Who needs Alice In Wonderland when we have Mother Nature? As crazy as it sounds, there are too many mind-boggling things happening just outside the comfort of your home. Like, did you know that... goats have accents and owls don't have eyeballs? Nature has surely been generous with throwing its weird gifts at us to think about. 

And often, you don’t need to go far to realize there’s a bunch of (mildly) interesting stuff happening right at your doorstep. From an odd tree that has a single branch of an apple tree to a frog so tiny, your fingernail looks like Everest in comparison, these are some of the most amusing examples spotted by people and shared in the Reddit community r/mildlyinteresting.

Whether it’s mildly or overwhelmingly interesting remains a subject of debate, but one cannot argue just how crazy nature can be.

#1

A Rare Desert Bloom In The Atacama Desert In Chile

A Rare Desert Bloom In The Atacama Desert In Chile

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

That's magical.

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#2

My New Petunia Looks Like A Galaxy

My New Petunia Looks Like A Galaxy

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Janine B.
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2 months ago (edited)

This kind of petunia is called "Night Sky".

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#3

This Icy Bird Umbrella

This Icy Bird Umbrella

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

Looks like a scene from a fairytale.

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Remember the days when you were a kid playing in the back yard, never ready to come home for dinner? It’s because spending time in nature was an adventure most of us were already ready to take on. From finding odd colorful bugs hiding in the greenery to catching your first fish in the neighbor’s pond, these were the moments full of excitement that you may still carry to this day.

But these days, Americans are spending less and less time outdoors. A 2019 Outdoor Foundation study showed that nearly half of the US population doesn’t participate in any outdoor recreation at all, and only 17.9 percent got out at least once a week in 2018. As a result, there have been one billion fewer hikes, climbs, rides, and outdoor excursions than a decade ago.

#4

Albino Deer I Spotted Walking Into Work Last Week

Albino Deer I Spotted Walking Into Work Last Week

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

If this is not a majestic deer goddess of sunshine, I'm a goose. I mean, LOOK at that rainbow.

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#5

Mt. Fuji Today - Rare Lenticular Cloud

Mt. Fuji Today - Rare Lenticular Cloud

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Daria B
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2 months ago

Even mt. Fuji needs a hat to protect against strong sunlight ♡

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#6

This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot

This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot

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Thenatural
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2 months ago

I'm wondering if this is by design though?its clearly floodlight at the required angle for the effect...still brilliant though.

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A similar Yale study from 2017 suggested that the lure of technology and places people work, live, and go to school “do not encourage contact with the natural world," and "myriad competing priorities and activities push experiences in nature to the side.”

“In particular,” the report said, “older adults were concerned that younger generations are overly reliant on electronic media, unaware of how the natural world works, and unacquainted with the simple enjoyment of being outdoors.”

Here at Bored Panda, we hope that showing the little wonders nature can bring us will bring back everyone's interest in going outdoors and spending some time in the sunshine. Not only does it help to boost your immune system, lift your mood, and make you more active, it also gives you the sense of curiosity we all had in childhood and lost somewhere in our hectic schedules.

#7

The Smallest Maple Tree Leaf I’ve Ever Seen

The Smallest Maple Tree Leaf I’ve Ever Seen

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

So beautiful and perfect.

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#8

This Twisted Driftwood I Found On The Beach

This Twisted Driftwood I Found On The Beach

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
2 months ago

What killed the tree was most likely Ivy, probably English Ivy, as it'll twist around a tree in this manor. I have seen it plenty of times on trees around my work.

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#9

Sunflower Growing Out Of The Sidewalk - Parent Patch Visible In Background

Sunflower Growing Out Of The Sidewalk - Parent Patch Visible In Background

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varwenea
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2 months ago

Kiddo trying to run away but didn't get very far.

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#10

Vietnamese Mossy Frog

Vietnamese Mossy Frog

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 months ago

What a pretty little thing.

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#11

Colour Gradient Moss

Colour Gradient Moss

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

Summer to fall :)

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#12

This Red Only Rainbow I Saw At Midnight In Finland

This Red Only Rainbow I Saw At Midnight In Finland

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
2 months ago

The other colors thought it was too cold, so they stayed home.

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#13

A Cherry Just Grew Alone In The Middle Of My Tree

A Cherry Just Grew Alone In The Middle Of My Tree

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Lisa loves cats
Community Member
2 months ago

aw! thats cute!

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#14

This Tree That Was Burnt In A Bushfire Continues To Live

This Tree That Was Burnt In A Bushfire Continues To Live

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David K
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2 months ago

It´s walking away...had enough of it already.

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#15

The River By Me Flooded, Then Froze, Then The Water Receded Leaving These Hovering Ice Shelves On The Trees

The River By Me Flooded, Then Froze, Then The Water Receded Leaving These Hovering Ice Shelves On The Trees

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

They're fairy balconies gawd

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#16

This Tibetan Cherry Tree At My Local Park Looks Like Copper!

This Tibetan Cherry Tree At My Local Park Looks Like Copper!

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

I think you mean this copper pole really resembles a tree. Nice try though.

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#17

This Cabbage In My Yard Showing It’s Fall Colors

This Cabbage In My Yard Showing It’s Fall Colors

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

ooh pwetty.

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#18

This Baby Grasshopper Army In My Friend’s Garden

This Baby Grasshopper Army In My Friend’s Garden

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

GIVE US THE MAYNOAISE AND NOBODY GETS HURT

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#19

This Sorry Sap Of A Rock Formation

This Sorry Sap Of A Rock Formation

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

Poor groot

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#20

The New Growth On This Fir Tree

The New Growth On This Fir Tree

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Katherine Boag
Community Member
2 months ago

Very firry

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#21

This Morning I Found By Far The Smallest Frog I Have Ever Seen In My Entire Life (My Average-Sized Fingernail For Scale)

This Morning I Found By Far The Smallest Frog I Have Ever Seen In My Entire Life (My Average-Sized Fingernail For Scale)

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 months ago

A perfect little wonder of mother nature.

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#22

This Tree Grew Inside An Old Silo And Finally Made It To The Top!

This Tree Grew Inside An Old Silo And Finally Made It To The Top!

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DforDorothy
Community Member
2 months ago

Way to go tree!

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#23

The Parrot Waxcap Mushroom. Found Across Northern Europe

The Parrot Waxcap Mushroom. Found Across Northern Europe

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, I never knew these existed.

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#24

My Wife Found This Tiny Skink In Our Garden, Some Much Needed Brightness On A Grey, Smoky Day

My Wife Found This Tiny Skink In Our Garden, Some Much Needed Brightness On A Grey, Smoky Day

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Valquerys
Community Member
2 months ago

Shiny salazzle!!! Catch it!

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#25

Squirrel With A Blonde Tail

Squirrel With A Blonde Tail

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SirPatTheCat
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't patronize her, do you guys have any idea how much it cost her to get that done at the squalon???

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#26

Left: A Painting From 1892, Right: The Same Spot In 2020

Left: A Painting From 1892, Right: The Same Spot In 2020

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Daria B
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2 months ago

This tree looks like it can walk.

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#27

The Way The Condensation Formed On My Blackberry Plant This Morning

The Way The Condensation Formed On My Blackberry Plant This Morning

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

So perfect!

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#28

This Tree In My Neighbourhood That Has 1 Branch Of An Apple Tree And The Rest Is A Normal Tree

This Tree In My Neighbourhood That Has 1 Branch Of An Apple Tree And The Rest Is A Normal Tree

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

Its a grafted tree. The root stock appears to be apple

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#29

A Whole Colony Of Fairy Inkcaps

A Whole Colony Of Fairy Inkcaps

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François Carré
Community Member
2 months ago

Now that's truly natural and much more amazing than the grape of grapes displayed above.

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#30

This Geyser Right Before It Blows

This Geyser Right Before It Blows

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DforDorothy
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Fart of Mother Earth..?

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#31

Every Year We Get A Single Red Rose Growing Through The Wall Of Ivy In Our Garden

Every Year We Get A Single Red Rose Growing Through The Wall Of Ivy In Our Garden

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tuzdayschild
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2 months ago

As long as it does, you know the Beast lives.

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#32

Beautiful Elephant Hawk Moth Found In My Garden, UK

Beautiful Elephant Hawk Moth Found In My Garden, UK

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
2 months ago

Every other year, I get HUGE moths at my work in West Vancouver BC. BUT nothing as beautiful as this.. moth-5f6b3...d4da6d.jpg moth-5f6b398d4da6d.jpg

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#33

Whole Other World I Found In A Beer Bottle Laying In The Woods

Whole Other World I Found In A Beer Bottle Laying In The Woods

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

The home of drunk fairies.

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#34

Snow Had Just The Right Conditions So That It Rolled Up Like A Carpet

Snow Had Just The Right Conditions So That It Rolled Up Like A Carpet

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Lisa loves cats
Community Member
2 months ago

aw the girls a cutie!

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#35

These Bunches Of Grapes Are Growing Into A...bunch Of Grapes

These Bunches Of Grapes Are Growing Into A...bunch Of Grapes

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Katrin
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2 months ago

It seems more like a display for the market. The leaves are already wilted.

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#36

Close Up Of My Chameleon

Close Up Of My Chameleon

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DforDorothy
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2 months ago

It's like made of beads.

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#37

I Found This Leaf That Looks Like A Weather Radar

I Found This Leaf That Looks Like A Weather Radar

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DforDorothy
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2 months ago

"today forecast for most of the regions is AUTUMN with a chance of leaf fall"

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#38

The Patterns On This Palm Frond

The Patterns On This Palm Frond

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
2 months ago

Mother Nature's wavy Kris

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#39

This Orchid Really Looks Like An Eagle

This Orchid Really Looks Like An Eagle

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Joseph Karthic
Community Member
2 months ago

or a Baby Alien...

Evelína Zlá
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like the alien from Life...

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ML
Community Member
2 months ago

More like a swallow, but nice anyway

So Dou
Community Member
2 months ago

This orchid looks like a pink pigeon!

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
2 months ago

that looks so cool

C Pryce
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks more like a bodybuilding parrot, flexing for the judges!

Zoe Stillwell-Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

the two nubs below it look like it's babies, then the petals look like wings surrounding it!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

A strange flower the orchid

MauKini
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like a young adult book cover...

JustCallMeKat
Community Member
2 months ago

cool

grey galah
Community Member
2 months ago

This is SPARTA

ANNIKAH MARTINEZ
Community Member
2 months ago

A BABY ALIEN/BIRD

Shelby P
Community Member
2 months ago

I see a hummingbird

glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a praying mantis. Heck, there's even a species of mantis called orchid mantis for that very reason.

Ms.M.
Community Member
2 months ago

It's watching me

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#40

Found A Face On A Tree Today

Found A Face On A Tree Today

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

With a haircut like that I would hide too.

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#41

My Grass Is An Inch Lower...and Got Frost. My Neighbors Did Not

My Grass Is An Inch Lower...and Got Frost. My Neighbors Did Not

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

When you're jack frost and trying to hide it.

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#42

3 Ears I Grew From The Same Heirloom Corn Variety

3 Ears I Grew From The Same Heirloom Corn Variety

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Dippin Dot
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2 months ago

Gorgeous colors! They look like beads!

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#43

My Apple Looks Like Its Still Loading

My Apple Looks Like Its Still Loading

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Stimpy
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a pie chart indicating how much of the Apple ist still green

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#44

This Bird That Looks Like Danny Devito

This Bird That Looks Like Danny Devito

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

Birdy Sanders

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#45

The Way These Succulents Grow In The Wall

The Way These Succulents Grow In The Wall

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Little Dino
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2 months ago

i love succulents! :)

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#46

This Bee Covered In Pollen

This Bee Covered In Pollen

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 months ago

Achoo!

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#47

A Tree Inside Another Tree

A Tree Inside Another Tree

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DforDorothy
Community Member
2 months ago

Or a mushroom cloud?

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#48

This Rock Inside A Rock

This Rock Inside A Rock

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Stimpy
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2 months ago

That rocks!

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#49

I Found A Cicada With The Mcdonald’s Logo On It

I Found A Cicada With The Mcdonald’s Logo On It

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Janine B.
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2 months ago

Guess he introduced himself as Ronald?

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#50

These Tumbleweeds That Piled Up In Front Of My Brother's House

These Tumbleweeds That Piled Up In Front Of My Brother's House

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
2 months ago

Your brother is a hobbit

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