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

buddymurphy2020 Report

Malakai
Community Member
4 months ago

Plant it and grow your own! :D

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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

AgrajagDaMadBat Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

WOAH!

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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

cbrady411 Report

Ariana Grande<33
Community Member
4 months 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

poppinpez333 Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months 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

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a skull/phantom

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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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

so green!

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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

tw272727 Report

Malakai
Community Member
4 months 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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Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

magic!

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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

visk0n3 Report

Danieletc
Community Member
4 months 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
4 months 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

Trying so hard thinking
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

This way, please :)

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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

unicornheabutt Report

Malakai
Community Member
4 months 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
4 months 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

Asi Bassey
Community Member
4 months ago

A bear did this?

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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
4 months 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

Roctopus420 Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

like a brown egg!

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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

Beth Kramer
Community Member
4 months ago

Nature is gorgeous!

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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
4 months 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

Asi Bassey
Community Member
4 months ago

This is so cool!

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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

xycryy_1 Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

GIANT HOLE!!!!

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#21

What Happens If Wood Is Burned With High Voltage

What Happens If Wood Is Burned With High Voltage

mtnman7610 Report

Zebwe
Community Member
4 months ago

the unforgettable sound

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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

Ariana Grande<33
Community Member
4 months ago

O-M-F-G

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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

Erectile_Crocodile Report

Olivia Agave
Community Member
4 months 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

Christian Steiness Report

martin734
Community Member
4 months ago

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

Pasion Jones
Community Member
4 months ago

Theres ALWAYS that one person...lmao

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BeazleBug
Community Member
4 months ago

The fog is not in the way of these turbines. That doesn't even make sense. The fog is merely making the turbulence created visible in the laminar flow.

martin Phiri
Community Member
4 months ago

If the windmills get in the way of the fog*

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

It's like it's producing fog!

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
4 months ago

whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

BoredDragon
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like claws stretching across the sky

Logan Slaughter
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like they're migrating. "They DO move in herds!"

Patty Leaton
Community Member
4 months ago

cool

Scott Wilson
Community Member
4 months ago

Just guestimating but the turbines probably decrease the pressure downdraft which will cause a joulethompson cooling effect, dropping the temp just below the cloud point of the air. Climate change in action!

SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
4 months ago

Fog dies, birds die....

Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
4 months ago

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Its just Chemtrails 2.0. Instead of dispensing them by expensive planes, the chemicals are now brought to you via windmill. Much more cost efficient

gloria benado
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh Lord. Are you part of QAnon too?

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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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a more wrinkly grey passionfruit!

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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

Beth Kramer
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey I have a severed nerve in the exact same place/ finger.... I’m gonna try this.

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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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

Popcorn for birds!

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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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

I've done that, it's so pretty!

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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

longjohnsilvaa Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

Imagine playing on that court!l

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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
4 months 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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't even know what to say, it's so awesome!

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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
4 months 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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

Like cracks!

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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

verygoodwood Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

It's so interesting how the limes sink and the lemons float!

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#35

This Is What Happens If Lightning Strikes Asphalt

This Is What Happens If Lightning Strikes Asphalt

mosesmcclure Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

That would make a really cool decoration!

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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
4 months 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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

Like pebbles!

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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
4 months 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

Malakai
Community Member
4 months ago

Toothpaste might help get that out. Idk how true it is, but it's worth a try maybe?

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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

Malakai
Community Member
4 months ago

As long as the syrup has a long expiration date, you can probably use those, but I'm not sure about the shelf life of maple syrup

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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

Ariana Grande<33
Community Member
4 months ago

oh.

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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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Ariana Grande<33
Community Member
4 months ago

XD ima go try that now... //blows house up// me- you did not mention...oooooooh never mind...

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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

Domidod1d Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

One a plant grew in our bag of soil!

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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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks gross

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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
4 months 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
4 months 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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

It's like it's melted.

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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
4 months 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

whalejazz12 Report

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

Imagine what record player would play that!

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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

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

It's like it's jellified and crumpled!

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