We’ve all dreamed of finding a lost treasure box when we were kids. As adults, finding a lost note is both a blessing and a curse, ‘cause you probably will have to lose something sometime soon to even out the karma, they say.

But this time we’re talking lost and found stuff, objects, and places with a much bigger “wowzer” factor. Imagine yourself coming across an alligator skull while hiking, or spotting a tiny perfect seashell in your salt. Some discoveries are cute and fun, while others are plain scary and mind-bending.

So fasten your seatbelts since we're off to a lost and found compilation from Bored Panda that will surely ignite your inner detective. More bizarre objects that have been lost, thrown away, washed ashore, or long forgotten in the woods can be found in our previous posts here, here, and here.

#1

Found Photos Of My Grandmother's Cousin Hanging With His Buddy While Cleaning Out A Storage Locker

Found Photos Of My Grandmother's Cousin Hanging With His Buddy While Cleaning Out A Storage Locker

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Serial pacifist
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3 months ago

Wow, so cool. Time surely must have been a relative thing hanging around him.

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#2

Hummingbird Feather. I Had Never Found One Before, Thought It Was Neat

Hummingbird Feather. I Had Never Found One Before, Thought It Was Neat

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me
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3 months ago

That's so tiny!

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#3

My Mom Found A Baby Owl On The Porch Behind The Firewood

My Mom Found A Baby Owl On The Porch Behind The Firewood

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80 Van
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3 months ago

That would be both adorable and terrifying.

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We usually think of lost and found objects as some random stuff nobody really knows what to do with. Unless their owners are found, there’s little utility to them. But did you know that "found objects," also known by the French term "objet trouvé," have been a source of inspiration to many modern and contemporary artists?

Art made from found (or sometimes bought) objects was especially popular in the early and mid-20th century with the works of Marchel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, and Henry Moore. You have probably seen Duchamp’s infamous sculpture titled “Fountain” (1917) which was basically an upturned urinal placed in a gallery space. No wonder it shocked the conservative art world at the time.

#4

Wife Found This At A Local Estate Sale; Suspect Emma Wasn't Happy

Wife Found This At A Local Estate Sale; Suspect Emma Wasn't Happy

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Luther von Wolfen
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3 months ago

I kinda love Emma.

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#5

This Rock I Found At The Beach When I Was Seven Is Full Of Fossilized Shells

This Rock I Found At The Beach When I Was Seven Is Full Of Fossilized Shells

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Mina Minx
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3 months ago

Maybe it's a petrified turd.

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#6

I Run Down An Old Dirt Road. Trash Is Dumped There. One Day I Stopped And Found A Box Of Money. All The Envelopes Are From Different Countries All Over The World

I Run Down An Old Dirt Road. Trash Is Dumped There. One Day I Stopped And Found A Box Of Money. All The Envelopes Are From Different Countries All Over The World

Mostly date from the 1700s-1900s. The oldest is a coin from 1621. I’ve got some from countries that no longer exist. I’m still researching.

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CatWoman312
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3 months ago

Wow that’s quite a find on the side of the road

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According to Tate, Picasso was the originator of the found art movement. “From 1912, he began to incorporate newspapers and such things as matchboxes into his cubist collages, and to make his cubist constructions from various scavenged materials.”

Essentially, artists would modify the found objects as minimally as they could, or sometimes leave them as they were. The idea is based on repurposing an object which has not been designed for artistic purposes into a piece that’s deliberately placed in an artistic context.

#7

Remember To Sign Your Work. I Used To Really Like This Table I Rescued From A Dump Pile Two Years Ago. Just Found The Inscription. Now I Love This Table

Remember To Sign Your Work. I Used To Really Like This Table I Rescued From A Dump Pile Two Years Ago. Just Found The Inscription. Now I Love This Table

It’s maker, T. R. Boone, was a janitor at the University of Nebraska in 1914. Thanks for the good work, Mr. Boone. You were an artist.

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manon M
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3 months ago

Love it too

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#8

Heart-Shaped Amethyst Geodes. Discovered Yesterday In Artigas, By The Mining Company Uruguay Minerals

Heart-Shaped Amethyst Geodes. Discovered Yesterday In Artigas, By The Mining Company Uruguay Minerals

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Mina Minx
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3 months ago

And who said rocks don't have feelings?

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#9

Mosaics Of A Roman Villa Were Found Under A Vineyard In Negrar, Italy

Mosaics Of A Roman Villa Were Found Under A Vineyard In Negrar, Italy

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Stephanie Keith
Community Member
3 months ago

Fascinating! Absolutely fascinating. To discover how things once were and see the craftsmanship of that time period. It's just fascinating to me.

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#10

I Found This Carved Fox Inside A Tree Stump, In A Forest Close To My Home

I Found This Carved Fox Inside A Tree Stump, In A Forest Close To My Home

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3 months ago

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#11

Friend Of Mine Just Moved Into A New House. Took Off All The Heating Vents To Paint Them, And This Was Behind One Of Them

Friend Of Mine Just Moved Into A New House. Took Off All The Heating Vents To Paint Them, And This Was Behind One Of Them

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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3 months ago

Woah

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#12

So I Found A Loop Of Paper Attached To My Cat's Collar This Morning. I'll Be Sure To Send Another Note Back

So I Found A Loop Of Paper Attached To My Cat's Collar This Morning. I'll Be Sure To Send Another Note Back

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Charming neighbors.

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#13

My Friend Just Found This Little Statue While Digging In His Own Garden

My Friend Just Found This Little Statue While Digging In His Own Garden

The archeologists from the museum told him that it is probably from a grave dating back to 3-4000 years ago.

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Rose the Cook
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3 months ago

Where?

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#14

An Old Jacket Hanging In The Woods With A Bird's Nest Built In The Pocket

An Old Jacket Hanging In The Woods With A Bird's Nest Built In The Pocket

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JiminKimLip7
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3 months ago

That's so cute!

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#15

I Found A Tiny House Inside Of A Tree Stump

I Found A Tiny House Inside Of A Tree Stump

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Serial pacifist
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3 months ago

It's obviously the tooth fairy's house.

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#16

We Went To The Beach To Find Shark Teeth, So When My Daughter Yelled "I Found Teeth!" This Was The Last Thing I Was Expecting

We Went To The Beach To Find Shark Teeth, So When My Daughter Yelled "I Found Teeth!" This Was The Last Thing I Was Expecting

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Serial pacifist
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3 months ago

Shark's prosthetic teeth!

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#17

I'm A Woodturner & Found A Lovely Bowl In A Vintage Store, Made By The Guy Who Inspired Me As A Kid

I'm A Woodturner & Found A Lovely Bowl In A Vintage Store, Made By The Guy Who Inspired Me As A Kid

On closer inspection I felt the bowl was very familiar, so I flipped through the very book that inspired me, 31 years ago, & there it was!

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

A treasure for many reasons.

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#18

My Wife Found This Tiny Skink In Our Garden, Some Much-Needed Brightness On A Grey, Smoky Day

My Wife Found This Tiny Skink In Our Garden, Some Much-Needed Brightness On A Grey, Smoky Day

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Juan Hernandez
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3 months ago

its unreal how small the little fella is

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#19

Group Of Baby Easter Bunnies I Found While Walking My Dog On Easter Sunday (Can For Reference)

Group Of Baby Easter Bunnies I Found While Walking My Dog On Easter Sunday (Can For Reference)

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Natalia
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3 months ago

Awww 😍😍 they are so tiny!!!

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#20

While Showing My 3-Year-Old My Game Boy, I Discovered A Picture Of My Best Friend From 1999

While Showing My 3-Year-Old My Game Boy, I Discovered A Picture Of My Best Friend From 1999

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Wubbleyew
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3 months ago

Oof, the feels

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#21

I Found A Book Called "The Ancient Thirst To Read". It's Actually A Flask

I Found A Book Called "The Ancient Thirst To Read". It's Actually A Flask

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Ray Githinji
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3 months ago

Love the maker's humor 😅

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#22

This Morning I Found By Far The Smallest Frog I Have Ever Seen In My Entire Life

This Morning I Found By Far The Smallest Frog I Have Ever Seen In My Entire Life

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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3 months ago

Baby FROGG

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#23

This Incredible Carrot Hand Was Found While Digging Juice Carrots At Our Farm Today

This Incredible Carrot Hand Was Found While Digging Juice Carrots At Our Farm Today

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CatWoman312
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3 months ago

Wow I really have to hand it to you there

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#24

Found 83 Gold Coins At The Bottom Of A Coal Container After Renovating The House

Found 83 Gold Coins At The Bottom Of A Coal Container After Renovating The House

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow!

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#25

Found These Green Army Men Doing Yoga At A Place We're Renting

Found These Green Army Men Doing Yoga At A Place We're Renting

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

Those are hilarious!

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#26

Real Talk I Think I Just Found A Shell With An Ancient Language On It

Real Talk I Think I Just Found A Shell With An Ancient Language On It

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

Is it a real shell? Can someone explain please?

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#27

Found In The Pocket Of My Grandpa’s WW2 Bomber Jacket

Found In The Pocket Of My Grandpa’s WW2 Bomber Jacket

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this a precursor to those MAD comic inside back covers?

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#28

I Went Diving With My Metal Detector In A Private Lake And Was Able To Return Multiple Valuables To Their Owners, Including A $5000 Wedding Ring That Was Lost For Almost 5 Years

I Went Diving With My Metal Detector In A Private Lake And Was Able To Return Multiple Valuables To Their Owners, Including A $5000 Wedding Ring That Was Lost For Almost 5 Years

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Miss Kepik
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3 months ago

Sméagol is that you

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#29

Today While Sorting Through My Grandma’s Attic, I Happened To Discover My Great-Great-Grandfather’s Italian Passport And A Ticket To America Exactly 100 Years Later

Today While Sorting Through My Grandma’s Attic, I Happened To Discover My Great-Great-Grandfather’s Italian Passport And A Ticket To America Exactly 100 Years Later

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

So much history in one document.

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#30

This Origami Grasshopper My Friend Found On A Tram In Japan

This Origami Grasshopper My Friend Found On A Tram In Japan

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SCP 049
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3 months ago

Its a friend of the purple grasshopper.

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#31

Found A 100-Year-Old Time Capsule In My Backyard

Found A 100-Year-Old Time Capsule In My Backyard

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Nash Nopper
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3 months ago

awesome...

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#32

This Pink Grasshopper Found On Kelleys Island, Ohio

This Pink Grasshopper Found On Kelleys Island, Ohio

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

I love the intense colour.

Maciej Zajaczkowski
Community Member
3 months ago

how is it still not eaten though

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Mina Minx
Community Member
3 months ago

He drank the kool-aid

Hisseefit
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3 months ago

You must be "Jonesing". Lol

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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3 months ago

GRASSHOPPERS CAN BE PINK??!!!!

Juan Hernandez
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3 months ago

i dont think these is a grasshopper. it looks more like a oblong-winged katydid which can be pink, yellow, orange,tan, or leaf green

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Kell Nix
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3 months ago

This is a Katydid, not a grasshopper

Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

It's a katydid not a grasshopper

Tracer
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3 months ago (edited)

Looks like erythrism! (Abnormal reddish pigments- it looks like that in katydids!)

glowworm2
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3 months ago

I think this may actually be a katydid. It looks like a plastic figurine.

Catto De Smol
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3 months ago

Looks like a plastic fishing bait.

Helen Haley
Community Member
3 months ago

Isn't that a katydid?

Iggy
Community Member
3 months ago

It just wants to be FABULOUS, DARLING!

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like a plastic toy!

WWE Fan
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3 months ago

It does!

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Christy Smith
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3 months ago

It looks like plastic.

Josh Tall
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3 months ago

GO home, grasshopper! You're drunk!

SquirrelLuvr
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3 months ago

That's a katydid, not a grasshopper

Avery S Alberico
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3 months ago

I want one.

LONDYN BROWN
Community Member
3 months ago

no! I NEEEEEEEEEEEED 50,0000000000000000000000000000

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Logan Clermont
Community Member
3 months ago

nise camo, hopper

Anne
Community Member
3 months ago

Isn't this what they do in mating season before they swarm?

Wade Schad
Community Member
3 weeks ago

thats a katydid

June Dominguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Beautiful

Aimee Kelley
Community Member
3 months ago

It is super rare to find these because all predators eat them for there bright color is super easy to spot, so this person is lucky

Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
3 months ago

That is VERY pink

Steve Cruz
Community Member
3 months ago

"Here, it's a gummy grasshopper. Eat it."

Sue Clasen
Community Member
3 months ago

Girls favourite.

Louise Weaver
Community Member
3 months ago

A katydid!

Mickie Shea
Community Member
3 months ago

I love this color of pink

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
3 months ago

WOW! Never would have guessed they came in that vivid color.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
3 months ago

oh wow! that's got to be rare

Lavinator
Community Member
3 months ago

Found maybe on Three Mile Island?

Suzanne Slifer
Community Member
3 months ago

Are you sure it's a real grasshopper ? It looks plastic\rubber to me ...

Wouldn't You Like to Know
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a katidid, not a grasshopper.

Geri Taran
Community Member
3 months ago

Can it be real?

Robert Greisberg
Community Member
3 months ago

So done with green!

Catherine Brady
Community Member
3 months ago

I have never seen one the wasn't green.

23AClark
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3 months ago

Cute!

Alisha
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3 months ago

Stunning

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#33

A Rock I Found On The Beach Has A Tiny Starfish Fossil In It

A Rock I Found On The Beach Has A Tiny Starfish Fossil In It

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

What a cutie!

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#34

Found These Beautiful Colors Hiding Inside A Piece Of Wood

Found These Beautiful Colors Hiding Inside A Piece Of Wood

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columbokateUK
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3 months ago

How does this happen?

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#35

Found A Random Painting In The Middle Of The Woods

Found A Random Painting In The Middle Of The Woods

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CatWoman312
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3 months ago

Totally not creepy

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#36

Elmo Toy That I Found While Hiking In Georgia

Elmo Toy That I Found While Hiking In Georgia

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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3 months ago

Creepy

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#37

Found This In My Backyard In Ankara/Turkey. It's Red Fox Agate

Found This In My Backyard In Ankara/Turkey. It's Red Fox Agate

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Juan Hernandez
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3 months ago

wow

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#38

I Found A Mussel With Natural Goggly Eyes

I Found A Mussel With Natural Goggly Eyes

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

He looks like a Muppet!

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#39

This "Bookmark" I Found In An Old Shakespeare Book Is A Voting Ticket From The Civil War

This "Bookmark" I Found In An Old Shakespeare Book Is A Voting Ticket From The Civil War

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CatWoman312
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3 months ago

I recognize none of those names that were running for president at that time. 🤨

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#40

I Opened A Ventilation Cavity In A Wall And Found Old Love Letters Bound In String

I Opened A Ventilation Cavity In A Wall And Found Old Love Letters Bound In String

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

Someone's whole life is in that precious bundle.

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#41

Found This In The Crawl Space Above My Bedroom

Found This In The Crawl Space Above My Bedroom

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CatWoman312
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3 months ago

Awesome find

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#42

This Guy Found 73 Frisbees In A Pond While He Was Looking For His Own

This Guy Found 73 Frisbees In A Pond While He Was Looking For His Own

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CatWoman312
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3 months ago

Did he find his?

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#43

I Found A Door, And Nothing Else, On An Abandoned Beach

I Found A Door, And Nothing Else, On An Abandoned Beach

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CatWoman312
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3 months ago

Portal

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#44

This Pearl I Found In An Oyster I Was Eating

This Pearl I Found In An Oyster I Was Eating

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CatWoman312
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3 months ago

Oh wow that’s good luck

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#45

Found This Note In My Hotel Bed Last Night... Ugh

Found This Note In My Hotel Bed Last Night... Ugh

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

EEWWW.

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#46

This Shell I Found In My Sea Salt

This Shell I Found In My Sea Salt

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Serial pacifist
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3 months ago

You want some shell in your eggs?

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#47

Alligator Gar Skull I Found While Hiking Today

Alligator Gar Skull I Found While Hiking Today

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

Wonder how far the gar hiked before it collapsed?

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#48

Found An Old Beer Bottle In The Mountains With A Mini Eco System Inside

Found An Old Beer Bottle In The Mountains With A Mini Eco System Inside

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Mina Minx
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3 months ago

Its an Alien

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#49

I Found A Old Journal In The Woods Wrapped In Yarn With 3 Vials Of Blood In The Knot

I Found A Old Journal In The Woods Wrapped In Yarn With 3 Vials Of Blood In The Knot

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Botox
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3 months ago

That's why we have 2020! Old curse...

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#50

This Very Old Bottle Of Cocaine We Found In My Pharmacy

This Very Old Bottle Of Cocaine We Found In My Pharmacy

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CatWoman312
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3 months ago

“Warning may be habit forming” 😂

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