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People Shared Ideas That Sound Dumb But Actually Worked, And Now I Feel Extremely Inspired



Have you ever had an idea that was so dumb, it almost sounded brilliant? I’m sure we all have.

Well, Reddit user @Stenik0522 asked, “What is the dumbest idea you have ever had that actually worked?” and some of these ideas deserve an award. Here’s a few of the best:


The car plunger:

I bet my husband I could fix the dent in the car with a plunger. It worked, and I won our bet.”



The carpet cleaning:

“Real estate told me I had to have the carpets professionally cleaned (wasn’t in the contract) or I’d lose my $800 bond. I did some research and found out I could become an accredited carpet cleaner, as there are no official licensing boards in my state. I paid the $85, did the online course and got my certificate. Handed the property management a copy of my accreditation and an invoice for services.



Intentionally filing an assignment to the wrong place:

“In university, I was late on an assignment that was supposed to be in my T.A.’s drop box by noon that day. I didn’t manage to get there until almost 3 so I was sure he had already emptied it. The rack holding them was just a basic metal frame with about five rows of boxes. My T.A.’s box was somewhere in the middle of the shelf. So I slipped my assignment into the box below my T.A.’s box.

I got my assignment handed back a few weeks later than everyone else and it had a note from another T.A. scribbled on it that said ‘Looks like this fell into my box by mistake.’ I got full marks on the assignment.



The Heinz conspiracy:

“In college, my buddy and I took an investing class and for one of the projects we had a month to ‘invest’ fake dollars into the stock market and see which team would have the most money at the end. It was spring semester so we put all of our fake money into Heinz, thinking there would be a spike in ketchup and mustard sales as the weather got warmer. The next day, Berkshire Hathaway purchased the entire Heinz company and the professor accused us of insider trading. We had no idea what we were doing.”



The fake sickness:

“I once faked being sick when I was in middle school and told my mom I had a sore throat and felt a cold coming on. She took me to the doctor and it turned out that I did, in fact, have strep throat.



The textbook swap:

“In college I was taking a class that required me to purchase an online textbook and workbook that was registered under your name, basically ensuring that each student would have to buy a new online copy each semester instead of buying used textbooks. I had a friend who took this class a semester before me, so we came up with the idea to message customer service and explain that I had recently gotten married (so my last name had changed) and I legally changed my first name from my friend’s first name to my first name and I would need them to change it in their system. It totally worked and the rep even congratulated my on my marriage.”



The test finesse:

“Back in high school, I stopped by one of my teacher’s rooms after class to ask him some questions about our homework. When I walked in, I noticed he was grading some of our tests. All of his tests were made up of multiple choice, true/false, or matching, and all of the answers were bubbled in. What I noticed was that instead of using an answer key to grade, he was just placing a stencil over the paper with the correct bubble punched out. The stencil wasn’t transparent, so all it showed was whether we bubbled in the right answer or not. Flash forward to our next test, and I’m stuck on a T/F question. Knowing how he graded, I figured I’d bubble in both T and F, and if he caught it, it would be easy enough to claim it was an accident. Well he didn’t catch it, and I used that trick the rest of the year for a little extra boost on all of his tests.”



The delivery trick:

I used to know a guy who, every week, would order his Saturday night curry for delivery while sitting in the pub, and then walk over the road to the curry house and get it AND himself delivered home. One week, we were sitting having a pint and the owner of the curry house walked in, took his order, and had him picked up from the pub — he said it was easier for everyone concerned.”



The unauthorized hire:

“I stuck my neck out for an ex-con on house arrest at my job. He interviewed well, but his availability was HORRIBLE. My GM said ‘no’ and I said ‘I’m doing it anyway.’

The FIRST night he worked there, I found myself in a bind. He was the ONLY person scheduled in the kitchen from 8-10, and I had no one who knew the kitchen besides myself, because our store had a wicked virus traveling around.

Well, this guy MASTERED production in about an hour. He was faster than my GM on the grills and fryers, and his attitude was so good. I waited on NOTHING and he even tried to help me make sandwiches and send them out. He also managed to clean up the entire kitchen. My GM got over the ankle bracelet, record, and tattoos, and actually hired him for his house-flipping business. All because I said ‘we need f**king employees, and you can’t be picky when he’s the only guy I’ve interviewed in a month.'”



The ice cream truck request:

“On Fourth of July, I was in Brooklyn in a neighborhood not too far from my own. Was having a hell of a time catching a cab when suddenly an ice cream truck pulled up. My apartment was right next to an ice cream truck depot, and I knew any truck in the area was parking there, so I asked for a ride. They obliged. Free ride home and an ice cream cone. Big win. Awkward ride.”



This prop trick:

“Bobcat tire blew during a job. Had another tire, but no jack. So I positioned the Bobcat behind a dump truck. Well, I tried using the Bobcat to lift the ass end of the dump truck, but because the dump truck was so heavy, the bobcat lifted itself instead. Somehow that still worked and I got the tire changed and back to work.”



And lastly, the “crashed” project:

I once got an extra day to work on a video project in high school by coming to class with a video that was just a quarter second of blackness, eagerly volunteering to go first, then acting confused and scared when the file ‘didn’t work.’ The teacher took pity on me and told me to just bring it the following day, and I got to finish it that evening and still got full credit as if I did it on time.


Brilliant, just brilliant.

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35 Amazing Things I Honestly Can’t Believe Cost Less Than $5




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A bestselling soft toque to keep you warm and fashionable for the winter months. It comes in over 58 colours, so you’ll have a ton of options to pick from. They’re also perfect for gifts.


A strawberry sorbet-flavoured lip balm which comes in the cutest packaging. This is 100% organic, keeps your lips moisturized, and smells amaaazing. You’ll have to resist the urge to eat it.

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It’s free of pthalates, petrolatum and paraben, and is enriched with the goodness of shea butter.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.97.


A pair of beautiful stainless steel airplane cufflinks that look way more expensive than they are. They’ll have you looking super professional for under $2!

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These would make an excellent little gift for someone who travels for work.

Get the set on Amazon Canada for $1.74.

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Whether you’re going to a wedding or to work, these will add a subtle touch of bling to your ensemble that’s appropriate for both.

Get the set on Amazon Canada for $3.47.


Some adorable kitty gel pens that will brighten up your desk or pencil case in an instant. All the cats in the bunch have different expressions!

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These are refillable and would make a perfect affordable gift for a cat parent, or a nephew/niece who loves kitties.

Get a pack of six on Amazon Canada for $4.79.


A dainty statement geometrical metal clip to look like you put more effort into your ’do than you actually did.

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Because they’re fully made of metal, they’ll last you a long, long time.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $1.99+ (available in eight shapes).


Five pairs of polka-dotted comfy and casual cotton socks any dog lover would go crazy for.

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Reviewers find them adorable and luxuriously soft.

Get the set on Amazon Canada for $3.90+ (available in five animal patterns, and fit sizes 5-8.5).


A pair of gorgeous, uniquely designed, translucent socks made of cotton and crystal lace.


A ton of beautiful nail decals with 12 different patterns including tropical leaves, dainty pastel flowers, and exotic birds, so you can remain in the summer mood even while it’s winter.

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Just soak each cutout in water, apply it to the nail using tweezers, and seal in with some top coat. Ta-da! You now have ~professionally manicured~ nails at home.

Get 12 sheets on Amazon Canada for $4.99.


And if you’d rather celebrate wintertime, stick on some elegant gold nail snowflakes to make your manicure look professional, expensive, and snowy. Each set has 90 pieces!

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You can use them to decorate your phone, laptop, glasses frames, and whatever you want to bling up, really.

Get a set on Amazon Canada for $3.99.


A silicone scalp massager that will help lather shampoo into your hair better, and promote healthy hair growth.

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The silicone bristles don’t cause breakage at the roots like fingernails do. I’ve personally started to find less hair in the bathtub since I began using this.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.45+ (available in pink and blue).


Pair it with some anti-residue shampoo that’ll help get rid of buildup on your scalp caused by styling products or sebum, which can cause breakouts and inhibit health hair growth.

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I got this a few months ago because my hair gets oily in, like, 18 hours of washing. It has really helped me have fresh-looking hair on day two, and sometimes even day three.

Get a 350ml bottle on Amazon Canada for $3.99.


A flat top brush that makes applying foundation and other cream products a dream. Because it has synthetic bristles, it doesn’t absorb a lot of your foundation.


While you’re at it, why not also add this fluffy crease brush to your cart? It’ll blend your eyeshadow to perfection.

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Unlike other cheap eyeshadow brushes, this one doesn’t have hard bristles that poke your eyelid. It blends colours softly. The reviews say it all!

Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.29.


A mini atomizer, so you can take your favourite perfume or aftershave anywhere without having to carry the entire heavy glass bottle.

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I have five atomizers, and they not only make travelling with perfume a whole lot easier, you also get to have your favourite perfume in multiple bottles.

Get a 10ml bottle for $3+ (available in five colours).

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It’s a low-maintenance ring that comes with a 90-day refund or exchange, so there’s no harm in trying it out.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.38+ (available in sizes 6-14).

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It comes in a black velvet drawstring bag, so you don’t even have to wrap it if you’re buying it as a gift.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $4.99+ (available in sizes 6-15).


Some colour-coded reusable produce mesh bags that are light but tough, and won’t tear on you. No more disposable plastic bags, yay!

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They’re machine washable, and have double sewn seams for added tear protection. They’ll make grocery shopping fun again, I promise.

Get a set of five on Amazon Canada for $4.13+ (available in sizes S-L, a twin pack, and a pack of 15).


Some collagen-enriched skin renewing body lotion that will protect you against the ashiness winter is about to bring upon us all.

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It has a pump, which means no tube-squeezing or double-dipping in tub.

Get a 600ml bottle on Amazon Canada for $3.97.


A pack of dental treats for your doggo because they’re SUCH A GOOD DOG, and don’t deserve to have bad breath or tooth problems.

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They’re scientifically tested to reduce tartar buildup, so your dog’s breath will never be hot and stinky (okay, maybe it’ll still be hot, but not stinky).

Get a pack of 17 chews for small dogs on Amazon Canada for $3.48, and a pack of 10 treats for medium-sized dogs for $3.48.


A pair of soft and cozy cable knit leg warmers that are super stylish, so you’re still cool while you remain warm. 😎

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Who said you can’t wear dresses in the winter? Just throw on some leg warmers with it, and you won’t freeze. It is recommended that you hand wash these to make them last longer.

Get a pair on Amazon Canada for $4.99 (available in five patterns).


A zippered silicone pencil case that’s littered with cats, and is legit the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

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You can also store your makeup in it!

Get one on Amazon Canada for $3.24+ (available in four patterns).


A battery-operated LED night light that can light up in seven colours, and is shaped like a mushroom (omg!).

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It’s a little psychedelic looking, but that only adds to its appeal, I think.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.59.


A pair of cut-resistant gloves so you can grate, slice, and chop with full confidence. These are surprisingly light and comfortable for a product that can withstand a sharp blade.

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The gloves are ambidextrous, which means you can use either on either hand.

Get a pair on Amazon Canada for $3.99+ (available in sizes S-XL).


A durable organizer you can slip inside any unsectioned handbag or tote to make sure your stuff is neatly arranged, and not just floating around in the abyss that is your bag.

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It has outer mesh pockets for your phone, earphones, or maybe a lip balm, and can easily fit an iPad in its main pockets.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $4.49.


Some shoe cream that’ll condition and moisturize your leather footwear. It’s like a spa for your shoes, and it’s available in pretty much every colour you’ll need.

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The product boasts a 4.6 star rating, and users say it brought their shoes back to life.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $2.20+ (available in 25 colours).


An absolutely adorable little cable guard that will protect the connector end of your charging cable from splitting or fraying.

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It’s flexible and reduces the stress around the connector of your cable to make sure it lasts long.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.99+ (available in other animal models, and in multipacks).


Some comfortable shoe insoles that’ll fight foot odour and keep your feet fresh and dry. These are especially useful now that that’s winter boot time.

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They can be trimmed to fit most foot sizes.

Get a pack of three pairs on Amazon Canada for $2.65 (fits sizes 5-10W and 7-13M).

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It can also be used as a kickstand for your phone.

Get one on Amazon Canada for $4.50 (available in nine designs, and a pack of eight).


A lovely metal donkey keychain because everyone loves a little ass (I’m sorry).

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It comes in a pouch, and would make a beautiful crafted gift. I would take the donkey off and make it into a pendant but that’s just me. 🤷‍♀️

Get it on Amazon Canada for $4.44.


Some beautiful coloured kohl liners to give your waterline a pop of colour, because simple old mascara or winged black liner can get boring.


Reviewers say it lasts all day and doesn’t smudge.

Get one on Amazon Canada for $3.96 (available in 22 colours).

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You can repurpose it as a necklace too!

Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.12.


Or a soft headband with bunny ears that you can use to put your hair back as you wash your face, do your makeup, or put on a face mask.

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The elastic band makes it adjustable and snug for all head sizes.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.69.


A silicone applicator that’s like a little spatula for your face. It makes face mask mixing and application a mess-free experience.

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I use mine to mix my Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask with water, and whip up homemade face packs. Nothing drips down to your elbows, and it’s just so satisfying.

Get one on Amazon Canada for $1.84 (also available in sets of two and four).


And finally, an artificial plant to add some character and greenery to your apartment, without the added pressure of having to keep a plant alive.

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It would also make a great addition to your work desk.

Get one potted plant on Amazon Canada for $3.59.

Me after adding everything to my cart:

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