Running all day long worrying about errands, work-life balance and keeping up with the never-ending pile of laundry often leaves not enough time to notice and appreciate the simple joys around you. And don’t worry if you recognize yourself. This happens to the best of us. Just sit back, take a deep breath, and come along on this journey to improving your day.

r/MildlyInteresting is exactly the place to see something unexpected and add it to your everyday life. Since its creation in 2012, this subreddit has grown into a community with 19.3M members who share the most original photos. From hypnotizing UV lights that disinfect hospital rooms to x-ray pictures of childhood teddy bears, there’s something for everyone.

After you’re done checking out some of the newest photos Bored Panda has compiled, just remember there are even more amazingly good pics here, here and here.

#1

This Message Stamped On The Squeaker Inside The Stuffed Animal My Dog Just Destroyed

This Message Stamped On The Squeaker Inside The Stuffed Animal My Dog Just Destroyed

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Otter
Community Member
10 months ago

I knew a dog who was so utterly dedicated to ripping the squeaker out of dog toys, that humans would buy him squeaky toys just for the pleasure of watching them being cheerfully disemboweled! That was a great dog.

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For 10 years, the r/mildlyinteresting subreddit has just kept growing and growing into one of the biggest communities on Reddit. The moderators describe the page as being for “Mildly interesting stuff. Stuff that interests you. Mildly. It's in the name.” So in other words, it's not the most jaw-dropping or extraordinary stuff, but it's definitely not boring.

In a previous article one of the moderators, Cowbeller1, told Bored Panda that the most popular posts in the sub have something to do with luck: "Maybe you come across something interesting in your day-to-day life and remember to take a picture, maybe you're just lucky enough that something is interesting to the community. No real rhyme or reason aside from that," the mod explained.

Another moderator called RedSquaree said that original photos and titles are a key part of this online group. Their content is generated by the community and given that titles cannot be clickbait, there is a unique feeling of people seeing something mildly interesting and posting it.

#2

Local Kmart Has A Doll With Down’s Syndrome

Local Kmart Has A Doll With Down’s Syndrome

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Julieandthephatones
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10 months ago

great! finally some progression

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But what if you are so distracted that you don’t see the odd-looking things around you? Constant interruptions from our devices that keep buzzing every few minutes is just one thing that makes it hard to focus. And even when we’re able to concentrate on one particular thing, we might still miss other important details.

An experiment at Harvard University called "The Invisible Gorilla” showed a video where six people pass basketballs around. While you watch, you have to count how many passes people in white shirts make. At one point, a gorilla comes into the picture and leaves, spending nine seconds on screen.

It's hard to believe, but half of the viewers did not see the gorilla at all. They were so focused on one single act, the passes, that they didn't notice what’s entering their visual field. "This experiment reveals two things: that we are missing a lot of what goes on around us, and that we have no idea that we are missing so much,“ the creators of this study explained.

#3

Our Teacher Had Us Do Word Searches In Asl To Practice Finger Spelling

Our Teacher Had Us Do Word Searches In Asl To Practice Finger Spelling

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Rachknits
Community Member
10 months ago

Love this. I wish sign language was taught as standard in schools

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#4

Cafe I Went To In Indianapolis Is A No-Tipping Establishment

Cafe I Went To In Indianapolis Is A No-Tipping Establishment

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

Tipping is not as important here as it is in the US, but when we had a guys-only table, no matter who served them the whole night, we'd send our cutest waitress over when it came to paying the bill. It did work out almost every time. So yeah, indeed, tipping IS sexist.

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Also, it turns out that if you don't catch new information coming into your eye range within 1.5 seconds, you are unlikely to see it at all. Experimental psychologists Katherine Wood and Daniel Simons performed similar tests to the Gorilla experiment, they asked people to follow black and white shapes moving across the computer. “The most natural thing to assume is that the longer it’s there, the more opportunity you have to notice it, so we were quite surprised when it turned out that it seems not to help you very much,” says Wood.

#5

I Snapped A Photo Of My Dog Through A Window Screen That Looks Like An Old Painting

I Snapped A Photo Of My Dog Through A Window Screen That Looks Like An Old Painting

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
10 months ago

It may be some lost work of Rembrandt 🤔

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#6

My Daughter’s Bicycle Clarifying The Difference Between Austria And Australia

My Daughter’s Bicycle Clarifying The Difference Between Austria And Australia

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
10 months ago

When Europe is not enough....

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However, sometimes we're not doing anything at all and still feel distracted. It’s not uncommon that your thoughts start to cruise when you should be focused. And in this case, we can’t blame our electronic devices—according to the research of two Harvard psychologists, the main issue is our minds.

#7

My Thai Food Came With A Chork

My Thai Food Came With A Chork

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
10 months ago

Not bad idea, way better than spork

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#8

Today In Copenhagen There Was Car Free Sunday

Today In Copenhagen There Was Car Free Sunday

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

Ouh, can we please have that regularly? Maybe first sunday a month, for starters?

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#9

I Bought A Tie Today And It Came With A Matching Face Mask

I Bought A Tie Today And It Came With A Matching Face Mask

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Karen Grace
Community Member
10 months ago

That is really cool. That could start an interesting trend.

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For the study, they created an app that contacts participants during their waking hours and asks them different questions. Researchers analyzed samples from 2250 adults and concluded that we spend almost 47 percent of our day "mind wandering," regardless of what we are doing. Also, psychologists found out that in their research, a drifting mind was generally the cause and not merely the consequence of unhappiness. As they put in their conclusion, “a human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind”.

#10

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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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
10 months ago

I like this! It looks like a nice painting

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#11

The Way My Mom Mows Crop Circles Into The Lawn

The Way My Mom Mows Crop Circles Into The Lawn

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
Community Member
10 months ago

Cool

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#12

A Frame In The Middle Of A Lake

A Frame In The Middle Of A Lake

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Abhinc
Community Member
10 months ago

not even asking !! i'm telling you. i'm moving in. that is stunning !!

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In the end, the most important thing is to notice when your thoughts begin to drift and try to stay present. Then you will start to notice the details even in the most mundane things. And if you do, make sure to capture it and share it with the world of mildly interesting things.

#13

A House In My Neighborhood Has These Plaques Outside Commemorating Former Residents Who Became Victims Of The Holocaust

A House In My Neighborhood Has These Plaques Outside Commemorating Former Residents Who Became Victims Of The Holocaust

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
10 months ago

Siegfried: Escape attempt 1935, shot during the escape 1935. Paula: Deported 1942, murdered in Auschwitz. Ilse: Unknown fate. Rolf: Deported 1942, murdered in Auschwitz.

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#14

My Local Library Has “Binge Boxes” In The Film Section

My Local Library Has “Binge Boxes” In The Film Section

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River Webb
Community Member
10 months ago

thats useful

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#15

Local Plant Nursery Has A Notice Translation For Teens

Local Plant Nursery Has A Notice Translation For Teens

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
Community Member
10 months ago

Oh that's giving me cringy flashbacks of the 90s when adults thought teens only understood rap and hip hop slang. It was painful then and painful now.

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#16

Solar Park Bench With USB Charging Ports

Solar Park Bench With USB Charging Ports

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
10 months ago

Great! Can somebody tell where is this?

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#17

Someone Put Oogly Eyes All Over The Menu At My Local Starbucks

Someone Put Oogly Eyes All Over The Menu At My Local Starbucks

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eeeeeeeee
Community Member
10 months ago

I shall call them "Oogly eyes" from now on.

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#18

This Is A Mood Blanket. Each Line Is A Day Of The Year With My Average Mood

This Is A Mood Blanket. Each Line Is A Day Of The Year With My Average Mood

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Rachknits
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm sorry you went through the days that totally sucked

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#19

Never Thought It Would Happen To Me, We Were The Only People On Our Flight

Never Thought It Would Happen To Me, We Were The Only People On Our Flight

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
10 months ago

Once I have been the only visitor in the cinema. Happened couple of years ago in Pristina, Kosovo. I can't remember the movie now

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#20

How The Fence Of The Garage Shows Which Floor It Is

How The Fence Of The Garage Shows Which Floor It Is

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

That's really smart!

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#21

A Tiny Brick Flat In London

A Tiny Brick Flat In London

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J. F.
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

For around £1.400 / month you can rent this beauty

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#22

This Clean Color Spectrum On My Floor Right Now

This Clean Color Spectrum On My Floor Right Now

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Casey Burns
Community Member
10 months ago

Don't know why but it hurts my eyes.

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#23

Every Vauxhall Car Built Since 2004 Have A Hidden Shark Somewhere In The Car. Found Mine In The Glove Box

Every Vauxhall Car Built Since 2004 Have A Hidden Shark Somewhere In The Car. Found Mine In The Glove Box

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

Awww, little hidden eastereggs. Love it!

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#24

The Clear Ice In My Absinthe Looks Like A Chunk Was Cut Out Of It

The Clear Ice In My Absinthe Looks Like A Chunk Was Cut Out Of It

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Sawdust
Community Member
10 months ago

Took me a while to figure out this photo.

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#25

Our Refrigerator Is Supposed To Make Sphere Ice Cubes, But Instead Makes Death Star Ice Cubes

Our Refrigerator Is Supposed To Make Sphere Ice Cubes, But Instead Makes Death Star Ice Cubes

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Legendteller
Community Member
10 months ago

That's a win in my opinion, sell it and make a fortune.

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#26

Chess Pieces Made Out Of Hardware

Chess Pieces Made Out Of Hardware

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Ylva Edqvist
Community Member
10 months ago

That's super clever!

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#27

I Saw 4 Generations Of Honda Civics, In Order Of Age, All In White

I Saw 4 Generations Of Honda Civics, In Order Of Age, All In White

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eeeeeeeee
Community Member
10 months ago

The revolution has begun.

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#28

Boxcar That My Great Grandparents Used As A Home

Boxcar That My Great Grandparents Used As A Home

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Casey Burns
Community Member
10 months ago

One of my favorite books. "The Box Car Children"

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#29

My Mom Has An Unopened Alice Cooper Record From 1972, Complete With Panties

My Mom Has An Unopened Alice Cooper Record From 1972, Complete With Panties

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

Pretty sure that's worth a decent amount nowadays.

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#30

Jenny’s Number On My Dash On My Old Truck

Jenny’s Number On My Dash On My Old Truck

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Faramir
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Great! Now that song is going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the day!

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#31

A Beer Can Fell Out Of Our Fridge And Landed Like This

A Beer Can Fell Out Of Our Fridge And Landed Like This

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
10 months ago

*´Mission Imposible´music*

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#32

This Book Has An Intermission

This Book Has An Intermission

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Helenium
Community Member
10 months ago

what book is that

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#33

My Girlfriend Made A Stew Inside A Pumpkin

My Girlfriend Made A Stew Inside A Pumpkin

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Jihana
Community Member
10 months ago

Oh that looks sooo yummy!

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#34

Dropped My Phone And The Crack It Made Kind Of Looks Like A Hummingbird

Dropped My Phone And The Crack It Made Kind Of Looks Like A Hummingbird

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Beta
Community Member
10 months ago

Oh yeah I can see it

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#35

A Tree Guy Came Out Today…his Business Cards Are Made Out Of Wood

A Tree Guy Came Out Today…his Business Cards Are Made Out Of Wood

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
10 months ago

His name is Two Ply Maple?

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#36

We Found A Missile While Out Blueberry Picking

We Found A Missile While Out Blueberry Picking

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Otter
Community Member
10 months ago

So how DO you call the bomb squad?

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#37

UV Lights Burning The Room I Just Cleaned In The Hospital I Janitor At

UV Lights Burning The Room I Just Cleaned In The Hospital I Janitor At

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
10 months ago

Is it just me or does it look like something straight out of Dr Who?

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#38

Last Year We Had A Bag Break And It Dropped A 1.75l Bottle Of Vodka And The Pavements Been Clean There Ever Since

Last Year We Had A Bag Break And It Dropped A 1.75l Bottle Of Vodka And The Pavements Been Clean There Ever Since

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Firstname Lastname
Community Member
10 months ago

I'd buy more vodka and make that thing pristine.

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#39

The Fate Of An Unfortunate Fly At The Mask Factory

The Fate Of An Unfortunate Fly At The Mask Factory

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Vic
Community Member
10 months ago

Great! Just what we need!! Anyi-maskers running around saying s**t like..if the fly didn't survive, how do you expect to survive?

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#40

In Italy They Got Free Water In Little Towns. You Can Choose Between Water With Gas, Cooled Or Regular

In Italy They Got Free Water In Little Towns. You Can Choose Between Water With Gas, Cooled Or Regular

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Abhinc
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

same in Paris !! free drinking water fountains with fresh regular or sparkling water ... this being said, 1,2 million people die every year worldwide due to unsafe water. one in four people on earth do not have access to safe drinking water. according to the WHO, globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.

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#41

A Couple Pounds Of Razor Blades In My Wall. Apparently Old Medicine Cabinets Have A Disposal Slot

A Couple Pounds Of Razor Blades In My Wall. Apparently Old Medicine Cabinets Have A Disposal Slot

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Chancey
Community Member
10 months ago

I remember when this was common to have.

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#42

This Holder For My Oreos

This Holder For My Oreos

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James016
Community Member
10 months ago

Give it, give it!!

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#43

X-Ray Of My Childhood Bear, Taken In The 90s

X-Ray Of My Childhood Bear, Taken In The 90s

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Izzy Curer
Community Member
10 months ago

It's truly adorable that this was allowed to happen.

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#44

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

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Beta
Community Member
10 months ago

It’s art

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#45

While At Aldi Today, I Saw These Hamburger Buns That Were Missing Their Bag...but The Expiration Date Was Stamped Right On The Buns

While At Aldi Today, I Saw These Hamburger Buns That Were Missing Their Bag...but The Expiration Date Was Stamped Right On The Buns

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Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
10 months ago

I wonder why the employees would still put it on the shelf.

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#46

There Is A 23 Storey Building In Duisburg, Germany With Absolutely No Windows (German National Archives)

There Is A 23 Storey Building In Duisburg, Germany With Absolutely No Windows (German National Archives)

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

It's not the German National Archive though, but the State Archive of Northrhine-Westphalia.

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#47

A 100 Sided Dice

A 100 Sided Dice

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Sawdust
Community Member
10 months ago

How long does it take to come to a stop?!

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#48

The Cost Of Giving Birth In My Country

The Cost Of Giving Birth In My Country

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Robert T
Community Member
10 months ago

Seems expensive to me. All we have to pay for is parking.

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#49

My Wife’s Engagement Ring Cut The Top Damn Near Perfectly Off A Glass When She Was Washing It

My Wife’s Engagement Ring Cut The Top Damn Near Perfectly Off A Glass When She Was Washing It

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

From the original Reddit post, top comment by u/t_bythesea: "Sorry, she may have thought that's what happened, but it's not. In machine cut glassware (especially if the glass is really thin) this is something that happens occasionally. There is a flaw in the glass that runs around the circumference and often not visible to the eye. Under pressure or extreme hot or cold water it can shear all the way around. while I'm sure her engagement ring is lovely. It would never cut glass like this. In 26 years of selling glassware of all styles, price ranges and quality, I've seen thousands of breaks like this."

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#50

My Hands After Washing The Dishes For 20 Minutes

My Hands After Washing The Dishes For 20 Minutes

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Kira Okah
Community Member
10 months ago

And as stated last time this was here - this level of pruning is a sign that someone has or carries the gene for cystic fibrosis. I hope that they have talked to someone about it.

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