This Fire Hydrant Provides Free Drinking Water to Dogs and People

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Under ideal circumstances, fire hydrants are rarely used. But an industrial design graduate from ÉCAL in Switzerland has designed a hydrant that serves as a water fountain when it's not putting out blazes, Fast Company reports.

Dimitri Nassisi's Drinking Hydrant doubles as a source of drinkable water for both people and their dogs. The pipes release water at two different pressures: fire-fighting strength and a gentler stream for drinking. Pushing the black switch on top of the blue fountain in one direction shoots out water that pedestrians can drink right there, and pushing it the other way activates a different faucet meant for filling water bottles.

There's also a water dish built in to the bottom of the structure: Overflow from the spout fills the bowl so pets can drink from it. And should the hydrant ever need to be used for its original purpose, a nozzle on the side makes it easy for firefighters to access.

Nassisi came up with the redesigned fire hydrant after taking his dog for a walk one day. He noticed that while there weren't many public places to refill a water bottle, fire hydrants were everywhere. He designed the Drinking Hydrant for his thesis project at the Swiss design school École cantonale d'art de Lausanne.

Across the globe, people are buying roughly a million plastic bottles per minute, and throwing 91 percent of them in the garbage (or on the ground). Reusable bottles are one proposed solution to this problem, but numbers for their usage also look grim: According to a UK survey, only 36 percent of people regularly carry a reusable water bottle with them, while the majority of respondents said they wish free tap water was more accessible.

[h/t Fast Company]

C Is for Comfort: Bombas Just Launched a Sesame Street Sock Line

Bombas
Bombas

You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you think about the Muppets? You can now wear it on your feet. Bombas just released a limited-edition line of socks inspired by the likes of Elmo, Cookie Monster, and other beloved Sesame Street characters.

Pairs of 'Sesame Street'-inspired socks arrayed on the floor
Bombas

The new Bombas x Sesame Street sock designs are subtle nods to your favorite children’s programming. They don’t feature garish patterns; instead, they rely on minimalist interpretations of characters like Oscar the Grouch, the Count, and Bert and Ernie.

Two pairs of legs wearing Bert and Grover socks
Bombas

The Oscar socks feature a gray, green, and brown-striped pattern, while the yellow Bert socks feature a multi-colored stripe that evokes his signature shirt. The blue Grover socks have a pink circle and red stripe that look like his nose and mouth. The Elmo socks are the only ones that feature eyes, while the Cookie Monster socks feature a single chocolate chip cookie.

A pair of legs wearing Cookie Monster socks
Bombas

A man's legs showing off red Elmo socks
Bombas

In fact, if anyone sees these peeking out of your pants, it’s unlikely they’ll realize they’re Muppet-inspired, so feel free to wear them even to your fanciest events and meetings.

The socks go for $14 a pair for adults, $8 a pair for kids. Toddler socks go for $30 per pack of four. Get yourself a pair (or several) here.

This Modular Bike Goes From Stroller to Trike to Two-Wheeler as Your Child Grows

Monkeycycle, Kickstarter
Monkeycycle, Kickstarter

When kids outgrow their bikes, most parents settle for buying an entirely new model and leaving the old one to collect dust in the garage. The Monkeycycle, a new eight-in-one bike design available on Kickstarter, works differently. After buying the kit, parents can reconfigure and build upon the bike over the years so it changes at the same rate their child does, following them from 9 months old to 6 years old.

The first model in the Monkeycycle's evolution is a stroller that includes an adjustable handle and child seat that can be removed and attached to an adult-sized bike. When children reach 12 to 14 months old, parents can convert the stroller to a tricycle. As kids get taller, the bike can grow, too. The body of the trike curves to provide a low seat when placed one way and a taller seat when flipped over.

Two girls on bikes outdoors
Monkeycycle, Kickstarter

From there, the trike easily switches to a balance bike. Parents can also arrange the wheels to make a quad and a "tadpole trike" with two wheels in front and one in back. Then, once kids are ready to start controlling a two-wheeler on their own, the Monkeycycle can be transformed into a traditional pedal bike.

To get a full Monkeycycle kit, you can pledge $349 or more to the project's Kickstarter campaign before December 13. Monkeycycle is also offering a limited number of basic kits, which only include the balance bike and two-wheeler modules, starting from $200. The stroller option is not included in any of the kits yet, but if the campaign reaches its stretch goal of $150,000, it will be available as an add-on for $150.

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