There is something mysterious and whimsical about the forest. The dense trees cluster to hide a whole separate world of odd and interesting discoveries you won't find anywhere else. Bored Panda has rounded up photos of the stranges, coolest and curious finds people have documented from their walks in the forest.

From forgotten objects transformed into moss-covered relics to visual wonders created by mother nature herself to logs and trees accessorized by dedicated visitors (or fairies). Scroll down to check out these delightful photographs that might inspire you to go wandering off the beaten path and explore the woods. And don't forget to upvote your favs!

#1

I Found This In My Local Woods

I Found This In My Local Woods

This is a memorial for loyal companions that crossed the Rainbow Bridge. So many good boys and girls. So much unconditional love.

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Kwj
Community Member
1 year ago

Aww this is so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.. <3

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One of the reasons your lungs feel refreshed when walking through a pine forest is because of an anti-inflammatory compound called a-Pinene, found in conifers. It is used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of asthma and abundantly present in marijuana.

#2

I Was Out For A Walk In The Woods Today And Almost Stepped On This Beauty

I Was Out For A Walk In The Woods Today And Almost Stepped On This Beauty

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Awww, sleeping Bambi.

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#3

Found This In The Woods Today

Found This In The Woods Today

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a portal, obviously.

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There is a 2400 year old giant “honey mushroom” in Oregon, covering 2200 acres, slowly killing off the trees in the forest. It is the largest living organism on the planet.

#4

Found This In The Woods While Trail Riding

Found This In The Woods While Trail Riding

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Candyfloss
Community Member
1 year ago

Would you scream if an actual bear did come out?😂

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#5

Abandoned Russian House Found In The Woods

Abandoned Russian House Found In The Woods

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Dann999
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1 year ago

Don't be that chick/dude who died in the first 10 minutes of any horror movie.

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In the Battle of Hurtgen Forest during WW2, the forest was so dense and dark and hard to navigate that the German and Allied medics shared an aid station in the only building either could easily find.

#6

Me And My Girlfriend Were Walking In The Woods The Other Week And Saw A Rainbow Pool For The First Time

Me And My Girlfriend Were Walking In The Woods The Other Week And Saw A Rainbow Pool For The First Time

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks beautiful but it’s concerning seeing as some oil substances generally cause the rainbow effect when it comes into contact the with water.

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#7

Buddy Of Mine Came Across This Dinosaur In The Woods The Other Day

Buddy Of Mine Came Across This Dinosaur In The Woods The Other Day

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe T-Rexes were so grumpy because they could never scratch their noses when it itched.

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The Redwood Forest in northern California is famous for its towering redwood trees which can grow more than 350 feet tall. This is the height on an average skyscraper. Some redwood trees are so big that miniature forests grow on their upper branches.

#8

Standing In A Huge Pond That Sinks Every Dry Season

Standing In A Huge Pond That Sinks Every Dry Season

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoa, that's trippy! It looks like two photos, one on top of the other.

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#9

This Tree I Found Hiking Looks Like A Forest Monster Watching Over You

This Tree I Found Hiking Looks Like A Forest Monster Watching Over You

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Every kid's nightmare

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A man called Jadav Payeng single-handedly planted a forest bigger than Central Park to save Majuli Island in Northern India from erosion. The forest is now home to large amounts of stray wildlife.

#10

I Went For A Walk In The Forest And Came Upon This Ponderosa Pine Tree That Had Been Struck By Lightning

I Went For A Walk In The Forest And Came Upon This Ponderosa Pine Tree That Had Been Struck By Lightning

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful to see and scary because the fire could spread.

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#11

Found Old Dog Tags In A Metal Pile In Our Woods. Reunited Them With His Wife, Who Lost Her Husband Of 60 Years In 2010

Found Old Dog Tags In A Metal Pile In Our Woods. Reunited Them With His Wife, Who Lost Her Husband Of 60 Years In 2010

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

That was nice of them to return them.

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#12

Stairs To Nowhere In New Hampshire

Stairs To Nowhere In New Hampshire

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Magic567
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1 year ago

looks like the remains of a castle!

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#13

Found This Sword In Epping Forest, England

Found This Sword In Epping Forest, England

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

You're the one! Use it for the right causes, warrior!

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#14

This Stick I Found Looks Like A Burning Torch, Flame Included!

This Stick I Found Looks Like A Burning Torch, Flame Included!

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

did you pass the torch to the next person?

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#15

Found This Mushroom While Hiking In The Woods, There’s Gotta Be A Rabbit Hole Nearby

Found This Mushroom While Hiking In The Woods, There’s Gotta Be A Rabbit Hole Nearby

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

Fun fact: There are certain kinds of mushroom that if eaten only once, is enough to feed a person until the end of their life.

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#16

This Moss Covered Boot Found In The Woods

This Moss Covered Boot Found In The Woods

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

I wanted to say something clever about being green and your carbon footprint, to boot, but I couldn't make it fit, so I'm leaving it here.

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#17

*shhh* It's A Flock Of Wild Toilets Roosting

*shhh* It's A Flock Of Wild Toilets Roosting

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That’s amazing, never seen animals like that in the wild before.

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#18

I Found A Memorial For A Fallen Tree While Hiking

I Found A Memorial For A Fallen Tree While Hiking

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Lucah Liebenberg
Community Member
1 year ago

Awwww, sweet child

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#19

I Was Driving Through The Back Roads Of Pennsylvania On The Way To A Camping Spot And Found A Mountain Of Ceramic Dishes And Tea Cups In The Middle Of The Woods

I Was Driving Through The Back Roads Of Pennsylvania On The Way To A Camping Spot And Found A Mountain Of Ceramic Dishes And Tea Cups In The Middle Of The Woods

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

I would like to know the back story as to why there is a mountain of dishes. That is a very random road find.

PyroarRanger
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the great Wall of China

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s awful, they should be recycled not just left in the forest.

Mich
Community Member
1 year ago

As far as things dumped, ceramics is pretty inert. The majority of components is hardened clay and silica (sand). Ceramic glaze is basically glass. It's hard to recycle (breaking back into usable, raw components) and the energy needed to heat it until the glaze becomes fluid again is not ecologically sound. Left on its own, it will eventually break down into sand and earth again. As far as up-cycling or reuse (using again without breaking down), I doubt anyone who wanted material would be turned away from taking it.

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Doober
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a great place for a *therapy* session

wtyang24
Community Member
1 year ago

*smash, smash*

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Yael
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like my kitchen sink right now.

Cassie
Community Member
1 year ago

Some of that still looks intact. If I was a college kid around there, I would totally dig through for the unbroken pieces to use or sell.

Sonya Walker
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like they are unglazed. If you used unglazed pottery you will probably get food poisoning.

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Cindy Snow
Community Member
1 year ago

Well we don't like to wash dishes in PA...we just drive them into the woods never to be seen again. Like the mafia...

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the aftermath of the Mad Hatter and the March Hare's tea party!

Sanne H.
Community Member
1 year ago

As I try to stay positive, I like to think that somebody is collecting these, with plans to build an eco cathedral. Just like the one in Mildam (Frysia), that is made of thrown away bricks and concrete.

Captain Awesome
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a local stockpile for Greek weddings!

Tiari
Community Member
1 year ago

Or German ones.

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Mikki Bauer
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

going to guess a manufacturer or warehouse dumping ground

jamie1707
Community Member
1 year ago

Would that have been in Bucks county by any chance? At one time there was a china factory somewhere above New Hope and they would dump rejects.

Dawnfire
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe a giant ate too much

Candyfloss
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah it was me! I ate all the food!😂

Catherine Stevens
Community Member
1 year ago

Why ppl liter and show it?! :C

Allison Davis
Community Member
1 year ago

Folks that may be around the abandoned Shenago China factory near New Castle. PA. It made dinnerware for over 100 years. It’s abandoned since about 2011.

Jessica A
Community Member
1 year ago

Pennsylvanian stress relief?

KCN
Community Member
1 year ago

It would be stress relief if they could set them up so people could smash them with a baseball, or let someone with a hammer at them. I would love to do that!

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Missy Barton
Community Member
1 year ago

Wonder where in PA this is and if it's near me?

Claire
Community Member
1 year ago

It's on Sunset Ln near Tanglewood Camping. Near Blakes, Covington, Blossburg. Does that help? Look up awesome_clips on Reddit, he is the one who found it and is in the picture.

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Natasha Forchione
Community Member
1 year ago

Not cool!!

Michalina Piotrowska
Community Member
1 year ago

Shame!

it's me again
Community Member
1 year ago

They grow naturally in the Pennsylvania highlands. Where did you think they came from?

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
1 year ago

Lmfaoooo XD

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Balázs Schermann
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing extra really, forest giants have to do dishes too... an hour of work for their mom i think.

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
1 year ago

You find a lot of weird things in the woods of PA! Gotta love living here, hiking is always an adventure!!

Char Char
Community Member
1 year ago

Googles my fingers off and could find no other reference of this phenom. I'd like to know more!

Claire
Community Member
1 year ago

Start looking here https://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/av975o/i_was_driving_through_the_back_roads_of/?ref_source=email&ref=share This is the guy who took the original picture. It won't have all the answers, but it might help.

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Gustav Gansted
Community Member
1 year ago

Nicely sorted though - ready for recycling in mineral wool production:-)

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 year ago

Some Greeks must had had a wedding there

Amy Wood
Community Member
1 year ago

There’s a really good 2 part episode on this photo on the “endless thread” podcast. It’s not what y’all think it is.

Amanda DuPont
Community Member
1 year ago

ive been needing some new dishes....

Virginia Llorca
Community Member
1 year ago

Not even a giant resort would utilize that many dishes.

Andrew Reyes
Community Member
1 year ago

I guess the Mad Hatter really DID get MAD

Sharon Attwood
Community Member
1 year ago

Must have been a VERY large Greek wedding at that spot!

Dan Abramsky
Community Member
1 year ago

They're mine...

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

Mmmmmm, the Hatter must be near by.

Bonita
Community Member
1 year ago

Must be a Greek restaurant nearby.

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
1 year ago

Call the police...the diners have been wronged.

Lynn Hussey
Community Member
1 year ago

Massive littering..on a more 'serious' note..

moeless
Community Member
1 year ago

Dumping is never cool. Don't do it.

Sally Hudd
Community Member
1 year ago

It is the result of many hundreds of teddy bear’s picnics.

loona
Community Member
1 year ago

Huh?

Abbella DiNoto
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! Free. Ceramic tile. Broken plates make great mosaic tiles! Grout it with a colored grout on your sidewalks or walls!

Colin Leamon
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that to serve the food that gets thrown away needlessly

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 year ago

Greek restaurants let patrons break crockery as part of a dance.

chachkimooch
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude looks like he's about to take off running.

Jo Jo Timmons
Community Member
1 year ago

Those damn Greeks

marmitejim
Community Member
1 year ago

Greeks...... It looks like you've got an infestation of Greeks somewhere quite local.

David Herz
Community Member
1 year ago

Probably secret Alice in Wonderland tea party conventions...or is this where that ghastly movement got started?

Mark CM
Community Member
1 year ago

It's obviously a popular place for Greek weddings.

Red
Community Member
1 year ago

anybody fancy a tea party?

Jessica Mills
Community Member
1 year ago

probably a restaurant or hotel closed and just dumped the dishes

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

So very disgusting, they will be there forever !!!

Shey Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

wth

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf? No wonder our Earth environment is poor. Some person use them to shoot in the air? That's where they land?

Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

Hopefully it’s just ceramic. Glass and such, so long as they don’t have impurities for decoration, aren’t environmentally harmful. It’s still an offensive manner in which to deal with this stuff. Stupid tax codes can make it “more cost effective” to destroy business materials rather than to sell or donate.

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
1 year ago

this is probably outside the Pfaltazgraff factory

Snuggle Bee
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like someone hates washing up more than I do smh

hakan arık
Community Member
1 year ago

porcelain is not reusable like glass. so you need to pay to dispose them off. there must be big hotels around that area.

recoveryforeva
Community Member
1 year ago

take them home and smash them when you feel emotional :)

Paul Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

Serious illegal dumping

Thanh Tùng
Community Member
1 year ago

Just husbands deny to wash the dishes

Brenda Owens
Community Member
1 year ago

Repeat after me, Recycle, recycle, dam*t RECYCLE.

Reactive Kid
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1 year ago

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Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

What a waste.

Russian Otaku
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty disgusting to just dump all that there

Bernadette McPolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Must have been some party.

Kevin Williams
Community Member
1 year ago

Probably the discard pile from an old ceramics factory. Back in the day they would find a spot out of sight(didn't matter who owned the land) and get rid of whatever they wanted.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

After the biggest dinner party ever. No one wanted to wash the dishes.

Godspeed
Community Member
1 year ago

Greek wedding after party?

Hawk Marcarelli
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like the (Dinner Party) was a .

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Factory went out of business? Maybe they were deemed not safe to use, and they got rid of them. By illegal dumping.

Erik Granqvist
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That is not - aqtually - an enviromental problem in terms of poison or local fauna and flora. But it is butt ugly.

miten sasmita
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahh what a waste! Many of them look fine and intact. Why didn't they arrange a cheap garage sale or donate them away.

Griselda Mussett
Community Member
1 year ago

Archaeology of the distant future

Kare Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Alice and her friends keep forgetting to clean the dishes after their tea parties

Tania Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Goodness that’s some fly tipping 😳

Josurf
Community Member
1 year ago

PULL !

Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this the same guy that found the mushrooms?

Mayra Gomes
Community Member
1 year ago

I think it would be great as mosaic

Ula
Community Member
1 year ago

Terrible the one who did it should be tracked down

Zena Flavin
Community Member
1 year ago

I told you Margery we packed too much

Lynna Thompson
Community Member
1 year ago

I had a friend who lived near a fine china factory, they threw out any pieces that had flaws. She would go pick through the pile and find the ones that had unnoticeable flaws and her family of 18 would eat off fine china. That was long ago in Pennsylvania.

Michelle
Community Member
1 year ago

that's shocking

Jeff Christensen
Community Member
1 year ago

Sonebody *really* didn't want to wash the dishes.

Charlie0527
Community Member
1 year ago

I’d love to throw a rock at it.

dankay01
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm going to need more information.

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 year ago

people and their inability to dispose of their trash properly

KCN
Community Member
1 year ago

I would love to get a baseball bat and go after this pile. What a stress reliever it would be!

Misterscooter
Community Member
1 year ago

Ready for a tea party with the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit. A very merry unbirthday, to you!

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

Whaaaaaaaaaaat tf

Ana Miranda @ Lisbon, Portugal
Community Member
1 year ago

Here's why Grandma never cares about getting birthday and Christmas gifts

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#20

Abandoned Train Tunnel We Found In The Woods

Abandoned Train Tunnel We Found In The Woods

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

This is really cool, though I would be too spooked to go in the tunnel with no light

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#21

Moved To Wisconsin. Found This In The Woods

Moved To Wisconsin. Found This In The Woods

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Ani Archeron
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1 year ago (edited)

How the heck did Rory get the Pandorica to America

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#22

Found This Purple Lil Guy Hiking In PA

Found This Purple Lil Guy Hiking In PA

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

this is that one purple mushroom in Mario. unless you want to shrink size, don't eat it...lol

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#23

What My Parents Found On Their Hike

What My Parents Found On Their Hike

WantedOnAVoyage Report

Clare McDuff
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s Castle Greyskull!!!

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#24

This Log Accessorized With Pennies I Found While Hiking

This Log Accessorized With Pennies I Found While Hiking

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Captain Awesome
Community Member
1 year ago

Total value $1.25

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#25

Found This Bottle With Moss While Walking In The Woods

Found This Bottle With Moss While Walking In The Woods

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Benjamin Robinson
Community Member
1 year ago

Mossage in a bottle

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#26

So I Was Walking In A Forrest Near My City And Found This

So I Was Walking In A Forrest Near My City And Found This

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Binxyminxem
Community Member
1 year ago

Grandmother willow!

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#27

Sign I Found In The Woods That Depicts A Man Jumping Over Some Scary Looking Hands

Sign I Found In The Woods That Depicts A Man Jumping Over Some Scary Looking Hands

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Beware of the zombies in the woods

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#28

I Was Out Fossil Hunting In A Wash After A Thunderstorm. I Figured It Had To Uncover A Bit Of Stuff Down In The Streambed. I Found This

I Was Out Fossil Hunting In A Wash After A Thunderstorm. I Figured It Had To Uncover A Bit Of Stuff Down In The Streambed. I Found This

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Smokin!!

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#29

Found This Fireplace In The Woods While Adventuring

Found This Fireplace In The Woods While Adventuring

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A J
Community Member
1 year ago

You have a cat to go on adventures with you? That's so cool

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#30

Came Across An Overgrown Cemetery In The Woods

Came Across An Overgrown Cemetery In The Woods

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Sadly it seems like they have been forgotten.

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#31

My Brother Found This (Missile?) In The Woods In Tennessee

My Brother Found This (Missile?) In The Woods In Tennessee

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Ani Archeron
Community Member
1 year ago

Intelligent brain: Back away slowly Monkey brain: Poke it. PoKe It.

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#32

Found This Phone Booth In The Middle Of The Woods

Found This Phone Booth In The Middle Of The Woods

DavidGreenComic Report

Dave van Es
Community Member
1 year ago

Have you tried dialing 62442? Maybe it's an unused entrance to the ministry of magic

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#33

Found 43 Bucks In A Pair Of Jeans In The Woods

Found 43 Bucks In A Pair Of Jeans In The Woods

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Score! Hope the jeans aren't from a dead guy though. Bad juju.

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#34

Hiking Through The Woods On A Hot Day, Came Across This Oasis

Hiking Through The Woods On A Hot Day, Came Across This Oasis

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

But do you have the right change?

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#35

Found This Bicycle In The Woods. Someone Had Big Plans?

Found This Bicycle In The Woods. Someone Had Big Plans?

umiz Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! This one is creating a whole story in my head.

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#36

I Found A Dead Robot In The Woods Behind My House

I Found A Dead Robot In The Woods Behind My House

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

The beginnings of Terminator

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#37

Found An Old Helicopter In The Woods

Found An Old Helicopter In The Woods

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 year ago

Just needs an oil change and she’s good

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#38

I Found An Old Crematorium In The Woods Of An Uninhabited Island

I Found An Old Crematorium In The Woods Of An Uninhabited Island

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
1 year ago

Gingerbread house got all eaten up.

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#39

My Dog Found A Large Pile Of Carrots In The Woods

My Dog Found A Large Pile Of Carrots In The Woods

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

You found Bugs Bunny's secret stash.

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#40

Friend Found This While Hiking The Connecticut Wilderness

Friend Found This While Hiking The Connecticut Wilderness

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Captain Awesome
Community Member
1 year ago

Best place to leave a Jeep...

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