Some of us are into bowling, others love traveling, nature, or rock hunting. Does that mean you collect all the bowling balls to make a giant pyramid, or gather every single mosquito you’ve ever killed, or arrange the keys of every hotel and motel you’ve ever been to? Well, for these people, it does indeed.

Meet the collectors of the most random items out there, who prove that nothing is off-limits when it comes to human curiosity.

From a shark tooth collection to a collection of every insect found at home in Australia, Bored Panda has compiled a list full of the most bizarre, wonderful, and entertaining assemblages. Scroll down, upvote your favorites, and let us know what you adore collecting in the comment section below!

#1

This Is One Of Several Alphabets Assembled By Belgian Type Designer Clotilde Olyff From Stones Collected At The Beach

This Is One Of Several Alphabets Assembled By Belgian Type Designer Clotilde Olyff From Stones Collected At The Beach

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Brett
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3 months ago

I like how we can just casually buy the whole alphabet in rocks

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A Year Ago, I Started Staying In And Peircing State Quarters, Instead Of Going Out And Getting In Trouble. Here Is My Collection So Far

A Year Ago, I Started Staying In And Peircing State Quarters, Instead Of Going Out And Getting In Trouble. Here Is My Collection So Far

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BusLady
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3 months ago

What is Washington smoking in 1979?

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#3

I Started Feeding Bar Nuts To These Crows That Are Regular To The Patio Of A Bar I Work At. My Collection Of Gifts Finally Started After 3 Months

I Started Feeding Bar Nuts To These Crows That Are Regular To The Patio Of A Bar I Work At. My Collection Of Gifts Finally Started After 3 Months

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Paizleypie
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3 months ago

I LOVE crows!

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It turns out, humans have always been drawn to collecting things. In the 19th century, aristocratic collectors would amass books, zoological and biological specimens, art and decorations that were all considered a status symbol. 

The Victorian era gave birth to the cabinet of curiosities, which referred to space specially designed to arrange, display, and store one’s collectibles. Many of these cabinets have become the first museums that exhibited curated collections.

But the urge to collect things starts as early as our childhood. Most of us had our own little collections of keychains, stamps, or Legos. However, only a few people devote their time and effort to their collected items as they reach adulthood.

#4

My Doctor Has A Kept All The Pictures Kids Have Drawn Of Him

My Doctor Has A Kept All The Pictures Kids Have Drawn Of Him

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Brett
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3 months ago

That’s kinda sweet :)

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#5

My Grandfather's Pencil Sharpener Collection I Inherited

My Grandfather's Pencil Sharpener Collection I Inherited

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Alex Fierro
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3 months ago

OH I have pretty much that exact globe pencil sharpener at home!!!! It's my pride and joy :D

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#6

Perfectly Round Rocks I Found On The Beach. Bonus: Egg, Dorito, And Watermelon Rock

Perfectly Round Rocks I Found On The Beach. Bonus: Egg, Dorito, And Watermelon Rock

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Those round rocks are so satisfying for the eyes.

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For many, it offers the thrill of the hunt, which draws them in. Most collectors develop an emotional attachment to their objects where each one carries a story. Ask a record collector about their display, and they will happily tell you a two-hour-long story about the first vinyl they got their hands onto.

Nostalgia may also be the driving force of collecting, and it’s usually visible in the historical collections that require a great deal of knowledge and context.

#7

This Is My Periodic Table Of Elements With Actual Elements

This Is My Periodic Table Of Elements With Actual Elements

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rgr8
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3 months ago

I feel like there is a lot that could potentially go wrong.

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#8

This Man's Collection Of Lost Apples Varieties

This Man's Collection Of Lost Apples Varieties

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Bill
Community Member
3 months ago

My stepfather rescued the Shipley Apple by finding a long lost grove on the backside of his wood lot. They were world famous and a deep purple skin.

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#9

Over The Past 15 Years My Dad Collected 1,785 Bowling Balls And Built A Giant Bowling Ball Pyramid

Over The Past 15 Years My Dad Collected 1,785 Bowling Balls And Built A Giant Bowling Ball Pyramid

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Brett
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3 months ago

He must have a lot of balls to do that

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#10

Collection Of Reference Seeds Found In My Grandad’s Attic

Collection Of Reference Seeds Found In My Grandad’s Attic

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Something satisfying about all the little neatly ordered vials

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#11

My Grandma With Her Birdhouse Collection

My Grandma With Her Birdhouse Collection

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Brett
Community Member
3 months ago

Step 2: make a house of bird houses

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#12

The Product Of 15 Years Collecting Shedded Antlers From The Woods

The Product Of 15 Years Collecting Shedded Antlers From The Woods

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BusLady
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3 months ago

Well, I'm glad to know they were just found. No animals died for that collection.

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#13

Since The Late 80s, My Office Has Been Collecting Used Staples That Were Removed From Documents That Needed To Be Microfilmed/Scanned. Here Is That Collection

Since The Late 80s, My Office Has Been Collecting Used Staples That Were Removed From Documents That Needed To Be Microfilmed/Scanned. Here Is That Collection

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rgr8
Community Member
3 months ago

Geez, that is a lot of staples.

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#14

Our Tire Sticker Ball Turned 6 Today

Our Tire Sticker Ball Turned 6 Today

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Brett
Community Member
3 months ago

Awww

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#15

Some Of My Favorite Arrowheads. Amazing Little Pieces Of History Collected On Our Private Property In Southern Arizona

Some Of My Favorite Arrowheads. Amazing Little Pieces Of History Collected On Our Private Property In Southern Arizona

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BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

Such a variety. I can't help but think of the people who carved these so long ago.

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#16

2 Years Of Collecting Sea Glass

2 Years Of Collecting Sea Glass

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BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, that's beautiful.

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#17

I'm 14 And Here Is A Picture Of Me And My Chess Medals

I'm 14 And Here Is A Picture Of Me And My Chess Medals

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Troux
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3 months ago

This is more of a flex than an unusual collection, but congrats, that's impressive!

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#18

My Four-Leaf-Clover Collection (Plus A Couple Five-Leafers In The Middle)

My Four-Leaf-Clover Collection (Plus A Couple Five-Leafers In The Middle)

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RavenClaw
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3 months ago

Your must be very lucky!!

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#19

My Girlfriend Cleaning Her Monopoly Collection

My Girlfriend Cleaning Her Monopoly Collection

She has about 600. There are some duplicates and most are sealed. The oldest one is from the 1940’s I think. My favorite is the Harley Davidson one which weighs about 20 pounds

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TiredMomma
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3 months ago

😲 I had no idea there were that many!

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#20

My Shark Tooth Collection

My Shark Tooth Collection

I found them all on the beach

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Brett
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3 months ago

We get it aqua man you’re cool

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#21

My Sand And Dirt Collection From Every Place I Visited

My Sand And Dirt Collection From Every Place I Visited

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TiredMomma
Community Member
3 months ago

Gotta be very careful doing that. Some parks have rules against even taking small soil samples. If found guilty at any time in your life, you'll be paying up quite a large fine.

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#22

The Airbnb That I’m Staying In Has A Collection Of Rubber Ducks In The Bathroom Wall

The Airbnb That I’m Staying In Has A Collection Of Rubber Ducks In The Bathroom Wall

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RavenClaw
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow.. As a kid i only had one rubber ducky named cheddar .. was my favorite .. but this stupid girl i thought was my friend stole it from me .. I loved the duck so much that theirs a picture of him on my bedroom wall.. kinda cheesy huh.. no pun intended

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#23

I Helped My Dad Alphabetize His Vinyl Collection

I Helped My Dad Alphabetize His Vinyl Collection

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Piet Puk
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3 months ago

Do The Monkees go under T or M?

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#24

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

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Efraim Ondrej Kubik
Community Member
3 months ago

He is missing the shields from Knights Kingdom (regular and McDonald's also) but anyway, amazing!

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#25

My History Teacher's Presidential PEZ Collection

My History Teacher's Presidential PEZ Collection

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BusLady
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3 months ago

2 are missing. :-)

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#26

This Collection Of Objects Swallowed By Children

This Collection Of Objects Swallowed By Children

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Brett
Community Member
3 months ago

Jeez was some kid pretending to be a parking meter?

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#27

Marble Collection From The 1800s. All Made From Polished Semi-Precious Stones

Marble Collection From The 1800s. All Made From Polished Semi-Precious Stones

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TiredMomma
Community Member
3 months ago

Hmm, this gives me idea for my rocks I've.

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#28

Weapons Collection From The Royal Armouries In Leeds, UK

Weapons Collection From The Royal Armouries In Leeds, UK

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago

Earthquake!!!! Lol no I'm sure they r secured....I hope

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#29

This Is My Gameboy Mosaic Made Out Of Gameboy Games. Note: No Games Were Harmed And All Are Removable And Playable

This Is My Gameboy Mosaic Made Out Of Gameboy Games. Note: No Games Were Harmed And All Are Removable And Playable

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Tabitha L
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3 months ago

**Low Disclaimer Voice** No games were harmed in the making of this wall.

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#30

My (87-Years-Old) Father's "Ugly" Golf Ball Collection

My (87-Years-Old) Father's "Ugly" Golf Ball Collection

My old man, who is now pushing 90 and can't get out to play anymore, was always the guy who would hit his shot, then poke around in the woods and ponds looking for golf balls. He saved buckets of good golf balls, but his real pride and joy is his collection of "ugly golf balls". He was overjoyed any time he'd find a rotten old ball that had been hit by a mower and left to decay. The guy got a hole-in-one once, complete with a big plaque. He promptly lost that golf ball. But he invites strangers into his home to show them his ugly golf ball collection. It's the little things!

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BusLady
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3 months ago

Each of these balls has a story to tell.

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#31

Local Pharmacy Has A Display Of Antique Medicines

Local Pharmacy Has A Display Of Antique Medicines

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Piet Puk
Community Member
3 months ago

Which one contains cocaine? Trick question, it's all of them.

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#32

I Collect Rocks That Look Like Eggs

I Collect Rocks That Look Like Eggs

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Your Local Lizard
Community Member
3 months ago

OvvO One of them could be a fossil egg

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#33

Friend's Mom In Australia Has A Collection Of What She Found In Her Home

Friend's Mom In Australia Has A Collection Of What She Found In Her Home

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Brett
Community Member
3 months ago

The collection of nopes in the land of the nopes

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#34

My Granddad's Tool Collection In His Shed

My Granddad's Tool Collection In His Shed

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

This is the neatest tool collection I have ever seen. I lent one screw driver to my brother, and the next thing I know, all my screw drivers have dispersed.

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#35

I Collect Food Shaped Erasers

I Collect Food Shaped Erasers

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TiredMomma
Community Member
3 months ago

My youngest would love to do that, if he could keep them a secret from his destructive older brother.

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#36

My Aunt Has A Spoon Collection That Has A Tiny Spoon Collection Right Above It

My Aunt Has A Spoon Collection That Has A Tiny Spoon Collection Right Above It

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TiredMomma
Community Member
3 months ago

I once started a small spoon collection where each spoon had a state name on it. Then they got stolen.

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#37

My Dad's Little Metal Detecting Museum

My Dad's Little Metal Detecting Museum

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BusLady
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3 months ago

That metal detector was a good investment. Also a hobby that he clearly enjoys.

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#38

My Entire Bow Tie Collection, Minus The One I'm Wearing Now

My Entire Bow Tie Collection, Minus The One I'm Wearing Now

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Flisey
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3 months ago

Bow Ties are cool.

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#39

My Mom Collects Sand From Beaches All Over The World

My Mom Collects Sand From Beaches All Over The World

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Molly Block
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3 months ago

We really do have white sandy beaches here in Florida.

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#40

A Small Part Of My Vintage Camera Collection

A Small Part Of My Vintage Camera Collection

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BusLady
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3 months ago

I have a similar collection, but unfortunately they were damaged in a flood. Made me sick.

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#41

My Game Collection Is Finally Out Of Storage! Wife Surprised Me By Building Shelves As An Anniversary Gift Today

My Game Collection Is Finally Out Of Storage! Wife Surprised Me By Building Shelves As An Anniversary Gift Today

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あんぱんまん
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3 months ago

i would marry any guy who would get me a whole damn library and two horses!

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#42

An Array Of Cake Pans Collected In The Lifetime Of My Late Grandmother Taken From A Roof Top

An Array Of Cake Pans Collected In The Lifetime Of My Late Grandmother Taken From A Roof Top

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BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

You could sale them and make a lot of bakers happy. I have a decent collection myself, some of which have been in my family for generations.

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#43

My Dice Collection

My Dice Collection

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BoredPanda is awesome
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3 months ago

Wow. So cool. I love this one. The colour, designs and order is so nice

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#44

My Grandfather Used All Of His Hotel/Motel Keys He Received From His Job As A Travelling Salesman And Made Them Into A Map Of The US

My Grandfather Used All Of His Hotel/Motel Keys He Received From His Job As A Travelling Salesman And Made Them Into A Map Of The US

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Sue Hazlewood
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3 months ago

Did he not know you are supposed to hand them in at the desk when you check out?

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#45

Someone Had All The Failed Presidential Candidates Bumper Stickers On Their Car

Someone Had All The Failed Presidential Candidates Bumper Stickers On Their Car

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RavenClaw
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3 months ago

I don't see trump.

Mike Crow
Community Member
3 months ago

Conveniently Ran out of room.

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Brett
Community Member
3 months ago

Weird flex but okay

Piet Puk
Community Member
3 months ago

Remember when we thought it couldn't get any worse than Palin?

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Before Palin, remember when we thought it couldn't get any worse than Bush jr? There is a trend with that party and it's not the good kind.

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BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

One of my neighbors proudly displayed a large Trump banner. I noticed they've now taken it down in shame.

Tacitus86
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3 months ago

Or maybe because the election is over and they gracefully took it down after?

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RoseTheMad
Community Member
3 months ago

I hope he finds room for Trump 2020

Gareth Graham
Community Member
3 months ago

There's one missing from the end

Storm Anne
Community Member
3 months ago

now they just need Orange Doofus (aka trump)

Ana Vaquer Perez
Community Member
3 months ago

Ummm they just gave us a random persons license plate, am i the only person who noticed that?

SirPatTheCat
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

And what are you going to do with it? You know the license plate and...now what?

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Esmeralda Djali
Community Member
3 months ago

That is going to be hard to sell.

Chuck
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't see Perot/Stockdale

kjorn
Community Member
3 months ago

i remember a joke from Chris Rock when he says he was happy it was trump. because he says Bush give us Obama... now lets imagine what we would got after Trump!

Troux
Community Member
3 months ago

I have to appreciate that they are in order.

Jane W.
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my god. I'd forgotten about Palin. What a joke.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
3 months ago

you're missing a BIG one

Mike Carter
Community Member
3 months ago

Dominion...you won't forget.

Parmeisan
Community Member
3 months ago

Orrr maybe it's a collection of everyone they ever voted for. If so, get them to pick your next lotto numbers and then go with anything but those.

June Dominguez
Community Member
3 months ago

No

Navy Blue Bandana
Community Member
3 months ago

Saturn Argentavis What the hell did I just read

Sue Wolfsong
Community Member
3 months ago

Didn't Carter win?

Bill Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

Not against Reagan/Bush Sr. in 1980.

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Peter Weir
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3 months ago

wonder why you get rear ended so much lol

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
3 months ago

A psychiatrist could come up with sooooo many different reasons why a person would do this. Personally, I think it shows that even wealthy, successful people don't always win.

Lil~Griffin
Community Member
3 months ago

Man forgot trump !!!

Molly Block
Community Member
3 months ago

How they can add TRUMP-PENCE! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

How do you go from Dukakis to Bush??

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't think this person was a supporter of all of these candidates. I'm guessing it is just a fun collection. Especially since the car is certainly not from Nixon's first presidential bid.

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Ashley Wright
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3 months ago

Biden-Harris should be on there #2020electionsteal #2020voterfraud

Pansy Parkinson
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I don't see Kanye's, even though I was hoping he'd win, or did Kanye not have a presidential sticker?

BoredPanda is awesome
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3 months ago

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Where's Trump? Does that mean he did not fail???

Aria Whitaker
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3 months ago

The pic was most likely taken before November of this year....

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#46

My Dad's Lifelong Collection Of Matchbooks

My Dad's Lifelong Collection Of Matchbooks

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Sue Hazlewood
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3 months ago

I used to collect match boxes too but had so many and nowhere to store them so off loaded them all.

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#47

The Only Remaining Picture Of My Childhood Star Wars Collection

The Only Remaining Picture Of My Childhood Star Wars Collection

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BoredPanda is awesome
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3 months ago

My brother would love this. He's a big Starwars fan

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#48

My Copy Editor Father's Collection Of Worn Down Pencils

My Copy Editor Father's Collection Of Worn Down Pencils

He started using them on the recommendation of one of my teachers back when I was in high school. He's got a whole box full of them. I'm not sure about the exact make, but the brand is Palomino if anyone is interested.

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BoredPanda is awesome
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3 months ago

nice

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#49

A Collection Of Things My Local Shop Has Pulled Out Of Flat Tires

A Collection Of Things My Local Shop Has Pulled Out Of Flat Tires

Fun fact: the white circle in the top left is one of those security tags for clothes.

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RavenClaw
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3 months ago

Wow people serious huh lmao

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#50

The Amount Of Train Tickets I’ve Collected By Commuting To University For One Year

The Amount Of Train Tickets I’ve Collected By Commuting To University For One Year

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로희
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3 months ago

I wonder how much do they cost in total~

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