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These Surprising Photos Show How Anything Can Be Worn Down With Enough Time

The smallest actions can have the greatest of consequences. Everything around us has a shelf life. Over the course of time, mountains tumble into the seas as the wind and rain wear them away. While it's impossible for us to see this kind of erosion (it takes millions of years), there are other more obvious examples of continuous small actions wearing things away.

That's what our images show -- how very small actions can have a huge impact as time goes by. You'll be amazed at what's happened to these everyday ordinary items just through regular use. Come and check them out.

1. The Silver Dollar And The Chafing Pocket

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This silver dollar's face is nearly gone and it was all caused by rubbing against material whilst being carried in the owner's pocket.

2. The Driver's Face And The Harsh Sun

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This driver's face shows the impact of decades of sunlight exposure on the left-hand side of his face only. The right is how he'd have looked on both sides if he'd worked indoors out of direct sunlight.

3. The Spoon And The Cup Go Head-To-Head

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This cup has been in use for just a single year, but as you can see, the spoon is already wearing through the bottom of the cup.

4. The Doorbell Dings The Door

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Yes, really, this is the action of a door coming into contact with a doorbell over and over again for decades. It's an incredible sight.

5. The Footpath That Wasn't A Footpath

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If enough people take a shortcut for a long enough period of time, this is what results - a sort of informal footpath in the shape of feet.

6. The Fabric Footpath

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It's not just natural features that suffer from being regularly walked over. Here you can see another informal footpath ingrained on a house carpet.

7. The Reception Desk Well

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This image is from a hotel and the worn lino represents the place that guests stand at while they check in and out of the building.

8. The Touch Of A Hand Harms A Stone Pillar

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It's almost unbelievable to think it, but this stone pillar has been worn down over the decades just by the touch of human hands.

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9. The Place That People Don't Sit

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You can tell which seats on this bench get the most attention and where no one wants to sit just by the wear marks on the cushions.

10. Wearing Out Your Welcome

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In this case, this is quite literal. The wiping of shoes at the front door over the years has caused a "Welcome" to become truly worn out.

11. Clothing Lines On Shorts

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It's amazing the toll that everyday life takes on things. The color of the bottoms of the legs shown here is the original color while the rest has faded from normal use.

12. The Crunched Doorknob

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You may need to look at this carefully, but the doorknob on the right side of the image is much flatter than the one on the left. It's been squashed over the years by banging into the wall.

13. The Push Plate That Needed To Be Higher And Larger

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This is the result of people's hands pushing on the glass over and over again. As you can see, it gives us useful data on how to design a better push plate for the future.

14. Even Standing Still Has Impact

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These impressions of a monk's feet in wood come from the position that the monk spends the most time in. It's the acid in the oils on his feet that do the damage.

15. What Happens When People Really Love To Play Dominoes

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This table has lost much of its veneer thanks to dominoes players pushing their dominoes over it. 

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16. A Pirate's Life For Me

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the oldest teams in major league baseball. Their logo hasn't changed much either. The only thing that seems to change is the age of their merchandise.

17. Boba Fett Keychains

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These are not the Star Wars keychains you're looking for. What a difference a year makes! The same collectible Boba Fett keychains one-year apart.

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18. It's Still Rust

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The term "rustic" is typically given to something older but stylish. This is 15-years of rust build-up in this pipe. There is nothing stylish about it.

19. Get Off Your Feet

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Touching the feet of this statue has been the source of luck for quite some time. Let's hope no one thinks kissing the feet will yield better luck.

20. Lip Balm Containers

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The major companies who make lip balm tend to stick with one design that works. Brand awareness aside, it's amazing how being kept in a pocket for years affects the wear and tear.

21. Tetherball Pole

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Tetherball is obviously a popular game at this school or park. There are only so many places the chain can go when being wrapped around the pole.

22. Dishwasher Safe

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The glass itself may be dishwasher safe. Disney made no promises about the image. Although it will still probably be worth a few thousand dollars in 3017.

23. Banking On Customers

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There must have been a lot of foot traffic at this bank over the years. Can you hear the solemn sobs of the people trying to get their overdraft fee back from the teller?

24. Get On Your Feet

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The no-so-subtle marks from the knees of pilgrims. Many people have found their way into this cathedral praying for a successful new life.

25. Pennies For Your Thoughts

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The average lifespan for a coin in circulation is around 30 years. There is, of course, an exception to every rule. A few can be found here.

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