49 Things That Look Like They're From The Year 3000 But Actually Exist Right Now — Just Not In The US

1.Copenhagen has little houses for your dogs to chill in outside grocery stores while you're shopping.

Little dog houses
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2.In Australia, there are tunnels with lights that move at the speed limit so you can get an idea of your speed and try your best to match the limit.

A driving tunnel
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3.You can rent a sleep pod in the Beijing airport if you've got a long layover.

Sleep pods in the airport
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4.You can also do karaoke at the Beijing airport.

A small karaoke bar in an airport
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5.This Japanese train has chairs facing out so travelers can enjoy the scenery.

Train seats facing the windows
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6.There are crosswalks in Singapore where you can request a longer crossing time if you have limited or slow mobility.

Buttons to cross in Singapore
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7.There's a mall in Prague where you can take a slide down a level instead of an escalator.

A slide in the mall in Prague
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8.Toronto has pay-as-you-fill grocery carts. You scan them as you go and then pay right on the cart — then just walk right out of the store!

A grocery cart that you can pay for groceries on
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9.Farmers plant flowers at the ends of their fields in the Netherlands for biodiversity — and also provide a QR code so you can pay for the flowers you pick.

A QR code to pay for flowers you pick
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10.This supermarket in Ireland has an evening specifically for people with autism (or anything else that might make them hypersensitive to sound and light).

A sign for autism awareness at a store
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11.This elevator in Argentina doesn't just tell you the weight limit like any old elevator — it actually shows you how close you are to reaching it.

A sensor on an elevator displaying the weight
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12.This bathroom in Sweden has lights on each of the doors to indicate if the bathroom is occupied or not.

Toilets in Sweden
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13.Apparently, there are desserts-only McDonald's in South America, and I'm legitimately mad we don't have them in the US. I bet the Frosty machine's never broken there.

A McDonald's dessert stand
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14.Scotland has mobile cinemas.

A mobile cinema in Scotland
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15.This hotel in China gives out cards to give taxi drivers for when you need to get back.

A card to give to taxi drivers
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16.This Parisian hotel shows exactly what languages people at the front desk speak.

A guide for hotel guests to know what languages the staff speaks
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17.This UK library has a section for borrowing items like toolkits.

A library that has items and tool kits to check out
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18.In the arrivals area of the Amsterdam airport, there's a machine to print banners so the person you're picking up can easily spot you.

A machine to print banners when picking up people from the airport
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19.The elevators in this Osaka office building light up with little umbrellas if it's raining out, so you know on your way out of work what to expect.

An umbrella light in an elevator
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20.Also in Osaka, there are tiles showing which direction is north when you exit a train so you can easily orient yourself.

An arrow pointing north
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21.This post office in Vancouver has a fitting room — so if your online shopping haul doesn't fit, you can send it straight back without going home first.

A fitting room in a post office
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22.There's a restaurant in Prague that delivers drinks by trains.

A drink train in a restaurant
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23.Germany has tiny self-driving buses.

A tiny self-driving bus
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24.Iceland has geothermally heated water pipes under their sidewalks to keep them clear of snow.

Warm sidewalks
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25.Denmark has rails for bikers to lean on (along with footrests!) at red lights.

A rail for people on bicycles to lean on
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26.Some buses in Madrid have built-in carseats.

A car seat on a bus
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27.This Japanese hotel has a heated mirror that won't fog up while you shower.

A bathroom with a heated mirror
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28.Incheon Airport in Seoul has robots that help you check flight info.

A robot at the airport
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29.Buses in Finland have buttons just to tell the bus driver "thank you" and "good job."

Buttons on a city bus
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30.In the Netherlands (and Denmark), you can get postage online and just write the codes on the envelope rather than getting a physical stamp.

Envelopes with codes written on them instead of stamps
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31.The metro in Copenhagen has buttons for kids to play with to pretend they're driving.

Buttons for kids to play with on the metro
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32.There's a train station in Paris where you can use an exercise bike to charge your phone.

A phone charter that's propelled by a bike
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33.And in Canada, money has braille on it so blind people can tell which bill it is.

Canadian money with braille
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34.Crosswalks in Tokyo have paths specifically made for blind people.

A sidewalk path for blind people
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35.There are 3D models of cathedrals next to the actual cathedrals in Poland, so that blind people can experience them, too.

A 3D model of a cathedral
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36.This hotel in Switzerland has napkins you can use to hit on people or make friends.

Napkins with questions and fill-in-the-blanks
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37.In Denmark, many trash cans are angled so that it's easy for bikers to throw stuff away while riding.

A trashcan in Denmark
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38.Bus stops in Paris have a place to charge your phone.

A phone charger at the bus stop
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39.This bar in Cape Town uses repurposed kegs as urinals.

Urinals made out of used kegs
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40.Hong Kong uses scaffolding made of bamboo.

Scaffolding on a building
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41.And Amsterdam uses their scaffolding to create images of the building underneath.

Scaffolding on a building to look like the building
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42.You can refill your detergent bottle at stores in Czechia.

A detergent refilling station
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43.Some McDonald's in Paris use reusable containers.

A reusable container at McDonald's
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44.Singapore crosswalks have separate crossing lanes and lights for bikers and pedestrians.

Bike lanes in Singapore
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45.Madrid has literally the entirety of Don Quixote on the walls of its metro, so you can read it while you wait.

A book's pages on the metro walls
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46.Relatedly, Seoul's subway cars have libraries on board so you can read while traveling.

A library on a metro train
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47.You can literally get socks from vending machines in Korea.

Socks in a vending machine
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48.And you can get salmon (???) from vending machines in Singapore.

Salmon in a vending machine
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49.And finally, this one may be less functional than the others, but I still just think it's so cool: It's a Korean cafe designed to appear two-dimensional.

A Korean cafe with a 2D design
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H/T: r/mildlyinteresting