Over on the r/wellworn subreddit board, people are sharing their most fascinating examples of the almost imperceivable forces around us. While it sometimes feels like we don't make that much of an impact on the world, the fact is that every ounce of friction, every drop of sweat, and every step we take all leaves a very real mark behind. The results are hard to detect on a day-by-day basis, but when presented like this there's an almost sublime beauty to it.

At least, enough for you to go "huh, neat."

1. This office computer mouse has seen some desktop mileage

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2. The shackle on a really old playground swing set

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3. Two identical teddy bears, two very different owners over the course of 18 years

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4. The polished patina of an original iPhone, years after Apple would have forced the owner to upgrade

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5. This kitchen knife spotted in the house of a user's grandparents

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6. One young Minecraft player's favorite gaming rig

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7. The boots of a British Queen's Guard after only a year of ceremonial duties

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8. The floor of a barbershop

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9. The men's vs. the women's bathroom doors at an engineering university

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10. A quarter from 1967 (and his younger brother)

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11. This keychain is the roughest Anakin has looked since Mustafar

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12. The chair in a hospital cancer ward, the armrests worn down by hundreds of anxious hands...

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13. A pair of D20 dice, passed down from generations of D&D players since the 1980s

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14. Metal door handles at the University of Michigan Union

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