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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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

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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

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Ariana Grande<33
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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

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Junior Cucumber
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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

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Malakai
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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
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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

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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

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Trying so hard thinking
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Malakai
Community Member
4 months 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!

Mimi777
Community Member
4 months ago

Correct! And idk if everyone knows this (I didn’t for many years). But baking soda and baking powder are not the same thing and the baking powder will make a fire worse.

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zims
Community Member
4 months ago

...now I wanna see what happens when you throw a grease fire into a pool. I'm guessing spread across the top, burn itself out eventually. Maybe the chlorine or salt would have an effect depending on the kind of pool.

Steve Barnett
Community Member
4 months ago

I've been involved in a chip pan fire. Me a friend and my girlfriend at the time. There was no fire extinguisher so my friend wanted to pick up the pan and throw it out into the garden, NO! YOU'LL ONLY END UP SPILLING IT ON THE FLOOR! Fortunately, my girlfriend, who was the obviously the most sensible, doused a tea towel in water, DRAINED AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE OUT OF THE TOWEL WITH HER HANDS, THEREFORE JUST MAKING IT ONLY SLIGHTLY DAMP, and put it over the pan, extinguishing the fire. BUT LEAVE IT COVERED. I've learnt from that and now have a fire extinguisher in my kitchen. Also, I do like home-made chips, BUT NEVER FILL YOUR PAN MORE THAN A THIRD FULL. NEVER.

Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

This used to be the recommendation of course. However, the UK Fire Brigade no longer endorses the use of the damp tea towel under any circumstances. If there is no proper fire extinguisher or blanket the advice is to simply get out and call for help. I am glad this worked for you though and that you now have the proper equipment. I too had a pan fire and that year everyone got fire blankets and extinguishers for presents!!

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BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

I wouldn't stay in that room long enough to take that picture!!!

LittleMissLotus
Community Member
4 months ago

Glad to see this was done in a lab setting with a controlled environment instead of the photo being from some poor sap's kitchen as they decided to take a pic instead of put out the fire lol

Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
4 months ago

You get to see the fire department in action for the first time and your parent's face when the principle tells you your expelled

Stephanie Anne
Community Member
4 months ago

Also don't throw water on an electrical fire. It also goes whoosh.

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

You open a portal to hell?

Ani Archeron
Community Member
4 months ago

Is this the Winchester house?

Ariana Grande<33
Community Member
4 months ago

O-M-F-G

Lekha
Community Member
4 months ago

How did he/she take a picture when that s**t was happening

Harleen
Community Member
4 months ago

Props to the thoroughly unimpressed dude in the back LOL

Kika González
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't think I learned that in science class. But I will definitely keep more backing soda around

Draga Millani
Community Member
4 months ago

WHY is the dude in the back just chilling? He isn't even looking at the flames- I - *TRIGGERED*

Savita Belle Thorpe
Community Member
4 months ago

I agree. DO NOT TRY THIS!!!

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
4 months ago

WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I THINK I SAW THIS B4!!! SO COOL, i mean, hot!

Midget
Community Member
4 months ago

O-O Volcano explosion or oil fire? ?w?

Flash Henry
Community Member
4 months ago

This is how my cousin burned down her kitchen.

Davor Jelacic
Community Member
4 months ago

My house is burning...oh, I should snap a pic!

googlygoogly
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s a lab.

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Ilona Orlova
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4 months ago

You literally did this in your own house??? WTF???

Tawfiq H
Community Member
4 months ago

ahh summoning demons from hell precious childhood memories..

Robert Greisberg
Community Member
4 months ago

Let me fast take a picture.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah, so it summons Satan.

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
4 months ago

There was a very cool Mythbuster episode about this. Impressively high flames!

JustCallMeKat
Community Member
4 months ago

!!!

Patty Leaton
Community Member
4 months ago

hell

Alexis LLoyd
Community Member
4 months ago

HOLY MOLY MACARONI.......!

RufffiesWithRidges
Community Member
4 months ago

It's Satan 🔥😈🔥

Steven Essex
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

For somebody who has already survived one house fire (which, incidentally, was caused by faulty wiring), this is nothing short of a nightmare!

Patty Stier
Community Member
4 months ago

I really don't think I would have stopped to take a picture.

Alexia Alberts
Community Member
4 months ago

It kinda looks like the end of the world.

Lisa Reuss
Community Member
4 months ago

Who, as they were running for their lives, stopped, turned back, and took a picture of their kitchen catching fire?!?

Kim Bush
Community Member
4 months ago

This is possibly a fire safety school, used to teach firefighters, first responders, etc... There's one not too far from where I live.

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Anonymous Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

What happens is the fire alarm goes off and everyone in the house freaks out and runs outside and you have to go out to explain to them everything is ok and you were just being stupid. But right at that moment the house explodes.

Just another bot
Community Member
4 months ago

Am I seeing things or is someone sitting calmly at their workstation behind the FIRE? This is fine.

Mary Peace
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes it looks like someone sitting, very calmly, to the right of the fire.

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Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
4 months ago

Neat :D

Leonel Franco
Community Member
4 months ago

This is what we call "La candelada del diablo" in Colombia

RavenclawQueen
Community Member
4 months ago

Clearly, the person who did this was the kid who passed notes in science class.

Soro Doeth
Community Member
4 months ago

I really really hope this is photoshoped.

glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like they just summoned Satan!

SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
4 months ago

Dumb Ass

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
4 months ago

oh yeah.... house is on fire... I should take a pic before I try to escape!

Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

Must of done a looooot of damage to the house!

Joshua Seaman
Community Member
4 months ago

"Oh yay a grease fire! Quick, let's get our camera out 😃"

Pansexual (In theory)
Community Member
4 months ago

I want to see the ending to this beautiful story

Among Us
Community Member
4 months ago

You did this in your house? Really? Why?????

Raven
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4 months ago (edited)

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why is this dungus taking a picture instead of calling 911 and getting the hell outta there

Kiziee Swenler
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4 months ago

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So stupid...

Dark Pigeon
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4 months ago

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One would expect a blond to hanging there on the ceiling.

ELLIANNI COLE
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4 months ago

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This is so awesome. Makes me want to commit arson!

Danieletc
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4 months ago (edited)

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Throw water on an oil fire, live and learn, fine. But being dumb enough to take the time to take a picture of an indoor fire, RATHER THAN GRAB A BLANKET OR RUN OUT OF THE F**KING HOUSE IS DARWIN AWARD LEVEL DUMBASSERY.

Reagan Maher
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4 months ago

I believe that this was an experiment

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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
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

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Junior Cucumber
Community Member
4 months ago

It's like it's producing fog!

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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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