Our brains are naturally curious things. But no matter whether we like it or not, they usually crave finding out some really weird stuff. Instead of loving that lonely book you promised yourself to read in January, or enjoying the history paper for tomorrow’s class, they wander mysterious ways.

If it was their choice, trust me, our brains would love to find out what will happen to a spoon after years of stirring the same soup or if you put a marker in a hot oven, or if you leave a banana for months to sit on an office table before you leave for quarantine… Call it odd, random, irrelevant, but that doesn't change the fact that we secretly love learning all the what ifs, especially the most absurd ones.

In order to save you from odd looks and the potential dangers some of these experiments could bring, Bored Panda has compiled a whole bunch of photos that perfectly illustrate our lives—full of what ifs and I told yous.

#1

This Is What Happens If I Do Not Eat An Artichoke Right Away

This Is What Happens If I Do Not Eat An Artichoke Right Away

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

The artichoke is part of the thistle family, the national flower of Scotland. Oh, and I said it the way Sean Connery would.

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#2

What Happens When You Use The Same Shovel To Plant 90,000ish Trees

What Happens When You Use The Same Shovel To Plant 90,000ish Trees

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Katrin
Community Member
1 month ago

That´s impressive and beautiful

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#3

This Is What Happens If You Swing A String Of Glow Sticks With Burning Steel Wool At The End

This Is What Happens If You Swing A String Of Glow Sticks With Burning Steel Wool At The End

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Ariana Grande<33
Community Member
1 month ago

sick bro

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When you think of it, life is really just a big turn of the wheel. No matter how much we’d like to think we own it, things usually go totally at random. The same is true for accidents. Some are mildly interesting and make us go "wow," like this blossoming purple head of artichoke which wasn’t eaten right away, or this forgotten bag of grass seeds that seeded out.

On very rare occasions, such unintentional and totally unexpected "accidents" become much more than amusing pics that end up on your camera roll. We owe a debt to some of the most important discoveries of our lives, like Teflon, nylon, x-rays, penicillin, safety glass, and many more.

#4

This Is What Happens If Your Cell Phone Vibrates While Trying To Take A Picture Of The Chicago Skyline

This Is What Happens If Your Cell Phone Vibrates While Trying To Take A Picture Of The Chicago Skyline

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Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

Like a reflection in the water!

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#5

What Happens If My Black Shirt Gets Crammed In The Back Of My Car Under The Sun For Years

What Happens If My Black Shirt Gets Crammed In The Back Of My Car Under The Sun For Years

IntrepidFlow Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

I would totally wear that shirt!

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#6

What Happens If Tourists Don't Touch Bamboo During Quarantine And It Grows On Its Own

What Happens If Tourists Don't Touch Bamboo During Quarantine And It Grows On Its Own

watercatte Report

Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
Community Member
1 month ago

Bamboo is a an invasive weed here. I would jokingly say "kill it with fire" except that's actually what we have to do with it.

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When you think about life in this way, we all depend on random chance. No matter how much we feast on horoscopes, what a fortune teller would say, or how much we believe everything’s in our control, we'd like to think we make decisions about things.

In this article on the neuroscience of chance, writer Michael Shermer comes to the conclusion that extraordinary events do not always require extraordinary causes. “Given enough time, they can happen by chance.”

Even if such a claim demystifies the magic of human power, free will, and hard work, it can also alleviate our heartaches when things go against the plan. If something bad happens, we tend to blame our ill decisions, but realizing that chance plays a vital role in any accident too can be liberating.

#7

What Happens If You Leave A Coconut In The Freezer

What Happens If You Leave A Coconut In The Freezer

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Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

Talk about cool!

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#8

What Happens If You Blink Faster Than The Shutter On Your Camera

What Happens If You Blink Faster Than The Shutter On Your Camera

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

This is because the phone is not a camera. It simply saves what it's looking at. You don't expose a film with the phone. So in this case, the phone processed the image left to right, and the kid managed to open its eyes before it reached the reflection.

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#9

This Is What Happens If The Roots Of A Tree In A Graveyard Find Their Way Into The Cavity Of A Decayed Skull

This Is What Happens If The Roots Of A Tree In A Graveyard Find Their Way Into The Cavity Of A Decayed Skull

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Danieletc
Community Member
1 month ago

Brain food, indeed.

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Meanwhile, the physicist Leonard Mlodinow of the California Institute of Technology suggests that “We can improve our skill at decision making and tame some of the biases that lead us to make poor judgments and poor choices…”

If we judged decisions by their potential outcomes rather than the particular result, we’d see how different the decision would appear to be.

Interestingly, our inability to both recognize or produce randomness can be our weakness. But taming it can be key to a peaceful mind where life itself can bring you the good and the bad when the time comes.

#10

What Happens If I Refill My Soap Container With Clear Soap

What Happens If I Refill My Soap Container With Clear Soap

G00Punch Report

Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

Different densities make it look like a lava lamp

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#11

What Happens If There's A Storm So Intense It Literally Picks Up And Moves The Road

What Happens If There's A Storm So Intense It Literally Picks Up And Moves The Road

Craigrets Report

Rowlie
Community Member
1 month ago

Why did the road cross the road?

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#12

What Happens When You Heat An Ordinary Marble Over A Flame Then Immediately Drop It Into Cold Water

What Happens When You Heat An Ordinary Marble Over A Flame Then Immediately Drop It Into Cold Water

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Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

Seen this one before, still super pretty and reminiscent of a fire opal. I bet you could make jewelry with it if you could encase it in resin :)

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#13

What Happens If An Insect Gets Stuck Between The Printer And The Pillowcase

What Happens If An Insect Gets Stuck Between The Printer And The Pillowcase

GAMERGRILLE Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

That would be a cool pattern!

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#14

What Happens If A Bear Breaks Into My Car

What Happens If A Bear Breaks Into My Car

whiskythief209 Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

The bear had a party in your car, I see.

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#15

What Happens If I Open A Decade-Old Play-Doh Container (And Find Out It Had Grown Crystals)

What Happens If I Open A Decade-Old Play-Doh Container (And Find Out It Had Grown Crystals)

sumthininteresting Report

Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

Waiy, what? They can grow crystals? :o I wonder what causes that

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#16

This Is What Happens If You Polish A Coconut

This Is What Happens If You Polish A Coconut

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I was not aware that that a coconut was so egg-shaped.

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#17

What Happens If A Soggy Stump Goes Through A Hard Freeze

What Happens If A Soggy Stump Goes Through A Hard Freeze

BarnabyWoods Report

Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like really silky fur! Pretty!

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#18

What Happens If Hair Gets Caught In A Zipper

What Happens If Hair Gets Caught In A Zipper

mathiasbloodaxe Report

Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks kinda like a cog!

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#19

What Happens If A Sphere Of Aluminum 1 Cm In Diameter Hits A Block Of Aluminum At ~15,000 Mph (Space Debris Impact Research Conducted By The ESA)

What Happens If A Sphere Of Aluminum 1 Cm In Diameter Hits A Block Of Aluminum At ~15,000 Mph (Space Debris Impact Research Conducted By The ESA)

ESA Report

BeazleBug
Community Member
1 month ago

Note the sphere is for illustration purposes only...the real one is vaporized on impact.

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#20

This Is What Happens When Lightning Strikes Dornoch Beach In Scotland

This Is What Happens When Lightning Strikes Dornoch Beach In Scotland

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Not-so-MadMax
Community Member
1 month ago

DIG!!! You could find Fulgurites!! (aka Lightning glass)

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#21

What Happens If Wood Is Burned With High Voltage

What Happens If Wood Is Burned With High Voltage

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Now, it looks like a Japanese painting.

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#22

What Happens When You Throw Water On An Oil Fire

What Happens When You Throw Water On An Oil Fire

Benjah-bmm27 Report

Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

NEVER. EVER. THROW WATER ON A GREASE FIRE. EVER!!! YOU LEARNED IN BASIC F*CKING SCIENCE THAT OIL AND WATER DO NOT MIX! ALWAYS /smother/ a grease fire! Sand, baking soda, a fire extinguisher (which every house should have in case of fires like this!), anything you can use to deprive the flames of oxygen before it gets out of control!

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#23

This Is What Happens If You Put Dish Soap In A Fountain

This Is What Happens If You Put Dish Soap In A Fountain

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Olivia Agave
Community Member
1 month ago

This happens every year on last day of the year to the fountain in my local uni's quad. Usually with added colouring so you get colourful foam. Ah, students...

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#24

What Happens If The Fog Gets In The Way Of The Windmills

What Happens If The Fog Gets In The Way Of The Windmills

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martin734
Community Member
1 month ago

Technically they are not windmills, they don't mill anything. The correct term is wind turbine or wind energy converter.

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#25

What Happens If You Leave An Apple And A Banana For 6 Months In An Office Locker Because Of Quarantine

What Happens If You Leave An Apple And A Banana For 6 Months In An Office Locker Because Of Quarantine

RedCatBro Report

Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
1 month ago

There must have been awesome conditions considering they were mummified so perfectly.

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#26

What Happens If You Spend A Lot Of Time In The Water And Your Index Finger Has A Severed Nerve

What Happens If You Spend A Lot Of Time In The Water And Your Index Finger Has A Severed Nerve

WhiskeyForElephants Report

Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, wow! That's really cool! I didn't know that the wrinkling was a nervous system response, but I guess in hindsight that makes sense that it is

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#27

What Happens If My Mom Microwaves Birdseed To Disinfect It Before Putting It In A Beanbag

What Happens If My Mom Microwaves Birdseed To Disinfect It Before Putting It In A Beanbag

xXBonerPrinceXx Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Mini bird seed popcorn! This is kind of cute.

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#28

What Happens If You Put Blue Food Coloring In A White Rose's Water

What Happens If You Put Blue Food Coloring In A White Rose's Water

lyssiemiller Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

This is very pretty. Roses can be found naturally in almost every colour, except blue. Years ago, the Japanese wanted to genetically engineer a blue rose, but I guess that project didn't yield favourable results.

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#29

This Is What Happens To A Basketball Court If The Pipes Burst

This Is What Happens To A Basketball Court If The Pipes Burst

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Alloydog
Community Member
1 month ago

Leave the floor warpped and start a new sport!

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#30

This Is What Happens If No One Keeps An Ornamental Cabbage Trimmed

This Is What Happens If No One Keeps An Ornamental Cabbage Trimmed

FillsYourNiche Report

Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

That looks much better!

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#31

What Happens If My Grandma Uses The Same Spoon In Her Coffee For About 45 Years

What Happens If My Grandma Uses The Same Spoon In Her Coffee For About 45 Years

cistfurcharlie Report

Charlotte Stewart
Community Member
1 month ago

But...but...don't you have an entire cutlery drawer? Why always the exact same spoon?

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#32

What Happens If An 8-Year-Old Puts His Hand In A Petri Dish Of Agar

What Happens If An 8-Year-Old Puts His Hand In A Petri Dish Of Agar

Tasha Sturm Report

Beth Kramer
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m disgusted and fascinated at the same time.

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#33

This Is What Happens When Lightning Strikes A Flag On A Golf Course

This Is What Happens When Lightning Strikes A Flag On A Golf Course

Tuff_spuff Report

Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
1 month ago

They should put up a "Beware of the 11th hole" for a Halloween thing

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#34

This Is What Happens If You Put Lemons And Limes In Water

This Is What Happens If You Put Lemons And Limes In Water

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

They hate each other.

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#35

This Is What Happens If Lightning Strikes Asphalt

This Is What Happens If Lightning Strikes Asphalt

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

The asphalt reformed in an interesting way.

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#36

What Happens If The Beams Of 4 Light Bulbs Shine Through An Almost Closed Door

What Happens If The Beams Of 4 Light Bulbs Shine Through An Almost Closed Door

cashmo Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

So many lightS!

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#37

What Happens If The Water Flows Through The Cement For A Long Time

What Happens If The Water Flows Through The Cement For A Long Time

ClearMyFuckinShit Report

ML
Community Member
1 month ago

A pretty pattern happens

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#38

What Happens If Water Freezes On A Spinning Wheel

What Happens If Water Freezes On A Spinning Wheel

NeoVeci Report

Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

Kinda looks like a sea urchin

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#39

What Happens If You're Dyeing Hair With A Broken Glove

What Happens If You're Dyeing Hair With A Broken Glove

CriticalReality Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice hair colour!

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#40

What Happens If I Leave The Maple Syrup Sitting In The Back Of My Refrigerator For A Few Years

What Happens If I Leave The Maple Syrup Sitting In The Back Of My Refrigerator For A Few Years

cutelyaware Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

It's maple ice now!

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#41

This Is What Happens If I Go Swimming In An Outdoor Pool At -40°c

This Is What Happens If I Go Swimming In An Outdoor Pool At -40°c

youracat Report

Davor Jelacic
Community Member
1 month ago

Insta short haircut, just apply rapid pressure

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#42

This Is What Happens If You Put A Highlighter In The Microwave In Case You Were Wondering

This Is What Happens If You Put A Highlighter In The Microwave In Case You Were Wondering

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually, I was not wondering. But, thanks for the info.

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#43

What Happens If You Leave A Bag Of Grass Seed Out

What Happens If You Leave A Bag Of Grass Seed Out

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

"I gotta break free!"

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#44

This Is What Happens If You Go 84,000 Miles Without An Oil Change

This Is What Happens If You Go 84,000 Miles Without An Oil Change

slothsandstuffyeh Report

Katrin
Community Member
1 month ago

That hurts

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#45

What Happens If You Put On A Spray Tan And Then Cry

What Happens If You Put On A Spray Tan And Then Cry

thiscontradiction Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

That is awesome! Also, why were you crying? Are you ok?

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#46

What Happens If My Neighbour Uses The Longest Possible Drill Out There

What Happens If My Neighbour Uses The Longest Possible Drill Out There

p4r4v4n Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
1 month ago

Talk about annoying neighbours!

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#47

What Happens To The Furnace Filter After Two Weeks Of Wildfire Smoke

What Happens To The Furnace Filter After Two Weeks Of Wildfire Smoke

Im_alwaystired Report

Fred L.
Community Member
1 month ago

So apparently it does its job.

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#48

What Happens If You Freeze-Dry Gummy Worms

What Happens If You Freeze-Dry Gummy Worms

sexytimespanda Report

Uncommon_Name
Community Member
1 month ago

They look like rainbow Cheeto puffs.

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#49

What Happens If You Leave A Vinyl Record In A Hot Car

What Happens If You Leave A Vinyl Record In A Hot Car

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this the Vaporwave music I heard about?

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#50

What Happens If I Accidentally Leave A Bowl Of Beet Juice On The Counter

What Happens If I Accidentally Leave A Bowl Of Beet Juice On The Counter

ThePhantomDullbooth Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

It's all puckered and now looks like a fancy dessert.

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