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
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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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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#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

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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

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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#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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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#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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Malakai
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

...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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

LittleMissLotus
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Lekha
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Harleen
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Props to the thoroughly unimpressed dude in the back LOL

Kika González
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Draga Millani
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Laila Hernandez
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Midget
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Flash Henry
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is how my cousin burned down her kitchen.

Davor Jelacic
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Sang Fe
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just here to read 300 people ALL posting to not do this, because the picture and title was much too vague, as was all the previous people warning of the unknown danger of tossing water on a grease fire.... should I add my important warning also just in case someone missed everything else?

Callista pierce
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

who shall attend the funeral for this house? here let us sing this song: oh house oh hooouse and the little house mouse are dead are deeead cause of somethig hot and red Let it boil the oil Let it sizzle and pop it started a fire so we tried to make it stop GOODBYEEEE OLD FRIEND OLD HOUSE GOODBYYYYYEEEE

Ilona Orlova
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Tawfiq H
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ahh summoning demons from hell precious childhood memories..

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Steven Essex
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Alexia Alberts
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It kinda looks like the end of the world.

Lisa Reuss
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Kim Bush
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Mary Peace
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Leonel Franco
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

RavenclawQueen
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Soro Doeth
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really really hope this is photoshoped.

glowworm2
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like they just summoned Satan!

Jenny Lorenz
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Junior Cucumber
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must of done a looooot of damage to the house!

Joshua Seaman
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Pansexual (In theory)
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want to see the ending to this beautiful story

Among Us
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Raven
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2 years ago (edited)

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

Dark Pigeon
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2 years ago

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

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

Danieletc
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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.

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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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Natalie Bohrteller
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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