Whether it's your wallet, your phone, or a special gift from a loved one, there's nothing worse than that moment you realize you've lost something important to you. You check and recheck pockets and drawers, hoping and praying that whatever is lost will somehow magically reappear, while deep down you know that it's almost certainly gone forever.

But what if it isn't? What if it turns up days, months, or even years later in the most unexpected of circumstances? The chances are slim, but as you can see from this intriguing list compiled by Bored Panda, that doesn't mean it can't happen, so if you've lost something, don't despair, because it might not be gone forever.

#1

Went To Fiji 14 Years Ago. Became Really Close Friends With Fijian A Taxi Driver. Went Back To Europe And Lost Contact. Went Back To Fiji And Found That Very Same Man Last Week

Went To Fiji 14 Years Ago. Became Really Close Friends With Fijian A Taxi Driver. Went Back To Europe And Lost Contact. Went Back To Fiji And Found That Very Same Man Last Week

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Monty Is Fiennes 2 years ago

Age, Location, Gender.....they mean nothing to friendship :)

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#2

So My Dad, A Fisherman At Lake "Attersee", Austria, Just Fished Up His Old, Lost Wallet In One Of His Fishnets, After He Had Dropped It Into The Lake 20 Years Ago

So My Dad, A Fisherman At Lake "Attersee", Austria, Just Fished Up His Old, Lost Wallet In One Of His Fishnets, After He Had Dropped It Into The Lake 20 Years Ago

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Zori the degu 2 years ago

The best way to finish your afternoon fishing!

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#3

Found This Note On My Car After Work Yesterday. Lost My Hubcap When I Moved Across The Country. Thanks Kind Stranger!

Found This Note On My Car After Work Yesterday. Lost My Hubcap When I Moved Across The Country. Thanks Kind Stranger!

ExtremelyAkward Report

Karii Phillips 2 years ago

Love that! The worlds most random good Samaritan lol

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#4

The Book This Professor Just Bought on Amazon Is the One She Lost 5 Years Ago

The Book This Professor Just Bought on Amazon Is the One She Lost 5 Years Ago

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varwenea 2 years ago

I'm a book lover and would rejoice having my own book mysteriously returned to me, especially one with my notes scribbled in it.

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#5

A Woman Lost Her Wedding Ring In 1995 Found It 16 Years Later When She Was Picking Carrots

A Woman Lost Her Wedding Ring In 1995 Found It 16 Years Later When She Was Picking Carrots

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

At first I thought that the carrot took 16 years to grow...damn I'm a dumbass.

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#6

My Dog Passed Away Two Years Ago. He Hid His Favorite Toy Before He Went And I Couldn't Find It Anywhere. Found It This Morning And It Has Turned Into A Beautiful Memorial. Big Manly Tears Were Shed

My Dog Passed Away Two Years Ago. He Hid His Favorite Toy Before He Went And I Couldn't Find It Anywhere. Found It This Morning And It Has Turned Into A Beautiful Memorial. Big Manly Tears Were Shed

amsterdaam Report

2 years ago

Im guessing what it use to be, a bear?

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#7

So My Brother Couldn't Find His Keys This Morning And Was Late For Work... His 2-Year-Old Son Had Borrowed Them

So My Brother Couldn't Find His Keys This Morning And Was Late For Work... His 2-Year-Old Son Had Borrowed Them

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varwenea 2 years ago

Can't get mad at him for that... Hope he wasn't too late.

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#8

We Lost The 6th Book In The Series. After Two Months, We Finally Found It!

We Lost The 6th Book In The Series. After Two Months, We Finally Found It!

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Stijn V. 2 years ago

but you gained a 9th

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#9

Our Doorknob Was Stolen At A Party We Threw Last Weekend, Today It Shows Back Up With This Note

Our Doorknob Was Stolen At A Party We Threw Last Weekend, Today It Shows Back Up With This Note

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lasagna's underrated 2 years ago

Don't take the muffins, kids!

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#10

My Buddy Lost His iPhone In Early February And Just Found It, Frozen Into Our Driveway. And It Still Works!

My Buddy Lost His iPhone In Early February And Just Found It, Frozen Into Our Driveway. And It Still Works!

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Daria B 2 years ago

Wow! Now THAT would be a story worth using for am advertisement or a promotion of some kind. Did you try to get it touch with Apple?

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#11

My Grandpa Hung His Skates On A Small Tree When He Was Younger. He Forgot He Had Left Them There And Found Them Years Later

My Grandpa Hung His Skates On A Small Tree When He Was Younger. He Forgot He Had Left Them There And Found Them Years Later

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varwenea 2 years ago

Tree: 1, Skates: 0

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#12

My Father Lost His Reading Glasses About Two Years Ago. Found Them Today

My Father Lost His Reading Glasses About Two Years Ago. Found Them Today

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2 years ago

How did it get there??

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#13

Opened Up My Piano. Found My Childhood Inside. Just As I Left It

Opened Up My Piano. Found My Childhood Inside. Just As I Left It

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Daria B 2 years ago

Robots! ♥

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#14

While Ripping The Carpet Out Of Our Miata We Found 18 Years Of Lost Change

While Ripping The Carpet Out Of Our Miata We Found 18 Years Of Lost Change

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Liam. Just Liam. 2 years ago

I really want to know how much it's worth now

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#15

Golf Ball Lost Years Ago Found Embedded In Tree Trunk

Golf Ball Lost Years Ago Found Embedded In Tree Trunk

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Patrick Davies 2 years ago

That needs to become a table in the clubhouse.

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#16

I Lost This Ring A Couple Of Years Ago... Found It When I Was About To Replace My Monitor

I Lost This Ring A Couple Of Years Ago... Found It When I Was About To Replace My Monitor

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

If i fit, I disapear!

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#17

82-Year-Old Man Just Discovered His Lost Wedding Ring In Carrot From His Own Garden

82-Year-Old Man Just Discovered His Lost Wedding Ring In Carrot From His Own Garden

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

Same story from the beggining? Or people should plant carrots when they lose rings?

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#18

Found This Old Thing After I Thought I Lost It Years Ago... Still Fits Like A Glove

Found This Old Thing After I Thought I Lost It Years Ago... Still Fits Like A Glove

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varwenea 2 years ago

Am I the only one impressed that he can put it on?

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#19

So I Got My Dad A Metal Detector For Christmas , The First Thing He Finds Is An Old Pipe I Made In High School (20 Years Ago) He Is Super Exited And Has No Absolutely No Idea Of What It Is

So I Got My Dad A Metal Detector For Christmas , The First Thing He Finds Is An Old Pipe I Made In High School (20 Years Ago) He Is Super Exited And Has No Absolutely No Idea Of What It Is

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CatShatBrix 2 years ago

I have absolutely no idea what it is, either!

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#20

Been Contacted By A Man Who Found My Wallet At Reading 2003, Took £10 Out To Buy Cider And Held An Annual Drinking Competition In My Honour

Been Contacted By A Man Who Found My Wallet At Reading 2003, Took £10 Out To Buy Cider And Held An Annual Drinking Competition In My Honour

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BREAK YOUr perceptions 2 years ago

i heard about this. they do a meet up every year in this dudes honor, and he actually showed up the last time. funny as heck.

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#21

My Friend Lost His Wedding Ring In The Atlantic Ocean And This Woman Found It With Her Metal Detector 4 Hours Later

My Friend Lost His Wedding Ring In The Atlantic Ocean And This Woman Found It With Her Metal Detector 4 Hours Later

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

That was quick.

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#22

Remember When Zip-Offs Were All The Rage? Here's What Happens When You Find The Bottoms A Decade Later

Remember When Zip-Offs Were All The Rage? Here's What Happens When You Find The Bottoms A Decade Later

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Cassiel Magem 2 years ago

Still looks cool

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#23

My Old Stegosaurus Coffee Mug. Had Lost It For Years Until My Mom Found It And Surprised Me With Eggnog Served In It On Thanksgiving

My Old Stegosaurus Coffee Mug. Had Lost It For Years Until My Mom Found It And Surprised Me With Eggnog Served In It On Thanksgiving

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Errorsaurus 2 years ago

That's an awesome mug! Bet you were glad to have that one back.

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#24

A Good Samaritan Found The Wallet I Lost In The Ocean. 24 Years Ago

A Good Samaritan Found The Wallet I Lost In The Ocean. 24 Years Ago

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varwenea 2 years ago

The laminated ID sure held up well.

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#25

My Wife Is A Middle School Librarian. I Found My Favorite Tie I Thought I Lost

My Wife Is A Middle School Librarian. I Found My Favorite Tie I Thought I Lost

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Line Hampen Olsen 2 years ago

😄

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#26

6 Years Ago My Ex Lost Her Luggage At The Cottage. It Was Found Floating Down The River This Weekend By My Mother. Bonus Whiskey Inside!

6 Years Ago My Ex Lost Her Luggage At The Cottage. It Was Found Floating Down The River This Weekend By My Mother. Bonus Whiskey Inside!

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

When I was younger I thought that buying a 15 years whiskey then keeping it another 5 in the shelf makes it 20 years old whiskey. So wrong. It's still 15 years old. Only the wooden barrels give the whiskey it's age, not the time it spends in the bottles.

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#27

After 1 And 1/2 Years I Found My Long Lost Ipod Under The Kitchen Table

After 1 And 1/2 Years I Found My Long Lost Ipod Under The Kitchen Table

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varwenea 2 years ago

Must have been sneaking IPad time at meal time even when told to put it away.

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#28

Just Found My Lost Wallet From Fourth Grade With Over 300 Dollars In It, I Expected Something More Like 20

Just Found My Lost Wallet From Fourth Grade With Over 300 Dollars In It, I Expected Something More Like 20

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

300 dollars in the fourth grade? You won the lottery back then or you are the son of Bill Gates?

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#29

In 1986 My Friend Bought A Ticket To See Prince Live In Copenhagen, He Lost It And Couldn't Go. 29 Years Later He Finds The Unused Ticket In The Back Off A Book

In 1986 My Friend Bought A Ticket To See Prince Live In Copenhagen, He Lost It And Couldn't Go. 29 Years Later He Finds The Unused Ticket In The Back Off A Book

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varwenea 2 years ago

Oh wow, I would be royally upset missing Prince!! I still watch 'Purple Rain'.

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#30

I Finally Found My Long Lost Mitch Hedberg Autograph. For Those Unable To Decipher It, It Says "Fuck You Now I'm Late"

I Finally Found My Long Lost Mitch Hedberg Autograph. For Those Unable To Decipher It, It Says "Fuck You Now I'm Late"

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Liam. Just Liam. 2 years ago

Mitch Hedberg is the explicit king of modern one-liners

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#31

Woman Got An Extra Carrot With Her Diamond Ring When It Was Found In Her Vegetable Patch 13 Years After She Lost It

Woman Got An Extra Carrot With Her Diamond Ring When It Was Found In Her Vegetable Patch 13 Years After She Lost It

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

Told you it's a good idea to plant carrots when you lose your ring.

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#32

N64 I Thought Was Lost In A House Fire I Had Years Ago... Found It In Storage At Moms House

N64 I Thought Was Lost In A House Fire I Had Years Ago... Found It In Storage At Moms House

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Hoser 2 years ago

DOOM! That's awesome

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#33

Left A Toy In My Grandparents Tree As A Kid, The Tree Grew Around It

Left A Toy In My Grandparents Tree As A Kid, The Tree Grew Around It

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Barbara Meyer 2 years ago

Help! Help! Let me out!

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#34

Throwing Out An Old Couch I Found A Necklace I Lost 2 Years Ago From Mom

Throwing Out An Old Couch I Found A Necklace I Lost 2 Years Ago From Mom

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Sophie G 2 years ago

that rocks

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#35

My Mom Lost A Very Special Earring Overseas While Visiting Relatives Two Months Ago. We Searched For Days When It Went Missing. Today We Found It

My Mom Lost A Very Special Earring Overseas While Visiting Relatives Two Months Ago. We Searched For Days When It Went Missing. Today We Found It

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varwenea 2 years ago

She must not have worn the shoe much. It's hard to not feel the scrapping from it.

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#36

My Step Moms Gift To My Dad: His Original Gun That He Used When He Had Fallen In The Line Of Duty. It has Been Stolen, Pawned, Sold To Multiple People, And Lost For Years. Finally Got Back To The Rightful Owner

My Step Moms Gift To My Dad: His Original Gun That He Used When He Had Fallen In The Line Of Duty. It has Been Stolen, Pawned, Sold To Multiple People, And Lost For Years. Finally Got Back To The Rightful Owner

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Sarah Lennie 2 years ago

I had many precious things stolen when my home was burgled 3 years ago; stories like this give me a little hope.

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#37

Dad Lost His Wallet In A Lake 20 Years Ago, Someone Found It Today While Fishing

Dad Lost His Wallet In A Lake 20 Years Ago, Someone Found It Today While Fishing

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

I bet his dad was a correctional officer at York County Prison. Don't ask me how I know that. Magic.

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#38

Fifteen Years Ago, My Dad Lost His Wedding Ring And Assumed That Someone Took It. Today, He Was Planting Bamboo And Found Something Shiny In The Dirt

Fifteen Years Ago, My Dad Lost His Wedding Ring And Assumed That Someone Took It. Today, He Was Planting Bamboo And Found Something Shiny In The Dirt

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

My precious!

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#39

A Few Months Ago, I Lost My Favourite False Lashes While Exceptionally Drunk At A Party. Today I Found Them Pressed Between The Pages Of A Notebook I Keep In My Purse. Blackout Drunk Me Is Such A Sweetie

A Few Months Ago, I Lost My Favourite False Lashes While Exceptionally Drunk At A Party. Today I Found Them Pressed Between The Pages Of A Notebook I Keep In My Purse. Blackout Drunk Me Is Such A Sweetie

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2 years ago

i'll draw a little smile : ]

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#40

My Mom's Class Ring Was Lost 34 Years Ago In A River In VA. Now It's Been Returned To Her In TN!

My Mom's Class Ring Was Lost 34 Years Ago In A River In VA. Now It's Been Returned To Her In TN!

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Kookie Clown4ever 2 years ago

How did she find it without a carrot

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#41

Woman's Purse Lost In Lake 25 Years Ago Found By Boy While Fishing

Woman's Purse Lost In Lake 25 Years Ago Found By Boy While Fishing

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logical fallacy 2 years ago

Weird how the objects look relatively modern and the pictures decomposed like they're from the 1900's.

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#42

I Lost Small Screw About 2 Years Ago When I Disassembled My Nexus 5 Smartphone. Today Mom Found It While Cleaning The House

I Lost Small Screw About 2 Years Ago When I Disassembled My Nexus 5 Smartphone. Today Mom Found It While Cleaning The House

KodRoute Report

jasmine chilton 2 years ago

wow

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#43

I Thought I Had Lost My Wallet By Leaving It On The Roof Of My Car... Two Hours Later I Learned It Could Do A Trick

I Thought I Had Lost My Wallet By Leaving It On The Roof Of My Car... Two Hours Later I Learned It Could Do A Trick

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

He knew it was a good idea to carry a magnet in the wallet. In the eventuality he'll forget it on the roof of the car one day.

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#44

Found My Wedding Ring Tonight. In The Garden. 2 Years After I Lost It

Found My Wedding Ring Tonight. In The Garden. 2 Years After I Lost It

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Vlad Horobet 2 years ago

I bet he found it on a carrot.

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#45

Friend Lost His Wrench, Then Found It After Firing Up The Car

Friend Lost His Wrench, Then Found It After Firing Up The Car

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Steffen Beth 2 years ago

Ouch, look like an expensive find,,,

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#46

Found 2 Lost Rings, And A Couple That Was Looking For Them. Enjoyed Happiness Of The Owners And A Cold Beer

Found 2 Lost Rings, And A Couple That Was Looking For Them. Enjoyed Happiness Of The Owners And A Cold Beer

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I Like Dogs 2 years ago

On a carrot right?

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#47

When You Forget You Left This With Your Parents Years Ago When You Moved Out And Find It When You Visit

When You Forget You Left This With Your Parents Years Ago When You Moved Out And Find It When You Visit

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Matthew Thompson 2 years ago

Nice. that's a few hundred dollars worth of comic book!

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#48

Found This At My Moms House - Tree (Now Dead) Grew Around A Lost Action Figure

Found This At My Moms House - Tree (Now Dead) Grew Around A Lost Action Figure

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Lara B. 2 years ago

Looks like he's riding the tree into war! Seems like a pretty headless idea to me :P

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#49

When I Lost This Under My Grandparents' Deck 15 Years Ago, I Never Expected To See It Again. Imagine My Surprise When Grandpa Found It Last Week!

When I Lost This Under My Grandparents' Deck 15 Years Ago, I Never Expected To See It Again. Imagine My Surprise When Grandpa Found It Last Week!

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Troux 2 years ago

These aren't the droids they're looking for!

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#50

While Visiting My Parents' Place I Found My Turkish Meerschaum Pipe That I Thought I Lost Over 4 Years Ago. Today Was A Good Day

While Visiting My Parents' Place I Found My Turkish Meerschaum Pipe That I Thought I Lost Over 4 Years Ago. Today Was A Good Day

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Lara B. 2 years ago

Who are you? Sherlock?

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