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.
28 Beauty Hacks That’ll Make Your Life A Lot Easier
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Create the perfect cat eye every time with this double-sided eyeliner stamp. Use the flatter side to stamp the shape, and then fill in the shape with the pointy to define your line. There are three sizes, so you can draw a baby wing eyeliner or a full-on Amy Winehouse cat eye!
Use your toothbrush to give your lips a mini exfoliating treatment. The bristles are the perfect texture to remove dead and rough skin, and your lips will be super soft and smooth afterward.
Achieve the perfect blowout in record time with this multifunctional hot hair brush. It’s designed to de-tangle hair, brush, blow dry, and add volume to hair at the same time.
Use a microfibre towel on your hair to absorb water faster. Microfibre is more absorbent than a traditional towel and is extra gentle, so your hair is safe from breakage, split ends, and frizz. Just wrap up your hair like you normally would and prepare to be amazed.
Use a tub of Vaseline to solve a bunch of your common beauty problems. You can spread it around your nails to prevent stray polish from sticking, use a little to tame your brows, or dab some on your lips for emergency lip balm. You can even slather some on your heels before you put on your socks as a mini foot treatment to soften and hydrate dry feet.
Remove blackheads from your nose with a pack of deep-cleansing pore strips. Facial extractions are effective but also seem like a cruel and unusual form of punishment. Pore-cleansing nose strips are painless in comparison and can be done anytime and anywhere.
Quench your skin’s thirst with a pack of super-hydrating sheet masks. These masks contain hyaluronic acid, which is a miracle molecule that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Sit back and let your skin soak up half a bottle of hydrating serum while you relax. You deserve it!
Apply a pair of gilded eye masks to give your under-eyes the appearance of eight hours of sleep in just 15 minutes. They’re packed with powerhouse ingredients like vitamin C, rose oil, and hyaluronic acid that’ll help reduce fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. Store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them for best results.
Use a few unscented baby wipes to remove all your makeup when you’re too lazy to actually wash your face. The wipes are gentle enough to use on your face and you can keep it the package by your bed for easy access.
Or wipe off all your makeup with a soft microfibre facecloth and a bit of water. The cloth works gently to remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil from your face, and can be washed easily by hand or in the washing machine.
Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to detox your scalp from all the dirt, oil, and dry shampoo that’s built up in your hair over the last few days. This weekly treatment works on all hair types and will leave hair feeling soft, shiny, and light as air!
Or scrub away dead skin cells, dirt, and dandruff from your hair and scalp with this silicone scalp massager. The flexible and extra-durable bristles will gently rub your scalp to relieve tension and promote blood circulation.
Use these nifty nail clips to help remove your gel manicure. Instead of struggling to wrap and unwrap your nails in aluminum foil, just place your acetone-drenched cotton ball over your nail and clamp the nail clip over to create a perfect seal.
Give yourself a pedicure from the comfort of your own bathroom with an electronic foot file. The cylinder file spins like a tornado to slough off dead skin, so you don’t have to work very hard to reveal the soft baby skin underneath.
Touch up your brows between appointments with these mini razors. They have an extra slim blade that’ll shape, groom, or touch up brows and fine hairs in minutes.
Paint anything from dots and lines to flowers and hearts with these best-selling dual-tipped dotting tools. They come in different sizes and have nail brushes on the opposite end, so you don’t have to use the nail polish brush to create fun and intricate designs. You can also dip the brush side in nail polish remover to clean up stray polish around your nail.
Stick these nail art guiding strips on your nails to create an intricate and drool-worthy nail look. There are over 13 different shapes and designs in the pack, and the strips are also thin enough that you can use multiple ones at the same time. Just make sure your nails are dry before placing the strips on your nails to prevent smudging!
Get every last drop of your beauty products out of the bottle with this super-tiny beauty spatula. The flexible silicone head and long, narrow handle can fit into your favourite makeup and skincare bottles. And when the containers are cleaned out, they’re in the perfect condition to be recycled!
Use a multipurpose jojoba oil to soften skin, hydrate lips and cuticles, nourish hair, and control frizz! Jojoba oil is a gentle, but effective moisturizer you can use practically anywhere on the body, and it will work wonders. Move over coconut oil, because there’s a new oil in town.
Apply your face masks and moisturizer with ease using a flexible silicone face mask applicator. It’s super easy to use and it’ll help prevent your fingers from transferring any oil onto your skin. Plus, keeping your hand from getting messy is a major bonus!
Remove your makeup with a few drops of super-gentle micellar water. Just squirt a little onto a cotton pad, and watch as the micelles help dissolve dirt and oil left on your skin. Plus it’s alcohol free, so it won’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry.
Store your hot hairstyling tools in a heat-resistant silicone sleeve, so you don’t have to wait for them to cool down. The sleeve can withstand temperatures up to 450°F and fits most flat or curling irons, making it easier to use and store your favourite hair tools.
Apply a single coat of this super-matte liquid lipstick that has such a long-lasting formula, you won’t need to reapply during the day. Seriously, the pigment is so rich, you’re going to need an oil-based makeup remover to get it off. There are a variety of bold, eye-catching shades that will suit your ever-changing makeup mood.
Prime your eyelid with a chunky white eyeliner pencil to make your eye makeup pop with colour. Using a layer of white eyeliner before applying your eyeshadow makes the colour more pigmented, and you’ll save more time and product in the process.
Give your lashes the extra oomph they need by using a heated eyelash curler. It works like an electronic mascara wand to separate the lashes while the heat helps curl them. Or run your blowdryer over your regular eyelash curler for a few seconds to achieve the same result.
Dry your makeup brushes upside down using this collapsible drying rack. It’ll hold all your makeup brushes, so you don’t have to leave them on a towel to dry. Keeping them upside down helps your brush dry faster and keeps moisture from damaging the shape and integrity of the brush.
And finally, use a wearable nail polish holder to cradle the bottle with a secure grip, so you don’t have to. Just pop your nail polish and slide on the ring like a piece of jewelry. Now you can paint your nails anywhere without worry about spills or sitting close to a flat surface. Nailed it!
You realizing how much easier your life will be now: