50 Surprising Cases Of “It Ain’t Stupid If It Works”

Life is full of problems, big and small, and everyone has to deal with them. Running away from them to a remote island won't solve them; the pesky darn things seem to know how to get around, constantly finding a way to haunt us. Most of us mortals don't have the money for it in the first place.

So we have to solve them. And, believe it or not, we can do it even without having all the answers. All it takes is a little creativity. And to show you that human ingenuity has no limits when it comes to making life easier, Bored Panda has compiled a list of clever life hacks. Can't cut an onion without tearing up? Put on your ski goggles. Don't have a coin for a supermarket trolley? Use a round-headed key instead. In a way, I guess, we're all engineers, applying rational thinking to develop solutions. We just need to remember it.

#1 I Wanted Natural Light In A Basement That Has No Windows

Paid $10 for two old windows, painted them, frosted the glass, installed them into my wall with LED lights behind them. Now it’s always 2 pm at the basement bar.

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Don't worry to implement an idea you've just come up with, even if you think it looks dumb. Bence Nanay Ph.D., who is a BOF Research Professor of Philosophy at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp, for example, thinks that stupidity is part of human nature.

"We are influenced by various cognitive biases that we are not aware of," Nanay wrote in Psychology Today. "The music we are listening to influences our opinion of the wine we drink, the weight of the spoon influences how creamy we find the yogurt and our moral assessment of strangers depends on what movie we have just watched. I call this paradigm of empirical findings the 'We're All Stupid' paradigm."

#2 That’s Brilliant

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According to Nanay, even expert probability-theorists are very easily fooled into making the most basic mistakes about probability and wine experts routinely mistake white wine with added odorless colorant for red wine.

"I argue that we should embrace our stupidity. Rather than setting ourselves up to fail all the time, we should take our emotion-infused, irrational, oversimplifying mental setup as the baseline," Nanay said, adding that it is only in those rare and exceptional moments when we manage to overcome our stupidity and achieve true rationality.

To put it simply, you won't come up with something extraordinary if you're afraid to fail -- we all do.

#3 After Repeating 6 Times That I Want To Cancel My Comcast Xfinity, I Finally Figured Out How To Get Them To Stop Arguing And Actually Do What I Asked

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#4 My Dad’s T Got Splattered With Bleach, He Decided To Fix With More. I Found It Adorable

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#5 My Grandpa Uses The Actual Hardware For Labeling The Drawers

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#6 I Should Do It Myself As Well

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#7 My Dog Rolo Has Always Been A Messy Drinker, My Girlfriend Turned His Water Bowl Into A Moss Garden To Keep The Place Tidy

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#8 Changed The One Earphone Rubber To Black To Quickly See Which Is Which

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#9 This Gentleman At Target Who Reversed His Hooded Sweatshirt To Make A Puppy Pocket

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#10 Friend's Sister Lost Her Car Key While Jogging, Someone Else Made Sure She Found It

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#11 A Life Hack For Anyone In Higher Education

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#12 Wearing A Face Mask For An Extended Period Of Time. Sew A Button To A Headband To Keep From Destroying Your Ears

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#13 Putting Together Furniture? Use Some Of Its Styrofoam Packaging For Keeping Small Parts From Disappearing

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#14 Sneaky Grandpa

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#15 Hand Sewing A 1/4 Inches Hem And I Hate Juggling The Ruler

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#16 He’s So Small He Can Sneak Through The Fence When He Goes Outside, So He Must Wear The Escape-Proof Wiener Bun Of Shame At Potty Time

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#17 This Bra Used To Protect A Horse's Infected Eye, Whilst Also Allowing It To See

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#18 When Your Phone Touch Is Broken

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#19 I Was Running Late For Work And Couldn't Find Her Leash, This Is How I Walked My Dog This Morning

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#20 "Grandma, Do You Have Some Rice That I Can Put My Phone In? It Got Wet." - She Pulls This Out Of A Cabinet

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#21 My Husband Made This Book-Holder-Opener For Me To Ease Hand Cramping

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#22 Crazy Sore Muscles But No Bath Tub? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

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#23 You Can Connect Two Ziplock Bags By Flipping One Inside Out To Make A Larger One

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#24 Someone At My Work Created A Clock Out Of Two Cups To Keep Track Of How Fresh The Coffee Is

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#25 Instead Of Buying Those Cheap Plastic Chair Mats, I Bought A Box Of Laminate Flooring Planks And Put Them Together. Took Less Than 10 Minutes And Feels Sturdy. Chair Rolls So Smooth

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#26 When You Don't Have A Suit But Need One

#27 In Queensland We Get A Lot Of Insects Who Escape The Heat By Getting Inside Via The Drains. My Wife Had This Idea As A Barrier. Those Are Stocking Socks

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#28 The Vet Said The Anti-Scratch Cone Would Be $50.00. Tractor Supply Had It For $19.95

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#29 Need Tweezers In A Pinch?

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#30 The Easiest Way To Water Your Garden

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#31 If You're Like Me And Have A Broken Laptop Hinge

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#32 Use Bobby Pins To Untie Stubborn Shoelaces

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#33 To Remove Strong Adhesive Labels From Plastic Containers, Simply Put Them In The Freezer For A Few Hours Before Peeling

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#34 I Use The Selfie Camera More To Plug Things Into The Back Of My Computer Than To Actually Take Selfies

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#35 Soviet Lifehack

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#36 Got Her Spayed And The Vet Didn’t Have Cones Small Enough

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#37 New Safe Browsing Accessory

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#38 Hate When Companies Ask For Your Email Address? This Is For You

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#39 My Grandma's Elderly Neighbors Have A Hook And Pulley System To Pull Groceries Up To Their Kitchen

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#40 Use A Fork When Grating Last Bits Of Food To Avoid Possible Injury And To Shred Really Really Really Quickly

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#41 Cables Managed

#42 Many Thanks To The Stranger Who Let Me Know There Was No Bog Roll Today. I'll Be Doing This In Future When I Can

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#43 Why Is This Not Marketed As A Feature On All Wheelbarrows?

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#44 How My Grandma Closes The Bag Of Chips

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#45 My Grandma’s Technique For Cooking With Hot Oil

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#46 Reuse A Pringles Can For Other Snacks That Come In Bags To Avoid Loud Bag Crinkling In The Office

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#47 This Genius Watching Taken Using A Clear Plastic Bag To Hold His Phone On A Plane

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#48 My Mom Uses Ski Goggles When She Cuts Onions

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#49 When Disassembling Items, Punch Your Screws Thru Some Cardboard And Label The Sets. This Will Help You Retain Your Hardware, Remember Placement And Order Of Reassembly

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#50 Don't Have A Coin For A Supermarket Trolley? Use A Round Headed Key Instead

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