Some things stand the test of time, while others show pretty clearly they’ve been used for maybe a little too long. We’re used to seeing what’s old and worn out as useless, and something to be thrown away. But there are certain objects that actually get more beautiful and charming with the wear and tear. Not to mention the fact that what is old usually has an interesting story to tell.
And then there are of course also other types of worn down things that tell us more about the people (or animals) using them than about the item itself, and often there is a funny reason these things look the way they do. Here are some weird, funny, and interesting pictures that capture worn down objects and the stories behind them.
We all love to stroll around IKEA, buying cute decorations for our homes, and getting inspiration on how to renovate the kitchen (while enjoying some cheap Swedish meatballs). What isn’t there to love about this place? But this “door” clearly proves many people get a little disoriented after spending one too many hours in this furniture maze.
You’ve got to wonder how many hands have confidently reached for this door handle for the paint to get this worn off. Perhaps the staff is purposefully leaving it, rather than replacing it, to make sure no one else has to make this slightly embarrassing mistake. Or maybe they just want their customers to get a good laugh.
Who doesn’t remember their very first stuffed animal? Many have dear memories of this important little friend who symbolized security and familiarity. Whether you had a teddy bear, a doll or some other type of stuffed animal most likely you remember both their name and exactly where in your family home attic it’s stored these days. And even though as an adult you no longer need it, you can’t bring yourself to throw it away.
In this case, it’s hard to believe these two teddy bears were once identical. But the twin brothers who received them at birth just didn’t feel equally strongly about them. One brother in fact barely used his whereas the other hugged his so tight for so long, he barely has any fur left.
Road trip buddy
This good boy clearly loves the freedom of a good road trip! Confidently hanging in his favorite spot in the back seat, enjoying the breeze, you can easily tell this is not the first time him and his best friend are out cruising together.
We hope this man was given this beautiful picture of him and his four-legged buddy as it’s such an adorable image of their friendship and life together. And hopefully he won’t ever try to sell this car as it might be hard to expect anyone to pay an even close to decent price for an old, used car with this kind of damage to it’s paint.
Anyone who has ever spent a little too long tanning at the beach knows how dangerous the sun can be. But this picture gives a a whole new meaning to the definition of sunburn.
Whether by design or accident, this unusual glass globe street light focuses the sunlight so powerfully that it has burned a path in the grass over time. You can track the daily movement of the sun across the sky in the bleached grass arch, giving a very cool touch to the look of this park. But as fascinating as it is, we also can’t help but worry the grass will catch on fire one really hot summer day.
If you want to know how good a pizza joint really is before you try it out, you can look up reviews online. Or in this case, you can just stare at the floor. This pizza restaurant has seen so many hungry and loyal customers wait in line over the years, that the floor leading up to the cashier is worn down to the point the old floor is showing.
This old floor actually looks very pretty, but we get why this restaurant owner doesn’t want to refurbish. Clearly they’re doing very well and this is a charming sign of how popular this place truly is – and definitely an effective marketing campaign.
A swimming leaf
At first it’s not very clear what this pretty turquoise picture even depicts. But if you look closely, the tiny translucent object in this person’s hand is actually a leaf. Yes, as odd as it looks this is indeed a real leaf that has lost all its color.
This apparently happened after it floated around this pool for too long. The water combined with the chlorine is what created this neat effect, and turned a colorful leaf into a paper thin crystal.
When out hiking you’re bound to see some breathtaking views and wonders of nature, but most don’t expect to see anything out of the ordinary when looking down on the dirt trail. This unusually perceptive hiker however did just that, and noticed something interesting.
Some old wire has worn into this rock after years and years of people and animals walking over it, creating a perfect patterned dent. As out of place as wire is in nature, the rock looks oddly beautiful thanks to it.
Cats are known to be creatures of habit and they also enjoy walking on surfaces that are soft for their little paws. This picture shows the beaten path of a certain kitty who likes to pace along the exact same route in his house.
Unfortunately for these home and cat owners, this room has a carpet and no vacuuming or cleaning in the world can get rid of these deep paw prints. Hopefully the next owner won’t mind refurbishing.
Right or left?
It’s estimated that right-handed people make up about 90% of the population, but even if you didn’t know that fact – it’s pretty easy to just guess it based on this picture of a high school door.
When you reach for a door handle on a double swing door, without even realizing it you are bound to pick the side that feels most natural. For a right-handed person that is the right, and for the few lefties the left. Just like the marks on these doors show.
Old-school barbers are rare these days, but this picture has captured one whose business has flourished for so many years the floor clearly shows it. It almost looks like the silver ring has been created around the chair on purpose, as it definitely puts it in focus.
But in fact it’s this small and devoted business owner who has worked diligently around the same chair for some many years he has created a path in the floor.
One of the best parts about having a dog is how thrilled they always are to see you. After patiently waiting the whole day for you to come home from work, they usually can’t contain their excitement. This adorable pupper is no different.
In fact, his owner noticed how the shoe mat in the entrance has little paw marks from where he excitedly starts tapping as soon as he hears the car pull up to the driveway.
Using the same wallet for years and years until it completely falls apart, is something many of us do. After all, most don’t really prioritize buying a new wallet when there are always more fun items on the shopping wish list.
But some hang on to their old wallet a little too long- like this guy did. So long in fact, that his driver’s license photo got imprinted on the plastic – leaving an almost ghost-looking image.
Any chef or amateur home cook knows the importance of good knives. They are not all created equal and depending on if it’s a fish, vegetable or bread roll that is being sliced, the knife used needs to be of the suitable type.
In this kitchen, it’s kind of hard to tell what type of knives these are – as they have been used so much and for so long they are almost gone. Just look at the handle to get an idea of how much wider the blades once were.
Stuffed animal evolution
When this mom bought a cute pink stuffed animal for her daughter, she made sure to get not only one extra – but three. So that way, no matter if the little girl lost or destroyed a few there would always be a pink bird 2.0 to pull out. And the kid would never even notice.
Time went by and sixteen years later the now all grown girl found the four versions of her old friend – all with different degrees of wear and tear.
Seeing a store with an actual bell that rings whenever someone enters almost feels like traveling back in time. Today most stores have automatic sliding doors, and if there is a sound when you enter it sounds like something out of a computer (usually because it is).
But in this shop time has stood still, and the age and popularity of this establishment is evident in the deep dent the bell has made in the door.
When you adopt a cat there are a few things that are certain. You will once in a while find dead mice on your doorstep, there will be weird sounds in the house in the middle of the night, and your couch will turn into shreds – unless you invest in a scratching post.
This cat instead decided the basement pole was the perfect spot for him to sharpen his claws, and this is what fourteen years of damage looks like.
Grandmas usually like to keep things the way they’ve always been and not make any drastic changes. That goes for habits, fashion choices, and the way they furnish their homes. So once a change is done, it tends to make a big difference.
When this grandma had her bed moved for the first time in sixty years, it became pretty evident for everyone this room (and especially the carpet) was in desperate need of a makeover.
This might look like an unusually dramatic font for simply saying parking in front of the gate is prohibited. But in fact, it’s the wear and tear of the sun, rain and wind that over many years have managed to strip away all the color from the sign, except the letters.
Whether they want it or not, it kind of looks like this sign is outside of a motorcycle club, or perhaps a rock bar, that attracts a pretty cool crowd.
Items that have been passed down through generations carry sentimental value like nothing else. Knowing you ancestors cared for something so much that they wanted to gift it to you, just feels special.
This worn down ballpoint pen was carried in the same man’s pocket every day for fifteen years. And he in turn inherited it from his grandfather, who used it for so many years the brass had started to wear through already before his grandson received it.
Many people have a bathroom full of countless bottles of lotion and creams. There is just something so tempting about buying new ones instead of finishing the ten you already have. But in the end, we all have a favorite that gets used the most often.
In this case, the bottle of this beloved body lotion has been grabbed so many times the letters are actually falling off – creating an interesting albeit confusing design. If you wanted to know the name of the brand or the ingredients, we really couldn’t tell you.
Generations of stairs
If you’ve ever wondered what 200-year-old-stairs versus fourteen-year-old stairs look like, here you go. The stairs on the left in this picture were actually built in back in 1829 whereas the brand new looking ones on the left are from 2005.
It’s pretty unbelievable stairs can last as long as they do, and it’s hard to deny the old ones have a lot more charm to them- and are just as easy to use as the new.
Anyone who has ever felt the pain of a sudden paper cut on their finger knows those innocent looking white sheets mean business! And if you’ve ever doubted how laser sharp they truly are, just take a look at this poor old scanner.
It has been used so many times that all the millions of sheets of paper that have passed through collectively have created deep cuts in this hard plastic. It’s hard to believe paper can do this much damage.
Knowing when it’s time to change your tires can be tricky unless you’re a devoted car enthusiast. But thanks to this clever design, as the tires are worn down it shows you the exact percentage of how much tread is left.
As the tread is worn off, effectiveness decreases and there is less traction, so paying attention to the wear and tear of tires is crucial. Thanks to this clever idea, that will be a lot easier for this car owner.
New keyboard needed
Typing a little too fast and aggressively is something we’ve all done, but it takes a long time and extreme usage to create an actual hole in the enter key. But as is obvious in this picture- this person succeeded.
Apparently this picture is from an old shop where the shop owner entered orders by hitting that enter key – during many, many years. We think this person should rewards themselves and all the hard work they put into their business, by buying a nice new cash register.
Respecting the ‘bro code’
Probably everyone has heard of the “bro code,” a set of rules that guides the relationship between men – be them friends, acquaintances, or plain strangers. There are all types of rules in the “bro code,” and a very important one is about public toilets.
According to the etiquette, when a man enters a public toilet, he must choose to position himself in a way that there’s as much distance as possible from any other men. Judging by the marks on the floor, the people frequenting this bathroom are well aware of the rules.
Sun bleached baskets
Looking at this pile of baskets sitting outside a shop, we can immediately tell that the ones on top are used more often than the ones on the bottom. The ones on top are frequently taken inside, so they’re less exposed to the sun, and their color is less bleached.
The ones on the bottom, on the other hand, sit under the sunlight for longer hours, and therefore have a much lighter color than their original bright red. We have to say, though – we actually like the gradient effect!
For good luck
A ballerina’s life is marked by discipline, sacrifice, and a lot of hard work. They can only count on their own willpower to always push themselves further – but it doesn’t hurt to also ask for some outside luck, right?
At the Royal Ballet School, in London, it’s a tradition for students to touch the left forefinger of the bronze statue of legendary dancer Margot Fonteyn. A ballerina’s touch is soft and gentle, but years of the repetitive motion have left its mark on the statue.
A trusted cookbook
It’s common for people to have childhood memories of going to their grandparents’ home and eating so many delicious home cooked meals, they thought they would explode. Well, how did grandma know how to make all that food?
From her trusted cookbook – like the one in the picture, said to be over 70 years old. The pages are holding up well, but the tabs are very worn out. We can imagine grandma with her fingers on the tabs, looking for the right page of the treat she wants to prepare today.
If you ask a person if they’re superstitious, chances are, they’re gonna say no. But actions speak louder than words, and we all have one superstition or two that we wouldn’t dare to break – even if we won’t admit it out loud.
The superstition that walking under a ladder brings bad luck is a very common one, and in this case, it seems like people took it one step further. By the markings on the grass, it seems like a lot of people are superstitious even about walking under a pole.
A really good boy
If you pass by Charles Bridge in Prague, you will undoubtedly come across this statue. At first glance it looks pretty odd. How come the dog is all golden, whereas the rest of the statue is typical metal grey?
As a matter of fact, the dog used to look like the rest of the statue. But tourists and locals alike are so fond of the cute dog, they can’t help but pet him as they pass by. Decades of friendly strokes have worn down the metal, exposing the golden shade.
Four decades of posters
Putting up posters on wooden poles in the town square used to be more common. Before the internet, it was a great way to announce events, advertise your professional services, or look for tenants.
Today, thanks to the internet, all you have to do to find out about events or look for work is go online. But in this town, you can still see all the staples left after four decades worth of posters being put up and torn down.
In need of some cleaning
Never does the wear and tear of time look more obvious as when you see the new and fresh version right next to the old. That is definitely the case here.
This old New York building has been partially cleaned with a pressure wash, revealing a surprising exterior. If the cleaned part hadn’t yet been washed, you would assume this building to to be grey or brown under the black dirt. But it is in fact bright yellow.
The power of a sea breeze
Anyone who has lived by the sea knows it has its pros and cons. And one of the biggest cons is the harsh weather conditions that come with having sand and salt constantly whirling around in the wind, slowly but surely wearing down everything in their path.
This picture shows the drastic difference between the indoor and outdoor handle of a door of a beach house. Despite just being a few inches apart, the harsh sea breeze has ensured the outside handle looks about a hundred years older.
An old coin
Some remember their grandparents walking around with a lucky coin in their pocket, back when a silver dollar was a lot more valuable than it is today. And this is apparently what it looks like after a silver coin spends over sixty years in someone’s pocket.
The Morgan dollar, as this coin is known, was only minted in the US from 1878 to 1921 so it’s safe to say this coin has been around for a very long time.