If you pause for a moment and look around, you’ll see the signs of life long-lived everywhere. From faded wooden floors to sofa marks, and your beloved doggo’s face, things are constantly changing and surrendering to time.
Call it getting worn down, aging, or acquiring a story to tell, you cannot escape the passage of time. So Bored Panda has compiled a collection full of the most intriguing and incredible examples of things being marked by time, whether it’s the wear and tear of gravity, friction, or repeated use. It’s beautiful how philosophical we get when looking at things from such an existential perspective!
My Great Grandfather's British Army Issue Pocket Watch Along With The German Bullet That It Stopped In France 1914
One Of The Oldest ‘Beware Of The Dog’ Signs In The World, Found In Pompeii Ruins, Italy
This Sculpture Of Jesus At Abandoned Cemetery In Poland Gets Slowly Absorbed By A Tree. Pictures Taken 12 Years In Between
The phenomenon of wear and tear reflects the second law of thermodynamics, in which objects stray from their original form and function over time unless energy from an external force is used to maintain them. If restoration is impossible, an object is regarded as consumable.
But not all goods get worn out with time. For example, automobiles, heavy machinery, mainframe computers, musical instruments, and water heaters are all designed with wear parts that are maintained generally by replacement of parts.
The Walls In This Old Coffeehouse Have Shadows Where People Used To Sit
Stairs On The Great Wall Of China. How Many People Do You Think Have Walked On Them?
Berlin Wall: Graffiti Spray Paint Layers On A Broken Piece
One way to determine if a good is durable or not is whether a service technician or repairman would typically attempt repairs on it. A specialist may need to be consulted, such as an auto mechanic, a computer technician, a luthier, a gunsmith, or a plumber.
But not only goods get worn out with time. Time leaves marks on living beings too, from animals to human beings. At the same time, it makes us more self-confident, empathic, and wise, and the signs of aging come at that price.
100 Years Ago Someone Lost Their Coin Purse
Found in the woods of Southwestern Vermont with my metal detector:
1899 Barber Dime;
1897 Indian Head Cent;
1904 Indian Head Cent.
Cubic Crystals Growing In Old Play-Doh
This Truck In A Tree I Found While Driving Through The Woods
Can Someone Give Me A Jump Start? Haven't Driven This Thing In A While
My Rotting Goomba Pumpkin Looks More Like Goomba Now Than It Did When It Was Freshly Carved
My Grandfather's Liberty Dollar He Carried For 50+ Years Because "A Man's Always Gotta Have A Dollar In His Pocket"
Took a few attempts to get it, but you can still make out Lady Liberty.
A Road On My Work Commute Is Eroding And Starting To Expose The Old Cobblestone Street. London
Mom Surprised Me With The Brand New Version Of My 27-Year-Old Childhood Stuffed Animal
This Display In Ashmolean Museum Shows How Touching Artwork Affects Material
My ID Left An Impression Of My ID Pic On My Badge Holder
The Border Of My Tattoo Turned Into A Stretch Mark During My First Pregnancy, Now It Looks 3D
A Coin Taped In My Father's Baby Book Stayed Clean Under The Tape Only
This Deteriorating Combination Lock I Found At The Beach
This Old Color Pencil Box After Termites Ate All The Wood
I'm A Mailman And I Walk Around 11 Miles A Day. My Old Boots Are From Mid March
Burned Out Microwave Bulb Left This Smoke Pattern Inside
The Way This Tree Grew Over The Railing
"Biodegradable" Cups That Were Buried In A Composter For 15 Years. Everything Else Turned To Dirt Except These
Holes Worn Into A Tree By Shaolin Monks Over Centuries Of Pressing Their Fingers Into The Bark To Train Their Finger Strength
They Served Me Well For 6 Years But It Was Time. $220 Plus A $60 Resole A Couple Years Ago From The Local Cobbler. Looking Forward To Another 6 Years
I’ve blown through $200+ Red Wings and Timberlands in months but these never failed me (the holes happened a few months ago).