The world is a big place, and sometimes you don't have all the answers to all the random questions. The Internet does, though. There's even a subreddit called What Is This Thing? where people post photos when they have no clue what they're looking at, and others try to identify these interesting things. Can you believe it? A place on the Internet where you can ask and not be afraid of getting ridiculed for your ignorance and asking questions? Unbelievable, I know. That's why Bored Panda has compiled a list of some of the most random stuff and interesting facts found on that page, and you will surely learn a thing or two. From an unorthodox public bathroom door design to a hole in the sky, these cool photos and the explanations behind these random things are real eye-openers. Scroll down to enjoy the images and upvote your favorites!

#1

Green Alien Thing That Grew On My Band Aid. What Is This Thing?

Green Alien Thing That Grew On My Band Aid. What Is This Thing?

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3 years ago

I like the edit part 😂😂

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#2

What Is This Demonic Looking Creature?

What Is This Demonic Looking Creature?

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3 years ago

Looks sort of like Omega flowey from undertale ;P

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#3

I've Met An Old Man In Germany And He Sent Me These Little Coat Of Arms, Telling Me To Visit Each Of This Location Before I Die. What Are These Exactly Used For?

I've Met An Old Man In Germany And He Sent Me These Little Coat Of Arms, Telling Me To Visit Each Of This Location Before I Die. What Are These Exactly Used For?

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Also known as hiking medallion. Or Stocknagel in German.

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#4

What Is This? Found It By My Toaster. Please Don't Tell Me It's Some Kind Of Cockroach Molt

What Is This? Found It By My Toaster. Please Don't Tell Me It's Some Kind Of Cockroach Molt

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Good luck using your toaster.

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#5

An Old Samsung Pc Keyboard... What Is The Coffee Cup Key For?

An Old Samsung Pc Keyboard... What Is The Coffee Cup Key For?

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, that makes sense :)

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#6

What In The Absolute F*ck Is On My Car?

What In The Absolute F*ck Is On My Car?

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Community Member
3 years ago

One word : Trypophobia

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#7

This... Thing... Showed Up Inside The Humid Jar Of My Carnivorous Plants. What Is This Thing?

This... Thing... Showed Up Inside The Humid Jar Of My Carnivorous Plants. What Is This Thing?

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Belinda Marie McLaughlin Knoblock
Community Member
3 years ago

So cool!

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#8

What Are These Circles On A Window Of A Bus And What Do They Do?

What Are These Circles On A Window Of A Bus And What Do They Do?

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KK
Community Member
3 years ago

I always wondered about this.

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#9

Saw This Guy Crossing The Street In Dc. What Is It?

Saw This Guy Crossing The Street In Dc. What Is It?

ahoko Report

picklerick
Community Member
3 years ago

this must be a very friendly country then. these cute little robots sure aren't safe in my country.

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#10

Relative Found These Eggs In Her Yard In Georgia, Hanging From A Tree. What Is This Thing?

Relative Found These Eggs In Her Yard In Georgia, Hanging From A Tree. What Is This Thing?

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Kristaps Sungailis
Community Member
3 years ago

sounds legit to me!

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#11

A Coworker Found A Hive On Her Balcony. She Is Convinced That Is A Beehive. I Am Not But I Don't Know What Insect It Is

A Coworker Found A Hive On Her Balcony. She Is Convinced That Is A Beehive. I Am Not But I Don't Know What Insect It Is

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Free honey ♥

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#12

I Came Home Yesterday Afternoon To Find This Tucked In My Car Door. Anyone Have Similar Experience?

I Came Home Yesterday Afternoon To Find This Tucked In My Car Door. Anyone Have Similar Experience?

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

Someone must really like you then :)

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#13

I Was Off-Roading With My Kids Today And Found This In The Path Blocked By A Giant Rock. Any Ideas?

I Was Off-Roading With My Kids Today And Found This In The Path Blocked By A Giant Rock. Any Ideas?

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! So much history here! In the time that Christ was born!

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#14

This Was Given To Me Maybe 25 Years Ago Because I Collect Knives. No One Knows Where It's From Or The Purpose Of The Stick (There's Space For 2 Sticks, But Only One Was In It When Given To Me). Us Quarter For Scale

This Was Given To Me Maybe 25 Years Ago Because I Collect Knives. No One Knows Where It's From Or The Purpose Of The Stick (There's Space For 2 Sticks, But Only One Was In It When Given To Me). Us Quarter For Scale

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

This might earn you some money...

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#15

Odd Square Metal Imbedded In A Rock. What Is This Thing?

Odd Square Metal Imbedded In A Rock. What Is This Thing?

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a spy's secret tracking device.

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#16

Found This On A Beach In New Zealand- There Were Thousands Of Them At The High Water Mark. What Is It?

Found This On A Beach In New Zealand- There Were Thousands Of Them At The High Water Mark. What Is It?

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Yeah, do not touch them!

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#17

I Need Your Help! What Is This?

I Need Your Help! What Is This?

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like poo from an invisible dog.

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#18

Super Small Mini Flask? The 'Needle' Screws Into The Flask. What Is This Thing?

Super Small Mini Flask? The 'Needle' Screws Into The Flask. What Is This Thing?

hiding_in_the_corner Report

Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

That's clever :)

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#19

Oxycodone Bottle Found In The Woods With Electronics Inside. What Is This Thing?

Oxycodone Bottle Found In The Woods With Electronics Inside. What Is This Thing?

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Community Member
3 years ago

So...it worked?

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#20

Took This Weird Bean Home, Now It's Opening Up And Has Me More Puzzled. What Is This Thing?

Took This Weird Bean Home, Now It's Opening Up And Has Me More Puzzled. What Is This Thing?

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Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like ET with blood red eyes and mouth

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#21

Found This Guy Freezing To Death In Southern Michigan This Morning. What Is This Thing?

Found This Guy Freezing To Death In Southern Michigan This Morning. What Is This Thing?

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a newt!

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#22

Seen In The Sky Over Wisconsin Last Night. What Is This Thing?

Seen In The Sky Over Wisconsin Last Night. What Is This Thing?

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

It's Lina Inverse casting the spell Dragon Slave.

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#23

Found At Dead Relatives House. What Is This Thing?

Found At Dead Relatives House. What Is This Thing?

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

It's part of a device that, once connected to, will give you super powers.

CZ
Community Member
3 years ago

i like your thinking

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Nicky OldfieldDesciple
Community Member
3 years ago

A Nixie tube (English: /ˈnɪk.siː/ NIK-see), or cold cathode display,[1] is an electronic device for displaying numerals or other information using glow discharge. Inside a Nixie tube The glass tube contains a wire-mesh anode and multiple cathodes, shaped like numerals or other symbols. Applying power to one cathode surrounds it with an orange glow discharge. The tube is filled with a gas at low pressure, usually mostly neon and often a little mercury or argon, in a Penning mixture.

Cal Capone
Community Member
3 years ago

it's a display bulb. those wires glow to make symbols, so it displays numbers, symbols etc

Adam Bryce
Community Member
3 years ago

a nixie tube is a neon equivalent of LED 7-segement display unit - basically an antique numeric display, that needs high voltage to function. glows neon-orange. if this unit in the photo is fully functional, it is an extremely valuable addition to an Electron-Pusher's collection. :-)

Runsfromelk
Community Member
3 years ago

And these were also seen in the recent movie Tomorrowland... they used several of these to make a visible (retro nod) doomsday countdown clock. Very awesome find!

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

Holy shit! Don't drop it!

d bradley
Community Member
3 years ago

they are for selling on Ebay! hurry before i change my mind

Rich Anthony
Community Member
3 years ago

These are used to brighten up your day.

Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
3 years ago

"$1250 Euro"? Or simply 1250€?

Charlie Hyduk
Community Member
4 months ago

Wtf is a nice tube

Bobby Sammons
Community Member
1 year ago

What it doesn't tell you is that the Nixie tube would light up different filaments to show different numbers. The forerunner to today's number displays.

Neil Harris
Community Member
2 years ago

GR411. That's like Grail, as in the Holy Grail, right?

David Ireland
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought it was an old TV tube

Bree Gossett
Community Member
3 years ago

see if crazy russian hacker wants to buy it

Tony Moon
Community Member
3 years ago

This tube is used to display numbers from 0-9. Its similar to a light bulb except it was used in computers to display numerical information. Highly sought after because they don't make them any longer and make for very cool old fashioned displays.

Jim Andrews
Community Member
3 years ago

I bought a bunch of the smaller ones at electronics flee markets in Ukraine. They are still out there being cannibalized from old soviet era military equipment. They are the predecessors to the LED display segments , are filled with a neon gas ,when the heater is warmed up for a while like the old vacuum tube equipment circa 960's and a970's even early 1980's , you hit the "elements" inside with about 170 VDC and they light up with any "digits": of 0 through 9 . Most people make them into retro clocks. They still sell the driver Integrated Circuits to build them with.

Garry Shelton
Community Member
3 years ago

Hooking up electricity to various connections, it displays an Illuminated Numeral, and may range 0 through 9 - Some are made for forming alphabetic letters instead of numbers - Maybe 1950s-60s-ish

Scott Edwards
Community Member
3 years ago

Obviously, it is what ate your relative.

Gabi Horvath
Community Member
3 years ago

I tell you what this is. Lots of money.

Pamela
Community Member
3 years ago

Nixie tube power supply circuit For running nixoes from low voltage DC supplies. Lixie is an open, modern take on the Nixie Tube! Lixie is an edge-lit acrylic display for any numeric information you can think of! Clocks, temperature displays, hit counters, and more. Always being a fan of the beautiful typography of a Nixie Tube, the Lixie is a modern spin!

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

YEAH! Found money! Thanks Aunt Edna and Uncle Joe!

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
3 years ago

Sell it, your dead relative won't mind !!

fourteenth
Community Member
3 years ago

this one looks like the one from anime steins;gate. anyone knew about the divergence meter?

fourteenth
Community Member
3 years ago

it looks like this https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/steins-gate/images/9/96/Divergence_Meter_0.409031.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120203203300

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Lyn Moffett
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like the old valves you got in TVs in the 50s

Echo
Community Member
3 years ago

There was a medical device in Radiology at a hospital I worked st that used these. It was very cool to look at.

Alextrónica
Community Member
3 years ago

Why not try to do an Internet search by yourself? It has a label with information.

Janice Knight
Community Member
3 years ago

"looks" similar to an Edison light bulb to me.

Molly A. Block
Community Member
3 years ago

Even after reading the comments, I still have no idea what this thing is.

Mary Tonningsen
Community Member
3 years ago

Nixie tube A Nixie tube, or cold cathode display, is an electronic device for displaying numerals or other information using glow discharge. The glass tube contains a wire-mesh anode and multiple cathodes, shaped like numerals or other symbols. Applying power to one cathode surrounds it with an orange glow discharge.

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Char Char
Community Member
3 years ago

Wowza!

Pete Meierdierck
Community Member
3 years ago

Radio - Electronics Aka Vacuum tube

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#24

White Circlet With Purple Dots On Top Of A Headdress. What Is This Thing?

White Circlet With Purple Dots On Top Of A Headdress. What Is This Thing?

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3 years ago

I seriously thought they were part of the seat and was confused for a minute

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#25

My Friend Found This Weird Rock On The East Coast Of England. What Is It?

My Friend Found This Weird Rock On The East Coast Of England. What Is It?

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Madara Skaistkalna
Community Member
3 years ago

No, it is a fossil coral or a fossil plant.

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#26

What Is The Purpose Of A Door Like This?

What Is The Purpose Of A Door Like This?

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Next on the agenda: Build cars without fuel cap so they can't drive and don't destroy the environment. That'll discourage 'em.

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#27

Found On An Apple In East Germany. What Is This Thing?

Found On An Apple In East Germany. What Is This Thing?

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

Always knew East Germany was weird...

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#28

Found On Beach (Ocean) In Ma, Usa. (Iphone 5 For Reference). Skull? Sternum?

Found On Beach (Ocean) In Ma, Usa. (Iphone 5 For Reference). Skull? Sternum?

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Emiwolfplayz
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a demon

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#29

Interesting Cloud Formation, What's Going On Here?

Interesting Cloud Formation, What's Going On Here?

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

It's Wonder Woman's invisible spaceship.

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#30

Seen In The Sky While Hiking In Manchester Today. What Is This Thing?

Seen In The Sky While Hiking In Manchester Today. What Is This Thing?

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

That's my vechicle when I visit back home evert once in a while. You, you big spaceships are expensive....

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#31

My Mom Found This On The Floor Of Her Beauty Salon, She Calls It A Cockapiller. What Is This Thing?

My Mom Found This On The Floor Of Her Beauty Salon, She Calls It A Cockapiller. What Is This Thing?

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Dani Donovan
Community Member
3 years ago

Her mom has a great sense of humor!

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#32

This Little Girl Was Photographed In The 1860's With Her Dog. What Is She Holding In Her Lap?

This Little Girl Was Photographed In The 1860's With Her Dog. What Is She Holding In Her Lap?

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3 years ago

The dog must have been really patient considering how long it took to take photographs those days !

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#33

These Were All Over The Beach In S. Maine. Think They Were Alive. What Is This Thing?

These Were All Over The Beach In S. Maine. Think They Were Alive. What Is This Thing?

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh... Just a fried egg yolk. ♥

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#34

A Gift To The Sultan Of Brunei. What Is It?!

A Gift To The Sultan Of Brunei. What Is It?!

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3 years ago

This is really common in south India ...

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#35

What Did I Catch?

What Did I Catch?

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Wait until it jumps on your face taking over your brain.

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#36

Mold? Spores? Something On A Tree In The Woods. Too Scared To Touch It

Mold? Spores? Something On A Tree In The Woods. Too Scared To Touch It

Looks like some wooly aphids. Woolly aphids are sucking insects that live on plant fluids and produce a filamentous waxy white covering which resembles cotton or wool. The adults are winged and move to new locations where they lay egg masses. The nymphs often form large cottony masses on twigs, for protection from predators.

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Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
3 years ago

protection worked

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#37

I Found This After A Rock Was Broken. What Is It?

I Found This After A Rock Was Broken. What Is It?

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Kymberli Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Beef jerky

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#38

Seen In Ohio. Obviously A Car...but Does The Top Have A Purpose?

Seen In Ohio. Obviously A Car...but Does The Top Have A Purpose?

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Carrie Alsbrooks
Community Member
3 years ago

Shaquill O'Neill's shopping cart??

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#39

Its Made Our Of Silver And The Ball Rotates. What Is This Thing?

Its Made Our Of Silver And The Ball Rotates. What Is This Thing?

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Only for springboks.

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#40

Any Idea What These Metal Light Weight Hollow Things Could Be? Largest One Is About 5"

Any Idea What These Metal Light Weight Hollow Things Could Be? Largest One Is About 5"

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A D
Community Member
3 years ago

butt

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#41

Found In An Earth Pot At Work, Was Growing In The Dark As Had A Lid On It. What Is This Thing?

Found In An Earth Pot At Work, Was Growing In The Dark As Had A Lid On It. What Is This Thing?

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picklerick
Community Member
3 years ago

put that lid back on man! and don't ever come back. ever.

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#42

Is This The Beginning Of A Stephen King Novel? This Mystery Blob Just Appeared In My Remote Maine Cabin. There Are Also Signs Someone Has Been In Here Since I've Been Away. What Is This?

Is This The Beginning Of A Stephen King Novel? This Mystery Blob Just Appeared In My Remote Maine Cabin. There Are Also Signs Someone Has Been In Here Since I've Been Away. What Is This?

NemoNomenMeum Report

A D
Community Member
3 years ago

eww

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#43

Neighbor Was Involved In A Hit And Run And Is Trying To Identify The Red Vehicle That Hit Him. Any Idea What Vehicle This Could Be From?

Neighbor Was Involved In A Hit And Run And Is Trying To Identify The Red Vehicle That Hit Him. Any Idea What Vehicle This Could Be From?

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

We need the license plate, though. ;)

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#44

What Is This Thing? Seen In A Charity Shop!

What Is This Thing? Seen In A Charity Shop!

"Looks like it would dispense cigarettes" - frumble86

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Devin Byrd
Community Member
3 years ago

I think this is a discreet ashtray

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#45

What Is This Tool?

What Is This Tool?

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Neb
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow, you learn something new every day. They have tools for everything :)

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#46

This Needle Thing Was Just Found In A Hamburger At A Lexington, Ky Mcdonald's - What Is It?

This Needle Thing Was Just Found In A Hamburger At A Lexington, Ky Mcdonald's - What Is It?

triptanic Report

Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

Uhm... alright.. not scary at all o.O

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#47

It Slid Out Of My Cooked Egg. What Is This Thing?

It Slid Out Of My Cooked Egg. What Is This Thing?

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Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

I would not have eaten any further...

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#48

For A Friend...what Is This Thing?

For A Friend...what Is This Thing?

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Neb
Community Member
3 years ago

Saw only dishes for butter making, not an open one yet...

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#49

These Spots On The Chicken Out Of A Frozen Store-Bought Package, Each Bit Has This Around The Bone. What Is This Thing?

These Spots On The Chicken Out Of A Frozen Store-Bought Package, Each Bit Has This Around The Bone. What Is This Thing?

66Section Report

Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

That's horrible :( That's why I get my chickens from my neighbour. I know where they are from and I also know that they had a fabulous life.

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#50

Thing Pulled Out Of A Dog's Mouth, Looks Like A Sandworm From Dune. What Is This Thing?

Thing Pulled Out Of A Dog's Mouth, Looks Like A Sandworm From Dune. What Is This Thing?

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Pamela
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a Horneworm

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#51

Found Hanging From A Tree. Pen For Scale. Feels Like Cotton. What Is This Thing?

Found Hanging From A Tree. Pen For Scale. Feels Like Cotton. What Is This Thing?

UniqueUsername171 Report

Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Yummy.

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#52

What Is This Professor Wearing? I Believe He Is In Computer Engineering

What Is This Professor Wearing? I Believe He Is In Computer Engineering

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like Bill Pullman.

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#53

I Know This Is Uranium Glass But What Is It Used For? The Top Comes Off

I Know This Is Uranium Glass But What Is It Used For? The Top Comes Off

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, it IS obvious.

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#54

My Mom Saw These On A Car In Southwest Florida, Not Sure What They Are?

My Mom Saw These On A Car In Southwest Florida, Not Sure What They Are?

IONTOP Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

It's just the car wanting to look cool. Yasss! You go, car! ♥

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#55

What Is This Tool- Some Sort Of Gauge? Made By Starrett

What Is This Tool- Some Sort Of Gauge? Made By Starrett

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

I didn't understand the explanation...

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#56

Found In A London Airbnb. What Is This Thing?

Found In A London Airbnb. What Is This Thing?

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Alex K
Community Member
3 years ago

here, hold my ham

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#57

Found In My Backyard Pond. Floating By That Sack Filled With Fluid. What Is This Thing?

Found In My Backyard Pond. Floating By That Sack Filled With Fluid. What Is This Thing?

derplin Report

picklerick
Community Member
3 years ago

i don't even know what it means.

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