Apparently, you don’t need a PhD to be considered a genius. Some dumb solutions to real-life problems are totally brilliant because, in hindsight, they appear to be obvious – not unlike our collection of the 16 dumbest solutions that actually worked.
Redditors share problem solving stories and your mind will be blown. Do you not want to pay to cancel a doctor’s appointment without proper notice? Do you your cat and dog to get along? Do you need to stop the men in your life from peeing all over the toilet seat? Never fear, these Redditors got you covered.
Read about how to fix those problems and more with these true stories about problem solving. Make your voice heard, and vote up the most brilliant life hacks in our list below.
Take Two Yellow M&M'S And Call Me In The Morning
"My great grandmother was a nurse during the WWII. She was tending injured soldiers as they were returning home. She told me this story.
'The poor boys were in such great pain and they had all the pain medication they were allowed to have. It was really strong stuff and too much would kill them. We couldn't even give them aspirin most times. I got a clever idea to use a new candy. The boy's thought I was giving them pills. Time for a blue one, time for two yellows, those boys would be calm for an hour or two and sometimes rest. I was their favorite nurse because I told them I wasn't supposed to give them the E pills because they were experimental. I always had a pocket full of M&Ms.' Nurse Anne (redacted) from her diary."
How To Outsmart Your Doctor
"I went to cancel a doctor's appointment and they said it was a $200 charge without a week's notice. I asked how much it was to reschedule, they said it was free.
"Okay, so I need to reschedule for two weeks out."
"Is three weeks okay?"
"Alright, you're all set for three weeks from now. Anything else I can do for you?"
"Yes, I need to cancel my appointment."
"We need a week's notice."
"My appointment is three weeks away."
"Oh. Okay. Sure."
Couldn't believe it worked."
Like A Tripping Moth To The Flame
"I was working as a paramedic at a music festival when we got called to a kid tripping on acid. The guy had climbed to the top of a portable generator stadium light. So he's 20 feet in the air, on a light pole staring into this blazing midnight sun screaming ,"I'm a moth go into the flame". We had several cops, firefighters and myself standing at the base for 30 minutes discussing how to get him down without killing him or us. The entire time a crowd of people on drugs is surrounding us to see how it all plays out. Do we get a ladder truck and try to coax him down? What if he won't go. Do we [spray] mace up there? What if he falls? All of a sudden this greasy looking janitor walks up, turns off power to the generator, turns on his flashlight and aims it at the mothman. Dude looks at the flashlight on the ground, [scrambles] down and follows it to the medical rent like a puppy about to get a snack. I'm embarrassed embarrassed that none of us thought about that."
If You're Walking, You're Not Waiting
"I read this somewhere so I'm not sure if it's true but:
An airport was having complaints that luggage was taking too long to get to baggage claim. The airports solution was to move baggage claim even farther away from the gates. The complaints stopped because a lot of the time spent waiting was now spent just walking there. The actual time it took to get your luggage wasn't any faster"