143 Times People Found The Most Unexpected Things (New Pics)

Life’s full of hidden treasure! Oh, sure, that phrase works metaphorically, too, but we’re being quite literal here. If you’re curious about the world and live for the unexpected, then Bored Panda’s got a treat for you. We’ve collected some of the best photos of interesting finds that people were astonished to discover. So go on, check them out! And though far from everything glitters like gold, you’re likely to admit that most of these finds are valuable in their own right.

Remember to upvote the photos that you loved the most, dear Pandas! Got any interesting finds to share with us? Drop us a comment or a photo in the comment section at the very bottom of this list. And if you’re in the mood for some more unexpectedly awesome finds, check out our most recent earlier posts here, here, as well as here.

While we can find many unexpected things by accident, it’s also important to stay curious as we continue growing older. And that goes for all things in life, not just amateur archeology. After all, keeping that energetic spark alive makes our lives have far more quality. One thing that we value is people keeping their childlike curiosity burning bright no matter how old they might get.

#1 While Tearing Up Their Carpet, My In-Laws Found A Giant Monopoly Board

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#2 My Husband Passed Away 2 Weeks Ago And In The Garage Behind A Piece Of Paper Hanging On The Wall I Found This

In the months before his passing he was unable to talk due to his brain cancer, so finding this note from him meant the world to me and is something I will cherish forever. We were married for 24 years.

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#3 This Silver Pendant I Found Metal Detecting Is Dated 227 Years Ago Today

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When we stare at everything with wonder and can’t wait (!) to find or learn something new, even the biggest problems lose their sting. Instead, they’re but challenges. Challenges that you’re already thinking about how to overcome. But our modern schooling system might not be the best way to keep this sense of curiosity because it tends to take independence away from kids instead of driving them to be self-sufficient learners and daring explorers.

In a previous interview with Bored Panda, the president of the nonprofit organization Let Grow, Lenore Skenazy, shared with us that modern schooling goes against the grain when it comes to how learning and teaching happened through much of human history.

#4 387-Year-Old Shopping List Found Under The Floorboards Of A London Home

 The full text reads:

"Mr Bilby, I pray p[ro]vide to be sent too morrow in ye Cart some Greenfish, The Lights from my Lady Cranfeild[es] Cham[ber] 2 dozen of Pewter spoon[es]: one greate fireshovell for ye nursery; and ye o[t]hers which were sent to be exchanged for some of a better fashion, a new frying pan together with a note of ye prises of such Commoditie for ye rest.

Your loving friend

Robert Draper

Octobre 1633

Copthall"

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#5 I Found A Baby Albino Oak In My Garden Some Years Ago And Realized That Plants Can Be Albinos Too, But They Do Not Live Long Since They Cannot Photosynthesize

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#6 Splitting Firewood And Found A Piece Resembling The Sky In "The Starry Night"

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“In the United States, for instance, school only became compulsory a little over 100 years ago. Previously—for hundreds of thousands of years of human history—kids learned simply by watching, copying, helping, and playing. In other words, they’d hang around the adults, see how they made things like baskets and arrowheads, they’d ask questions, noodle around, and try to copy what their elders were doing,” Lenore explained.

According to Lenore, kids would pitch in and help their families and communities as soon as they were able to. “They’d help out as soon as they could—fetching things, tracking animals, whatever—and in between they’d be playing with a group of mixed-age kids. All these activities were fueled by curiosity.”

#7 Found A Stargate In The Middle Of Nowhere Near Linz, Austria

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#8 It's A Little Unnerving When You Wake Up In The Morning And Find These Right Outside Your Tent

Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska.

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#9 We Tore Up Some Carpeting In Our House Expecting Concrete But Instead Found This 70’s Masterpiece

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“You were motivated to learn what the bigger kids in your group knew, too, because they were so cool. Your entire day consisted of observing and practicing the stuff you needed to know— skills and games. If you weren’t curious, you weren’t going to enjoy life, or succeed at it,” Lenore said that curiosity really was (and, in truth, still is) more important than we give it credit for.

“One reason kids might seem less curious today is because most of their education, inside and outside of school, doesn’t require self-motivation, it requires compliance. The drive is extrinsic, not intrinsic. Kids fill out worksheets because they have to, not because these seem interesting, or have any immediate connection to the ‘real’ world,” the expert noted that obedience alone won’t raise people who are full of the joys of discovery.

#10 Found A Steam Room And Hot Tub In My Basement, Behind A Wall During Demo

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#11 Found Original Homeowner In The Walls Of A Teardown

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#12 This Swirly Dandelion I Found

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Meanwhile, extracurricular activities also appear to have fallen prey to the demands for compliance instead of encouraging kids to be curious. “Learning soccer means doing the drills the coach assigns, as opposed to tagging along with the older kids and working hard to get good enough so that they’d start letting you play. The key to curiosity, then, is giving kids enough free, unstructured time for them to find something they love to do for its own sake—not for a grade, or coach.”

In other words, we need to uncover in ourselves an inner drive to go out into the world and learn and find new and fascinating things. Some of which we’ll be more than happy to share with all the Pandas on the internet.

#13 10-Carat Australian Sapphire I Found In A Creek

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#14 Frozen Flower I Found In Austin During The Texas Winter Storm

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#15 I Found A Cyclops Moth And It Was Huge. Bigger Than Half My Hand

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#16 This Morning I Found A Young Frog That Still Had Its Tail

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#17 This Old Color Pencil Box After Termites Ate All The Wood

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#18 Picasso Pebble

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#19 Perfectly Round Rock I Found At The Beach

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#20 Found A Starfish In One Of My Mussels

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#21 Found A Grenade In The Garden, Had A Visit From The Army Bomb Disposal Unit

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#22 Found A Perfect Salt Crystal In My Sea Salt Packet

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#23 My Uncle Found A Bag Of Volcano Ash From Mount St. Helens With A Note Tucked In The Back Of One Of His Cupboards

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#24 This Tree I Found Grows Into Itself

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#25 Telegram Abbreviations Found In My Great Grandpa’s Notebook

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#26 I Found A Misprinted Penny (Front And Back)

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#27 My Mom And Uncle Found An USAF Target Drone On The Beach

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#28 Found An Edge Piece In My Bag Of Goldfish

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#29 Bought A Vintage Stove And Found A Newspaper From 1954 In It

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#30 My Dad Found This Old Pamphlet Advertising Tourism To The World Trade Centre

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#31 Found This Fish Was Frozen In Piece Of Ice, Texas 2021

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#32 This Piece Of Wall That Got Rounded By The Sea

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#33 This Weird Lemon That Grew On Our Lemon Tree

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#34 Found This Very Old Holy Bible In My Parents' Garage. Dated 1881. Thought Maybe You Guys Might Find It Interesting As Well

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#35 I Found This Print From Where A Gray Wolf Slept In The Snow. You Can Even See Her Ribs

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#36 While Renovating An Office In DC, I Found A Stack Of Uncashed Checks Dated July-August 1910

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#37 This Snake Sword In A Cane I Found On My Walk Today

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#38 35 Rings Found On The Beach

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#39 Look How Large This Tree Frog I Found Is

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#40 100 Years Ago Someone Lost Their Coin Purse

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#41 I Found A 5 Leaf Clover

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#42 While Hiking An Isolated Jungle Trail In The Amazon, We Came Across This Post Marking The Equator

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#43 Digging Through Old Boxes At 4am And Found A 200+ Page Novel That I Hand Wrote In 2009 When I Was 12 Years Old

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#44 A Wall Was Removed In A Victorian House We Are Working At Which Revealed An Old Cast Iron Fireplace

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#45 This Nike That We Found While Hiking

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#46 Found This Arrowhead While Digging A Hole In My Backyard

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#47 Found A Little Piece Of History During A Hike In France: A Roman Shoe Nail

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#48 A Humpback Whale Jaw I Found This Weekend In New England

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#49 Some Old Russian Pepsi That I Found

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#50 Found My Old Cell Phone With Optional Clip-On Chatboard For "Easy" Texting

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#51 Look At This Crazy Icicle I Found This Morning (There Is A Small Hole In The Metal Handrail)

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#52 I'm Redoing My Kitchen And The Old Owners Put A Wall Over An Exterior Door

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#53 Jack Miner Was A Hero Of Conservation Who Passed Away In 1944. I Found One Of His Bird Bands Today On The Shore Of Lake Erie In Ohio

Minutes before I picked up what I thought was a shell but turned out to be a piece of plastic. Years of picking up crap on the ground has finally paid off

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#54 Man Finds An Enormous Moth. About The Size Of A Rat At A School Construction Site In Australia

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#55 We Were Digging Up Virgin Ground For A Garden And As I Was Tilling, We Found A Class Ring From 1954-1955

It only had initials and the school was closed, took me 3 months to find the owner's daughter and was happy to reunite it with her family.

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#56 I Found This Gravestone For Someone's Beloved Dog In A Wooded Area Just Outside An Old Cemetary

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#57 Found This Tiny Mushroom Growing Out Of A Sweet Gum Ball

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#58 This Old Skeleton Key I Found With My Metal Detector

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#59 I Found A Miniature Telephone Box On The Street

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#60 I Found A Metal Bat Symbol In My Yard

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#61 Our Dog Found A Pacifier

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#62 We Found A Little Bat In The House

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#63 Mom Cleaned Out Her Pantry Cabinet And Found Four Generations Of Wyler’s Beef Cubes. Oldest One Expired 2/14/1989

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#64 I Found This Rock With A Perfect Hole In It

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#65 Ordered Fried Oysters From A Takeout Restaurant And Found A Pearl In One

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#66 This Bone I Found On A Walk

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#67 This Praying Mantis Exoskeleton I Found Stuck To The Side Of My Car

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#68 My Grandmother Lived Through WWII In Her Teenage Years, And She Found One Of Her Issues Of Life Magazine From 1941

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#69 I Found The Fibonacci Sequence Under Carpet Tiles At Work

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#70 An 18 Karat Gold Ring I Found At My Late Grandmother's House - No Idea Anything About It. But A Beautiful Ring So I Thought I Would Share

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#71 Sea Urchin Skeleton I Found At The Beach

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#72 This 129 Year Old Penny Came Out Of A Roll Today

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#73 I Found These Stacked In A Secret Drawer Left In My 1885 House

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#74 I Just Found A Marriage Certificate From 1841 In My House In The Attic

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#75 Renovating My 101-Year-Old House And Found This Behind The Drywall

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#76 This Brooch I Found While Metal Detecting

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#77 This Deteriorating Combination Lock I Found At The Beach

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#78 I Found My Great Great Grandfather's WW1 Medals The Other Day

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#79 Got A Roof Inspection, They Found A Bullet In My Shingles. My House Is In A Highly Populated Suburban Area. It’s Right Above Our Master Bedroom

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#80 Found A Wheelchair In A Cave While Visiting Tennessee

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#81 Found A Skull In The Forest

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#82 I Found An Old Newspaper From 1934 Under The Floorboards Of My London House

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#83 I Found A Book Autographed By Bill Nye At The Thrift Store

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#84 I Found This Heart-Shaped River Rock Today

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#85 1977 McDonald's Christmas Trash Found In The Wall Of Our House

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#86 Old Bottle From Ruehl Bros. Brewery In Chicago I Found Behind A Wall During Our Demo In Our Master Bedroom. According To Google, Brewery Existed From 1915-1926

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#87 Found A Penny From 1864 When Cleaning Out My Wood Stove

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#88 This Rock I Found Looks Like A Speech Bubble

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#89 I Found This Rock On A Beach, With A Hole In It, With A Star Inside The Hole

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#90 This Rock I Found Has A Shell Inside It And It’s Been Worn Away To A Flat Spiral In Appearance

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#91 I Found A Paystub From 1948 Being Used As A Bookmark In A Cookbook

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#92 WW2 Badge Found In Ocean

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#93 Moved A Pot And Found A Slug Laying Eggs

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#94 In The Process Of Demolishing The Bathroom Of Our Newly-Bought House And This Message Was Behind The Mirror

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#95 Found A Rock That Looks Like An Alligator

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#96 I Found A Burger King Kids Club Cup From 1996

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#97 I Found A Teeny Tiny Conch Shell In My Pack Of Decorative Rocks

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#98 This Beautiful Salt Crystal That Formed Inside My Instant Ramen's Sauce Packet

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#99 A Shard Of Porcelain I Found Diving On A Wreck

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#100 Found A Mutated Daisy

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#101 Original Dr Pepper That Was Buried In The Garden, The Soda Turned Clear

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#102 This Big Old Padlock I Found At Work

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#103 I Found My Dad’s 7th Grade Report Card From 1948

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#104 The Underpayment Used Last Time My Floor Was Replaced

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#105 Found This McDonald's Cup In The Ice I Was Skating On

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#106 Found A Nice Honeycomb Amber Brooch Today. Amber Is Quite Hard To Find, Such An Interesting Material

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#107 Found A Pearl In My Oyster

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#108 Found A Bible In An Antique Store. When Opened, It Flipped To Antique Pressed 4 Leaf Clovers

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#109 Found These Mcdonalds Gift Certificates From 2001 (Top) And 1998 (Bottom) While Cleaning My Room

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#110 This Friggin Huge Strawberry I Found Today

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#111 Small Starfish With Four Arms Instead Of Five

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#112 I Found An Original 1985 Back To The Future Skateboard At The Back Of My Parents' Shed Today. Shame About The Condition But Still Great

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#113 Found The Can On The Left Today Where I Live On The Beach. Found Online That This Design Is From 1959

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#114 Removed A Wall Fixture That Came With The House To Repaint The Wall And Realized This Room Used To Be This Exact Color. Old Color In The Middle, New Paint On Left Edge

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#115 Old Submarine I Stumbled Upon Outside Stockholm, Sweden

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#116 Found A Stingray Barb While At Work

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#117 Came Upon A Christmas Tree While Walking In The Forest

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#118 This Boot I Found In The Woods Is Covered In Moss

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#119 Found Sea Shell In My Sea Salt

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#120 My Father Found These Old USSR Military Hats That His Grandfather Gave Him When He Went To Russia Right At The Time Of The USSR's Collapse

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#121 This Fossilized Imprint Of A Fern I Found In North Dakota

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#122 These Vintage Items I Found In A Mouse Nest In My Wall

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#123 Found A Pay Phone Today. Haven't Seen One Since I Was A Kid

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#124 Found An Old Key While Renovating My 100-Year-Old House

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#125 Today I Found A Tiny Shell In My Sea Salt

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#126 Found An Ancient Ruin On A Hike

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#127 Found A Baby Snapping Turtle Walking Across My Driveway

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#128 Found A Cheez-It Family Today

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#129 I Present Today's Seaglass Findings From A Stormy Day In The Cove. Cape Breton Island, NS, Canada

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#130 I Found An Old Whiskey Jar With A Fern Growing In It On A Walk Out In The Woods Today

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#131 I Found A 6-Headed Daffodil Growing In My Garden

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#132 This Perfectly Cylinder Shaped Rock I Found At A Local Beach

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#133 This Fully Intact Pepsi Bottle From The 1930s I Found While Bottle Digging Today

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#134 I Found A Toilet Seat Guitar At A Pawn Shop

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#135 This Really Tiny Arrowhead My Dad Found A While Back

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#136 While Cleaning Out The Storage Room At My New Job Today, I Found A Newspaper From 1893

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#137 Found 25 $2 Bills While Cleaning My Closet

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#138 My Dog Found A Badger Skull In The Garden

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#139 Osperlioceras Bicarinatum Golden Pyrite. Found In France

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#140 I Found A "Treasure" From The 90s In A Garage

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#141 Found This Battery At The Beach That Collected Minerals And Debris At The Ends

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#142 I Found This Bee With My Metal Detector

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#143 I Found A Nickel That Is 116 Years Old

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