113 Times Things Got Really Worn Down Over Time (New Pics)


American author Nathaniel Hawthorne once said: "Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind." Let's explore that tail, shall we? It's not an easy task, but Bored Panda put together a list of photos that capture this elusive silhouette quite well.

From a meatball that has spent decades in epoxy to 1,800-year-old Roman leather sandals, the things you're going to see below have all faced the biggest battle in the universe — the passage of time — but took different wounds. Continue scrolling to compare them and if you want more of the same, fire up our similar publications here, here, and here.

#1 This Jack O Lantern With Mold Growing From Inside

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#2 Brickwork By The Sea

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

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#4 You Can Tell Where People Tend To Line Up At This Brooklyn Hardware Store By Where The Linoleum Tile Has Been Worn Away To Reveal The Original Ceramic

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#5 The One And Only Basketball That Lives At The Local Park And Somehow Still Bounces

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#6 The Knife At The Left Was Used By A Butcher For 5 Years Straight. The One At The Right Is The Exact Same Knife, But Brand New

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#7 My Work ID Has Been In Its Plastic Holder For So Long That It’s Imprinted This Ghostly Image Of My Face

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#8 About Time I Bought Some New Work Boots

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#9 160 Years Of Foot Traffic Over The Step Into My Local Pub

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#10 1,800-Year-Old Roman Leather Sandals On Display At Vindolanda Fort In Northumberland, England

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#11 Just Found An Old Roll Of Biodegradable Poop Bags, They Really Do Disintegrate Like Advertised

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#12 Shout Out To Lodge For Replacing My 14 Year Old Dutch Oven Because The Enamel Chipped. No Hassles, Just A Free Replacement In The Mail One Week After Contacting Them

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#13 I Found This Leaf With Only It's 'Veins' Remaining

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#14 I Went Into The Office For The First Time Since March 2020 And Found The Kiwi I Left In My Desk

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#15 My Grandmother Has Kept Her Elementary School Lunch Box In Nearly Pristine Condition For Over 70 Years

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#16 Well-Pet Ducks

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#17 My Hands After Washing The Dishes For 20 Minutes

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#18 I Accidentally Left My Iron Man Canvas Out In The Rain And Inadvertently Improved The Original Design

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#19 Water Levels At Lake Powell Are So Low You Can Find Old Wrecks Out Of The Water

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#20 My Teal Post-Its Turned Green While I Was Out Of The Office For 15 Months

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#21 A Tree Trunk With A Silver Kennedy 1/2 Dollar Coin

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#22 Bathrooms At My Engineering University

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#23 My Parents Got This Spray Bottle Of Windex In 1979 And Have Been Reusing It Ever Since

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#24 This Whiteboard Eraser Has Definitely Seen More Than Its Fair Share Of Use

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#25 My Nana Has Been Using The Same Deck Of Cards For 10 Years And They’ve All Grooved To Her Hand Placement During Shuffling

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#26 This Pumpkin Got Tossed In The Chicken Run Last November But Other Animals Ate The Insides, Leaving A Fairly Intact Shell

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#27 One Of My Kids Left A Shoe Outside

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#28 This Tree Eating A Postbox

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#29 30 Years Ago, My Grandfather Encased This Meatball In Epoxy

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#30 I Inherited My Grandma's Sewing Supplies And As I Was Putting Them Away Realized I Bought The Exact Same Buttons That She Did Over 35 Years Ago For Me

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#31 Found This At My Local Pharmacy

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#32 Old Gold/Copper Crayola Crayons That Turned Green From Oxidation

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#33 My Girlfriend Said You Guys Would Like This And I'm Not Sure Why

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#34 My Dad’s Tree Is Swallowing His Thermometer

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#35 My Neighbors Have An Old Chair With Plants Growing Over It

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#36 Nature Swallows A Car In Hawaii

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#37 Years Of A Lock Grinding On A Brick

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#38 Faded Sign From The "War On Drugs" Era

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#39 This Guy Dancing At The Same Place For Weeks

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#40 Exact Center Seat, 3rd Row From The Back Of The Theater Gets A Lot Of Use

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#41 A Seesaw (Teeter-Totter) In My Local Playground Where Thousands Of Little Feet Have Worn Through The Asphalt

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#42 The Rain Melted The Shells Off The Exposed M&M's I Found In A Parking Lot

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#43 Old 3ds Found With Erosion And Barnacles Found While Diving

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#44 The Air Filter I Just Took Out Of My Lawnmower vs. The One I Replaced It With

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#45 60-Year-Old Unopened Pepsi Bottle

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#46 These Hand Prints In A Cave In Southern Utah

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#47 The Counter At This Truck Stop

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#48 Three Years Ago I Hid A Golden Money Egg For An Easter Egg Hunt But The Egg Was Never Found... Until Now

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#49 A 39-Year-Old Fan Which Turns 40 Tomorrow

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#50 Basketball I Got 5 Years Ago vs. Basketball I Got Today

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#51 Gorilla Nose And Nips

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#52 This Radiator Underneath A Hand Dryer In A Pub In Northern England

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#53 The Grooves Left By The Drop Rods On The Exit Gates Of The Carousel At The Henry Ford Museum

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#54 Wear-And-Tear On Playground Monkeybars Decreases As The Distance Increases

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#55 This Raw Hotdog Someone Stuck On My Vans Antenna Nearly 2 Years Ago Is Skinny But Still Going Strong

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#56 4months Of A Sleep Guard. Never Thought I Used To Grind My Teeth

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#57 Found Some Change That Had Been In The Brushes In The Clothes Dryer

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#58 Old Ice Pack Sprung A Leak, Had To Get A New One

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#59 Wear Marks In The Floor Of A Repurposed Levi’s Denim Factory. Someone Spent Their Whole Life Working And Standing In This Spot. Lamy’s Building, Sedalia, MO

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#60 This Brick Wall Got Smoothed Into A Rock

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#61 7 Year Old Fast Food. Noticed At A Doctor's Office Today

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#62 100-Year-Old Logging Truck, Abandoned And Overgrown By The Trees It Once Helped Cut Down (Lynn Valley, British Columbia, Canada)

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#63 The Spot Where Everyone Always Waits For The Elevator

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#64 My Husband Bought Me A New Uno Deck To Replace My 20-Year-Old Deck

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#65 This Tube Of Toothpaste Discolored Of Being By The Sun For Years

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#66 Progression Of A Broom At A Machine Shop

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#67 Years Of People Touching The Map At The "You Are Here" Spot

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#68 This Sun-Worn Sign Outside My Office That Looks Like It Belongs In A Horror Film

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#69 The Difference Between Brand New Teeth And 800 Hours Of Digging

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#70 New Yoda vs. 2-Years-Old Yoda

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#71 The Sticker On My High School Hat I’ve Had For 10 Years Fell Off Showing The Original Color

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#72 Does This Count? Highlighter After A Week Of Nonstop Studying

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#73 Boyfriend Bought Me A New Alpaca (Left) After I Slept With The Old One (Right) Every Night For 6 Years

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#74 This Is The Same Doll, One After 32 Years Of Love, The Other Still Pristine

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#75 The Wear Around Salon Seat

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#76 You Nose Its Been Touched A Lot

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#77 My Old Skate Shoes vs. My Buddy's New Ones

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#78 We Found This Almost Identical Jacket Outside An Op Shop Today

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#79 What UV Light Does To Wooden Floors When A Rug Is Placed In The Middle Of A Room

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#80 This Jigsaw Has Sat On My Coffee Table For So Long It Fused Into A Flexible Mat

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#81 Climbing Brush, About 8 Years Of Use (Bottom) vs. No Use (Top)

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#82 Great Grandmother's Potato Peeling Knife Still Used By My Grandmother In Her Late 80’s. She Says Her Mother Used It When She Was A Child

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#83 My Friend’s Childhood Towel After 20 Years

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#84 Dug Up A Very Old Orange Crush Can In My Garden Yesterday

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#85 Penny That Was Stuck In My Washer For Years

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#86 The Patch On My Jeans Came Off Revealing Its Original Color

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#87 I Think It Was About Time For New Tires On My RC Car

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#88 Finally Got A New Pair Of Work Gloves. 2 Year Gap

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#89 Finally Got Around To Replacing The Casters On My 1950s Wooden Bankers Chair

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#90 Manhole Cover, New vs. Old

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#91 This Box Of Crayons At The Corner Gas Station Lost Most Of Its Color

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#92 New vs. 3-Year-Old Cat Scratching Post

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#93 Brand New Stored In Closet vs. 25 Years Of Use

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#94 Well Worn Wooden Bench

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#95 This Diary Full Of Stickers/Papers My Boyfriend And I Collected Since May 2020

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#96 This Death Trap My Wife Calls An Oven Mitt

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#97 Before And After 18 Months Of Covid Lockdowns

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#98 Some More Well Worn Brakes

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#99 Here's The Patina On A Knife I Made A Year Ago

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#100 The New And Old Pallet Jacks At My Work

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#101 Plastic Keyboard Cover At Work. I Work At A Dentist's Practice In Germany. Tooth = Zahn, Hence The Z

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#102 IKEA Dish Soap Dispenser Tip

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#103 My 10 Year Old Rubik's vs. One That Just Arrived

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#104 My Laptop Keyboard Protectors, 6 Years Apart

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#105 The Sun Has Bleached The Corner Of The Carpet In This Shop Window Over Time

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#106 Handrail In A Stairwell At Work

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#107 Gentlemen

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#108 The Cracks In My Screen Protector

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#109 Old Air Purifier Hepa Filter On The Left vs. Brand New One On The Right

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#110 I Found An Old Candy Dispenser With Melted Skittles

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#111 Greasy Head Stains In Doctors Waiting Room

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#112 Old vs. New Leather Phone Case

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#113 I Have An Old Basketball In My Backyard That Has The Space Jam Logo On It

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