Things Worn Down Over Time That Tell Interesting Stories

    If you pause for a moment and look around, you’ll see the signs of life long-lived everywhere. From faded wooden floors to sofa marks, and your beloved doggo’s face, things are constantly changing and surrendering to time.

    Call it getting worn down, aging, or acquiring a story to tell, you cannot escape the passage of time. We’ve compiled a collection full of the most intriguing and incredible examples of things being marked by time, whether it’s the wear and tear of gravity, friction, or repeated use. It’s beautiful how philosophical we get when looking at things from such an existential perspective!

    #1 This Display In Ashmolean Museum Shows How Touching Artwork Affects Material

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    #2 This Sculpture Of Jesus At Abandoned Cemetery In Poland Gets Slowly Absorbed By A Tree. Pictures Taken 12 Years In Between

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    #3 My ID Left An Impression Of My ID Pic On My Badge Holder

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    #4 The Border Of My Tattoo Turned Into A Stretch Mark During My First Pregnancy, Now It Looks 3D

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    #5 This Perfect Semicircular Mark In The Garden Is Made By A Dog That Has Followed This Path For Years

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    #6 My Rotting Goomba Pumpkin Looks More Like Goomba Now Than It Did When It Was Freshly Carved

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    #7 An Office Computer Mouse That’s Been Clicked To A Mirror Finish

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    #8 This Old Copper Crayon Turned Green

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    #9 The Colors Of This Bronze Cristiano Ronaldo Statue Is Fading Where People Touch It The Most

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    #10 Burned Out Microwave Bulb Left This Smoke Pattern Inside

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    #11 A Sustained Playing Card That I Found In My Blinds

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    #12 My Great Grandfather’s British Army Issue Pocket Watch Along With The German Bullet That It Stopped In France 1914

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    #13 Berlin Wall: Graffiti Spray Paint Layers On A Broken Piece

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    #14 100 Of Each: Mutilated Bills, Bills In Circulation, And Brand New

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    #15 It’s Still There – After 20 Years

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    #16 Can Someone Give Me A Jump Start? Haven’t Driven This Thing In A While

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    #17 They Served Me Well For 6 Years But It Was Time. $220 Plus A $60 Resole A Couple Years Ago From The Local Cobbler. Looking Forward To Another 6 Years

    I’ve blown through $200+ Red Wings and Timberlands in months but these never failed me (the holes happened a few months ago).

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    #18 A Coin Taped In My Father’s Baby Book Stayed Clean Under The Tape Only

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    #19 Four And A Half Years Of Dust Building Up On A Green Army Man

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    #20 The Same Wooden Cover On The Building, But One Part Is Under The Balcony. 10 Years Of Weather

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    #21 Knife At My Work That’s Halfway Gone From Sharpening

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    #22 Planting 90,000ish Trees Take A Few Inches Of A Shovel

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    #23 Years Of Paint Build Up I Chipped Of An Old Trestle At Work

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    #24 My Sister Has Kept The Same Koosh Ball Chain On Her Keys Since The Early 90s. What It Is Meant To Look Like vs. What It Actually Looks Like Now

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    #25 100 Years Ago Someone Lost Their Coin Purse

    Found in the woods of Southwestern Vermont with my metal detector:
    1899 Barber Dime;
    1897 Indian Head Cent;
    1904 Indian Head Cent.

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    #26 Stairs On The Great Wall Of China. How Many People Do You Think Have Walked On Them?

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    #27 A Cemetery Of Telephone Booths In The UK

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    #28 My Grandfather’s Liberty Dollar He Carried For 50+ Years Because “A Man’s Always Gotta Have A Dollar In His Pocket”

    Took a few attempts to get it, but you can still make out Lady Liberty.

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    #29 The Sanitizer At Work Has Started To Eat Through The Tile On The Bathroom Floor Over The Past Year

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    #30 This Nike That We Found While Hiking

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    #31 This Piece Of Wall That Got Rounded By The Sea

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    #32 A Vending Machine That Time Forgot

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    #33 David Blaine’s Hands After Spending 7 Days Underwater

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    #34 This Old Color Pencil Box After Termites Ate All The Wood

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    #35 “Biodegradable” Cups That Were Buried In A Composter For 15 Years. Everything Else Turned To Dirt Except These

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    #36 Finishing Pens Without Losing Them

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    #37 This Dried Plant That’s Been Wearing Away At This Fence In An Arc Pattern As The Wind Blows

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    #38 This Deteriorating Combination Lock I Found At The Beach

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    #39 This Rock My Sisters And I Put Between These Tree Limbs 10-Ish Years Ago

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    #40 An Old Well In A Village In Permet. It Must Have Taken A Long Time For The Grooves To Appear

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    #41 New Vans vs. Old. Wish I Could Remember How Many Years I Wore The Old Ones

    Please don’t mind the dirty floors of my old camper van, this was taken in 2017 while traveling – stopped in Flagstaff, AZ to pick up a new pair!

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    #42 Cubic Crystals Growing In Old Play-Doh

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    #43 This Tree Growing Through An Old Truck

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    #44 I’m A Mailman And I Walk Around 11 Miles A Day. My Old Boots Are From Mid March

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    #45 The Flooring From My Barber’s Shop

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    #46 Skateboard Wheels

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    #47 Thought You Might Like This. Crt Screen Burn In On A TV That Was Used As A Security Cam Monitor

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    #48 My Dogs’ Nerf Frisbee. Still Their Favorite

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    #49 Years Of Boops Have Taken Their Toll On Oden’s Nose

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    #50 This Piece Of A Brick Wall Weathered Into A Stone I Found On The Shore Of Lake Ontario

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    #51 I’ve Been Documenting The Natural Decay In This Small Abandoned Church Since 2012

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    #52 A Pedal On The Piano In A University Practice Room

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    #53 I Had No Idea These Grips Were Originally Hot Pink Until I Cut Them Off

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    #54 Shovel Used By An Elderly Client To Shovel Her Steps Since 1978

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    #55 Steps At Hawkstone Folly Worn Down By Footsteps And Weather

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    #56 Holes Worn Into A Tree By Shaolin Monks Over Centuries Of Pressing Their Fingers Into The Bark To Train Their Finger Strength

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    #57 This Metal Ring To Tie Boats To In A Harbor

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    #58 Old Work Boots, Meet New Work Boots

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    #59 My Mom Has Been Using The Same Shovel For 25 Years

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    #60 This Pan Has Seen Some S***

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    #61 One Of The Oldest ‘Beware Of The Dog’ Signs In The World, Found In Pompeii Ruins, Italy

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    #62 Some Knives Obviously Used In My Family For Generations

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    #63 The Uneven Wear On The Knob Of This Human Statue Due To People Stroking It Over The Years Shows That Humans Can’t Resist Stroking Knobs Even If They Are Not Real

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    #64 This Forgotten Bike That Grew Into A Tree

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    #65 New vs. Used Electrodes For My Pool Ionizer

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    #66 The Way This Tree Grew Over The Railing

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    #67 The Walls In This Old Coffeehouse Have Shadows Where People Used To Sit

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    #68 The Game Boy That Survived The Gulf War (1991)

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    #69 Only The Left Handle Of The Door Has Scratches Because Of Wedding Rings

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    #70 Over The Years Shaggy Has Slowly Turned Grey On My Scooby-Doo Mug

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    #71 A 300-Year-Old Brick With A Paw Print In It

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    #72 This Truck In A Tree I Found While Driving Through The Woods

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    #73 Tree Consuming Children… Sign

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    #74 The Way This Hammer Has Changed Through The Years And Weather

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    #75 These Bendy Trees I Saw On My Walk This Afternoon

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    #76 Divots In My Basketball After 2 Weeks Of Finger Spinning

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    #77 My Mask Filters After One Day Firefighting

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    #78 Dinosaur Skin Imprint

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    #79 Furnace Filter vs. Two Weeks Of Wildfire Smoke

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    #80 I Don’t Remember How Old My Keyboard Is

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    #81 The First Six Frets Of My Stratocaster Neck

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    #82 The Left Side Of My Chess Was Exposed To Sun, Other Wasn’t

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    #83 Part Of A Wall That’s Been Repainted Over And Over Through The Years

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    #84 The Wear On The Weights In My Gym Created A Normal Distribution

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    #85 My 14-Years-Old Well Worn Toy Compared To A New One Found In A Second Hand Shop

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    #86 It Was Hot Enough This Summer In Phoenix To Melt The Blinds On My Bedroom Window

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    #87 I Got A New Wallet. 6 And A Half Years Difference

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    #88 After 15 Years Of Hard Work It’s Time To Retire My Old Red Wings

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    #89 My Mom Found A Cute Rug At The Store. Brought It Home And It Was The Same One She Had Before

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    #90 When 900 Years Old You Reach, Look As Good You Will Not

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    #91 Customer: Yeah, So My Chain Jumps From Time To Time. His Chainring:

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    #92 I Wonder… What Might The Password Be?

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    #93 This Well Worn Parking Sign

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    #94 My Dad Has Worn This Spoon Down Over 30 Years From Scraping The Bottom Of Cooking Pans And Pots

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    #95 Dripping Soap (Not Acid)

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    #96 Brick Wall vs. Chain

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    #97 My Grandpa’s Old Hammer

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    #98 My Very Well Worn Pair Of Bicycle Shoes After 20,000+ Miles (Including A Bike Ride From Portland, Or, USA To Ushuaia, Argentina) Compared To The Same Model Brand New

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    #99 The Western Staircase Leading To The Roof Of The Temple Of The Goddess Hathor, Egypt. 2300 Years Old

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    #100 Burn-In On An OLED TV That Played CNN All Day For 2 Years

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    #101 New vs. One Working Day Cleaning Archaeological Ceramics

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    #102 X-Mas Of 2019 I Got Two Pillows And Used 1 Of Them Every Night For A Year

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    #103 After 15 Years, Finally Decided To Detail My Headlight

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    #104 My Wood Fired Oven Brush After A Year Of Heavy Use vs. A New One

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    #105 Water Heater Elements

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    #106 My Dad’s Old Leatherman Holster And His New One. He Hardly Ever Buys Things Online And Was Super Excited To Show This Off To Me

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    #107 Two And A Half Years In The Pilbara Desert vs. Brand New

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    #108 What 3000+ Miles Of Biking Will Do To A Pair Of Gloves

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    #109 Tree Absorbing A Fire Hydrant

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    #110 Oman Clay Tile With Footprint Left By A Toddler As It Dried 2000 Years Ago, Vaison-La-Romaine (Ancient Vasio Vocontiorum)

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    #111 Utility Pole Shows Evidence Of Years Of Flyers

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    #112 Ollie’s New Panda And 3 Year Old Panda

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    #113 I Had To Retire The Admiral Today. It’s Been A Rough Decade

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    #114 My Work Gloves After 1 Month

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    #115 Chain On A Machine In My Gym

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    #116 Chain And Water Makes For A Great Pattern In Stone

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    #117 This Iron Post In Charleston Harbour, Cornwall

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    #118 New vs. Old Skateboard Wheels

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    #119 The Wear On A LEGO Brick I’ve Been Using As A Key Hanger For A Few Years, Compared To A New One

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    #120 Progression Of Wear On Us Silver Dollars

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    #121 Internal Staircase, Leaning Tower In Pisa

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    #122 The Drastic Difference In Color Between The Part Of The Rocks That Were Underwater vs. Exposed To Air And How Much The Water Level Has Changed

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    #123 My Son’s Watercolors Got Left In The Sun, And They Shrunk Into Round Balls

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    #124 A Road On My Work Commute Is Eroding And Starting To Expose The Old Cobblestone Street. London

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    #125 Leaf Has Been Sitting On A Fountain For A Long Time

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    #126 Puddles After Rain Show The Spots Where The Wheels Are In This Parking Lot

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    #127 Tree Grew Into The Fence

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    #128 5-Month-Old Banana

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    #129 29-Year-Old Bike Lock I Left At My Public School In Grade 7

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    #130 Bought Two Well-Used Decks Of Uno At Yard Sale For .50¢ Dated 1979 And 1983. Both Decks Have All 108 Cards

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    #131 My Grandma Has Been Sharpening This Knife For So Long It’s Nearly Gone

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    #132 Spot Worn On My Son’s Pachycephalosaurus’ Head From Years Of Head-Butting Other Dinosaurs

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    #133 My Grandma’s 60-Year-Old Wooden Spoon That She Still Uses All The Time

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    #134 Both Of My Lights Burnt Out – One Turned White While The Other Turned Black

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    #135 I Found A Nickel That Is 116 Years Old

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    #136 The Pattern Of Bite Marks On My Dog’s Frisbee After Thousands Of Fetches

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    #137 The Same Doorknob, Different Humidity For Over A Decade

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    #138 This Carpet (Bought In 1992) Lost Its Red Where It Was Exposed To Sunlight

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    #139 This Knife I Saw At My Local Grocery Store

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    #140 The Condensation On This Bar Of Soap

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    #141 Mom Surprised Me With The Brand New Version Of My 27-Year-Old Childhood Stuffed Animal

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    #142 This Boot I Found In The Woods Is Covered In Moss

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    #143 My Great Grandfather’s Ww1 Dog Tags

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    #144 This Groove In The Pavement Made From The Gate

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    #145 The Restaurant I Work At Uses These Plates To Bake Things

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    #146 This Knife Has Been In Our Family For Generations. Sharpened Regularly. Used To Have A Typical Knife Shape

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    #147 A Door Step In Antwerp That Is Deformed After Many Years Of Use

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    #148 Pay Your Respects To These Fallen Soldiers

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    #149 I Think It’s Time To Accept I Need A New Pair

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    #150 40 Years Of Throwing Darts

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