American author Nathaniel Hawthorne once said: "Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind." Let's explore that tail, shall we? It's not an easy task, but Bored Panda put together a list of photos that capture this elusive silhouette quite well.

From a meatball that has spent decades in epoxy to 1,800-year-old Roman leather sandals, the things you're going to see below have all faced the biggest battle in the universe — the passage of time — but took different wounds. Continue scrolling to compare them and if you want more of the same, fire up our similar publications here, here, and here.

#1

The Wear And Scuff-Marks On This Boat Look Like An Island In The Sea

The Wear And Scuff-Marks On This Boat Look Like An Island In The Sea

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Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

That looks awesome 🏝

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#2

Shout Out To Lodge For Replacing My 14 Year Old Dutch Oven Because The Enamel Chipped. No Hassles, Just A Free Replacement In The Mail One Week After Contacting Them

Shout Out To Lodge For Replacing My 14 Year Old Dutch Oven Because The Enamel Chipped. No Hassles, Just A Free Replacement In The Mail One Week After Contacting Them

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

Lifetime warranty means lifetime warranty!

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#3

My Grandmother Has Kept Her Elementary School Lunch Box In Nearly Pristine Condition For Over 70 Years

My Grandmother Has Kept Her Elementary School Lunch Box In Nearly Pristine Condition For Over 70 Years

HIGHly_intALEXual Report

dieter
Community Member
1 month ago

wow amazing!

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#4

I Inherited My Grandma's Sewing Supplies And As I Was Putting Them Away Realized I Bought The Exact Same Buttons That She Did Over 35 Years Ago For Me

I Inherited My Grandma's Sewing Supplies And As I Was Putting Them Away Realized I Bought The Exact Same Buttons That She Did Over 35 Years Ago For Me

Glitter_Plague Report

Felicia Dale
Community Member
1 month ago

I love this one.

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#5

The Knife At The Left Was Used By A Butcher For 5 Years Straight. The One At The Right Is The Exact Same Knife, But Brand New

The Knife At The Left Was Used By A Butcher For 5 Years Straight. The One At The Right Is The Exact Same Knife, But Brand New

MBMV Report

Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

They definitely got their money's worth. 🔪

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#6

This Jack O Lantern With Mold Growing From Inside

This Jack O Lantern With Mold Growing From Inside

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Looks as if someone stuffed a fluffy black cat in there

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#7

Brickwork By The Sea

Brickwork By The Sea

Keycuk Report

Witchling
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow. Mortar held up better then the bricks!!

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#8

My Work ID Has Been In Its Plastic Holder For So Long That It’s Imprinted This Ghostly Image Of My Face

My Work ID Has Been In Its Plastic Holder For So Long That It’s Imprinted This Ghostly Image Of My Face

cannibalism_is_vegan Report

Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

That's awesome. 😃👍

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#9

My Neighbors Have An Old Chair With Plants Growing Over It

My Neighbors Have An Old Chair With Plants Growing Over It

JoeDragotta Report

troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a throne for the King of the Woods

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#10

I Found This Leaf With Only It's 'Veins' Remaining

I Found This Leaf With Only It's 'Veins' Remaining

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Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

Mother Nature is amazing.😯

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#11

The One And Only Basketball That Lives At The Local Park And Somehow Still Bounces

The One And Only Basketball That Lives At The Local Park And Somehow Still Bounces

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Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

They don't make basketballs 🏀 like that anymore.

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#12

My Parents Got This Spray Bottle Of Windex In 1979 And Have Been Reusing It Ever Since

My Parents Got This Spray Bottle Of Windex In 1979 And Have Been Reusing It Ever Since

pandasweatshirt Report

S M
Community Member
1 month ago

Impressed that the spray mechanism still works

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#13

160 Years Of Foot Traffic Over The Step Into My Local Pub

160 Years Of Foot Traffic Over The Step Into My Local Pub

Dyslexicelectric Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Do you Pandas notice that going inside has more wear than the other side (left), as if leaving the pub is impossible or the booze makes you misstep HAAAHAHA.

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#14

This Tree Eating A Postbox

This Tree Eating A Postbox

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dieter
Community Member
1 month ago

its pay back for all the trees the paper used

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#15

This Brick Wall Got Smoothed Into A Rock

This Brick Wall Got Smoothed Into A Rock

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Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

That's amazing 🤩

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#16

A Seesaw (Teeter-Totter) In My Local Playground Where Thousands Of Little Feet Have Worn Through The Asphalt

A Seesaw (Teeter-Totter) In My Local Playground Where Thousands Of Little Feet Have Worn Through The Asphalt

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

That‘s an… interesting design. Ours look different

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#17

I Went Into The Office For The First Time Since March 2020 And Found The Kiwi I Left In My Desk

I Went Into The Office For The First Time Since March 2020 And Found The Kiwi I Left In My Desk

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Nixxy
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s a Krune (kiwi-prune)

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#18

You Can Tell Where People Tend To Line Up At This Brooklyn Hardware Store By Where The Linoleum Tile Has Been Worn Away To Reveal The Original Ceramic

You Can Tell Where People Tend To Line Up At This Brooklyn Hardware Store By Where The Linoleum Tile Has Been Worn Away To Reveal The Original Ceramic

RebbeofBK Report

Giovanna
Community Member
1 month ago

Covering up the original tiles was a crime in the first place!

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#19

Old Gold/Copper Crayola Crayons That Turned Green From Oxidation

Old Gold/Copper Crayola Crayons That Turned Green From Oxidation

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Kira Okah
Community Member
1 month ago

I guess people don't think that there was actual bronze powder in the crayons. It's going to only be surface level too.

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#20

I Accidentally Left My Iron Man Canvas Out In The Rain And Inadvertently Improved The Original Design

I Accidentally Left My Iron Man Canvas Out In The Rain And Inadvertently Improved The Original Design

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Megan The Viking Traveler
Community Member
1 month ago

Amazing

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#21

About Time I Bought Some New Work Boots

About Time I Bought Some New Work Boots

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Sakib sarar Ananda
Community Member
1 month ago

One seems a bit older 😅

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#22

Water Levels At Lake Powell Are So Low You Can Find Old Wrecks Out Of The Water

Water Levels At Lake Powell Are So Low You Can Find Old Wrecks Out Of The Water

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Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

That is cool and somewhat unsettling. 😳

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#23

Just Found An Old Roll Of Biodegradable Poop Bags, They Really Do Disintegrate Like Advertised

Just Found An Old Roll Of Biodegradable Poop Bags, They Really Do Disintegrate Like Advertised

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Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Tesco carrier bags do the same thing - as I found out after storing something in one for several years.

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#24

Great Grandmother's Potato Peeling Knife Still Used By My Grandmother In Her Late 80’s. She Says Her Mother Used It When She Was A Child

Great Grandmother's Potato Peeling Knife Still Used By My Grandmother In Her Late 80’s. She Says Her Mother Used It When She Was A Child

FlabbyMilk Report

ThoughtsAreNotFacts
Community Member
1 month ago

Keep it forever! My grandma gave me an old lamp that has been used in our family for over 90 yrs. Doesn't match any decor and the plug is weird but I'm keeping it forever!

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#25

Well-Pet Ducks

Well-Pet Ducks

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this in Boston?

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#26

Bathrooms At My Engineering University

Bathrooms At My Engineering University

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Andrew
Community Member
1 month ago

My first reaction was men are taller so naturally push on the door higher than the positioned "plate". Then I re read the title and sadly realised that females are still grossly under represented in most engineering departments.

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#27

My Nana Has Been Using The Same Deck Of Cards For 10 Years And They’ve All Grooved To Her Hand Placement During Shuffling

My Nana Has Been Using The Same Deck Of Cards For 10 Years And They’ve All Grooved To Her Hand Placement During Shuffling

RemarkableDifficulty Report

Alan Green
Community Member
1 month ago

Does she always win? She's probably memorised every little blemish on the back of each card.

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#28

100-Year-Old Logging Truck, Abandoned And Overgrown By The Trees It Once Helped Cut Down (Lynn Valley, British Columbia, Canada)

100-Year-Old Logging Truck, Abandoned And Overgrown By The Trees It Once Helped Cut Down (Lynn Valley, British Columbia, Canada)

laowarriah Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

Nature's sweet revenge.

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#29

1,800-Year-Old Roman Leather Sandals On Display At Vindolanda Fort In Northumberland, England

1,800-Year-Old Roman Leather Sandals On Display At Vindolanda Fort In Northumberland, England

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Adam C
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

New Yeezy??

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#30

This Sun-Worn Sign Outside My Office That Looks Like It Belongs In A Horror Film

This Sun-Worn Sign Outside My Office That Looks Like It Belongs In A Horror Film

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ElenaK
Community Member
1 month ago

A new font is invented.

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#31

Found Some Change That Had Been In The Brushes In The Clothes Dryer

Found Some Change That Had Been In The Brushes In The Clothes Dryer

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Witchling
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow. Talk about laundering money....

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#32

A Tree Trunk With A Silver Kennedy 1/2 Dollar Coin

A Tree Trunk With A Silver Kennedy 1/2 Dollar Coin

AirPotato Report

Diddlybop
Community Member
1 month ago

Fun fact: you know those trees which have a million coins in? Well they are wishing coin trees, and people used to and still do hammer coins in to it with stones for a wish. There's a massive one near where I live with hundreds of coins in.

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#33

These Hand Prints In A Cave In Southern Utah

These Hand Prints In A Cave In Southern Utah

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Beck(formerly Becca/Gizmo sq)
Community Member
1 month ago

How did that happen?

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#34

Faded Sign From The "War On Drugs" Era

Faded Sign From The "War On Drugs" Era

FF7_Expert Report

Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

It's ironic that the only legible word is DRUGS. smh

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#35

30 Years Ago, My Grandfather Encased This Meatball In Epoxy

30 Years Ago, My Grandfather Encased This Meatball In Epoxy

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Witchling
Community Member
1 month ago

Why?

Saara-Elina Kaukiainen
Community Member
1 month ago

Because.

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Toko Danganronpa
Community Member
1 month ago

So food does rot in epoxy! I've seen many projects like this and I was wondering how they would turn out.

Radek Suski
Community Member
1 month ago

where is the mold coming from? Don't it needs oxygen?

Thomas Kryton
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends on the type of bacteria around when it was encased in epoxy, there's two types aerobic and anaerobic, need oxygen and doesn't need oxygen. Also, the decay may have been short lived because epoxy tends to heat up which may have helped cook off some of the bacteria and when they ran out of oxygen or poisoned themselves it would have halted the process.

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Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

🤢 This made me nauseous.

Gaya Knust
Community Member
1 month ago

As for the reason why, taken verbatim from OP at reddit "As a retiree, my grandfather worked for a small town grocery making Swedish meatballs. At some point in 1990 or 1991 he decided to encase one in epoxy. It's been passed around the family as a gag gift ever since, and I just re-discovered it visiting family last weekend. I'm kind of amazed it hasn't turned green by now."

LJ Robinson
Community Member
1 month ago

Cool! I was hoping for the story, thank you!

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Sarah Kathrin Matsoukis
Community Member
1 month ago

imagine in a few thousand years bs like this will be priceless to scientists XD

Chris Longski
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Lexan. Likely not epoxy.

Heather Menard
Community Member
1 month ago

How is mold growing

best turtle
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

it looks like a charred brain

Caroline
Community Member
1 month ago

Cool :O

NKB
Community Member
1 month ago

Ummm. No.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

Possibly to see what would happen to the meatball.

Dani Alexander
Community Member
1 month ago

Id like to know the story behind this one thanks

Joe Blow
Community Member
1 month ago

again, opposite.

BasedWang
Community Member
1 month ago

lmao this might be the best entry

Mona
Community Member
1 month ago

Eww

Thomas Sweda
Community Member
1 month ago

Double Why?

Natalia Pidgor
Community Member
1 month ago

Must've been one delicious meatball

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

Interesting…

LSR
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Dat is some epoxy meataball!

sharonljeffords@gmail.com
Community Member
1 month ago

He was stoned.

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

I gotta try that - with something. Fascinating.

Fred Burrows
Community Member
1 month ago

And then my poor meatball . . .rolled out of the door.

JJM
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, why?

Amy Beckler
Community Member
1 month ago

Umm...eew?

Sandy Watts
Community Member
1 month ago

EWWW!

Lisbeth Solis
Community Member
1 month ago

Ha, ha, this is the kind of thing I've always wanted to do!

Abbella DiNoto
Community Member
1 month ago

Ewe, never break it, cause the mold on it will bring about a new zombi plague! YOU THINK COVID 19 WAS BAD? MEATBALL 30 will wipe out all of humanity!

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 month ago

Was it already spoiled?

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
1 month ago

looks like a turd....

LJ Robinson
Community Member
1 month ago

lol I bet there's a good story behind this

GoddessOdd
Community Member
1 month ago

This must be a meatball of mythic powers. Maybe this is the meat ball from "On Top of Old Smokey" parody fame..."On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, there sat my poor meat ball, til somebody sneezed....." or maybe its One Spicy Meat Ball!

Mz Phit
Community Member
1 month ago

Are...are we SURE it's a meatball? :-p

Oogiebogieaugiedaddy
Community Member
1 month ago

Gross, looks like a turd!

Danielle Renee
Community Member
1 month ago

weird

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 month ago

Weird

Judi Michelle
Community Member
1 month ago

But why

Sportsgal
Community Member
1 month ago

This is where COVID came from...lol!

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#36

60-Year-Old Unopened Pepsi Bottle

60-Year-Old Unopened Pepsi Bottle

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Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope Noone opens and drinks that. 🙀

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#37

Years Of A Lock Grinding On A Brick

Years Of A Lock Grinding On A Brick

posty_co Report

Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the natural design. 😊

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#38

Exact Center Seat, 3rd Row From The Back Of The Theater Gets A Lot Of Use

Exact Center Seat, 3rd Row From The Back Of The Theater Gets A Lot Of Use

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Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

Can't argue with that. It must be a great seat! 😃

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#39

Progression Of A Broom At A Machine Shop

Progression Of A Broom At A Machine Shop

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Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

I love corn brooms, they work so much better than plastic ones

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#40

This Is The Same Doll, One After 32 Years Of Love, The Other Still Pristine

This Is The Same Doll, One After 32 Years Of Love, The Other Still Pristine

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Sawdust
Community Member
1 month ago

One of them is *actually* raggedy.

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#41

This Guy Dancing At The Same Place For Weeks

This Guy Dancing At The Same Place For Weeks

Gymbrain Report

Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

Dance like Noone is watching....💃🕺

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#42

Nature Swallows A Car In Hawaii

Nature Swallows A Car In Hawaii

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Otter
Community Member
1 month ago

Once I was visiting a mountain town, and the person who was showing me around pointed to someone's place, that was overgrown with blackberry thickets. "There's four or five cars under there", she said.

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#43

A 39-Year-Old Fan Which Turns 40 Tomorrow

A 39-Year-Old Fan Which Turns 40 Tomorrow

MooseWithAntlers Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

This fan has seen some hot days. It's starting to melt.

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#44

My Dad’s Tree Is Swallowing His Thermometer

My Dad’s Tree Is Swallowing His Thermometer

birdierosa Report

Kira Okah
Community Member
1 month ago

Om nom nom

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#45

This Pumpkin Got Tossed In The Chicken Run Last November But Other Animals Ate The Insides, Leaving A Fairly Intact Shell

This Pumpkin Got Tossed In The Chicken Run Last November But Other Animals Ate The Insides, Leaving A Fairly Intact Shell

Beelzabubba Report

Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

Natural design 🤩

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#46

Wear Marks In The Floor Of A Repurposed Levi’s Denim Factory. Someone Spent Their Whole Life Working And Standing In This Spot. Lamy’s Building, Sedalia, MO

Wear Marks In The Floor Of A Repurposed Levi’s Denim Factory. Someone Spent Their Whole Life Working And Standing In This Spot. Lamy’s Building, Sedalia, MO

rukeduke Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

That person was dead long before they died. Imagine heaving to spend every day of your working life being confined to a few square feet, probably doing the same mind numbing work day in and day out.

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#47

My Teal Post-Its Turned Green While I Was Out Of The Office For 15 Months

My Teal Post-Its Turned Green While I Was Out Of The Office For 15 Months

isntthatcorny Report

Katrina Gibson
Community Member
1 month ago

You mean green post-it's turned teal while out of the office.

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#48

Basketball I Got 5 Years Ago vs. Basketball I Got Today

Basketball I Got 5 Years Ago vs. Basketball I Got Today

Global-Elite-Spartan Report

ThoughtsAreNotFacts
Community Member
1 month ago

Spalding basketballs are the best!

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#49

Found This At My Local Pharmacy

Found This At My Local Pharmacy

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Ewww

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#50

This Whiteboard Eraser Has Definitely Seen More Than Its Fair Share Of Use

This Whiteboard Eraser Has Definitely Seen More Than Its Fair Share Of Use

iammandalore Report

Melissa J
Community Member
1 month ago

I like how it has the shape if the hands from repeated use.

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