I’ll be completely upfront with you Pandas—one of my favorite parts about living on Planet Earth and being a human being (instead of, for example, a chill banana tree or a rat who can cook French cuisine) is the vast amount of new, creative, and interesting things I get to learn about each and every day. Life’s full of magic, even if it’s not as flashy and obvious as in the Harry Potter books and movies. And one of the cozy nooks on the internet that shows us just how neat the world can be is the ‘Mildly Interesting’ subreddit.

Rapidly closing in on the 19-million-member mark like a marathon runner in sight of the finish line, r/MildlyInteresting is a completely community-driven online group where people post photos of the things that interest them. Mildly, of course. And despite the name of the group, plenty of these photos are actually vastly and deeply interesting.

Redditor RedSquaree, who has been moderating submissions for r/mildlyinteresting for almost a decade now, went into detail with Bored Panda about how the type of content posted changes with the seasons and how much the subreddit has influenced people in real life. You'll find what they have to say below, so be sure to read on, dear Pandas.

While you’re checking out some of r/mildlyinteresting’s newest photos and upvoting the ones that made you smile, I’ll just quickly remind you that we’ve got some more of their amazing pics in Bored Panda’s earlier articles about the community here, here, and here. Happy scrolling!

#1

I Like To Make Little Drawings Of People That I See

I Like To Make Little Drawings Of People That I See

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

this is beautiful and great style

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#2

This Crack In The Pavement Filled With A Stained Glass Cat Portrait

This Crack In The Pavement Filled With A Stained Glass Cat Portrait

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
1 month ago

Mosaic, I think. Not stained glass. A ceramic mosaic would be a lot more durable and make more sense. It looks nice though!

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#3

These Chairs Made From Old Fire Hoses, In Front Of A Fire Station

These Chairs Made From Old Fire Hoses, In Front Of A Fire Station

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Michelle M
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1 month ago (edited)

Recycling done right

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"Yes, the seasons affect the type of content we get," moderator RedSquaree told me when I enquired about this.

"This leads to content which is extremely common, particularly during the winter. Take frost on cars, for example. We get this kind of photo daily during winter months, and often we mark with an 'Overdone' flair because the people who hang about /r/mildlyinteresting will see these time and time again (whereas more casual readers probably still enjoy seeing them). Another common one is the pattern of ice or frost on the wheel, seen here," the mod gave Bored Panda a couple of examples of how the particular season, in this case, winter, affects what redditors are more likely to post.

Of course, holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving also influence what people tend to focus on. "We see posts about eggs, gifts, people receiving the same card from multiple people... and I'd bet, in the latter example, at least one person has lied about this and purchased two cards of the same type and posted a photo just for karma! Stranger things have happened," RedSquaree said.

#4

My Rhododendron Looks Like It's Trying To Run Off

My Rhododendron Looks Like It's Trying To Run Off

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Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s flexing

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#5

Many Vegetables In The U.k. Have The Name Of The Farmer Who Grew Them On The Packaging

Many Vegetables In The U.k. Have The Name Of The Farmer Who Grew Them On The Packaging

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Audrey Sample
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone should do this. It gives credit to the people who deserve it.

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#6

Saw This Logo For A Pet Grooming Service On My Drive Home

Saw This Logo For A Pet Grooming Service On My Drive Home

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Hilary Rudd
Community Member
1 month ago

Now my dog could make use of them!!

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The moderator shared that one thing that they find interesting is that some people actually think about the subreddit when they spot something interesting and go to take out their phones to take a photo. That just goes to show how much influence the 'Mildly Interesting' community has on the collective psyche.

"Being an original content-only subreddit—and quite a niche one at that—causes those chain of events which I find fascinating. If our (not-so, these days) wee subreddit changes someone's behavior in real life—to find something nice where others might let it pass them by without a second thought—that's a great thing. Maybe the sub does inspire some people to appreciate the smaller things in life."

#7

My Blinds Reflection Looks Like Lunar Phases On My Wall

My Blinds Reflection Looks Like Lunar Phases On My Wall

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago

loveit!

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#8

I Ordered Some Sample Colors For New Blinds, And They Sent Me Actual Tiny Little Blinds

I Ordered Some Sample Colors For New Blinds, And They Sent Me Actual Tiny Little Blinds

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Boudica
Community Member
1 month ago

Be great for a doll's house

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#9

We Use Hulk Hands To Move Cacti At My Work

We Use Hulk Hands To Move Cacti At My Work

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago

so cool job

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According to the moderator, if we want to keep our sense of curiosity burning bright as we grow older, we ought to expose ourselves "to more novelty and ambiguity" in our day-to-day lives. Seeing or experiencing something fresh and unexpected brings you out of your routine and provides you with a different perspective in life. Hopefully, one that inspires you to dig deeper and learn something new.

"Much of our content is novel and/or ambiguous. Go about your day tomorrow and think, 'If I were to submit a photograph to /r/mildlyinteresting, what would it be?' Be on the lookout for things that are just novel and ambiguous enough to arouse only mild interest. Snap."

#10

Coffee Stain That Looks Like Earth

Coffee Stain That Looks Like Earth

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leia's emotional cupcake
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG Its coffee arttttt. Surely coffee artists exist, right?!

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#11

I Found A Pidgeon With One Feather Sticking Out Of It's Head

I Found A Pidgeon With One Feather Sticking Out Of It's Head

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cat in a tank
Community Member
1 month ago

All hail Emperor Pigeon!!

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#12

A Vibrant And Clear Spectrum Of Colors Refracting Through My Apparently Prismatic Window Onto My Arm

A Vibrant And Clear Spectrum Of Colors Refracting Through My Apparently Prismatic Window Onto My Arm

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Foodie panda
Community Member
1 month ago

that is the most vivid rainbow I have ever seen!!

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For our last article about the ‘Mildly Interesting’ community’s enrapturing photos about life from different perspectives, I had a chat with redditor Cowbeller1, one of the group’s moderators, helping maintain the standards and the quality of the content. Luck, according to the moderator, is an important part of getting attention online.

#13

My Girlfriend Bought Some Particular Measuring Spoons

My Girlfriend Bought Some Particular Measuring Spoons

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Chris Longski
Community Member
1 month ago

Always wondered how much a tad was.

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#14

There Is A Free “Period Pack” At My School For Girls Who Are Unprepared For Their Periods

There Is A Free “Period Pack” At My School For Girls Who Are Unprepared For Their Periods

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leia's emotional cupcake
Community Member
1 month ago

I think every school should have this, especially for girls who don't know or are shy.

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#15

This Shopping Cart Has A Magnifying Glass Attached To It

This Shopping Cart Has A Magnifying Glass Attached To It

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Laura Mende (Human)
Community Member
1 month ago

Rossmann is a German drug store chain, so this cart is designed for old people needing health stuff. But other stores have these too, but not that big... 😂

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The moderator divulged that we can’t always predict what posts will become very popular on the subreddit. “A lot of it has 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 moderator said that it’s not an exact science.

Which, in a way, is actually inspirational and chill: that means that you can focus on sharing pictures of what you love and what you find interesting instead of vying for karma on Reddit.

#16

This LEGO Set Has Loose Change In The Couch

This LEGO Set Has Loose Change In The Couch

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Laura Mende (Human)
Community Member
1 month ago

These details nowadays ...! My mom had one of the first Lego sets (she was born in 1959) there were only red and white bricks, later very primitive windows were added to her Legos.

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#17

Found Band-Aids For Different Skin Tones At Target

Found Band-Aids For Different Skin Tones At Target

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Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
1 month ago

and for same price!

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#18

Calf In The Checkout Line

Calf In The Checkout Line

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

It doesn't look in the least bit cowed by the experience

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The subreddit’s moderators value stability and original content above all else. “We will just continue doing the same thing. We've found that being boringly consistent is the best way to remain fair to the community. There haven't been any major changes in a while," moderator Cowbeller1 told Bored Panda earlier.

#19

My City Has Public Defibrillation Stations And The Sign For It Looks Like A Video Game Health Bar

My City Has Public Defibrillation Stations And The Sign For It Looks Like A Video Game Health Bar

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Lorraine Geater
Community Member
1 month ago

Genius!

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#20

Septic Truck I Got Stuck Behind The Other Day

Septic Truck I Got Stuck Behind The Other Day

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ElenaK
Community Member
1 month ago

Best logo ever!

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#21

The Apartment That I Just Moved Into, Has A Picture Of A Pig Jumping Off A Dock

The Apartment That I Just Moved Into, Has A Picture Of A Pig Jumping Off A Dock

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Lorraine Geater
Community Member
1 month ago

Love it!

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#22

My Phone Took This Photo When It Fell On My Face

My Phone Took This Photo When It Fell On My Face

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Desiree McKinnon
Community Member
1 month ago

You should use this pic as your profile pics for EVERYTHING

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#23

Got Vaccinated And Just Realized They Gave My Fox An Eyepatch

Got Vaccinated And Just Realized They Gave My Fox An Eyepatch

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shonie
Community Member
1 month ago

nice tat i want it

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#24

I Have A One Third Of A Dollar Bill From February 17th, 1776, Making It A Couple Months Older Than The USA

I Have A One Third Of A Dollar Bill From February 17th, 1776, Making It A Couple Months Older Than The USA

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Chris Longski
Community Member
1 month ago

They were called "Continentals" and their value was sketchy, prompting the phrase, "Not worth a Continental !". Authorized by Congress and an attempt to break away from British economic domination of the Colonies.

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#25

My Great Grandfather’s Oscar Nomination From 1944

My Great Grandfather’s Oscar Nomination From 1944

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Chris Longski
Community Member
1 month ago

That was a great film. They don't make them like that any longer.

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#26

These Two UK Phone Booths Have Been Repurposed

These Two UK Phone Booths Have Been Repurposed

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Donkey boi
Community Member
1 month ago

Most of the red phone boxes in the UK have already been repurposed, from everything to mini library's to restaurants. The remaining one are available to purchase and are half price if you take them away.

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#27

Dobby’s Fan-Made Grave In The Precise Location Of The Film!

Dobby’s Fan-Made Grave In The Precise Location Of The Film!

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Audrey Sample
Community Member
1 month ago

😭😭😭😭 Dobby has been given a sock, DOBBY IS FREE!!!!!

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#28

The Air Vents On A Subway In Stockholm Have A Hidden Pacman Easter Egg

The Air Vents On A Subway In Stockholm Have A Hidden Pacman Easter Egg

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg too cute!!

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#29

This Is Me Wearing My Great Grandmothers Traditional Finnish Dress From 1936

This Is Me Wearing My Great Grandmothers Traditional Finnish Dress From 1936

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago

i am really liking these cross-generational links across families

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#30

My Son And I Have Matching Freckles In The Same Spot

My Son And I Have Matching Freckles In The Same Spot

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leia's emotional cupcake
Community Member
1 month ago

That's too cute!

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#31

Found This Aarowhead While Digging A Hole In My Backyard

Found This Aarowhead While Digging A Hole In My Backyard

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Moosy Girl
Community Member
1 month ago

Cat in the background wants its shiv back.

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#32

The Note I Found In This Second Hand Book

The Note I Found In This Second Hand Book

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Chris Longski
Community Member
1 month ago

Must have been difficult for the friend who lost Will.

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#33

I Found The Elusive Skin Colour Crayon Box At Michael's Today

I Found The Elusive Skin Colour Crayon Box At Michael's Today

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Heike
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

We, the people of Avatar are very upset! Our Smurf brothers and sisters won't take it!

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#34

I Ordered A 119 Year-Old Book Online And Quite A Few Pages Are Uncut- Meaning No One Ever Read It

I Ordered A 119 Year-Old Book Online And Quite A Few Pages Are Uncut- Meaning No One Ever Read It

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Alice Teasdale
Community Member
1 month ago

Been there! Love it, you feel so special reading such an old book for the first time

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#35

There's A Cute Little Excavator Graphic On The Window Of This Excavator

There's A Cute Little Excavator Graphic On The Window Of This Excavator

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Little Zoologist
Community Member
1 month ago

aw cute

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#36

The Tiles Around Our Apartment Complex Is Made Up Like The Enemies In Space Invaders

The Tiles Around Our Apartment Complex Is Made Up Like The Enemies In Space Invaders

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David Blake
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the video game references on this list so far!

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#37

My Son Was Born With A Black Spot Of Hair In His Blonde Hair. It Grows In Black, And There Is No Birth Mark Or Discoloration Under It

My Son Was Born With A Black Spot Of Hair In His Blonde Hair. It Grows In Black, And There Is No Birth Mark Or Discoloration Under It

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Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

My hair is black, but I remember I used to have one peculiar red hair years ago. But it seems to be gone now.

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#38

This Hair That Got Caught In A Zipper

This Hair That Got Caught In A Zipper

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

If it wasn't short and curly then it is now

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#39

There Is A Live Crayfish Defending The Rice Aisle In My Local Asian Market

There Is A Live Crayfish Defending The Rice Aisle In My Local Asian Market

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shonie
Community Member
1 month ago

ADORABLE <3

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#40

The Sun On My Window Made A Rainbow That’s Split In Half By My Chair Leg

The Sun On My Window Made A Rainbow That’s Split In Half By My Chair Leg

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Lorraine Geater
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Wow!

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#41

This Random Swing In The Middle Of A Field

This Random Swing In The Middle Of A Field

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Audrey Sample
Community Member
1 month ago

Freaks me out

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#42

Got A Deep Space Telescope For My 38th Birthday. Me For Size!

Got A Deep Space Telescope For My 38th Birthday. Me For Size!

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Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow that’s expensive

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#43

The Font Size On My Contact Packaging Increased With My Prescription

The Font Size On My Contact Packaging Increased With My Prescription

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Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
1 month ago

Hmm it's a negative prescription meaning that the large the absolute number, the easier it is to read for a short sighted person

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#44

3D Printed My Skull From A Ct Scan Of My Sinuses (Hence It's Got No Top, No Data). Makes For The Perfect Headphone Holder

3D Printed My Skull From A Ct Scan Of My Sinuses (Hence It's Got No Top, No Data). Makes For The Perfect Headphone Holder

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J. F.
Community Member
1 month ago

Alas, poor Yorick!

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#45

Our Electrician Left All Of The Screws In A Vertical Position In Our New Kitchen

Our Electrician Left All Of The Screws In A Vertical Position In Our New Kitchen

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Evil Swan
Community Member
1 month ago

True master

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#46

The Sand In Tahoe Is Magnetic And Stuck To My Phone

The Sand In Tahoe Is Magnetic And Stuck To My Phone

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Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

Ahaaaa, it's 5G! Wake up, sheeple!

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#47

Bought Bathroom Scales And My Weight Is Exactly The Same As On The Box

Bought Bathroom Scales And My Weight Is Exactly The Same As On The Box

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Moosy Girl
Community Member
1 month ago

Plot twist: number on the picture is the maximum load it can weigh. :p

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#48

Shadow Keeping The Snow Alive

Shadow Keeping The Snow Alive

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago

frens

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#49

One Of The Eggs I Bought Was All Wrinkly

One Of The Eggs I Bought Was All Wrinkly

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Something
Community Member
1 month ago

It's probably from either an older hen or a sick one.

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#50

My Cola Exploaded Inside The Freezer

My Cola Exploaded Inside The Freezer

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Lorraine Geater
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! Can I just ask - what is Green Cola?

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