It’s no secret that some of the biggest things in human history were discovered utterly by accident. Penicillin and X-rays, to name just a few, are among them.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that game-changing inventions happen that often. And if Fleming returned from his two-week vacation to realize his petri dish had bacterial colonies that wouldn’t grow near the mold, it doesn’t mean two weeks by the sea would give you similar results.

That doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to play with chance and see where quasi-scientific DIY experiments will take us. Below is a collection of some of the most mildly interesting cases, like leaving a summer roll on a desk for 4 days to find it sprouting or quickly switching temperatures on a marble. Don’t ask why or what for—some things are meant to be "just because."

#1

What Happens When You Grow A Pumkin Inside A Plastic Mold

What Happens When You Grow A Pumkin Inside A Plastic Mold

TheNameIsKevin Report

Vicky Zar
Community Member
4 months ago

Now I need mold...

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#2

This Is What Happens When A Cat Touches A Plasma Ball

This Is What Happens When A Cat Touches A Plasma Ball

OddJug Report

Gerrit
Community Member
4 months ago

Power Paws!

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#3

What Happens When You Swing A String Of Glow Sticks With Burning Steel Wool At The End And Take A Long Exposure Photo

What Happens When You Swing A String Of Glow Sticks With Burning Steel Wool At The End And Take A Long Exposure Photo

Chris Matthew Brady Report

Just a Purpler
Community Member
4 months ago

He's about to create his own freaking universe lmao

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As the turn of the wheel goes, some of the discoveries and inventions without which we couldn’t imagine our lives today were made solely by accident.

For example, all-time fave breakfast staple Cornflakes were made by Will and John Kellogg back in 1894. Due to their Seventh-day Adventist practices, they were experimenting with vegetarian food. As the story goes, some of the wheat went stale and they tried rolling it flat and baking it. It got popular, so they tried a maize alternative which turned out to be even better.

#4

This Is What Happens When You Put Horizontal Mirrors On A Shack In The Desert

This Is What Happens When You Put Horizontal Mirrors On A Shack In The Desert

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow, interesting effect.

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#5

This Is What Happens When Frogs Eat Fireflies

This Is What Happens When Frogs Eat Fireflies

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Just a Purpler
Community Member
4 months ago

That's absolutely adorable and also a little sad for the moment the light goes out!

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#6

This Is What Happens When You Heat An Ordinary Marble Over A Flame Then Immediately Drop It Into Cold Water

This Is What Happens When You Heat An Ordinary Marble Over A Flame Then Immediately Drop It Into Cold Water

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Malakai
Community Member
4 months ago

It looks just like a fire opal :O

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Interestingly, the first popsicle is said to have been invented by an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson in 1905. The kid left a container of soda and water with its mixing stick inside on a porch overnight. In the morning, the original popsicle, marked as an Epsicle, was born thanks to a cold night and one child’s distraction.

Meanwhile, the jacuzzi was invented by Candido Jacuzzi back in the 1960s when the man made a whirlpool bath for his 15-month-old son who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.

#7

What Happens When Water Gets Really, Really Cold

What Happens When Water Gets Really, Really Cold

angry_m0nkey Report

Woltax
Community Member
4 months ago

Stealth water

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#8

This Is What Happens When You Polish A Coconut

This Is What Happens When You Polish A Coconut

Roctopus420 Report

Just a Purpler
Community Member
4 months ago

I would accidentally eat it thinking it's a kinder egg

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#9

This Is What Happens When A Lightning Hits Beach Sand

This Is What Happens When A Lightning Hits Beach Sand

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought it makes glass.... "Sweet home Alabsma" anyone?

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Not many people know that safety glass, also known as laminated glass, was also discovered by complete chance. When French chemist Édouard Bénédictus knocked a glass beaker from the top shelf in his laboratory, he noticed that it shattered, but did not break completely.

It turns out, the beaker contained cellulose nitrate. It’s a type of plastic that left a film on the inside of the glass. The patent was filed in 1909 and is still in production today!

#10

What Happens When 50 Mph Winds, Freezing Temperatures And Lake Erie Hits Your House

What Happens When 50 Mph Winds, Freezing Temperatures And Lake Erie Hits Your House

viciann Report

Just a Purpler
Community Member
4 months ago

Holy! It's like... harmful armour

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#11

What Happens When The Mist Around A Waterfall Freezes

What Happens When The Mist Around A Waterfall Freezes

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Lydia Coy
Community Member
4 months ago

So many of these are rlly good wallpapers

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#12

What Happens When Wood Is Burnt With High Voltage

What Happens When Wood Is Burnt With High Voltage

-N3ptun3- Report

Tai Dallen
Community Member
4 months ago

It's lovely. Like a bonsai.

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#13

Here's What Happens When You Leave Half A Cabbage In The Fridge Too Long

Here's What Happens When You Leave Half A Cabbage In The Fridge Too Long

H0B0Byter99 Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

How do you not notice something big like that in your fridge.

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#14

What Happens When You Put M&ms In A Dish Of Water. Diffusion Force Barriers

What Happens When You Put M&ms In A Dish Of Water. Diffusion Force Barriers

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Ray Martin
Community Member
4 months ago

I need to try this! Also, any excuse to buy chocolate is welcomed.

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#15

This Is What Happens When You Drive Over Chalk Paint On A Hot Day

This Is What Happens When You Drive Over Chalk Paint On A Hot Day

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Meechelle Reha
Community Member
4 months ago

Beautiful!

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#16

This Is What Happens When Lightning Strikes A Flag On A Golf Course

This Is What Happens When Lightning Strikes A Flag On A Golf Course

mtlgrems Report

Tai Dallen
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually a pretty awesome display.

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#17

What Happens To Windmills When There's Fog

What Happens To Windmills When There's Fog

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Chris Largent
Community Member
4 months ago

This is what happens to fog when there are windmills.

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#18

What Happens When Nature Takes Over- This Boat On A River In Frankfurt, Germany

What Happens When Nature Takes Over- This Boat On A River In Frankfurt, Germany

BanAllPineapples Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Radek Suski and Foxxy (The Original): It is a science project and has been covered with plants on purpose. You can search for "Natur Ship MS Heimliche Liebe". Heimliche-...3f-png.jpg Heimliche-Liebe-5f1abb30d8b3f-png.jpg

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#19

This Is What Happens When You Fail To Thin Out Your Carrots

This Is What Happens When You Fail To Thin Out Your Carrots

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kasa alex
Community Member
4 months ago

Orgy!

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#20

This Is What Happens When The Triple Foam Breaks At The Car Wash

This Is What Happens When The Triple Foam Breaks At The Car Wash

GallowBoob Report

Gerrit
Community Member
4 months ago

Yummy!

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#21

This Is What Happens To A Basketball Court When The Pipes Burst

This Is What Happens To A Basketball Court When The Pipes Burst

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Woltax
Community Member
4 months ago

Adventure basketball

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#22

This Is What Happens To Mesh Patio Furniture In An Ice Storm

This Is What Happens To Mesh Patio Furniture In An Ice Storm

GnomishProtozoa Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a crystal ceiling.

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#23

What Happened To My Coffee Cup After I Left It Sideways For A While

What Happened To My Coffee Cup After I Left It Sideways For A While

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Gerrit
Community Member
4 months ago

Bob Ross did this!

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#24

What Happens When An 8-Year-Old Puts His Hand In A Petri Dish Of Agar

What Happens When An 8-Year-Old Puts His Hand In A Petri Dish Of Agar

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Just a Purpler
Community Member
4 months ago

Or a human of any age

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#25

This Is What Happens To Food In Antartica At -94°f/-70°c

This Is What Happens To Food In Antartica At -94°f/-70°c

Cyprien Verseux Report

Tracey Hirt
Community Member
4 months ago

There is actually a series of photos of frozen food in Antarctica. https://www.rt.com/news/440990-frozen-food-art-antarctica/

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#26

I Accidentally Left A Bowl Of Beet Juice On The Counter And The Top Layer Rippled

I Accidentally Left A Bowl Of Beet Juice On The Counter And The Top Layer Rippled

ThePhantomDullbooth Report

Vicky Zar
Community Member
4 months ago

Wouldn't eat/ drink this, but it does look cool

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#27

This Is What Happens When You Leave A Bike Outside Too Long

This Is What Happens When You Leave A Bike Outside Too Long

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bryguy
Community Member
4 months ago

This is one of those cake photos isn't it? The whole bike is cake I bet

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#28

This Is What Happens When Lightning Strikes Asphalt

This Is What Happens When Lightning Strikes Asphalt

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What's In Your Head?
Community Member
4 months ago

It looks like that creepy statue of "muggles in their rightful place"...

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#29

This Is What Happens When You Try To Display Candles On A Hot Patio

This Is What Happens When You Try To Display Candles On A Hot Patio

2nie Report

Gerrit
Community Member
4 months ago

Don't bother little candle. It can happen to anyone.

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#30

This Is What Happens When You Put A Highlighter In The Microwave In Case You Were Wondering

This Is What Happens When You Put A Highlighter In The Microwave In Case You Were Wondering

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Kit Tan
Community Member
4 months ago

...Why though

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#31

Apparently This Is What Happens When Light Passes Through The Blinds And Hits My Trash Can

Apparently This Is What Happens When Light Passes Through The Blinds And Hits My Trash Can

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Troux
Community Member
4 months ago

That is really cool! Sharing the light with the rest of the room.

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#32

What Happens When Water Freezes On A Spinning Wheel

What Happens When Water Freezes On A Spinning Wheel

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Sabse
Community Member
4 months ago

Ben Hur!

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#33

This Is What Happens When You Take The Ice Tray Out Of A Freezer With An Automatic Ice Maker

This Is What Happens When You Take The Ice Tray Out Of A Freezer With An Automatic Ice Maker

DabneyEatsIt Report

Ray Martin
Community Member
4 months ago

Oops

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#34

This Is What Happens When You Fall Asleep In A Bath

This Is What Happens When You Fall Asleep In A Bath

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Shudder, I do not like this one bit.

Wolfstar
Community Member
4 months ago

...is there a phobia for this? cuz I think I have it.

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Daria B
Community Member
4 months ago

Makes me think, if mermaids were real, would their hands look like this by default?

Steve Lor
Community Member
4 months ago

Probably not since they'd be naturally adapted to water unlike humans which is why our hands get pruney for better grip. Either that or their skin wouldn't be truly human-like and more fish-oriented.

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kitty_player 03
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought the result would be something called ''drowning''

Gerrit
Community Member
4 months ago

Now try to play guitar!

cassiushumanmother
Community Member
4 months ago

You have to sing an italian song of course, otherwise it will be dull.

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Ray Martin
Community Member
4 months ago

Did you die in there?

Malakai
Community Member
4 months ago

Is this like a normal thing? Because I'd be terrified of drowning! How on earth do people manage to fall asleep like that?

Nomadus Aureus
Community Member
4 months ago

Happened to me. Super tired + hot bath.

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Dónal Ó Murchadha
Community Member
4 months ago

Them same happens to the skin on the soles of your feet. Its thoughts to be the body's response to being in water for sustained periods. The wrinkling of the skin creates added grip for standing and handling objects.

Donna Leske
Community Member
4 months ago

HOW MANY MONTHS WERE YOU IN THERE?

JeannevB
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL

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Noel Bovae
Community Member
4 months ago

For the last few years, randomly (it seems,) my hands will get like this while being in the shower for only like 15-20 minutes. It will happen for a few days to a few weeks, then it goes away and my hands act normal again in water. Anyone have any clue what it could be? It's extremely uncomfortable, and my doctor, (and apparently Google,) don't know what it is.

Ms Phit
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh how frustrating! I have undiagnosed weird stuff too have been searching for answers for 14 years now. My Group of doctors are inching towards a diagnosis and it seems like we may be close (and then we got shut in for the year...) Not trying to be "that person" because I know how annoying the suggestions can be, but if you're just starting your search for answers, I hope this is helpful....I've found that a good Naturopath usually will do more detailed testing and they tend to know more about obscure conditions. Good luck! Be well! Mzphit

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Glenn Williamson
Community Member
4 months ago

You may also drown to death.

Linda Nahay
Community Member
4 months ago

You can also drown. My ex died that way.

Lydia Coy
Community Member
4 months ago

It hurts

Craymoss
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes! This actually hurts pretty bad as it goes back to normal..

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NavyDave
Community Member
4 months ago

It's an adaption to camoflauge as a brain coral.

politecat 42
Community Member
4 months ago

Or spend too long fapping

Sydney Borofsky
Community Member
4 months ago

Thank made me cringe so hard.

Tara Stevens
Community Member
4 months ago

I really wish I hadn't see this...

CatWoman312
Community Member
4 months ago

Your skin does this not because “it’s time to get out”, as humans we are adaptable in both water and land so to be more efficient while swimming our skin “prunes” so it’s easier to grip surfaces or fish underwater.

Madison Feehan
Community Member
4 months ago

I think your brain may have moved while you were sleeping.

BorPand8
Community Member
4 months ago

It kind of looks like that beet juice yeast from the other post.

Gin
Community Member
4 months ago

Super-grip! 🤚

JeannevB
Community Member
4 months ago

And then try to unlock your phone.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

Or you can drown.

devi L.
Community Member
4 months ago

Makes me very uncomfortable and I'm cringing

TokyoMecc 5
Community Member
4 months ago

The forbidden noodles

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

This looks like the hand of a crypt keeper.

Mark
Community Member
4 months ago

It's a long time since I have seen that happen but not to that extreme.

Just a Purpler
Community Member
4 months ago

Nuh-uh, there's got to be more to it than just spending a long time in water!!! No way...

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
4 months ago

It’s the body adapting to be able to grip stuff in water.

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Kiziee Swenler
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like the beet juice above

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
3 months ago

WOW! What did the rest of the body look like?

Dave Emilio
Community Member
3 months ago

Or you drown. This is better

katboxjanitor
Community Member
4 months ago

...if you survive the bath nap,

Katie Corliss
Community Member
4 months ago

Beet Juice

Theresa Snaith
Community Member
4 months ago

Ewww I have a real problem looking at this.

lith
Community Member
4 months ago

usually i like things that would bother people with trypophobia but this, this is not it.

Donald Holder
Community Member
4 months ago

Damn, how long where you asleep for? My wife falls asleep all the time and this has never happened to her.

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
4 months ago

So much like the beet juice #26

Picture Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

When my youngest son was in his teens he fell asleep in the tub with it running. I woke up to hearing the smoke alarm. I went to the door of the bathroom & the floor was covered in a few inches of water. The water was dripping down into the basement & hitting the smoke alarm & making it go off. Luckily my landlord was very understanding about this. He said that he falls asleep in the tub all the time & his wife yells at him for it lol.

Toni Ferchak
Community Member
4 months ago

And just how long were you in there !!!!!???

Mack Attack
Community Member
4 months ago

Take a long bath, become Deadpool.

Crycket
Community Member
4 months ago

I am done with any water activity as soon as I start getting pruny...this is a whole new level of nope for me

Maureen Peters
Community Member
4 months ago

What is happened to the bath?

JJM
Community Member
4 months ago

That looks absolutely gross and a good think you didn't drown.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
4 months ago

Lucky you didn't drown.

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
4 months ago

omg eww

Cecile Desjardins
Community Member
4 months ago

Do not drink and bathe

Sarah Nunns
Community Member
4 months ago

Ha Ha! I knew the picture of the rippled beet juice above reminded me of something.

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
4 months ago

Did you fall asleep or were in a coma for days?

Karen Hock
Community Member
4 months ago

Your hand turns into a brain?

arthur lindsay coker
Community Member
4 months ago

That's normally fatal

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
4 months ago

Sooo old....

SaraFromHell
Community Member
4 months ago

I'd die. I hate prunie hands!😫

jake deering
Community Member
4 months ago

damn

Camilla Koutsos
Community Member
4 months ago

My skin barrier on my hands is buggered, so I look like this after doing a load of dishes by hand.

peruchipac
Community Member
4 months ago

Brain coral

Nini
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm so uncomfortable

Kitsune Fox Girl
Community Member
4 months ago

eww

Jessica Cole
Community Member
4 months ago

Ewwww

CR Harvey
Community Member
4 months ago

Ten minute run in the dryer should help.

Brendan
Community Member
4 months ago

Imagine what the rest of this person's body looked like!

Chris Watson
Community Member
4 months ago

A floater

DanieLegz
Community Member
4 months ago

Could think of worse things that could have happened tbh..

Summer Victoria Guilmette
Community Member
4 months ago

oh my gosh.

b l a n c
Community Member
4 months ago

ew disgusting ahhdgahhshahhsdjekns like, really cool, but really unsettling and aghhhh

Laura Gastelum
Community Member
4 months ago

Crepey I mean creepy

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
4 months ago

This is beyond scary O.O

Cat Nip Gal
Community Member
4 months ago

Is it bad that I really want to touch it...

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
4 months ago

Muahahahaha!

Ms Phit
Community Member
4 months ago

This one actually made me gasp with horror! I would freak the F OUT!

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

That thumb looks like a brain.

Ema RootBeer
Community Member
4 months ago

all I have to say about this is eww

Tim Douglass
Community Member
4 months ago

I worked as a pot-washer in the dining hall in college - this is how my hands looked after every shift.

Azure Adams
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh I've been there man

bored hamster
Community Member
4 months ago

Most men if they were a girl for a day

Jon S.
Community Member
4 months ago

Ha ha! Crude but probably true

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MantisKeeper
Community Member
4 months ago

"big pink raisin found in tub! boy's whereabouts unknown!"- hobbes

Summer
Community Member
4 months ago

ewww

Mary Haynes
Community Member
4 months ago

creepy

Jjjane20
Community Member
4 months ago

😖

Ella L
Community Member
4 months ago

TRYPHOBIA IS TRIGGERED 🙃

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
4 months ago

The least of your problems.

Glenn Williamson
Community Member
4 months ago

You also may die.

Patrick Shore
Community Member
4 months ago

a body pulled from the river

J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm low sick... almost affects me like nails on the chalkboard

Ms Phit
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, makes the butt pucker, doesn't it? Lol

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Allie G.
Community Member
4 months ago

I had work boots leak at the beginning of the day with no dry replacements (learned my lesson). When I took them off in the evening this is what my feet looked like. It hurt!

KT
Community Member
4 months ago

That is bloody nasty!!

Yolanda Ruiz
Community Member
4 months ago

Extreme!

neonn_pieee
Community Member
4 months ago

Whe you're looking at just the palm, nothing else around it, it looks like Sherpa.

Monika Lachova
Community Member
4 months ago

pretty sure that finger print sensor won't work

Missus Magoo
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh a little bit of sick in my mouth. One step away from dead. Ugh

Elli Rahim
Community Member
4 months ago

Fascinatingly unreal - would make great character design for an alien look in sci-fi.

Two Silly Pups
Community Member
4 months ago

This is doing nothing for my trypophobia 🤢

Martti Laurson
Community Member
4 months ago

This happens because your skin is full of dead skin cells and these suck in water and expand. Live cells do not let water in and therefore you have uneven skin.

Clare E
Community Member
4 months ago

Incorrect. It's an evolutionary throwback to improve grip in water.

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#35

What Happened When I Tried To Take A Picture Of An Airplane Propeller

What Happened When I Tried To Take A Picture Of An Airplane Propeller

Domestic_Vibrator Report

Electric Ed
Community Member
4 months ago

Clearly with a digital camera! With scan rows being ... horizontal. Or is that vertical.

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#36

I Left A Summer Roll On My Desk For 4 Days. The Bean Sprouts Are Sprouting

I Left A Summer Roll On My Desk For 4 Days. The Bean Sprouts Are Sprouting

indorock Report

LottieH
Community Member
4 months ago

A spring roll?

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#37

This Is What Happens When You Don't Pick A Head Of Lettuce

This Is What Happens When You Don't Pick A Head Of Lettuce

TresidentPrump Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 months ago

When it grows up to the clouds, you will be able to climb it

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#38

What Happens When You Open A Dollar Bill In Photoshop

What Happens When You Open A Dollar Bill In Photoshop

herbiclorine Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 months ago

Is it same with other money too? Like, Euro, Won, Kuna etc.?

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#39

What Happens To Gummy Worms When You Freeze Dry Them

What Happens To Gummy Worms When You Freeze Dry Them

sexytimespanda Report

Julia Atkinson
Community Member
4 months ago

Unicorn poo!

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#40

This Is What Happens When You Take A Picture On An iPhone At The Same Time A Flash Goes Off On Another Camera

This Is What Happens When You Take A Picture On An iPhone At The Same Time A Flash Goes Off On Another Camera

connorobrien46 Report

Cristina Sacchi
Community Member
4 months ago

Super cool!

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