What we see isn’t always what we get. Come to think of it, what we believe isn’t always what’s true, either. The moment you put on your detective hat and start investigating what things are made of, you might be in for a surprise. For interesting finds lie just beneath the surface of other things. Things that might shock and astonish you! Things that will astound and amaze you! [Queue fireworks]

Bored Panda has compiled a list of strange, weird, and unexpected things found inside common and seemingly ordinary objects. Scroll down, upvote the coolest photos, and let us know in the comments whether you’ve seen anything like this with your own eyes!

We’re willing to bet that we’ve got your curiosity and your attention. So when you’re done looking through this post, check out our articles about the unseen side of objects being revealed once they’re cut in half and our list of interesting photos that reveal the unseen side of things. These photos changed how we understand the world; we hope they’ll change yours, too.

#1

My Dog Destroyed Her Toy Cactus, And There Was Another Sad Cactus Inside

My Dog Destroyed Her Toy Cactus, And There Was Another Sad Cactus Inside

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HorrorWeirdo
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1 year ago

This makes me feel sad ;(

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#2

Good Guy Die Manufacturer. Puts Die In Your Die So When Your Die Dies You Have A New Die

Good Guy Die Manufacturer. Puts Die In Your Die So When Your Die Dies You Have A New Die

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I'm.in.wonderland
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1 year ago

Upvote for the title

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#3

My Orange Had A Little Mini Orange Growing Inside Of It

My Orange Had A Little Mini Orange Growing Inside Of It

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Human #1,232,867
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1 year ago

How did you removed the skin on the second one? Impressive!

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Some of the cool things that blew our collective Panda hive mind included the crab inside the mussel, the sad cactus inside the happy cactus, as well as the teeny-tiny mandarin orange inside of its bigger sibling. Oh, and the rock inside of another rock was simply genius: great sense of humor, O Great Flying Spaghetti Monster.

#4

CT Scan Of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Sculpture Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

CT Scan Of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Sculpture Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

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Boebabazz
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1 year ago

The researchers did not expect a real person in the statue, the results of the CT scan were a total surprise for them. Based on scrolls in the bottom of the statue they discoverd the name of the buddhist monk; Liuquan who may have practiced "self-mummification" to prepare for life after death. The process of self-mummification is a known tradition in countries like Japan, China and Thailand, and was practiced more than a thousand years ago. The elaborate and arduous process includes eating a special diet and drinking a poisonous tea so the body would be too toxic to be eaten by maggots. The few monks that were able to successfully complete the process were highly revered. At this moment two Chinese villages claim to be the owner of the statue, and claim it was stolen. But there are no strong facts to support this claim. Since then the statue has been in hiding.

Molly Block
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1 year ago

That is amazing! Thanks for sharing that info, Boebabazz! I wonder what tipped off the doctors and made them do the scan? How heavy it was?? How interesting...!

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Kathrine Rux
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1 year ago

he definitely won hide and seek!

Podunkus
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1 year ago

Brilliant. 😂

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Mice Cage
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1 year ago

The statue has a scrape of paper inside with his real name on it. The name was the same as the ancestor the villagers had been worshiping for a thousand years. The statue now looks somewhat different from what the villagers' description of how it looked when stolen in 1995, because it normally had cloths on, and the exposed portion was darkened by a millennia worth of ceremonial incise smoke. He was treated as a god back then and was not allowed to be photographed. The "collector" tried to sold the statue back to the villagers who can't afford it. how sick and shameless. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-07/15/content_30125297.htm http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-07/15/content_30125297.htm

DforDorothy
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1 year ago

Stunning!

Hoàng Trang
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

In Vietnam we also have mummified statues of 2 buddhist monks from the 17th century. This is called Full Body Relics. The two statues are considered sacred national treasures and receive the same reverence as the living Buddha.

Mice Cage
Community Member
1 year ago

just another case of illegal relic trafficking out of China. this time an ancestor the village had been worshiping for a thousand years. there is a scroll inside the statue with his name on it, no stronger proof than that. collecting the body of someone else ancestor is truly sick. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-07/15/content_30125297.htm

K.Kobayashi
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1 year ago

You may have read about this right on this site. https://www.boredpanda.com/ancient-chinese-buddhist-mummy-inside-statue-ct-scan-liuquan/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

Debrina Blackmoon
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1 year ago

i just wonder why they decided to scan it

Elise van der Velde
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1 year ago

They believed something was inside it, just didn't know what and def didn't expect it to be a person. But after a lot of tests they finally did a scan that showed what this article says

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Erika Jones
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1 year ago

I would really like to know the full story behind this - probably fascinating.

Carrie Perrine
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10 months ago

Someone explained some of it in the first comment.

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Miraculous Ladybug Fan Ladyblog lover
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1 year ago

I love the fact it is on a hospital bed with a blanket over it.

Grumble O'Pug
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1 year ago

I went to see a similar statue while visiting in Taiwan.

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

This makes me feel very happy!

David Wong
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1 year ago

A lot people know this and still fascinating.

ShireenAin'tWoke
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1 year ago

I remember reading about this years ago - it's incredible and so sad at the same time.

Kaisu
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1 year ago

Don't be sad, I believe this is a monk who was thought to have reached enlightenment so that's why he was honoured by putting him in a Buddha statue

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Dianna
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7 months ago

Hope Liuquan was not claustrophobic going into the CT-Scan machine.

Hector Flores
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9 months ago

Mind blowing!

Lucas Morin
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1 year ago

blah,blah,blah

Vivian Ingram
Community Member
1 year ago

Why the hell did they perform a CT scan in a statue? Did they know there was something inside?

Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
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1 year ago

ewww but cool

spharoe
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder what possessed someone to suddenly check? Hey I have an overwhelming urge to see what’s inside that statue. No, THAT statue.

Maureen Peters
Community Member
1 year ago

Astonishing!

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing, but quite shocking. 😢

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Have seen this before on National Geographic, it's pretty amazing.

Amazon QT
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1 year ago (edited)

Wow that’s CRAZY!!! I wonder if Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson are inside Mount Rushmore? 🤔

Alex Noott
Community Member
1 year ago

I've often wondered how many statues contain real bodies - the perfect way to hide a murder!!

Adriana_Slayz
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1 year ago

now I'm scared 0_0

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW

Anne McCartney
Community Member
1 year ago

That is totally amazing!

C P
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Lynn Hussey
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!! That must've been a shocker!

razan youssef
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1 year ago

Best hide and seek spot EVER

Thomas Es Thomas
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1 year ago

Master Annon. May he live forever in stone.

Naomi Wayker
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg its areal body in it !! Jk IDK

Nigel Rodgers
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing! Technically not opened though.

Alex Cheung
Community Member
1 year ago

omg!

Audrey Loh
Community Member
1 year ago

Woah this is amazing! who knew there was a monk in there! 1000YEARS OLD

Snow Flake
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

Turtleturleturtle
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1 year ago

It reminds me of springtrap animatronics from FNAF.

Chris Watson
Community Member
1 year ago

Nasty

Jeff Requier
Community Member
1 year ago

looking in the bottom would have showed the Mummy

Casey C
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1 year ago

You can see from the first image they've taken off the base in that picture

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Seabeast
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1 year ago

That's... kind of horrific.

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not that horrific, the monk was probably dead before he was placed inside the statue and it would've been a great honour to the monk to be placed inside a Buddha statue

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1 year ago

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So a fake religion uses a real person to make its idol appear more real?! What a crock of crap.

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#5

Welo Opal Inside Ammonite, I Can Now Die Happy After Seeing This

Welo Opal Inside Ammonite, I Can Now Die Happy After Seeing This

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Lady Phoenixx
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1 year ago (edited)

That is really pretty 😍

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#6

I Broke A Yard Decoration That Had 2 Frogs And Found A Pig Playing Guitar Inside

I Broke A Yard Decoration That Had 2 Frogs And Found A Pig Playing Guitar Inside

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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1 year ago

Well that’s random.

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When we think of interesting things inside of other things, our minds usually wander to one thing. Don’t deny it, you probably had the same thought, too. That’s right! Matryoshka dolls, also known as Babushka or nesting dolls!

According to the Nesting Dolls website, the very first set of Russian nesting dolls was crafted by woodworker Vasilii Zvyozdochkin and painted by artist Sergei Malyutin in 1890. They named their creation “matryoshka” which means “little matron” but also known as the Rooster Girl because of the traditionally depicted black rooster she holds in her arms.

Matryoshka dolls became widely popular in 1900 after they won a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, France. Their rise to stardom meant that they started to be exported all over the world. They continue to be popular to this day.

#7

I Found This Golf Ball Inside A Log

 I Found This Golf Ball Inside A Log

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Human #1,232,867
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1 year ago

It even look like a hand is grabbing it

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#8

The Inside Of My Jeans Contain The Periodic Table Of Elements

The Inside Of My Jeans Contain The Periodic Table Of Elements

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Human #1,232,867
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1 year ago

cheating pants!

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#9

My Dog Tore Open His Yoda Plush Toy And The Squeaker Inside Is A Heart

My Dog Tore Open His Yoda Plush Toy And The Squeaker Inside Is A Heart

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Ripley
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1 year ago

Beautiful pupper! Although not from the perspective of the murdered squeaky toy, I guess.

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Speaking of Russian nesting dolls, Bored Panda spoke about them with Cassie Burgess of the Golden Cockerel shop that specializes in Russian gifts and souvenirs. We wanted to hear their opinion about why so many people continue to be fascinated by Nesting Dolls.

Here's what she Burgess had to say: "We hear everyday from our visitors that mom, grandma, or a dear friend had a set of Matryoshkas that was a favorite toy from their childhood, so when they walk into our Gallery they feel again the sheer delight of that cherished playtime. Seems today the fascination has changed over the years to include folks with a true love for the handmade nature of the craft and the carvers and artists still creating this type of art."

The Golden Cockerel shop is over two decades old now. "Having grown up during the Cold War, owner Walton Conway traveled to Russia in the early 1990s to create friendships with Russians and break down Russian-American barriers. He opened the business to strengthen ties between the two countries and to share Russian talents and delights with the rest of the world. It has been a fascinating journey over 25 years," Burgess told Bored Panda about the history of the store.

"Bringing New World business standards to an Old World cottage industry continues to provide constant challenges. Getting the turners and artisans to fill orders consistently and reliably can be vexing! Through it all, Matryoshka keeps her handmade charm and continues to delight young and old, as one doll opens to another and other. We like to think of the Russian doll as an onion with many layers that makes one smile instead of cry."

According to Burgess, the most elaborate set of custom Nesting Dolls they've done is the Hong Kong Celebrity Matryoshka made up of 76 pieces! It was so big that the first doll stood at just over 3 feet. "Owner Roman Karkachev traveled to Hong Kong for the presentation of this master work," Burgess said.

#10

This Rock Inside A Rock

This Rock Inside A Rock

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HorrorWeirdo
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1 year ago

How does this happen?! Looks cool, anyway

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#11

This Bocce Ball Is Full Of Little Balls

This Bocce Ball Is Full Of Little Balls

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Erin
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1 year ago

It was pregnant! Heartless of you to destroy it like that!

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#12

Bullets Found In An Old Log I Was Splitting. You Can See Their Trail Marks

Bullets Found In An Old Log I Was Splitting. You Can See Their Trail Marks

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Erin
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1 year ago

Cool!!

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#13

I Had An Egg Inside My Egg

I Had An Egg Inside My Egg

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Human #1,232,867
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1 year ago

That's a first. Not sure it's a good thing. Usually, you can have double yoke; but not a second skin.

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#14

My Book Has A Chapter From Another Book Printed Inside

My Book Has A Chapter From Another Book Printed Inside

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HorrorWeirdo
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1 year ago

Stephen King!!! Now that’s a keep.

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#15

My Mom's Boyfriend Cut Down A Dead Tree And Found Another Tree Inside

My Mom's Boyfriend Cut Down A Dead Tree And Found Another Tree Inside

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Belinda_Vikingheart_🇧🇻
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1 year ago

Beautiful 🌳

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#16

My Aunt Found An Orange Inside Of Her Orange This Morning, Complete With Peel

My Aunt Found An Orange Inside Of Her Orange This Morning, Complete With Peel

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Luna Lovegood
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1 year ago

orangeception

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#17

I Cut An Apple In Half This Morning And Found The Seeds Had Started Sprouting Inside The Apple

I Cut An Apple In Half This Morning And Found The Seeds Had Started Sprouting Inside The Apple

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

oh! life! : )!

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#18

My Dog's Fitness Pig Toy Had A Buff Pig Inside

My Dog's Fitness Pig Toy Had A Buff Pig Inside

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Raluca Neacsu
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1 year ago

ok thats AWESOME!

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#19

My New Jeans Have A Hidden Inside Pocket For A Condom

My New Jeans Have A Hidden Inside Pocket For A Condom

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Seabeast
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1 year ago

Too bad your girlfriend is wearing her Periodic Table of The Elements jeans from a prior post.

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#20

I Cut This Super Glue Out Of Its Plastic Container (US) And Found A Russian Variety

I Cut This Super Glue Out Of Its Plastic Container (US) And Found A Russian Variety

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

In Russia, Loctite glues you

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#21

Found A Tiny Crab In One Of My Mussels (Actually Inside The Mussel Itself, Not Just The Shell)

Found A Tiny Crab In One Of My Mussels (Actually Inside The Mussel Itself, Not Just The Shell)

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Jonas Grinevičius
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1 year ago

Amazing!

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#22

This 2 Pound Bass I Caught Had A Full Crawdad In Its Mouth

This 2 Pound Bass I Caught Had A Full Crawdad In Its Mouth

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I'm.in.wonderland
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1 year ago

Lol that scared me

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#23

The Inside Of My Daughter's Snap Bracelet Is From A Tape Measure

The Inside Of My Daughter's Snap Bracelet Is From A Tape Measure

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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1 year ago

I thought they were all made from tape measures.

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#24

Pawn Inside Of A Queen

Pawn Inside Of A Queen

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Lady Phoenixx
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1 year ago

Nudge nudge wink wink say no more 🤣

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#25

The Inside Of My iPad Case Is Made Of Old Toothpaste Boxes

The Inside Of My iPad Case Is Made Of Old Toothpaste Boxes

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

to remind you

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#26

This Pool Has A Pool Inside

This Pool Has A Pool Inside

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RadicalPebble
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1 year ago

Best pool ever!

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#27

Beer Felt Odd When Opening, Discovered A Can Within A Can

Beer Felt Odd When Opening, Discovered A Can Within A Can

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TheDerpyDude
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1 year ago

I can-t believe it! Put it tin a trophy case, that's a treasure.

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#28

I Ripped Up My Old Phone Case To Discover It’s Made Of A Macau Beer Mat

I Ripped Up My Old Phone Case To Discover It’s Made Of A Macau Beer Mat

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

I love all of these clever ways to recycle!

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#29

The Face Plate Fell Off My Car Charger To Reveal An Extra USB Port

The Face Plate Fell Off My Car Charger To Reveal An Extra USB Port

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Hans
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1 year ago

All the years living with the lie!

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#30

Piece Of My Knife Broke Off The Handle And It Shows A Family On The Back

Piece Of My Knife Broke Off The Handle And It Shows A Family On The Back

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XxInstantKarmaxX
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1 year ago

Dark

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