While we as humans continue to try (and fail) to live in peace and harmony, it is worth remembering that the world around us is a brutal, unforgiving place.

We have tamed our lives to such an extent that it is easy to turn a blind eye to the horrors of nature, sure, we as a species are far more damaging to our planet than all others put together, but let's not pretend that it's all sweetness and light out there!

This list, compiled by Bored Panda, is a reminder that we live in a scary world. Some of these things are simply wonders of nature that we may not like the look of, like spiders and centipedes. Some show the raw power of the elements, while others illustrate the horrific things that other creatures to do each other in order to survive. All of these things are awe-inspiring examples of nature, something not to be feared, but to be respected. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs

Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs

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ZombieGirl5591
Community Member
1 year ago

NOO

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#2

Spiderbro Guarding Me From Malaria Outside My Window

Spiderbro Guarding Me From Malaria Outside My Window

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Zori the degu
Community Member
1 year ago

I love "pet" spiders, as I call them. They live in one corner of your apartment, feed on insects and sometimes climb down to investigate your belongings. If I happen to become roommates with one, I always make a point to leave some water for it to drink, if it needs it. My favourite spider of this kind used to live in my mom's bedroom. It only had 5 legs and we named it Oggie. The tiny spider loved to crawl on my mom's sketches(she's an engineer) and kept her company. I was 5 at the time and it was one of the first examples of invertebrates' personalities I was to see.

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#3

Seaweed In The Waves

Seaweed In The Waves

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Vischap
Community Member
1 year ago

Cthulhu rising

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#4

Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man's Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus

Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man's Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

You can almost feel them reaching for your feet...first gently stroking, then all of a sudden gripping fast...

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#5

A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog

A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Fascinating and brutal in one.

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#6

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning... The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning... The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life

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Zori the degu
Community Member
1 year ago

Something similar happened to me once, but well, the other way round. I was on a sea holiday and came upon a large blue dragonfly, drowned in the sea. Now, I was saddened for the poor thing, but also ecstatic, for I have a collection of pinned insects, all of which were found dead, for I just can't bring myself to kill alive ones for the purpose. I carried it around in my palm, wondering where exactly was I to put it, for I didn't have any other dragonflies and the thing was huge. Suddenly, it moved! A second later, again! It became progressively more active, until it could stand on its legs and turn his head around in curiosity! I separated its wings carefully(they stuck to each other from the salty water) and it shook itself a little. I left it cleaning itself on an oak on a quiet path and I do hope it recovered completely. :)

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#7

The Skeleton Of A Puffer Fish Is Pretty Metal

The Skeleton Of A Puffer Fish Is Pretty Metal

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

Idea for a night lamp!

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#8

Damn Nature, You Scary...

Damn Nature, You Scary...

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Luna rivers
Community Member
1 year ago

A planting enthusiast wasn’t scared of anything, but when they found a skull of a 50 year old oojomaku breed, their life changed.

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#9

Rome Yesterday

Rome Yesterday

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Ellis
Community Member
1 year ago

Hitchcocks dream

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#10

My Mum's Toilet After A Recent Flood

My Mum's Toilet After A Recent Flood

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Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
1 year ago

I actually think those frogs are cute. Not the best place to find them, but not terrifying.

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#11

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, This is nature being nature! Fully of mystery and creativity!

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#12

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

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issam
Community Member
1 year ago

They are like : " neeeemo .. where are you !? "

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#13

The Eyes And Teeth Of A Scallop

The Eyes And Teeth Of A Scallop

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful!

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#14

This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I've Seen

This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I've Seen

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

Look ma - A donkey with Wings!

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#15

My Gecko Ate His Tail

My Gecko Ate His Tail

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
1 year ago

That's...oddly practical

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#16

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a long pile of shit! Someone is eating too much fibres!

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#17

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
1 year ago

"Do you want to go UP or DOWN?"

Cass B
Community Member
1 year ago

"She chose doooownnn"

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

These plants have been the movie Mummy and taken that too seriously!

Krumps
Community Member
1 year ago

They're kangaroo paws. They're really fun to squish and look really cool!

RedFox11
Community Member
1 year ago

No, these are called Kangaroo Paws and they're from Australia, they're actually really cute!!!

stellermatt
Community Member
1 year ago

you'll float too...

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Cute??

Linda Christian
Community Member
1 year ago

These should be called Graboids

Christina Waite
Community Member
1 year ago

Inspiration for Nico Robin?

Niki
Community Member
1 year ago

i always used to run past this plant when i went past it in my garden bc my sister told me it would touch me.

Sue Edwards-Catt
Community Member
1 year ago

They are calle Kangaroo Paws

D Leh
Community Member
1 year ago

Nico Robin's ability

Rutger Körver
Community Member
1 year ago

Hattifnattar

X ElectricReaper X
Community Member
4 months ago

saiko yonabayashi from tokyo ghoul be like

Landon DeSonne
Community Member
4 months ago

I hate that movie

Makayla Bolton
Community Member
11 months ago

Nope nope nooooope

KCN
Community Member
1 year ago

Too freaky!

David Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

I AM GROOT

Elly Clifton
Community Member
1 year ago

That's why they are called Kangaroo Paws

pikachu
Community Member
1 year ago

am I one of the only few people who thinks of Nico Robin from One Piece when I see these?

Debra Stanfield
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg!!!! Why didn't we learn about this stuff in school

Karolína T.
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that orchid?

Amanda Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

They are the flowers of the kangaroo paw plant. They come in different colours and can be very pretty!

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Aileen Grist
Community Member
1 year ago

Sweet - in a creepy sort of way

Flavia Slag
Community Member
1 year ago

all the better to grab you with...

Kirsten Preston
Community Member
1 year ago

Lil spooky fairy hands.

John Stackhouse
Community Member
1 year ago

No thanks. I'll stick with my Orchids!

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Not scary. Cute.

n.
Community Member
1 year ago

hello Dr. Strange dimension

KT Trondsen
Community Member
1 year ago

O.o

diane a
Community Member
1 year ago

it;s Charles Kingleys "waterbabies"" trying to get out

Kelly Horrigan
Community Member
1 year ago

wait....which way?

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

Creepy

Just Curious
Community Member
1 year ago

Sorry to recycle my joke from another post, but these things look quite... disarming.

Lisa DeJarnette
Community Member
1 year ago

Well i found one that i dont care for. I think they look like baby hands. And if youve ever lost a child this is seriously able to screw with you.

Carmen Elena
Community Member
1 year ago

oh my it´s soo creepy...

VM Hiraii
Community Member
1 year ago

Nico Robin ability lol

Cassie
Community Member
1 year ago

Do not like!

Lilly Petit
Community Member
1 year ago

It just want to shake your hand...

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of Bowtruckles - I wonder if Newt Scamander is around...

Rebecca Shields
Community Member
1 year ago

Kangaroo paw

Luna rivers
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine if corals looked like this

Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

These are the grasps of those passed away trough gore. (good start for a novel, maybe)

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#18

The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms

The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

I have watched too many alien movies which have gutted my mind to point that I refuse to believe its a plant! Fck me, I am running from here and calling ARMY, NAVY or fckng SWAT team.

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#19

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
1 year ago

That was in your house and you just chilled and took a picture of it. Your bravery has no end

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#20

All I Know Is That It Needs To Burn

All I Know Is That It Needs To Burn

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Sarah Cleaver
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel quite sorry for them really as they're just trying not to drown

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#21

Deer Skull After Sitting In Water For Over A Year

Deer Skull After Sitting In Water For Over A Year

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issam
Community Member
1 year ago

Aren't those one of those creatures in lord of the ring ?

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#22

The Frog That Caught A Spider

The Frog That Caught A Spider

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Braineating Spleen
Community Member
1 year ago

...that wriggled and wriggled and jiggled inside her. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. I don't know why she swallowed the fly, perhaps she'll die.

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#23

A Leopard Seal Peering Through A Veil Of Plankton

A Leopard Seal Peering Through A Veil Of Plankton

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M.Shallow
Community Member
1 year ago

"Join meeeeeeeeeee" It says

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#24

Acid Spitting Ants

Acid Spitting Ants

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Ellis
Community Member
1 year ago

What the f***!?! Do these exist? What part of evolution came up with that?

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#25

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, whoever put it together, must be having most non-shaking hands in the world.

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#26

Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size

Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size

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stellermatt
Community Member
1 year ago

we've all been like that at an all you can eat buffet

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#27

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

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A random Goat
Community Member
1 year ago

Once upon a time there was a man who did very bad things. The emperor turned him into a statue and trapped him in a tree. If he's freed the whole world is doomed. I made up this story

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#28

A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch

A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch

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Cat on a bike
Community Member
1 year ago

friendly neighborhood lizard, keeping your home bug free :)

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#29

My Dad Sent Me This Photo. Water Mocassin? Tennessee

My Dad Sent Me This Photo. Water Mocassin? Tennessee

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Sally Appleton
Community Member
1 year ago

Give a snake a fish an he'll eat it. Teach a snake to fish and he'll become the fishing rod.

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#30

Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb

Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

Also known as Ants who gives zero fcks about gravity!

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#31

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

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Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
1 year ago

nooo poor thing. He was looking for water.

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#32

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

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Zori the degu
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, I knew they have teeth, but I didn't know they have some on the tongue as well!

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#33

This Snake Covered In Ticks

This Snake Covered In Ticks

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Ellis
Community Member
1 year ago

Didn’t think I could ever feel sorry for a snake, until I saw this post...

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#34

These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares

These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares

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thepotatogirl
Community Member
1 year ago

am I the only one who thinks it's kind of cute?

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#35

After A Weekend Storm In New England, A Puffer Fish Was Found In A Tree

After A Weekend Storm In New England, A Puffer Fish Was Found In A Tree

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Ellis
Community Member
1 year ago

The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

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#36

The Lamprey Fish

The Lamprey Fish

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Scrolling down, scrolling down, scrolling down.

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#37

A Mother Whip Spider Carrying Her Babies On Her Back

A Mother Whip Spider Carrying Her Babies On Her Back

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lincholn6echo
Community Member
1 year ago

HANS GET ZE FLAMMENWERFER!!!

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#38

5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood

5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

The marsh just arround the nuclear power plant?

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#39

This Hornets Nest Looks Kind Of Like A Hornet’s Head

This Hornets Nest Looks Kind Of Like A Hornet’s Head

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Abigail Broughton
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you my mummy?

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#40

Dolphin Caught A Squid, Trailing The Ink Behind It

Dolphin Caught A Squid, Trailing The Ink Behind It

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Diarrhoea: also a problem in aquatic mammals.

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#41

A Jungle Perch With A Surprise

A Jungle Perch With A Surprise

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Happy Meal.

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#42

Lavafall

Lavafall

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Cassie
Community Member
1 year ago

Awesome!

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#43

This Spider Web That Looks Like A Spider-Man Mask

This Spider Web That Looks Like A Spider-Man Mask

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SykesDaMan
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1 year ago

More like the punisher T-Shirt!

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#44

The Giant Isopod, Found In The Deep Seas And Is An Example Of Deep-Sea Gigantism

The Giant Isopod, Found In The Deep Seas And Is An Example Of Deep-Sea Gigantism

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VM Hiraii
Community Member
1 year ago

Kabuto

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#45

One Big Spider

One Big Spider

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
1 year ago

I.don't.want.to.see.the.spider.that.can.eat.that.frog. Please

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#46

Take A Seat

Take A Seat

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VM Hiraii
Community Member
1 year ago

Nawp

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#47

Goliath Tiger Fish, Congo River

Goliath Tiger Fish, Congo River

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

When you boss tells you a joke which isn't funny at all, but you gotta pretend its funny as heck!

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#48

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
1 year ago

The heart of a couch potato

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#49

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

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lincholn6echo
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like the poor guy was hit by a ships propeller...

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#50

Close Up Of Moth Outside My Window

Close Up Of Moth Outside My Window

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Fascinating critters actually. Butterflies of the night!

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#51

Something Took Two Clean Bites Out Of This Poor Sea Ravioli

Something Took Two Clean Bites Out Of This Poor Sea Ravioli

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
1 year ago

sea ravioli xD

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#52

When Mozilla Freezes

When Mozilla Freezes

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brown_panda
Community Member
1 year ago

that's just sad.

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#53

Ant On My Porch Carrying The Head Of His Vanquished Enemy

Ant On My Porch Carrying The Head Of His Vanquished Enemy

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Nadja Lambacher
Community Member
1 year ago

Not a head. Earwig butt.

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#54

Eels In The Stream At Battle Hill Farm

Eels In The Stream At Battle Hill Farm

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
1 year ago

Zero fcks were given by those ducks that day!

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#55

Found Out The House We Are Living In Has A Bunker Below. I Managed To Squeeze My Phone In One Of The Cracks Of The Door To Take This Creepy Picture

Found Out The House We Are Living In Has A Bunker Below. I Managed To Squeeze My Phone In One Of The Cracks Of The Door To Take This Creepy Picture

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Mark Fergel
Community Member
1 year ago

Several names. Camel crickets in my area. Dang things are a pain in the b***.

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#56

Found An Icicle Held Only By A Spider's Web

Found An Icicle Held Only By A Spider's Web

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M.Shallow
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks really wrong. Or maybe it's just because I have a dirty mind.

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#57

Found In Mexico. Battle To The Death

Found In Mexico. Battle To The Death

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Ellis
Community Member
1 year ago

Judging by the snake’s shape, that thing with legs is already halfway in the snake. Am I right?

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#58

Oregon Fires Next To A Golf Course

Oregon Fires Next To A Golf Course

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issam
Community Member
1 year ago

Fucking Mordor behind them and they just chilling !

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#59

My Inlaws Are In A Bit Of A Froggy Situation Right Now

My Inlaws Are In A Bit Of A Froggy Situation Right Now

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boredhuman
Community Member
1 year ago

They just have a spring break pool party.

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#60

G'day Mates, Let's Be Friendssss!

G'day Mates, Let's Be Friendssss!

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Moo Moo Futch
Community Member
1 year ago

Nah mate. Jog on....

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#61

A Lizard On Its Final Journey

A Lizard On Its Final Journey

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