From Dogs to Sex Dungeons, Here Are 4 Unexpected Things You Can Rent (Not Own)

Looking at the rise of the “access economy”

Way back in 2011, Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek assured attendees at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference that “ownership (of music) is great, but access is the future.” That same year, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky echoed that notion to a San Francisco audience. “We’re moving toward an access society, where you’re not defined by the things you own but by the experiences you have.”

According to a study published by Time magazine and the Aspen Institute, nearly half of American adults are already engaging in the access economy. And as it grows, it’s making access to innovations and luxuries as easy as hailing a Lyft or logging into Netflix. If pink mustache-adorned cars and cozying up in strangers’ homes are already part of your norm, here are some companies expanding the spectrum of available experiences and goods to us.

Solar Panels

The upfront costs of installing solar panels are prohibitively expensive, even with the eventual payoff of lower electric bills and moral superiority. Yeloha, currently available in Massachusetts and coming soon to New York and Vermont, offers homeowners the ability to become “sun partners” and tap into cheap, sustainable energy from someone else’s roof.

Sex Dungeons

Billed as a “sex positive homesharing community,” KinkBNB allows people to rent spaces designed and equipped for sexual satisfaction, from “classic dungeons” and deluxe “fetish clinics” to quaint “BDSM studios.”


Renting professional-grade, creative production equipment isn’t novel, but online services like KitSplit make a potentially painful task more convenient by democratizing the ability to tell visual stories with cutting-edge technology like drones and RED cameras.


Those animals we embrace as family can cost almost as much as actual children. For those lacking the funds, Walkzee lets you borrow a shelter dog to take for a walk—a service that’s beneficial for both human and animal.

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The future generations will have to live on this Earth for years to come, and, not surprisingly, they're very concerned about the fate of our planet. We've seen a rise in youth activists, such as Greta Thunberg, who are raising awareness for climate change. A recent survey indicates that those efforts are working, as more and more Americans (especially young Americans) feel concerned about climate change.

A new CBS News poll found that 70% of Americans between 18 and 29 feel climate change is a crisis or a serious problem, while 58% of Americans over the age of 65 share those beliefs. Additionally, younger generations are more likely to feel like it's their personal responsibility to address climate change, as well as think that transitioning to 100% renewable energy is viable. Overall, 25% of Americans feel that climate change is a "crisis," and 35% feel it is a "serious problem." 10% of Americans said they think climate change is a minor problem, and 16% of Americans feel it is not a problem that worries them.

The poll found that concern for the environment isn't a partisan issue – or at least when it comes to younger generations. Two-thirds of Republicans under the age of 45 feel that addressing climate change is their duty, sentiments shared by only 38% of Republicans over the age of 45.

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The healthcare systems in the United States and the United Kingdom couldn't be more different.

The UK's National Health Service is the largest government-run healthcare system in the world and the US's is largest private sector system.

Almost all essential health services in the UK are free, whereas in America cost can vary wildly based on insurance, co pays and what the hospitals and physicians choose to charge.

A medical bill in the US

One of the largest differences is cost. The average person in the UK spends £2,989 ($3915) per year on healthcare (most of which is collected through taxes), whereas the average American spends around $10,739 a year.

So Americans should obviously be getting better care, right? Well, the average life expectancy in the UK is higher and infant mortality rate is lower than that in the US.

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Plus, in the U.S., only 84% of people are covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Sixteen percent of the population are forced to pay out of pocket.

In the UK, everyone is covered unless they are visiting the country or an undocumented resident.

Prescription drugs can cost Americans an arm and a leg, but in the UK, prescriptions or either free or capped at £8.60 ($11.27).

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The one drawback to the NHS system is responsiveness. In the UK people tend to wait longer for inessential surgeries, doctor's appointments, and in emergency rooms. Whereas, the US is ranked as the most responsive country in the world.

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The New York Times printed a fair evaluation of the UK's system:

The service is known for its simplicity: It is free at the point of use to anyone who needs it. Paperwork is minimal, and most patients never see a bill. … No one needs to delay medical treatment until he or she can afford it, and virtually everyone is covered. …

According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States spent 17.2 percent of its economic output on health care in 2016, compared with 9.7 percent in Britain. Yet Britain has a higher life expectancy at birth and lower infant mortality.

Citizens in each country have an interesting perspective on each other's healthcare systems. UK citizens think it's inhumane for Americans have to pay through the nose when they're sick or injured. While Americans are skeptical of socialist medicine.

A reporter from Politics Joe hit the streets of London and asked everyday people what they think Americans pay for healthcare and they were completely shocked.

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Service dogs are true blessings that provide a wide array of services for their owners based on their disability.

They can provide preventative alerts for people with epilepsy and dysautonomia. They can do small household tasks like turning lights on and off or providing stability for their owners while standing or walking.

For those with PTSD they can provide emotional support to help them in triggering situations.

However, there are many people out there who fraudulently claim their pets are service or emotional support animals. These trained animals can cause disturbances in businesses or on public transportation.

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