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.
Found Photos Of My Grandmother's Cousin Hanging With His Buddy While Cleaning Out A Storage Locker
Hummingbird Feather. I Had Never Found One Before, Thought It Was Neat
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.
Wife Found This At A Local Estate Sale; Suspect Emma Wasn't Happy
This Rock I Found At The Beach When I Was Seven Is Full Of Fossilized Shells
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.
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.
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.
Heart-Shaped Amethyst Geodes. Discovered Yesterday In Artigas, By The Mining Company Uruguay Minerals
Mosaics Of A Roman Villa Were Found Under A Vineyard In Negrar, Italy
I Found This Carved Fox Inside A Tree Stump, In A Forest Close To My Home
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
So I Found A Loop Of Paper Attached To My Cat's Collar This Morning. I'll Be Sure To Send Another Note Back
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.
An Old Jacket Hanging In The Woods With A Bird's Nest Built In The Pocket
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
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!
My Wife Found This Tiny Skink In Our Garden, Some Much-Needed Brightness On A Grey, Smoky Day
Group Of Baby Easter Bunnies I Found While Walking My Dog On Easter Sunday (Can For Reference)
While Showing My 3-Year-Old My Game Boy, I Discovered A Picture Of My Best Friend From 1999
I Found A Book Called "The Ancient Thirst To Read". It's Actually A Flask
This Morning I Found By Far The Smallest Frog I Have Ever Seen In My Entire Life
This Incredible Carrot Hand Was Found While Digging Juice Carrots At Our Farm Today
Found 83 Gold Coins At The Bottom Of A Coal Container After Renovating The House
Found These Green Army Men Doing Yoga At A Place We're Renting
Real Talk I Think I Just Found A Shell With An Ancient Language On It
Found In The Pocket Of My Grandpa’s WW2 Bomber Jacket
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
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
This Origami Grasshopper My Friend Found On A Tram In Japan
Found A 100-Year-Old Time Capsule In My Backyard
A Rock I Found On The Beach Has A Tiny Starfish Fossil In It
Found These Beautiful Colors Hiding Inside A Piece Of Wood
Found This In My Backyard In Ankara/Turkey. It's Red Fox Agate
This "Bookmark" I Found In An Old Shakespeare Book Is A Voting Ticket From The Civil War
I Opened A Ventilation Cavity In A Wall And Found Old Love Letters Bound In String
Found This In The Crawl Space Above My Bedroom
This Guy Found 73 Frisbees In A Pond While He Was Looking For His Own
I Found A Door, And Nothing Else, On An Abandoned Beach
Found This Note In My Hotel Bed Last Night... Ugh
This Shell I Found In My Sea Salt
Found An Old Beer Bottle In The Mountains With A Mini Eco System Inside
I Found A Old Journal In The Woods Wrapped In Yarn With 3 Vials Of Blood In The Knot
This Very Old Bottle Of Cocaine We Found In My Pharmacy
Note: this post originally had 168 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.