125 ‘Mildly Interesting’ Things That May Surprise You (Best Of All Time)

It’s no secret that here at Bored Panda we’re fond of all sorts of content, be it something mind-blowing or mildly interesting. And today, it’s the latter we’re focusing on, as we’re taking some time to appreciate the best of the best of the ‘Mildly Interesting’ subreddit.

Below you will find a collection of some of the most mildly interesting posts from the sub we’ve ever shed light on, which might take you down memory lane if you have followed us for quite some time already. If you’re just starting now, welcome and enjoy some of the most amusing, random, unexpected, and just mildly interesting content.

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Seeking to learn more about what makes us curious about such content, Bored Panda got in touch with two experts in curiosity, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Williams College in Massachusetts, Dr. Susan Engel, and behavioral expert, author, speaker and consultant, Dr. Diane Hamilton, who agreed to answer a few of our questions on the topic. You will find their thoughts in the text below.

#1 There Is A House Near Me That Looks Like It’s Out Of A Fairytale

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

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#3 What Happens When You Swing A String Of Glow Sticks With Burning Steel Wool At The End And Take A Long Exposure Photo

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One might wonder, what can be so captivating about something that is only mildly interesting to make a netizen browse such content for hours? While the answer to that likely differs with each person, chances are that all of them are led by curiosity; to some extent, at least.

“Curiosity motivates a wide range of behaviors. It makes us open a bag when we don’t know what’s inside, ask friends a million questions, look things up, scan a new situation, and test our predictions—will this hold me up if I step on it, for instance?” Dr. Susan Engel told Bored Panda, adding that every person is different in regards to the level of curiosity and what it is directed at.

#4 This Pet Shop Doesn’t Sell Bunnies At Easter

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#5 A German Supermarket Pulled All The Russian Products In Its Russian Aisle And Replaced Them With Sunflower Seeds

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“A combination of factors determine a person’s level and kind of curiosity,” Dr. Engel continued, pointing out that curiosity tends to be associated, to some degree, with levels of intelligence. “It’s also deeply influenced by the way adults spoke with you when you were very young and associated with temperament, too; with how comfortable you are with novelty, for instance.”

#6 What Happens When You Grow A Pumkin Inside A Plastic Mold

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#7 This Cute Wizard Made Out Of Soap Is My Son’s First Try At Whittling

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#8 This Is What Happens When A Cat Touches A Plasma Ball

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“Curiosity is the magic potion that leads to learning, which makes it all the more important that parents and teachers nurture it in childhood,” Engel told Bored Panda.

Data suggests that quite a few people see said potion as a key element of a successful future. A survey carried out in 2018 found that as much as 94% of parents believe that curious children are more likely to become successful adults.

#9 This Is What Happens When Frogs Eat Fireflies

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#10 This Is What Happens When A Lightning Hits Beach Sand

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#11 Someone Placed A Small Stick On Each Of The Dog Graves In This Cemetery

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According to another expert, Dr. Diane Hamilton, curiosity plays a role in every aspect of our day-to-day lives. “Our curiosity determines our interest in doing things, from whether we want to learn something new, hike a new trail, or seek a job that fulfills us,” she told Bored Panda.

“Without curiosity, we would be in limbo, remaining in status-quo behaviors and leading rather dull lives. That is a significant problem in the workplace and why I work with so many organizations to build a culture of curiosity. When we spark curiosity, we create innovation, engagement, and productivity.”

#12 This Is What Happens When You Heat An Ordinary Marble Over A Flame Then Immediately Drop It Into Cold Water

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#13 The Petals Of This Camellia Flower

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#14 My Cat Has One Eye And This Is How She Peeks Around Corners

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According to Dr. Hamilton, we are all born with high curiosity levels, but they decline at around the age of five. “My research for the Curiosity Code Index (CCI) found that four things inhibit curiosity and reduce our levels: fear, assumptions, technology, and environment (FATE).

“Firstly, we often fear asking questions for fear of looking stupid. Secondly, the voice in our head might tell us that it assumes we won’t like something because it would be too difficult. Thirdly, we might over- or under-utilize technology, and lastly, everyone in our environment—family, friends, teachers, and anyone with whom we have had contact—might influence our curiosity through their lack of support.”

#15 This Bookshelf In Tallinn Airport

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#16 What Happens When 50 Mph Winds, Freezing Temperatures And Lake Erie Hits Your House

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#17 Crosswalk Projected On A Dirty Winter Road

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The same way fears, technology, and people do, culture, too, can influence our curiosity. Dr. Hamilton, who discussed the topic in two of her books—Cracking the Curiosity Code and The Power of Perception—told Bored Panda: 

“Culture falls into the environmental category, which is one of the four factors of FATE. Anyone in our circle of influence, like friends, family, and others, shows us how our culture accepts or rejects our actions.

“Culture is a significant influencer and teaches us if something is a good or wrong way to behave. Consider a culture where women are not supposed to work. Then, a woman’s curiosity about job potential would be quite different.”

#18 1930’s Parquet Flooring Restored Today!

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#19 The Way Our Wallpaper Installer Covered The Vent

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#20 What Happens When Water Gets Really, Really Cold

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Closely linked with another inhibitor of curiosity, technology, the internet seems to be a double-edged sword when it comes to a person’s eagerness to familiarize themselves with the unknown.

“I think for some people, online access to information is a boon to curiosity,” Dr. Engel shared. “And research has shown that feeding curiosity is the best way to increase it. So, being able to answer one’s questions online can fuel the fire of curiosity.

“On the other hand, answering a specific question—when did the continents break apart, how is Alzheimer’s diagnosed, what is neoliberalism, for instance—is very different from surfing the internet for distraction and passive entertainment. To the extent that those activities preoccupy people, the internet depresses curiosity.”

#21 This Is What Happens When You Put Horizontal Mirrors On A Shack In The Desert

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#22 This Elevator Has Giant Buttons You Can Push With Your Feet

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#23 Beach Has Baskets For People To Help Clean Up

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“Internet content can spark curiosity by putting images out there that intrigue us,” Dr. Hamilton pointed out. “Sometimes, a picture brings back a memory from childhood. Like that voice in our heads that told us we might not like something or things might be too hard, sometimes that voice can be positive, telling us that an image was something we enjoyed. There is little risk of clicking on a picture to see what intrigued us. When we are safely behind a screen, it can make us more adventurous to explore random pictures.”

If you want to see how browsing random images affects your curiosity, check out this guy photoshopping himself into random pictures next; but if you’d rather stick to something you already know to be at least ‘Mildly Interesting’, feel free to scroll through our previous editions on the subreddit here or here.

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

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#25 My One Dog Looks Like My Other Dog’s Shadow

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

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#27 This Is What Happens When You Polish A Coconut

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#28 The Way My Windscreen Froze

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#29 Today In Copenhagen There Was Car Free Sunday

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#30 A Frame In The Middle Of A Lake

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#31 My Chickens Greeting Me When I Come Home From Work

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#32 This Bar That Decorated Its Bar Top With The Confiscated Fake Ids Of College Students

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#33 What Happens When The Mist Around A Waterfall Freezes

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

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#35 My Dog’s Shampoo Is Tested On Humans First

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#36 Buried Christmas Lights

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#37 My Bachelor’s Degree Is Signed By Arnold Schwarzenegger

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#38 Flowers On A Wall That Look Like A Gradient

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#39 These Kittens With Perfect Moustache Patterns

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#40 The Wear And Scuff-Marks On This Boat Look Like An Island In The Sea

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#41 There Is A Sharing Point For Walking Sticks At The Beginning Of My Favourite Hiking Path

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

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#43 Locals In Puerto Rico Painted This Mural. They Made Sure To Include The Dog That Chills There Often

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

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#45 This Is What Happens When You Drive Over Chalk Paint On A Hot Day

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#46 Live Power Line Fell, It Was So Hot That It Melted Through The Sidewalk And Turned The Sand Underneath To Glass

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#47 A Cheese Vending Machine In A Mountain Village In Switzerland

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#48 Here’s What Happens When You Leave Half A Cabbage In The Fridge Too Long

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#49 What Happens When You Put M&ms In A Dish Of Water. Diffusion Force Barriers

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#50 Found A Snoopy House On My Walk

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#51 My Great Grandmothers Sketches Of Her Teachers. 1924

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#52 My Dog Had A Paw Print On His Paw

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#53 The Roof Of This Small Chapel Collapsed, And Instead Of Rebuilding It Normally They Made It Out Of Glass

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#54 Came Across A Typewriter For Writing Music

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#55 I Have Partial Heterochromia In Both Eyes

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#56 I Like To Make Little Drawings Of People That I See

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#57 My Rhododendron Looks Like It’s Trying To Run Off

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#58 This Welcoming Sculpture At A Truck Stop Tire Store In Co

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#59 One Of My Friends Deleted Social Media And Is Attempting To Stay In Contact Via Mail…

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#60 An Old TV Repurposed Into A Cat Bed For My Cat’s Birthday

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#61 This Shopping Cart Has A Magnifying Glass Attached To It

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

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#63 I Stacked 65 Jenga Blocks On One Block

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#64 The Tag From My New Frying Pan Can Be Planted To Grow Thyme

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#65 My Teacher Made Pokémon Animal Type Of Cards For Science

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#66 What Happens When Wood Is Burnt With High Voltage

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#67 My New Fridge Came With A Noise Description

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#68 I Made A Very Round Snowman

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#69 The Blossoms On My LEGO Bonsai Are Small Frogs

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#70 My Beer 4-Pack Came With Paperboard Rings, Instead Of Plastic

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

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#72 I Found A Pidgeon With One Feather Sticking Out Of It’s Head

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#73 I Traced Around My Vitiligo Spots

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#74 Social Distancing Escalator At Local Mall

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#75 The Exterior Of The Old Library Inside The New Library

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#76 We Use Hulk Hands To Move Cacti At My Work

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#77 The Way My Mom Mows Crop Circles Into The Lawn

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#78 My Oven Shows The Time That You Started Cooking Incase You Didn’t Set A Timer

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#79 Snake Looking Through My Glass Door

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

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#81 Saw The End Of A Rainbow Today

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#82 My University Has A Yolo Button That Randomly Dispenses A Drink

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#83 My Girlfriend Bought Some Particular Measuring Spoons

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#84 My Thai Food Came With A Chork

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#85 My Bathroom Window Looks Like A Painting

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#86 The Dew Forming On This Trampoline Is Squared Out By The Fabric

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#87 Local Kmart Has A Doll With Down’s Syndrome

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#88 This Finnish Bread-Brand Put A Mask On Their Mascot

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#89 This Convenience Store’s Floor Is Made Of Bottle Caps

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#90 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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#91 The Person Who Lived In My Apartment Before Me Planted Pineapples

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#92 A School (?) Of Jellyfish Congregated Under This Boat

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#93 My Newly Acquired Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone Fore-Edge Painted Book! Featuring A Secret Platform 9 3/4 Scene On The Edges Of The Pages

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#94 If You Ever Meet Steve Martin By Chance, He Gives You A Card As Proof You Met Him

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#95 Helen Keller, Maya Angelou And Eleanor Roosevelt Barbies. There’s Braille On The Helen Keller Box

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

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#97 This Dental Office Trims Their Shrubs To Look Like Molars

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#98 These Statues In Front Of A Finnish Train Station Are Vaccinated

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#99 Bathroom At My Dentist Has A Picture Of The Bathroom At My Dentist Hanging On The Wall

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

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#101 A Reminder For Parents To Not Be [jerks]

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

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

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#104 I Genuinely Thought My Car Was Hovering Over The Parking

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#105 Used My Fingers To Make A ‘Drawing’ On Velvet

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#106 Coffee Stain That Looks Like Earth

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

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

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#109 My Grandma’s Collection Of 544 Different Cookie Cutters That She Has Been Expanding For 50+ Years

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#110 This Walgreens Is In An Old Bank

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#111 Mcdonald’s In The Netherlands Now Serve Drinks With A Cardboard Lid Instead Of A Plastic Lid

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#112 My Local Gym Gave The Handicap Drawing A Noticeable Bicep

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#113 Cardboard Rings For This 6 Pack Instead Of The Plastic Ones

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#114 The Truck In Front Of Us Lined Up Perfectly With The Mountains!

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#115 The Embers Of My Bonfire Look Like The Eye Of Sauron

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#116 The Melting Snow On This Chair Looks Like A Tree

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#117 My Blinds Reflection Looks Like Lunar Phases On My Wall

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

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

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#120 Local Plant Nursery Has A Notice Translation For Teens

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#121 Table I Made Out Of Old Skateboards In My Clients House

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#122 I’m The Only Apartment With The Holiday Spirit

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#123 My Public Library Tells You How Much Money You’ve Saved By Checking Things Out Instead Of Buying Them

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

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#125 My Friend’s Shoes Look Like They Are Screaming

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