6. Fake bus stop
There was a nursing home in Germany and the patients with dementia kept wandering off.
They installed a fake bus stop in front of the nursing home so when dementia patients got out of the building, they would go sit at the fake bus stop and wait for the (non-existent) bus. The bus stop was clearly visible from the main offices, so whenever staff saw someone out there, they would just go and retrieve them.
Solved the problem completely.
7. Thanks to rainy days!
Several months ago I was working in an ICU... when a pipe burst in the ceiling and began to leak into my patients room.
The supervisors solution was, "move him into the hall," however that would have killed this particular patient.
Thankfully, it had been a rainy weekend... so I propped my umbrella up on the patient and the water ran off harmlessly into the floor.
The surgeon had a tiny heart attack when he saw it a bit later, but he got over it I suppose.
8. The 100 year old basement window
My house is about 100 years old with a basement, and the basement windows are just as old. A basement window kept popping open, and they open to the inside. I noticed there were a few left over 20' pieces of wood trim never used, so I placed one end on the bottom part of the window frame, bent the trim so it bows, and stuck the other end in the corner of the wall opposite. It holds true and fits like a glove. That was four years ago, and I promise myself I'm going to fix it properly. Tomorrow.
9. When not working, just hit it!
We were overhauling a centrifugal pump to replace the wear rings. It's a pretty standard thing but for some reason, when we reassembled it, the impeller wasn't rotating.
We checked for the shaft key and if it was coupled to the motor properly; all fine! After two hours of trying everything possible, the trainee engineer just said "what if we hit it with something?"
We hit the casing with a sledge hammer a few times. Not too hard, the casing is made of cast iron. The thing starts working.
10. Broken sofa legs equality
Back when I was in 6th grade at school, we had new sofas in the common room (a room where our year could hang out and relax/work/listen to music on our time off). They had been there only a couple of days before one of the legs snapped off one of the sofas.
Now we could have attempted to fix it, or just left it missing a leg but there were often checks and cleaners moving furniture would have noticed it was broken and we would have got in trouble for "not respecting school property."
So we did the only sensible thing, which was break all the legs off the sofa, and then all the sofas in the room so they were all at the same height. We stashed the legs in the ceiling, and nobody knew a thing.