Twenty incredible pictures showing the ravages of time
It's well known that the unforgiving hands of time leave their trace on everything around us. But many are probably unaware of how quickly everyday objects in our world can change through seemingly minimal contact and simply walking around. This list of photos shows that, in the long-term at least, we're only living for the moment:
1. It seems as though this person has been left to kick their heels for a long time.
2. Fifteen years of children touching stuff at a science museum... Children's hands can wear anything down to size, even steel.
3. This is what happens when the dog tag becomes very well acquainted with the water bowl...
4. People are always prepared to wait a bit longer for their hard-earned money, even at the bank counter.
5. Don't swap! Both piles are worth the same...
6. This play button has become a Victorian portrait.
7. Up and down those stairs...
8. Nope, this isn't mud. It's actually rust in a pipe.
9. The right half of his face shows the disastrous effects of the sun: this man was a truck driver for 28 years.
10. M&M's weren't popular here. This is after 10 years.
11. New York soot from the industrial age — no filter, of course.
12. Years of hands touching this column in Toronto, Canada, have turned it into a small sculpture.
13. The lifecycle of a penny.
14. Paper has cut through the plastic on this printer over time.
15. After 55 years, this man had to cut away his ring.
16. If you want to protect your wooden flooring, you should put a rug down. Sixteen years of sunlight have taken their toll.
17. Two identical teddy bears: one after 30 years of use, the other 30 years in storage.
18. This is what happens when you sharpen your knife too often...
19. Like a tree with its rings, this lamppost has its posters...
20. Even steel floors don't get away unscathed.
This impressive collection just goes to show how everything can lose its shine over time. Maybe, we'll be more attentive to our own surroundings from now on. Who knows how long the things we see every day will last?