Running through our daily routines with a burden of endless commitments weighing down on us, few of us find a moment to look around. To really look at things that surround us. In this rare moment, not dissimilar to a meditation of some sort, you may find stuff you have never seen before.

Like, realizing that your rug looks like an exact version of a napkin, or that your jaw from below looks just like your nose from above. Call it random, but a whopping 18.4m members of the subreddit “Mildly Interesting” totally swear by it.

Created in 2012, this online group has a devotee following on Reddit and it’s kinda crazy when you think how comparatively little it offers. It’s not “super” interesting, not even “really” interesting; the things posted here are “mildly” interesting, which makes them a perfect balance between two poles of the world, interesting, which is rare, and uninteresting, which is all too common.

So we hand-picked the mildest of interesting things from the subreddit for you to scratch your head over how random, yet cool some stuff in this crazy world is.

#1

Social Distancing Escalator At Local Mall.

Social Distancing Escalator At Local Mall.

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Liz Jackson
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6 months ago

Fun

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#2

I Have Partial Heterochromia In Both Eyes

I Have Partial Heterochromia In Both Eyes

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Luther von Wolfen
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6 months ago

And you never have to say "My eyes are up here."

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#3

My Dog’s Shampoo Is Tested On Humans First.

My Dog’s Shampoo Is Tested On Humans First.

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Liz Jackson
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6 months ago

Haha take that humans

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Turns out that the phrase “mildly interesting” has been used way prior to the “Mildly Interesting” subreddit's launch in 2012. According to Know Your Meme, its first uses online can be traced back as early as July 2005. Just like today, it has been used to describe things that “are not completely captivating, but worth checking out.”

Know Your Meme reports that on July 10th, 2005, the site X-Entertainment compiled a list featuring “mildly interesting” print adverts found in '80s comic books and magazines.

However, it took 7 more years before internet culture really caught up with the phrase, which has become a household name to describe anything that causes “mild interest” in viewers.

#4

This Elevator Has Giant Buttons You Can Push With Your Feet

This Elevator Has Giant Buttons You Can Push With Your Feet

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes please

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#5

Buried Christmas Lights

Buried Christmas Lights

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Miss Cris
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6 months ago

Better than outside!

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#6

This Finnish Bread-Brand Put A Mask On Their Mascot

This Finnish Bread-Brand Put A Mask On Their Mascot

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Liz Jackson
Community Member
6 months ago

More American companies should start this

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Today, “mildly interesting” has grown into a sort-of internet trend with numerous Twitter accounts where people share pictures, videos, screenshots, and whatnot that best capture the essence of the phrase.

The huge popularity of the “mildly interesting” trend may have to do with the fact that it refers to the very middle ground that connects intriguing content with something bland and not worth sharing.

In the online culture where exceptionally original, rarely seen, and super captivating content is increasingly rare, “Mildly Interesting” offers a comforting space to quench one’s thirst for browsing through quite, but not too interesting stuff.

#7

My Bathroom Window Looks Like A Painting

My Bathroom Window Looks Like A Painting

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Deal _Anneal
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6 months ago

nice

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#8

My One Dog Looks Like My Other Dog's Shadow.

My One Dog Looks Like My Other Dog's Shadow.

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Liz Jackson
Community Member
6 months ago

I thought it was...

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#9

My New Fridge Came With A Noise Description

My New Fridge Came With A Noise Description

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Alex Luiz
Community Member
6 months ago

This is my fave!

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#10

My University Has A Yolo Button That Randomly Dispenses A Drink

My University Has A Yolo Button That Randomly Dispenses A Drink

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure

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#11

Found A Snoopy House On My Walk

Found A Snoopy House On My Walk

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

Now I need a Snoopy.

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#12

This Convenience Store’s Floor Is Made Of Bottle Caps.

This Convenience Store’s Floor Is Made Of Bottle Caps.

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Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
6 months ago

Love it!

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#13

A Lizard Fell From The Ceiling And Left This Dusty Imprint On My Wireless Charger.

A Lizard Fell From The Ceiling And Left This Dusty Imprint On My Wireless Charger.

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
6 months ago

Great. Now there are lizards falling from the ceiling.

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#14

My University Has A Rack For People To Lock Their Skateboards!

My University Has A Rack For People To Lock Their Skateboards!

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Roxy Eastland
Community Member
6 months ago

Now that is a great idea

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#15

Taking Quotes For A New Neon Sign For The Bar I Work At And One Of The Companies Brought Their Neon Pallet

Taking Quotes For A New Neon Sign For The Bar I Work At And One Of The Companies Brought Their Neon Pallet

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

Like carpet samples. That's so cool

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#16

My Freezer Produces Ice Spheres Rather Than Ice Cubes

My Freezer Produces Ice Spheres Rather Than Ice Cubes

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あんぱんまん
Community Member
6 months ago

try giving them to a cat to play with and watch them realize they were playing with water the whole time when they melt

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#17

My Town’s Library Is Under Construction, So They’re Using An Old Grocery Store As The Temporary Library

My Town’s Library Is Under Construction, So They’re Using An Old Grocery Store As The Temporary Library

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
6 months ago

I work at a homeless shelter, currently located in an old grocery store. The sign above the staff desk says "EXPRESS LANE 15 ITEMS OR LESS".

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#18

My Mom Has A Mark Twain Novel Written Under His Real Name

My Mom Has A Mark Twain Novel Written Under His Real Name

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NoJo
Community Member
6 months ago

Fun fact: Clemens was once a riverboat pilot. He took his pen name from a nautical term, "mark twain", which means the second mark on a depth line...the safe travel depth for a riverboat.

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#19

Our Wedding Bands Are Laser Engraved With Each Other's Fingerprint

Our Wedding Bands Are Laser Engraved With Each Other's Fingerprint

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Jørgen Bjerke
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Can you use it to unlock the other person's cell phone?

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#20

Covid Vaccine Being Delivered Via Ice Cream Trucks And Police Escort To A Hospital

Covid Vaccine Being Delivered Via Ice Cream Trucks And Police Escort To A Hospital

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
6 months ago

the ice cream man serving the people as always

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#21

I Restored A Beat To Hell Old Pair Of Doc Martens I Found Lying Around My Neighborhood.

I Restored A Beat To Hell Old Pair Of Doc Martens I Found Lying Around My Neighborhood.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

They look like totally different shoes. Great job.

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#22

The Hospital I Work For Was Originally Designed To Be A Hotel

The Hospital I Work For Was Originally Designed To Be A Hotel

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow, that's a very festive hospital

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#23

Making Breakfast This Morning, A Broken Yolk Formed Around A Bubble To Create A Reverse Egg.

Making Breakfast This Morning, A Broken Yolk Formed Around A Bubble To Create A Reverse Egg.

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Luna
Community Member
6 months ago

Nanananananananana REVERSE EGG!

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#24

My Flatmate Placed A Mirror To Get Sun Into Their Room

My Flatmate Placed A Mirror To Get Sun Into Their Room

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
6 months ago

Big brain time

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#25

Found These 110(?) Year Old Crayolas In The Back Of A Family Secretary Desk. The Pack Still Has The Crayons.

Found These 110(?) Year Old Crayolas In The Back Of A Family Secretary Desk. The Pack Still Has The Crayons.

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Kelly Gore
Community Member
6 months ago

Next up from Pixar - the tragic tale of six anthropomorphic crayons left to gather dust for 100 years, before boldly setting out to make their mark on society. Because, y'know, Cra-YOLO!

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#26

My Rug Looks Like A Giant Version Of My Napkin

My Rug Looks Like A Giant Version Of My Napkin

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
6 months ago

ctrl-c

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#27

My Tires Have Percentages Cast Into The Rubber That Slowly Appear The More Miles You Drive So You Know How Much Tread Depth Is Remaining.

My Tires Have Percentages Cast Into The Rubber That Slowly Appear The More Miles You Drive So You Know How Much Tread Depth Is Remaining.

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aaron Ingrassia
Community Member
6 months ago

So much better than people measuring with different coins!!!

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#28

The Thorn That’s Been Traveling Through My Fingernail Since July 18 Completed Its Journey In October

The Thorn That’s Been Traveling Through My Fingernail Since July 18 Completed Its Journey In October

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Vic
Community Member
6 months ago

Game of Thorns?

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#29

This Hi-Hat Stand Used As A Handsfree Sanitizer Dispenser

This Hi-Hat Stand Used As A Handsfree Sanitizer Dispenser

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

I love seeing all the sanitizer dispensers different stores come up with

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#30

Burned Out Microwave Bulb Left This Smoke Pattern Inside

Burned Out Microwave Bulb Left This Smoke Pattern Inside

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
6 months ago

this would make a gorgeous necklace pendant

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#31

The Machine That Made This Penny Must’ve Missed The Coin Face By A Bit

The Machine That Made This Penny Must’ve Missed The Coin Face By A Bit

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
6 months ago

It's rare! A real collector!

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#32

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

My 100% Complete Collection Of Every LEGO Shield Ever Made

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Liz Jackson
Community Member
6 months ago

Are you SURE

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#33

These Handles Don't Connect To The Floor So The Floor Can Be Cleaned More Easily.

These Handles Don't Connect To The Floor So The Floor Can Be Cleaned More Easily.

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

That's really smart

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#34

Me And My Brother Made A Bridge For School That Held 65 Pounds!

Me And My Brother Made A Bridge For School That Held 65 Pounds!

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Liz Jackson
Community Member
6 months ago

Holy guacamole

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#35

Found My Great Grandpa’s Wwii Air Force Goggles With Wwii Dirt Still On Em

Found My Great Grandpa’s Wwii Air Force Goggles With Wwii Dirt Still On Em

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Watching
Community Member
6 months ago

And one day, the war was over, and he never wore them again.

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#36

At The Back Of This Intel Sticker You Can See The Processor Architecture

At The Back Of This Intel Sticker You Can See The Processor Architecture

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bubblegum witch
Community Member
6 months ago

oh wow i always thought it was shiny for the aesthetic

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#37

My Girlfriend’s China Was Made In Occupied Japan.

My Girlfriend’s China Was Made In Occupied Japan.

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TriSarahtops1228
Community Member
6 months ago

Made in Japan, and made in occupied japan items are highly collectible

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#38

At My Work, We Have Bags Of Pure Oreo Cream

At My Work, We Have Bags Of Pure Oreo Cream

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
6 months ago

This I want. Just sip a corner off and squeeze it into my mouth.

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#39

My Jaw From Below Looks Like My Nose From Above

My Jaw From Below Looks Like My Nose From Above

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me
Community Member
6 months ago

How the hell did you figure this out?

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#40

In Autumn, My City Has A Public Service That Comes By And Sucks Up The Leaves You Rake To The Curb

In Autumn, My City Has A Public Service That Comes By And Sucks Up The Leaves You Rake To The Curb

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dev mehta
Community Member
6 months ago

How many cats does it suck-up each season?

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#41

This House I Toured Had A Hidden Entrance To Their Utility Room

This House I Toured Had A Hidden Entrance To Their Utility Room

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AnInrovert
Community Member
6 months ago

Imagine playing hide in seek in your house with people who had never been there before. Just imagine the joy.

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#42

We Have A Bedroom For My Dog Under The Staircase

We Have A Bedroom For My Dog Under The Staircase

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Pan Narrans
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6 months ago

Harry Dogger

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#43

The Old Escalators Of Wynyard Train Station In Sydney Now Hang From The Ceiling

The Old Escalators Of Wynyard Train Station In Sydney Now Hang From The Ceiling

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

Is that safe? Aren't they insanely heavy?

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#44

This Art Made With One Way Mirrors In My Town.

This Art Made With One Way Mirrors In My Town.

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uber mensch
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6 months ago

WANT

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#45

This Old Copper Crayon Turned Green

This Old Copper Crayon Turned Green

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
6 months ago

Just like real copper.

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#46

Amish/Mennonite People Looking At A Super Car

Amish/Mennonite People Looking At A Super Car

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Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
6 months ago

We used to go to an Amish community several times a year. As a kid who was spoiled rotten by a well-off family I was always super impressed with the way they lived and the quality of their work. I secretly wanted to be sent off to live with them for a few years except without the religion (which I know isn't even an option but still, I was wishing so I could wish that...).

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#47

At My Local Supermarket, The Price Of Rum Goes Up As The Naval Ranking Goes Down

At My Local Supermarket, The Price Of Rum Goes Up As The Naval Ranking Goes Down

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
6 months ago

"Stowaway Frank" worth $1000.

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#48

My New Meds Are Ball-Shaped

My New Meds Are Ball-Shaped

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

Might be easier to swallow or won't get stuck in your throat? I hate it when a capsule sticks in my throat

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#49

The Way The Sun Damaged My Ring Binder

The Way The Sun Damaged My Ring Binder

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Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
6 months ago

The sun made it pretty, you mean 🤗

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#50

Worlds Largest Dragline Bucket. Moved 650,000 Lbs Per Scoop. (Dog For Scale)

Worlds Largest Dragline Bucket. Moved 650,000 Lbs Per Scoop. (Dog For Scale)

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
6 months ago

Holy sh*t - what hauls it?

Vic
Community Member
6 months ago

Have you seen the cartoon "Clifford the Dog", then use your imagination to think what needs to be scooped.. :-D

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Shaun Powell
Community Member
6 months ago

I first read that as 'dog for sale'.

Soap
Community Member
6 months ago

man, I wish. I want that floofer.

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David Bowlby
Community Member
6 months ago

That is "Big Muskie's Bucket" in McConnelsville, Ohio. It was part of a massive machine used for coal. https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2184

Electric Ed
Community Member
5 months ago

roadisdeamerica.com replies with a 403 error. That is also mildly interesting that a link in a hidden comment on BP can slashdot that server :D

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Stimpy
Community Member
6 months ago

That is a bit of an overkill dog poop scoop for a dog that small

B
Community Member
6 months ago

I need a scoop that size for ice-cream. I love ice-cream way too much. #fatbastard

Carlota
Community Member
6 months ago

But... but... I don't know how big the dog is

Morgan
Community Member
6 months ago

Would have been a better scale of the dog was not a small dog

Punch
Community Member
6 months ago

It's The Guardian of Forever!

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
6 months ago

Is that a toy poodle or a Saint Bernard?

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like maybe a dachshund or spaniel?

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MrsPossum
Community Member
6 months ago

No. I demand a banana for scale!!! 😂

Bobert Robertson
Community Member
6 months ago

I wanna skateboard in it. But I am terrible at skateboarding.

Jill Bussey
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh, you mean 250 tons.

Martha Higgins
Community Member
5 months ago

wow!

Rais Syd
Community Member
6 months ago

It was used for the Dinosaurs.

Cip IESAN
Community Member
6 months ago

Jaws!

TexasWoman
Community Member
5 months ago

How much does it weigh n what lifts it?

Bryn
Community Member
5 months ago

This reminds me when I went on a quarry tour, and the wheels of the trucks were like twice as tall as my dad, who is 6'4

Auktje Kazemier
Community Member
5 months ago

hahahahahaa jaja een tekkel is al niet groot en daardoor lijkt deze bak nog grooter...

George Mellen
Community Member
5 months ago

Phosphate mining in central Florida uses these. Visited one once, pulled a pickup truck in the scoop with 20+ engineers around it!

Jan Schweikert
Community Member
5 months ago

This is near me, its the bucket from the Big Muskie. Is now in a park in Morgan County, Ohio. The Big Muskie itself was blown up after efforts to save it failed.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
5 months ago

That is one BIG pooper scooper!

Ophelia Vandergurgleduffen
Community Member
5 months ago

Look up Big Muskie dragline

Radek Suski
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm pretty sure there are bigger

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
6 months ago

What did the dog eat?

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