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

We’ve all dreamed of finding a lost treasure box when we were kids. As adults, finding a lost note is both a blessing and a curse, ‘cause you probably will have to lose something sometime soon to even out the karma, they say.

But this time we’re talking lost and found stuff, objects, and places with a much bigger “wowzer” factor. Imagine yourself coming across an alligator skull while hiking, or spotting a tiny perfect seashell in your salt. Some discoveries are cute and fun, while others are plain scary and mind-bending.

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So fasten your seatbelts since we’re off to a lost and found compilation from Bored Panda that will surely ignite your inner detective. More bizarre objects that have been lost, thrown away, washed ashore, or long forgotten in the woods can be found in our previous posts here, here, and here.

#1 Wife Found This At A Local Estate Sale; Suspect Emma Wasn’t Happy

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#2 Found Photos Of My Grandmother’s Cousin Hanging With His Buddy While Cleaning Out A Storage Locker

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#3 My Mom Found A Baby Owl On The Porch Behind The Firewood

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We usually think of lost and found objects as some random stuff nobody really knows what to do with. Unless their owners are found, there’s little utility to them. But did you know that “found objects,” also known by the French term “objet trouvé,” have been a source of inspiration to many modern and contemporary artists?

Art made from found (or sometimes bought) objects was especially popular in the early and mid-20th century with the works of Marchel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, and Henry Moore. You have probably seen Duchamp’s infamous sculpture titled “Fountain” (1917) which was basically an upturned urinal placed in a gallery space. No wonder it shocked the conservative art world at the time.

#4 Mosaics Of A Roman Villa Were Found Under A Vineyard In Negrar, Italy

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#5 Friend Of Mine Just Moved Into A New House. Took Off All The Heating Vents To Paint Them, And This Was Behind One Of Them

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#6 An Old Jacket Hanging In The Woods With A Bird’s Nest Built In The Pocket

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According to Tate, Picasso was the originator of the found art movement. “From 1912, he began to incorporate newspapers and such things as matchboxes into his cubist collages, and to make his cubist constructions from various scavenged materials.”

Essentially, artists would modify the found objects as minimally as they could, or sometimes leave them as they were. The idea is based on repurposing an object which has not been designed for artistic purposes into a piece that’s deliberately placed in an artistic context.

#7 I Run Down An Old Dirt Road. Trash Is Dumped There. One Day I Stopped And Found A Box Of Money. All The Envelopes Are From Different Countries All Over The World

Mostly date from the 1700s-1900s. The oldest is a coin from 1621. I’ve got some from countries that no longer exist. I’m still researching.

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#8 Hummingbird Feather. I Had Never Found One Before, Thought It Was Neat

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#9 This Incredible Carrot Hand Was Found While Digging Juice Carrots At Our Farm Today

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#10 Found A 100-Year-Old Time Capsule In My Backyard

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#11 So I Found A Loop Of Paper Attached To My Cat’s Collar This Morning. I’ll Be Sure To Send Another Note Back

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#12 My Friend Just Found This Little Statue While Digging In His Own Garden

The archeologists from the museum told him that it is probably from a grave dating back to 3-4000 years ago.

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#13 I Found A Tiny House Inside Of A Tree Stump

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#14 This Morning I Found By Far The Smallest Frog I Have Ever Seen In My Entire Life

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#15 A Rock I Found On The Beach Has A Tiny Starfish Fossil In It

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#16 I’m A Woodturner & Found A Lovely Bowl In A Vintage Store, Made By The Guy Who Inspired Me As A Kid

On closer inspection I felt the bowl was very familiar, so I flipped through the very book that inspired me, 31 years ago, & there it was!

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#17 My Wife Found This Tiny Skink In Our Garden, Some Much-Needed Brightness On A Grey, Smoky Day

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#18 We Went To The Beach To Find Shark Teeth, So When My Daughter Yelled “I Found Teeth!” This Was The Last Thing I Was Expecting

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#19 This Rock I Found At The Beach When I Was Seven Is Full Of Fossilized Shells

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#20 I Found A Book Called “The Ancient Thirst To Read”. It’s Actually A Flask

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#21 Found These Green Army Men Doing Yoga At A Place We’re Renting

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#22 Remember To Sign Your Work. I Used To Really Like This Table I Rescued From A Dump Pile Two Years Ago. Just Found The Inscription. Now I Love This Table

It’s maker, T. R. Boone, was a janitor at the University of Nebraska in 1914. Thanks for the good work, Mr. Boone. You were an artist.

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#23 Found 83 Gold Coins At The Bottom Of A Coal Container After Renovating The House

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#24 Found In The Pocket Of My Grandpa’s WW2 Bomber Jacket

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#25 This Pink Grasshopper Found On Kelleys Island, Ohio

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#26 Found A Random Painting In The Middle Of The Woods

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#27 This “Bookmark” I Found In An Old Shakespeare Book Is A Voting Ticket From The Civil War

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#28 This Shell I Found In My Sea Salt

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#29 Found This In My Backyard In Ankara/Turkey. It’s Red Fox Agate

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#30 Real Talk I Think I Just Found A Shell With An Ancient Language On It

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#31 Heart-Shaped Amethyst Geodes. Discovered Yesterday In Artigas, By The Mining Company Uruguay Minerals

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#32 Alligator Gar Skull I Found While Hiking Today

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#33 Elmo Toy That I Found While Hiking In Georgia

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#34 I Went Diving With My Metal Detector In A Private Lake And Was Able To Return Multiple Valuables To Their Owners, Including A $5000 Wedding Ring That Was Lost For Almost 5 Years

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#35 This Very Old Bottle Of Cocaine We Found In My Pharmacy

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#36 This Pearl I Found In An Oyster I Was Eating

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#37 Group Of Baby Easter Bunnies I Found While Walking My Dog On Easter Sunday (Can For Reference)

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#38 Found An Old Beer Bottle In The Mountains With A Mini Eco System Inside

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#39 We Found A Safe Behind A Fake Electrical Socket In Our New House

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#40 This Guy Found 73 Frisbees In A Pond While He Was Looking For His Own

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#41 Found This Note In My Hotel Bed Last Night… Ugh

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#42 I Found A Mussel With Natural Goggly Eyes

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#43 Found A Shower During The Demo To Put In A Shower

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#44 I Opened A Ventilation Cavity In A Wall And Found Old Love Letters Bound In String

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#45 Found This In The Crawl Space Above My Bedroom

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#46 I Broke A Yard Decoration That Had 2 Frogs And Found Inside 1 Pig Playing Guitar

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#47 I Found A Old Journal In The Woods Wrapped In Yarn With 3 Vials Of Blood In The Knot

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#48 A Purple Grasshopper Found In My Garden

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#49 Found A Moose Tooth In The Creek

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#50 This Origami Grasshopper My Friend Found On A Tram In Japan

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#51 I Decided To Do A Little Exploring After Hurricane Dorian. This Is What I Found (Virginia)

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#52 I Found What Appears To Be A Glass Heart Digging In My Garden

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#53 This Radio I Found In My Attic Is Built To Resemble A Coca-Cola Vending Machine

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#54 Bought A House That Had A Hidden Room, I Found It When I Parked A Bus On It

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#55 This Purple Roly Poly I Found Today

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#56 I Found A Door, And Nothing Else, On An Abandoned Beach

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#57 I Found A Cicada With The McDonald’s Logo On It

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#58 I Found This American Coin Far Away From Its Country, In A Quiet Field While Metal Detecting In Scotland

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#59 Found These Beautiful Colors Hiding Inside A Piece Of Wood

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#60 Rarest Of All Lobster Types, Albino One. Odds To Catch Him Are 1 In 100 Million

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#61 Daughter Found The Largest Blackberry I’ve Ever Seen

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#62 One Of My Students Found A Copy Of The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer With Mark Twain’s Real Name On It

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#63 Found These 110 Year Old Crayolas In The Back Of A Family Secretary Desk. The Pack Still Has The Crayons

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#64 This Archaeological Wall Of Ingravings I Found While Hiking

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#65 Found And Returned A Wedding Ring, As Well As A Phone, With Over 5 Years Of Lost Memories Still On It, While Diving For Trash And Treasure In Rollin’s Lake

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#66 Today I Found A Bald Eagle’s Tail Feather And Primary Wing Feather (Didn’t Keep Them, It’s Illegal)

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#67 My Dad Found A Weather Balloon In His Field Today

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#68 Giant Puffball Mushroom My Sister Found In The Woods

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#69 I Found An Old Clothes Hanger Between The Floor Boards Of My Attic. It’s So Old The Company’s Phone Number Is 4 Digits

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#70 I Opened A Decade Old Play-Doh Container To Find It Had Grown Crystals

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#71 This 5-Inch Moth We Found In Our House Yard Today

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#72 Today While Sorting Through My Grandma’s Attic, I Happened To Discover My Great-Great-Grandfather’s Italian Passport And A Ticket To America Exactly 100 Years Later

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#73 While Showing My 3-Year-Old My Game Boy, I Discovered A Picture Of My Best Friend From 1999

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#74 I Found A Wall With A Bottle Build Into It Which Has A Small Note Inside

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#75 Aussie Mom Finds World’s Second Most Poisonous Snake Hiding In Her Kid’s Lunch Box

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#76 My Brother Found My Old Dollhouse TV Displaying The Twin Towers

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#77 I Found These Crystals At The Bottom Of A Bottle Of Maple Syrup That Sat In The Back Of My Refrigerator For A Few Years

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#78 Found Two Bottles Of Guinness In The Attic. 1874 I Think

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#79 I Found This Carved Fox Inside A Tree Stump, In A Forest Close To My Home

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#80 This Golf Ball Inside A Log I Found

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#81 Found This In Our Back Yard While Planting A Tree

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#82 My Mom Found This Skull With A Chrysalis Inside The Eye Socket

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#83 Beaver’s Chew Marks On A Tree That I Found

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#84 I Found A Lizard With 2 Tails In My Driveway This Morning

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#85 Found Old Newspapers Used As Insulation In The Wall Of A 130-Year-Old House

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#86 Found A S-Agent 1960 Cap Gun While Digging A Hole For A Fence Post

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#87 Renovating A 100-Year-Old House, Found What Looks Like A Samurai Sword Under A Section Of The House That Had A Dirt Floor

The sheath is metal on the outside and wood inside. Still sharp and heavy

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#88 Vintage Board Games Found In An Attic Of A New House

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#89 Found My Great Grandpa’s WWII Air Force Goggles With WWII Dirt Still On Them

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#90 Found A Key Inside My Wall

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#91 I Found A Medieval Medal (Estimated 1226 – 1350) While Gardening

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#92 I Found A Mutated Daisy

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#93 Dinosaur Bone Found In The Basement Of My Friend’s 15th Century House In North-Eastern France

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#94 I Found A Luger While Digging Out My Basement

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#95 I Found A Ping Pong Ball Under My Basement Sofa That Is Elevated By Spider Cobwebs

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#96 35 Pounds Of Honey Found In My Cousin’s Roof

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#97 This Frog Statue I Found Tied Up On The Roof Of The House We Just Bought

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#98 Found A Europe Cassette Tape In The Desert

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#99 Found This Awesome Swedish Krona From 1667 In My Backyard

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#100 Stone Tools Found Walking With My Dog Along Dried Up Riverbed

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#101 I Found A Set Of Circular Playing Cards

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#102 Was Cutting Down A Tree At A Golf Course And Found A Golf Ball Wedged In It

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#103 Just Found A Lug Nut In My Fruit Bar

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#104 I Found This Bumpy Thick Pringle In The Can

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#105 Got Home From Vacation To Find A Yellow Pages Book At My Door Being Eaten My Snails

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#106 An Old 8-Ball Found Deep In A Forest

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#107 My Sister Found The Fossil Of What We Assume Is A Dinosaur Out In The Middle Of The Gobi Desert

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#108 We Discovered A Locked Safe In The Floor During Remodel Of Our Old Home

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#109 Found My First Ring And Pistol While Diving For Trash & Treasure Under A Bridge. Gun Was Turned Into Park Rangers

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#110 Silver Cuff Links I Found Today While Pit Digging. 1700’s. Found In Virginia

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#111 Finding A 65-Million-Year-Old Plesiosaurs Vertebrae Whilst Walking The Dogs. Buckinghamshire, UK

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#112 This White Fern I Found On My Hike Today

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#113 My Roommate Found An Original Star Wars VHS Today At A Thrift Store

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#114 My Parents Found A Mummified Rat Under The Floor Of Their New House

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#115 This Perfectly Square Rock I Found At The Beach

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#116 I Moved The Dryer In Our New House And Found $105 In The Vent

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#117 I Found My Time Capsule From 7th Grade That Has An Ominous Warning If I Opened It Early

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#118 A Mini-Pearl I Found In An Oyster I Was Eating

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#119 Chinese Opium Bottle Found Near Old Railroad

Found near Tombstone, Arizona. Could be from the days of the railroad construction.

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#120 Found My Wallet From 1985 In An Old Jacket. Snapshot Of A Teenage Boys Life In The 80s

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#121 This Viking Sword Was Found At High Altitude In The Mountains Of Oppland County. It May Have Belonged To A Viking Who Lost His Way And Died Here 1100 Years Ago

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#122 This Polygon Heart Drawn On A Leaf I Found In My Campus

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#123 While Renovating Our Studio We Found Old Walled-In Mailboxes

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#124 This WWII Newspaper From 1945 Found In My Grandparent’s Attic

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#125 I Ripped Up My Old Phone Case To Discover It’s Made Of A Macau Beer Mat

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#126 Whole Other World I Found In A Beer Bottle Laying In The Woods

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#127 I Found A Twig I Stole From The White House 11 Years Ago As A Kid

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#128 Found This Old Packaging That Advertises Plastic As A New Idea

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#129 Found Three 1969 Newspapers About The Moon Landing In An Old Chest In The Attic

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#130 My 11-Years-Old Kid And Her Friend Found This Message In A Bottle Today, At Waneka Lake, Colorado. It Reads “Stay Alive By Jose Gonzalez”. It’s A Song

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#131 This Leaf I Found

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#132 I Was Going To Fix Some Leaks I Have On My Roof And Look What I Found. The House Was Built In 1941

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#133 Nazi Plate That I Found Buried In My Great Grandmother’s Garden

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#134 I Found A Book That Is Over 200 Years Old

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#135 Found This Old 7up Can Buried On My Property

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#136 Found An Old Prescription In My Family Home’s Bathroom Closet

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#137 I Found A Single Piece Of Bicycle Shaped Pasta In My Penne

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#138 This 1932 Glass Clorox Bottle I Found In The Woods Behind My House With The Cork Still In It

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#139 While Remodeling Our Bathroom, We Found A Hidden Message In A Bottle From 1975

Note says: “We bought this house from John (censored) in November, 1966. We redecorated the bathroom in June of 1975. The upstairs of the house, the sidewalk and the city sewer system were put in by us.”

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#140 Found A 255-Year-Old Document In The Wall Of A House I Am Renovating. Looks Like A Deed From 1765 For A House In Burlington, NJ

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#141 Found A World War Bayonet Under The Asphalt While At Work On A Football (Soccer) Ground

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#142 This Sprite Can I Found In The Ceiling Of An Old Mall

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#143 This Abandoned Shoe I Found Deep In The Forest

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#144 My Roommate Bought A Pair Of Pants At The Thrift Store And Found This In One Of The Pockets

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#145 I Found Adult Film On VHS, Copyright 1985, Hidden In Basement Rafters While Repairing Plumbing

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#146 Just Bought An Old House (1913) And Working On Putting In A Patio. Just About Done Digging And Found This Along With Some Scattered Bones

Local police notified and waiting to hear back if they’re human or animal.

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#147 Found A Time Capsule Tearing Down A Shed This Summer. Included A Note, A Penny From That Year, And Our State Stone

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#148 I Found A Pre Y2K Zippo While Magnet Fishing Today

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#149 Found In The Basement Of Our New House

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#150 Found An Old Newspaper From When Kennedy Was Shot While Cleaning Out The Garage

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#151 I Work For The Railway And Found This Gatorade Carton In Near Mint Condition In A Tunnel. Date On The Top Says June 16, 1988

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#152 Found This While Taking A Walk

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#153 There’s An Old Dilapidated Barn On The Property. My Friend Found This In A Corner, Under Some Boards And Dust

The brother-in-law of a friend of mine is remodeling a house to sell. My husband and I went to look at it a few weeks back.

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#154 Found A Bible From 1882 Today While Cleaning Out A Storage Unit At Work

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#155 My Buddy Started Tearing Down His Unused Chimney Only To Find ~25 Generations Of Stacked Up Bird Nests

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#156 I Recently Bought A Historical Home Built In 1780. The Other Day I Discovered A Trap Door In The Barn. I Found Some Newspapers From 1926, And A Few Other Things

I’m going to keep searching for things in my free time.

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#157 Contractors Working In Our Basement Found A Package Of Letters Hidden In The Floorboards From In The 1920s

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#158 This Mcdonald’s Cup Found In A Wall During A Kitchen Renovation

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#159 I Found This Movie Prop $100 Bill On The Sidewalk Today

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#160 I Was Splitting Firewood And I Found This Bullet Lodged In One Of The Logs. Notice How There’s No Path Of Entry, So This Tree Was Shot Long Ago And It Healed Itself Around The Bullet

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#161 Was Doing Some Digging And Found An Old Nerf Dart Supporting Life

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#162 I Found A Live 50 Cal Cartridge On A Cape Cod Beach From When The Military Was Stationed There During The Cold War

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#163 I Find A Revolver While Digging In My Backyard

I live in Roeux, in France. A place with a lot of activity during WW. Its a webley MK5 short. Its seems to be a WWI revolver but used in WWII by resistants.

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#164 Made Mussels Tonight, And When My Wife Bit Into One She Found A Tiny Pearl

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#165 This Old 7up Can I Found In The Attic Of My New House

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#166 I Chopped Some Wood And Found A Bullet

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#167 Architect Friends Found This Beam In An Old House In Massachusetts, The Date Is The Battle Of Bunker Hill

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#168 Found 4 Apple Watches, 4 Phones, & A Ton More While Diving For Trash & Treasure In The American River! 2 Watches Returned So Far

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