rely on their schools to get them. The actresses’ initiative has a brand-new Instagram account, where they’re sharing videos of different celebrities who are reading books for children to educate, entertain, and distract both parents and kids who are practicing social distancing.
Jennifer and Amy Explained Where the Donations Are Going
When they started their efforts to fundraise, Amy and Jen offered an in-depth explanation regarding what the donations are targeting and supporting. They posted it as the first post on their fundraiser’s Instagram page. It said that the funds would help them ensure that families could find meals when the schools were closed by supporting food banks, mobile meal trucks, and other community feeding programs. The funds will also go for educational toys, support for out-of-school programs, books and worksheets, and for helping kids make up the time they have lost being out of the classroom.
Jennifer Garner Started the Fundraiser, followed by Amy Adams
Jen was first to fundraise by reading The Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark– two adorable picture books. Soon, Amy followed suit by narrating The Dinosaur Princess, which is a story written by Aviana Olea, her own nine-year-old daughter. The book was also illustrated by Darren Le Gallo, her husband.
It now seems that more big-name stars are getting involved with the heartwarming initiative, and are planning to read other books to do their part. It remains to be seen what the little children and their parents will be able to enjoy next.
45 People Who Came Up With Unique Ideas and Actually Pulled Them Off
What does it actually take to come up with a good idea? Do people just get lucky or do they have to be inherently creative? Maybe it’s a bit of both. Whatever the case might be, it’s truly amazing to think that the following people came up with these incredible ideas. These are the very best inventions, designs, and toys to have surfaced online in recent times.
Autocars & Deceptecars
At the end of the day, most people are going to conduct business over a table and that also applies to automobile retailers. However, some luxury car dealerships like to think outside of the box a little. Take this car store, for example.
Whoever designed this branch proposed the idea of re-purposing a couple of old cars into a reception desk. While there’s no indication that it is a Rolls Royce store, there is no denying that it kind of resembles a transformer.
Many of us only have one shelf to cram all of our shower appliances onto. It can get awfully clustered and sometimes, it would be nice to have a place for every single bottle and sponge. Well, look no further then.
This shower curtain prevents you from having to do that or having to resort to leaving the bottles on the floor, where they can get extremely grimy. What’s great about this curtain is that it has multiple pockets.
No Issues, Just Tissues
They say that home is where the heart is. But you know what we think is more important to have at home? That’s right folks – tissues. If you don’t have tissues to help keep your nose clean, then you can’t really call your place a home.
So why not have a tissue dispenser inside your home that looks like a home as well? It makes perfect sense. Does it look like it might be difficult to reload? Maybe. Ultimately though, it is quite pleasing to look at.
The Force Is Strong With This Idea
Even if you are not a fan of Star Wars, you probably know by now who Baby Yoda is. This tiny little green alien is strong with the Force and while he might be 50 years old, he’s actually still a baby in Yoda years.
With that out of the way, let’s cut to the chase – this paper snowflake of Baby Yoda and Din Djarin is pretty cool. If you don’t know, these are the two main characters from the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
An Absolute Cracker!
Sometimes, the journey is just as meaningful as the destination and this can certainly be said about the following idea. As you can see, there is a saltine displayed right in the middle of this picture frame. That’s not all though. The saltine has had a lace doily crocheted around its holes.
While this is certainly pleasing to look at, we can’t help but think that this is one of the more pointless ideas on this list.
Fuel for All
What gas station doesn’t have a sign that shows both the price of diesel and the price of gas? It’s a normal thing that we take for granted whenever we drive down the highway. However, it’s nice to have it there when we eventually need to fill up the tank.
Prices are fluctuating all the time and it’s good to be kept in the loop. This might be the first time in our lives though that we’ve seen a sign that also shows the price of its milk.
This Idea Is on Another Level
This photo clearly shows exactly what idea this person came up with. They were sick and tired of carrying heavy bags upstairs, where the kitchen was located. Not everyone is blessed with an elevator in their own home.
In fact, we’d go as far as to say that most people in the world don’t have elevators in their own homes. That’s where this little innovation comes into play. With some strings and tools, this hook-and-pull system is a must.
Art Is for Everyone
These days, more and more museums and galleries are working hard to ensure that all visitors are welcome to enjoy as many exhibitions and pieces of art as possible. Even those who a visually impaired should have the opportunity to enjoy masterpieces from the greatest artists of all time.
This art gallery knew this well enough and came up with a great idea. They ended up installing Braille representations of art. This lets visitors visualize the art through the power of touch.
Now That’s Some Sesamagination
There is no denying that there are more groundbreaking ideas on this list. Make no mistake about it though, there is something nostalgic about seeing a full body costume that resembles one of the most iconic characters of Sesame Street.
A Bert onesie is certainly something that a lot of people would like to have in their lives, especially when Halloween comes around. We just hope that there is also an Ernie suit that is available.
The Magic Cup
Anyone who uses plastic cups knows how easy it is to put dents in them. What happens though when you can’t undo the dent in your cup? Well, this might mean that the cup is not actually plastic and is simply designed to look like one.
That’s exactly what this cup was designed to do – confuse whoever’s drinking from it. Someone was bored enough to come up with one of the most pointless ideas on this list.
Smallest Bedrooms Ever
While you might assume this is some sort of optical illusion, we hate to burst your bubble. It is actually a skinning building, located in London, England. Sure, it might appear to be a great use of space. But it also looks like the bedrooms in this building must be incredibly small.
How are you even supposed to swing a cat in this place? We just hope the wind won’t blow the building over. That would be tragic.
The Ultimate Library Carpet
So much can be learned in a library. Whether you are hitting the books or simply working on a laptop and using the internet, you can learn so much in these quiet places. However, there are some libraries that are proud of being a well of knowledge and information and will show that off in a variety of ways.
Take this one, for example. This library seems to have taken a bunch of old, tattered books, cut out pieces of pages, and turned them into carpet.
The Millenium Sandcastle
Let’s face it – if you are taking a stroll down a busy beach, you are about to find some impressive sandcastles, from time to time. However, it’s been a while since we saw one as impressive as this one.
You don’t even need to be a huge Star Wars fan to realize that this sandcastle was made in the shape of the Millenium Falcon. You know, the space ship that Han Solo and his Wookiee buddy Chewbacca fly together.
Comfort Over Fashion
Isn’t this what life is all about? Just getting as comfortable as possible, regardless of whether you are at home or not. That’s where this idea comes into play. Basically, it is a onesie with pillows attached to the back of it. There are a variety of versions that you can wear.
But more often than not, they allow one to sit or lay down comfortably in virtually any position at any location. But do people really want to wear pajamas all the time?
Recycling at its Finest
There needs to be an award for the idea that this person came up with. When you have the audacity to take a pair of VW Beetle fenders and turn them into a bunch of motorbikes, that’s a seriously cool idea. Sure, we have seen vehicles that look more comfortable to sit on.
But the gimmick is enough to appeal to even the most uninterested people when it comes to motorbikes. This is one of the coolest transformations ever.
What a strange sight to see a bowling ally that has shopping shelves on both sides. Why would this be? Well, the answer is actually quite simple. It turns out that this photo was taken in a bodega.
The owner decided to take flooring from an old bowling complex and use it in his aisles. This makes us wonder the following: do the people who work there have a game of bowling when it’s time to close the store? We hope they do.
Arachnophilia at its Finest
While we wouldn’t include ourselves in the following category, there are a group of individuals who actually like having spiders as pets. These eight-legged creatures are loved by quite a lot of people actually. This person loved their arachnid friend so much that they couldn’t let go even when it died.
So, they decided to coat the spidey in copper as a token of respect. They even replaced the abdomen with a crystal. They will never be apart.
Sometimes, good ideas can end up spiraling completely out of control. Take this guy, for example, who decided to take a photo of himself and have it printed onto a T-shirt. Then, as each year passed, he decided to take a photo of himself wearing the T-shirt and repeat it over and over again.
It became an annual tradition the likes of which we have never seen before. Six years in, he has six T-shirts to his name.
Lightbulb! I Have an Idea
There are plenty of people out there who have a ceiling fan that also has a light attached to it. It’s a great amenity, especially since it kills two proverbial birds with one proverbial stone.
With that said though, it can be annoying when there is a switch for each feature and you can’t tell the difference between them. This person came up with the idea of designing one switch to resemble a lightbulb and the other to resemble a fan.
If there’s anything one has learned from walking around the streets of any major city, it is that things might not be exactly what they seem, especially when street art is involved. You could try and open a door but only realize at the last minute that it’s just a painting on a wall.
Ever seen the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Well, the following photo of fake windows is reminiscent of something straight out of that movie.
There is no denying that there are some stunning pieces of architecture all over East Asia. Take Bangkok, for example. The capital of Thailand has been blessed with a truly unique edifice. An architect was inspired by his son’s toy and decided to design a building that resembled it.
The end result was a skyscraper that was more reminiscent of a transformer. It is known in these parts as the Robot Building. However, it turns out that all there is inside is a bank.
What a Puzzling Way to Solve a Puzzle
Puzzles are a great way to keep one’s mind active and do some minor problem-solving. However, what happens when the person using the puzzle doesn’t actually know how to solve them?
Instead, this person decided to just group up all of the pieces according to color and form a vague shape of what the puzzle was supposed to be. We are not suggesting that this is the beginning of some sort of puzzle revolution…
Riding a bike is all about feeling free and enjoying the outdoors in a different kind of way. With that in mind, it’s not too surprising that some would choose to give their two-wheel vehicles some unique transformations.
Take this guy for example, who decided to add a wooden frame that oddly resembles the logo of one of the world’s top shoe manufacturers. Let’s hope that they didn’t violate some sort of copyright infringement. Maybe it was just supposed to resemble a boomerang…
Are You Having a Giraffe?
Some structures have shapes that resemble animals so it only makes sense to paint them in a pattern that further enhances that resemblance.
Seeing that the crane was reminiscent of the long neck of a giraffe, this construction team thought it made sense to give it that yellow and brown color scheme that the wild animal usually has. It also has four legs like a giraffe. With that said, it certainly does look strange and out of place.
Totally Accordion to Plan
We would forgive you if you ever stopped in your stride and thought to yourself that the connecting, bending, middle part of a bus slightly resembles the middle of an accordion. This is because we also feel the same way. And it also seems like a designer thought the same us as.
He went as far as to do a paint job to make it look even more like the street musical instrument. However, it doesn’t actually play music.
If you look around enough, you will find combs in a variety of weird and unexpected shapes. Take this one, for example, which might be the most perfectly shaped comb of them all.
Not only is it a funny gimmick, but it perfectly works as a comb. It was made to resemble the skull of a T-Rex. For a start, it works because of the “teeth” of the dinosaur, which double as the teeth of the comb. Also, you can open his mouth!
When it comes to eating a banana, there are an unlimited amount of ways one can eat it. You can make banana bread out of it, you can peel the skin, or you can cut it into pieces. That’s just a few from the long list. With that said though, we have never really seen a person eat one this way.
The great thing about this idea is that the banana peel is being used as some sort of bowl to eat the actual banana from.
Let’s Go Slippers, Lego!
It is unquestionable that stepping on a piece of Lego is one of the most painful experiences in human history. It has been a real challenge for many parents. Then, in 2015, the building blocks company came up with a solution to the problem.
In tandem with a French advertising company, they put together these extra-padded slippers that prevent our feet from getting hurt anymore. However, only 1,500 pairs ended up getting distributed to those who desperately wanted them for Christmas.
The New & Improved Pillow Fight
Pillow fights are a pastime that all children should have the chance to take part in at some point in their lives. But it is clear that using the same pillows over and over again can become somewhat monotonous. What if you actually had pillows that were shaped like some of our favorite weapons from movies and TV shows?
That way, kids can have a pillow fight and feel like legitimate warriors. Designer Bryan Ku put together these awesome pillow weapons. Don’t worry – they are perfectly harmless.
Every Cloud Has a Switch
Ever wished that you could have your very own cloud in your apartment? Well, it turns out that this is now possible. This cloud-shaped lamp was designed by creator Richard Clarkson.
For whatever reason, he designed this unique lamp, which is able to turn into a “thundercloud,” meaning that it provides the sounds and acoustics of a thunderstorm without actually getting you wet. Now if that’s not a cool idea that we can get behind, we don’t know what is…
You Can Become Magneto
It is perfectly normal to lose a bunch of bolts, screws, and nails every once in a while. But what if you didn’t have to lose them anymore? What if somehow, someway, they always found their way back home? That’s where the Magwear Magnetic Wristband comes into play.
At the end of the day, you don’t want to step on any loose screws lying around the house. So this wristband makes them attached pretty easily.
We Found Nessy!
OK, so while the following idea might not change the way your soup actually tastes, it certainly won’t do any damage to it. The following ladle is more of an aesthetic touch to the cooking experience.
Known as the Loch Ness monster ladle, this kitchen utensil will help you make your soup while you imagine that you are swimming through the enchanted Scottish lake that the mythological monster supposedly lives in. It might be random, but the kids will love it!
What’s the Time? Coffee Time
It seems like British designer Joshua Renouf has come up with an idea that is bound to capture the imagination of the most fervent coffee lovers. This coffee brewing machine is known as “The Barisieur,” and it has an alarm clock attached to it.
Essentially, you set the time to the machine and whatever time you select, the machine will make your coffee for you automatically. All you have to do is wake up and voila, coffee’s ready!
Rice Up Your Life
Don’t you just hate it when you use way too much rice for the dish you were intending to make? Of course, you can also use not enough rice, which is also an annoying situation in and of itself. Thanks to Annet Bruli though, there is a new plate that makes sure that you will never make the same mistake again.
This innovative Dutch designer created the plate which is designed to be split into sections that clearly divide your food in a healthy way. Portion control will never be a problem again.
The Cuddling Mattress
Do you know what can be a real challenge at night? That’s right folks, cuddling. Many couples out there enjoy embracing each other while falling asleep in bed. But more often than not, someone gets left with a sore arm. That’s where this game-changing mattress comes into play.
Whoever designed this deserves a big pat on the back. What’s great about it is that you can put your arm inside one of the folds of the mattress, meaning that you can cuddle pain-free!
A Parent’s Dream Came True
When you become a parent – taking care of your kid and staying fit can be difficult to juggle at the same time. But what if you could do both at the same time? It seems like someone managed to come up with an idea that answers that question.
This tricycle allows parents to stay active and can carry kids aged between one and five. Heck, you could even take your dog out for a walk while you are riding this bad boy.
Yolk’s On You!
Many of us out there have a hard time trying to separate the yolk from the rest of your egg. It’s not the biggest problem in the world, but it would be a nice art to master. Thankfully, there are plenty of creative individuals out there who are coming up with ideas to make this so much easier.
Take this fishy silicon contraption, for example. It is able to suck up the yolk without too much trouble before “spitting” into whatever container you please.
Anyone who has read a really long book can be frustrated when 100 pages is only a small fraction of the entire story. It can be really demoralizing knowing you have such a long way to go after reading so many pages. And yet, the following publisher managed to rephrase things a little to make it seem like less of a daunting task.
Instead of including page numbers, they include the percentage of how far you are in the book. We never thought a reading progress bar would be so cool.
World of Cards
The following “unique idea” might not seem so obvious upon first glance. At the end of the day, it simply looks like a pack of cards that have been spread out and then someone has scribbled all over them. However, there is more to it than that.
The idea is as follows, if you lay out the cards in a specific order, a map can be seen from above. You could compare it to a scene from a movie about a treasure hunt.
Many bathrooms in bars and restaurants all over the world have a variety of gimmicks. We don’t know what it is but for some reason, many places think that bathroom-goers need some sort of interesting stimuli when they are already out having a good time with friends.
Nevertheless, that should take nothing away from the following idea. Basically, this bar used old cassette tapes as tiles for their bathroom walls. This allows people to check to see if any of their favorite bands are on the wall.
Tea Time, Anyone?
You can’t spell “Christmas” without a “T.” But if Christmas should be every day, why not turn every morning into Christmas with one of the world’s most beloved morning rituals?
Are we suggesting Santa just might be a tea junkie? If so, he just may have missed his calling as an interior decorator. But at least it shows he has good taste. Earl Grey, are you listening? In this home, tea bags are glistening!
Activate the Battlecat
Sure, many may be called. But few are chosen. And those who are… well, let’s just say hell hath no fury like a kitten scorned.
Yes, it surprised us to find out the latest state-of-the-art military technology is actually just an old refrigerator box, too. But as anyone who has tried to sleep on Miss Fluffykin’s watch will attest to, invading feline territory can come with a very steep price tag.
The Paper Clip Fork
Anyone who’s ever worked an office job knows that paper clips aren’t there to hold documents together. They’re there to be played with. We’ve all created abstract sculptures out of paper clips to help kill the monotony of another video conference. But here’s a great example of necessity being the mother of invention.
What’s even tastier than canned peach chunks? The essence of brand new aluminum. Now, them’s good eatin’!
The Great Escape
Emergencies typically mean stocking up on household essentials. But what happens when there’s a surplus of toilet paper and not enough bathrooms in the house to store them?
Basic physics may tell us that objects can’t pass through solid matter. But feline physics is an entirely different bag of catnip from human physics. Here, Professor Noodles demonstrates one of the age-old scientific conundrums: Is the human losing their marbles or simply being a jerk?
Do the Tree House Slide
When we were kids, we couldn’t even dream of something as cool as a treehouse with a tunnel slide attached. But now that we’re adults? We still can’t think of something as cool as a treehouse with a tunnel slide attached.
We’ve all heard the truism that there’s no fun without taking a little risk. Here’s what’s equally true: the bigger the risk, the bigger the fun. And while you may need to invest more in first aid kits and emergency medical funds, it seems like a pretty small price to pay.
The Greatest Thing Since Birdseed
Birdseed can be expensive. Last time we checked, it retailed around $6.99 for a five pound bag. And we all know how gluttonous our fine feathered friends can be. Ever wonder how DIY gurus tackle our fragile eco-system?
Why pay retail when a cockatiel can go direct to the wholesaler? All you need for your own DIY birdseed is a table saw, plywood, a power drill, an industrial-strength hole puncher, plywood, PVC tubing, a funnel, and a loaf of fresh bread. Much easier than lugging around a 5-pound bag from your local pet store!
Please Stand Up, Slim Shady
Russian nesting dolls are one of the most iconic examples of folk art in the world, and Eminem is one of the most iconic hip hop artists of all time. Put them both together and you have… well, we’re not exactly certain.
Here’s a great example of centuries-old craftsmanship meeting 21st-century controversy. And while you’re at it, why not ask about their Jay-Z needle stitched quilt pattern?
Need More Sriracha
Some problems are definitely first-world, but their solution is usually much simpler than people would think. Sriracha lovers have always complained that the drip method employed by the manufacturer makes it way too hard to efficiently disperse the spicy liquid onto their meal.
So this guy thought, why not just add a spray head onto the bottle? Voila! Lifehack! Instead of getting mere droplets of spicy goodness onto your noodles, you can now enjoy a satisfying mist…
Back in the Old Days…
Is retro making a comeback? Or did it ever go away after all? Here’s how to adapt the good old days of manual typewriters to more modern sensibilities.
We miss the old days of typing school as well, intrepid time traveler. Now if we can only find a vial of White-Out to replace our spell check function, we too could 23 skidoo to our vo-de-oh-doe, hep cats and hep kittens!
The Cellular Land Line
We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve had more than our fair share of accidental hang-ups with our smartphones. And speakerphone simply doesn’t give you the privacy you need. What’s the next best thing? The cellular landline.
Should it make sense? Not particularly. Does it make sense? Absolutely. In fact, it’s one of the single greatest breakthroughs in communication we’ve seen since two tin cans and a piece of string. So long as you don’t drive, operate heavy machinery or use it in the shower, this beats a Bluetooth any day of the week.
It’s Tasty to Be Square
Summertime means one thing for many people: watermelon season. But those pre-sliced packages of watermelon simply aren’t any fun. And everybody knows that whole watermelons generally take up far too much space in the fridge. What’s the solution? Square a watermelon.
No, it’s not genetically modified. But it does require more than its fair share of craftsmanship, materials, and patience. Or you could just wind up buying pre-sliced packages. But where’s the fun in that?
Gulp… Gulp… Gulp… GOAL!
Even for fans, there’s no denying that soccer can sometimes be more than a little slow-paced. In fact, almost as slow as a goldfish. But it’s one of the best forms of exercise around, even when it’s not competitive. So if Blinky’s in need of a high impact work out, here’s a great way to have him kick at his own pace.
Can Blinky bend it like Beckham? Probably not. Will he pass? Probably not. Will he score? Probably not. Will you care? That depends on how much of a fanatic you are. He ain’t Pele, my friend. He’s a goldfish.
The Hanging Night Table
Bookworms can be faced with a fairly common dilemma: how and where to store them. Even when our shelves are crammed full from the floor to the ceiling, there always seems to be just one more title to add to our collection. Actually, more like several dozen.
It may not prevent any of the potential fire hazards that a well-stocked library can frequently pose. But it looks a lot more impressive than a drab old Kindle. And sometimes looking impressive can also be highly functional, as well.
How to Play With Food
What’s the worst part about eating ramen? Getting that brand new Super Cuts-worthy bob ruined by flying noodles and scalding hot broth. Here’s a solution that may not be ingenious, but it can get the job done.
Really, it’s no less silly-looking than a lobster bib. You may be laughed straight out of your favorite noodle shop. But it’s a small price to pay for having a perfect coiff. And public embarrassment is a much better trade-off than a first-degree burn.
There’s a Good Lint Ball
Let’s face it. We can’t think of virtually anyone who actually looks forward to doing laundry. In fact, the only thing we look forward to about the task is cleaning out the dryer vent (OK… we, have issues).
It’s all the fluffiness of having your own pet bunny with none of the responsibility. Sure, it may trigger your allergies, but it beats having to buy specialty rabbit food and having to clean up after that cute little mess Sir Bugs-A-Lot left inside your bathtub.
“My mom painted this outlet to match the rocks,” the uploader of this photo wrote in the caption. It doesn’t get any more simple than that. It is such an understated idea and yet, we can’t help but marvel at the end result. You could say that this woman literally nailed the idea.
In a perfect state of camouflage, the outlet perfectly blends with the wall, while still being clear enough to use. It’s not exactly useful, but it’s cool to look at.
Going Back in Time
The following idea would have been much more necessary hundreds of years ago, before clocks were actually a thing. With that said though, this idea is pretty cool. It turns out that someone had the time to created a 3D-printed sundial.
What is really cool about the idea is that you can actually see the time of day in the shadow of the sundial. All we know is that there is definitely some wizardry going on to make this work.
For many, the dining experience is just as important as the taste of the actual food. This restaurant knew that well enough and capitalized on this with an awesome idea. Basically, they simply installed an angled mirror above the cooking stations.
This allows patrons to actually see how the cooks are preparing their food. While this might add a bit of pressure to whoever’s working in the kitchen, it sure is an interesting experience for whoever’s at the bar.
The Cycle of Life
This is arguably the best idea on this list. At least, it’s a close contender! There are apparently places in Norway that are incredibly steep to ride one’s bike on. To travel uphill on a bike in this part of the world can be very dangerous.
As a result, planners came up with the following idea, creating a public bike escalator. Similar to T-bars on a ski hill, this allows cyclists to get some much needed rest on their legs as the escalator pushes their foot up the hill.
Everything You Need in One Room
There is one big problem that a lot of people face when they go to a sports bar. They have probably gone to hang out with some friends and watch their favorite team play on TV. However, the time eventually comes when one simply has to go to the bathroom.
But how are you supposed to go and expect to miss a couple of minutes of the game? This sports bar found the solution to that problem…