Photos That Show How Time Has a Way of Changing Everything
Time changes everything. It's a fact of life. However, those changes are always perceptible. Sometimes they're so slow and incremental that you don't even realize what's happening until something has been completely transformed. If we just slowed down a little bit more from time to time, we might be able to perceive these changes more so than we currently do.
But all of these changes are not always a bad thing. Sure, time can break down and destroy things, but it can also completely transform them in ways we would have never expected it to. Time may be fickle, there's no doubt about that, but it can also surprise us every once and a while!
Today, we're taking a look at some incredible photos that show just how much change and damage that time can do to an object. Whether it's wear and tear from years of use or the forces of Mother Nature herself, nothing stays the same, no matter how permanent we think it might be. Some of these are downright ridiculous, others are beautiful, but they all share one thing in common—they're all almost unbelievable!
Let's get started and see what time has in store for us!
Plenty of Pets
What is it about petting a dog that makes it so irresistible? Whether it's a real, furry canine friend or a metal one, people love pets just as much as dogs do, and this adorable statue is proof of that!
As you can see, the dark, outer coating of the statue has been rubbed away after years of people giving this good boy a little love. Petting a fake dog might be a little ridiculous, sure, but you can't deny it's pretty cute too!
Teddy Bear Wear and Tear
They may be a hotbed for germs and all sorts of other childhood grossness, but kids just straight-up love stuffed animals. Every kid needs a teddy bear, and it's adorable when kids love them past the point of repair.
Clearly, the bear on the left has had a long, happy life with some kid that loved it a lot. He may be in need of a fur transplant and a neck brace, but this bear looks exactly like one should after years of use.
Crossword puzzles might not be as popular as they once were, but there are still plenty of dedicated fans who try their best to fill in every box in every puzzle they come across. Some, though, are much more dedicated than others.
According to a Reddit post, this clipboard was used to do the newspaper crossword puzzles for years...and it shows! That black box in the corner is a testament to how many hours were spent pondering those crossword clues!
Sharp Sharpening Skills
If properly cared for, a knife can last you a lifetime. A few minutes with a sharpening stone, and a dull, crappy knife can cut again like it's brand new! However, even knives have to be retired eventually.
It may still be sharp, but clearly, this knife has seen better days. It's kind of amazing that it could be used so much that it's been sharpened to half of its former self, but it's possible, apparently! This knife has definitely served its user faithfully, but come on, it's time for a new one!
So Many Staples
No, this isn't some terrifying swarm of bugs that have completely enveloped a telephone pole. In fact, they're not even human at all. This is what happens to a pole after decades of having posters stapled to it.
At a certain point, you'd think that people would just pick a new pole, but that wasn't the case. And now we've got a telephone pole that's more staple than wood! Hopefully, everyone posting missing pet posters here found them!
To say that this rug is threadbare would be an understatement! You can barely tell that there's a rug there at all. It looks like if one more person tries to wipe their feet on it, it will vanish into the ether entirely!
We have no idea how many years it takes for a rug to turn basically invisible, but we bet this thing has been there for more than a decade. A new rug might be more practical, but it wouldn't look as cool as this!
Ping Pong Paint
How much damage could a puny little ping pong ball do to a paint job? As crazy as it seems, millions of hits over the course of decades can basically strip wood bare! It's not the most efficient way to strip paint, but it gets the job done...eventually.
According to the Reddit user who posted the image, this ping pong table has been at the same location for almost 20 years at this point. It's clearly seen plenty of heated ping pong matches over the years!
The Ancient Key
We don't really think about it much, but every time you turn the key in your car, it's technically making it just the tiniest bit smoother and duller. If you're trading in cars every few years, you'll probably never notice, but if you keep yours around for a while, this becomes more noticeable.
The Reddit user who posted this image says that this well-worn key is for their 1999 Honda Civic, and that, and I quote, "If I take a corner too fast it falls out and the car stays running." Sounds super safe!
These Bills Don't Stack Up
There's nothing better than a crisp, new dollar bill. Old, worn money may spend just as well as the new bills, but it's clear to see the major visual differences between the two when compared side by side.
We're not entirely sure how dollar bills manage to magically grow larger with more use, but it's clear to see that the new bills take up about half as much space as the old ones. They're more space efficient, and you don't have to worry about all the grubby-handed strangers who touched them before you!
The Waves of Time
Erosion isn't something that just happens overnight, but if you give Mother Nature long enough, she can do some pretty impressive and crazy things. This is especially true when it comes to saltwater—which is five times more corrosive than fresh water.
This top-heavy rock is real-life proof that time changes everything. It will probably take decades, if not a century or more, but eventually, this formation is headed for collapse!
The "Antique" Keyboard
Time changes everything...but not always for the better! While some of these images have been fascinating and awe-inspiring, this one is just gross! Not everything needs to be posted on the internet!
According to the Reddit user who shared this image, he has no idea how old his keyboard actually is. To which we say, "Get a new keyboard!" This grimy, old thing is probably home to all sorts of dust, debris, and germs!
Smooth Silver Dollar
We imagine that kids these days are probably just as confused about the coin on the left as they are about the coin on the right! Though rarely seen anymore, these are silver dollar coins that were originally minted from 1878 to 1904.
According to the Reddit user sharing this, the coin on the right has been rubbed smooth after more than six decades in his pocket. At this point, is it even usable anymore? How can you even tell what denomination it originally was?
Burned by Ms. Pac-Man
While technology has gotten better over the years at preventing it, burn-in is basically a death sentence for any sort of monitor or display. Old models were especially prone to this kind of damage.
However, in this case, burn-in has left us with a pretty interesting relic from the past. This Ms. Pac-Man arcade machine entertained users for so long that burn-in has left us with an almost perfect image of the game on the screen.
Sometimes time changes things for the better, but in this case, time has created a major security issue! I wonder which numbers could possibly be in the PIN for this door lock? It's definitely time for a replacement.
What makes the wear and tear on this keypad particularly crazy is what the door leads to. According to the Reddit user who posted this, it's the lock for a medication room at a hospital. How has nobody noticed this is a problem yet?
Even if you're terrible at the real sport, mini-golf is fun for the whole family. We assumed that these courses replace their balls from time to time, but we had no idea how much wear and tear they actually go through.
According to the Reddit user who posted this image, these are putt-putt golf balls that have been worn down over time thanks to the steam cleaning they go through. Apparently, those dimples are actually pretty important for a golf ball—the smoothed-down balls are much more difficult to control.