You probably don’t need any incentive to just pack your bags and see what the world has to offer, but sometimes it’s nice to see what’s out there before you do so. Although you can read travel guides and look at pictures of destinations across the globe, there’s nothing quite like watching people go about their adventures on a screen in front of you. Yes, there are so many travel movies out there, and these ones are bound to inspire your wanderlust.
The Bucket List
There’s a high chance that you have a whole list of bucket list destinations somewhere in your mind, but you might need a remember that it’s there every so often. The Bucket List will do just that, as this story follows the lives of Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson’s character. Although seemingly from two different walks of life, these two men make it their mission to travel around the globe after undergoing cancer treatment.
Into The Wild
Have you ever wanted to leave everything behind and set off with a backpack into the unknown? Into The Wild will show you the ups and downs of this adventure of a lifetime. That’s because this story follows the real-life adventures of Christopher McCandless after he ditched his old life in search of a new one in Alaska. While it is inspiring, it’s also an open and honest recollection of what it’s really like in the wild.
Midnight In Paris
You might have certain countries or destinations on your bucket list because you’ve been inspired by literature or art. If this is the case, Midnight In Paris will be right up your street. This movie takes us to Paris, and the “City of Lights” definitely lives up to its name. However, this isn’t just any old city. As the clock strikes midnight, Owen Wilson goes back in time to the 1920s and hangs out with the likes of Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein. It’s a Woody Allen masterpiece.
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Although this movie may be fairly lighthearted, it showcases just how beautiful the world really is. As he goes in search of a famous photographer, Ben Stiller’s character learns to love the world around him, and it’s not hard to see why. Most of this movie is filmed in Iceland, and there’s no doubt about the fact that you’ll want to book your ticket to the “Land of Ice and Fire” as soon as possible.
So, who is up for movie night?
40+ Times People Found Something Special When They Least Expected It
Every once in awhile, we all stumble across something special when we’re least expecting it. It might be a beautiful landscape, a piece of hidden treasure, or a message from someone that fell into our path. As we know, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and these individuals certainly uncovered their own pots of gold.
Metal Detector Memories
One of the best ways to stumble across something special is to pick up a metal detector. This person came upon this pendant at their great grandparents’ farm. Amazingly, it still contains a photograph of someone’s loved one. Isn’t that sweet?
Day to Night Grape
There may be a natural reason for this half red, half green grape, but that doesn’t make it any less of a special find. Apparently, red grapes start off green and turn red as they naturally sweeten. We aren’t sure why this one is ripening in such a methodical way, but it looks like it’s shedding one outfit for another.
Note that white grapes are a different thing altogether, and they just become more translucent as they sweeten.
Food, but Miniature
And while we’re admiring food items, let’s just acknowledge that many of us can’t resist food miniatures. Did you know that in Japan, it’s common practice to display the items on your menu in the window? Except, rather than use actual food that will wilt and go rotten, restaurant owners use tiny plastic versions of their dishes.
These teeny tiny split peas look like they belong in a Japanese restaurant window, alongside a mini fillet of salmon and a little mound of rice.
At Your Service
OK, so this special find seems almost impossible to us. Basically, someone opened up their bottle of medication and seven of their pills were balanced on top, ready to go. The bottle must have been rattling around somebody’s bag, where the pills miraculously clicked into this formation. Stranger still, they all stayed in place.
We’re just glad this person took a picture, because we wouldn’t have believed it otherwise. What a shame to have to break it up.
We’ll See-d You Later
There are many treasures to be found at a grandparent’s house. They have spent years on Earth, and lived many lives before you even came to exist. And as the old L. P. Hartley quote goes — “the past is another country.” In other words, it’s almost impossible to understand the past compared with contemporary life.
For example, this person found a huge collection of reference seeds in their grandfather’s attic. Hopefully, he didn’t know something we don’t…
Call Off the Search
This special find has genuinely warmed our hearts, and given us hope for the world. Seriously — who knew bedsheets even needed pockets until now? Suddenly, bedsheet pockets seem like the most obvious thing in the universe. Get us some now!
Obviously, bedsheet pockets could be filled with a host of important items. Number one is the TV remote, for carefree clicking from the comfort of your bed. Also — glasses, snacks, skincare, a sleeping mask, earplugs, and literally anything else you can fit.
With Double the Protection
Have you ever cracked open an egg to find that it has two yolks rather than one? That’s an exciting moment. What about when you’re admiring a beautiful rainbow, and suddenly you glance across and realize there’s two? A double rainbow! Also an exciting moment.
Well, here we have something similar. This person was opening their can, and found a second lid underneath. It’s not quite as romantic as a double rainbow, but it’s a special find nonetheless!
An Uncommon Triumph
There’s a special category of people who get a lot of satisfaction from stationery, and stationery related items. For example, they enjoy buying a new pen, they really love writing on a new notebook, and they could spend all day curiously touching items in a fancy paper store. It sounds lame, but it’s great! And extremely satisfying.
This red pen is a special find for all the stationery lovers out there. It perfectly matches the red ink in this notebook. The possibilities!
Tomato Picking Perfection
There are moments in life when everything just falls into place, and that’s exactly what’s happened here. Someone has been picking tasty little cherry tomatoes, and it turns out that their bounty fits into their basket completely perfectly.
We’ll admit — this isn’t like stumbling across a piece of jewelry, or a long lost message, but look! All the tomatoes fit! There are many different types of special in this world, and a basket full of fresh tomatoes is one of them.
Tiny Little Treasures
Let’s be honest — hummingbirds are pretty special in and of themselves. They’re the smallest species of bird in the world, and the bee hummingbird can weigh less than 0.004 lbs. Hummingbirds can fly in any direction, including backward, and they reach speeds as high as 45 miles per hour during courtship dives.
Furthermore, there are literally hundreds of species of hummingbirds — all with different, beautifully patterned feathers. Even for people who don’t enjoy birds, these guys are adorable. This person has discovered a tiny, pink hummingbird feather.
A Work of Art
Sometimes, something completely mundane will transform into something exceptionally beautiful, right before your eyes. Come on — a knife-full of margarine couldn’t be more average, but look at what can happen when you aren’t even trying. This thing could be hanging in the Museum of Modern Art.
Each individual ripple of margarine looks perfectly carved. More than that, they look measured, sculpted, and set. This special find is a true work of art. We wonder how long this person looked at it before smearing it on a bagel.
Secrets From the Dark
Most people don’t remember the very beginning of the movie Titanic. We all focus on the iceberg and the love story and the necklace, but before that all begins, we hear directly from an elderly Rose. That part of the movie could easily be cut, especially all of the bits showing divers poking around wreckage deep in the ocean.
This special find reminded us of that, because it’s a GoPro that sat at the bottom of the ocean for two months. And it still worked when it was found!
One Person’s Trash
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and that seems to be the case here, with a recently unearthed earring. For all we know, this is a cheap piece of costume jewelry that was tossed out for being worth nothing. However, by mere virtue of being found buried in sand, it instantly transforms into treasure.
How many years ago did this earring leave its owner? How many acres has it covered before settling in this place? We’ll never know.
A Cat’s Eye Vie
We’ve all heard of a bird’s eye view — when a distance is measured according to its aerial view, or how it would look to a bird flying overhead. But, what about a cat’s eye view, demonstrated here by this almost airborne kitty?
This special creature was discovered when someone’s mom went to an animal rescue and met the ceiling cat. Clearly, this guy likes to make his way into the walls and keep an eye on everyone. Very responsible.
Which Spoon Collection?
You know what it’s like. You’ve been collecting spoons your whole life, and you’ve even managed to get yourself a perfectly crafted spoon display rack to show off your collection. They’re engraved, they’re polished, they’re spoons — what more could anyone want?
Well, let’s not forget about your miniature spoon collection. Where could it possibly go? Perhaps you could also fashion a miniature spoon display rack for the tiny spoons, and then position it above the original rack. Sound good? Perfect!
Battle of the Trees
Sometimes you’re out in the world, and you happen to see something special. It might be a sky full of stars, or a pond with a family of swans. It could be a knife covered in the perfect ripple of margarine, or a feather that you found on the ground.
For this person, it was this pair of huge, colorful trees. Yes, it does look like the yellow-orange tree is headbutting the pinkish-red tree, but that just adds to the charm. Right?
Isn’t that Something?
Special finds don’t always have to be beautiful — in fact, some people don’t care about aesthetics at all and are really on the lookout for something interesting. Take a look at this pole, which is sporting a rusted map of the entire world.
The question is, has a keen geographer engraved this map onto the pole? Or, is the pole just naturally eroded so that it looks vaguely like a scraping of the world map?
Many Margarets Must Unite
This is a great special find — both personally and comedically. We know that speaking with elderly people is a great way to learn about your own family, as well as the world around you. This person decided to have a flip through their great-grandmother’s Catholic school yearbook, and stumbled across a lesser-known club.
The Margaret Club was for the rather large amount of Margarets at the school. Thankfully, four of them stepped up to form the board of Margarets.
Message in a Balloon
People send messages out into the world in all sorts of different ways. It could be in a letter, attached to a bird, in a bottle, or inside a balloon. Sometimes, people don’t want their messages to be read — they just want to send something off into the universe, and to feel like they’ve expressed themselves.
The sender of this balloon was clearly missing their late father, and confided in this balloon that made its way to someone else’s yard.
Grab the Ice Chisel
Arguably, this is only a special find for a passer-by with access to an ice chisel, or with plenty of time to wait for the sunshine. For everyone else, it’s a tantalizing trick that leaves them aware of an available $10, but unable to access it.
Admittedly, from a certain perspective, this submerged and frozen money is almost poetic. It represents something we all want (riches, success?), but leaves it just out of our reach. C’est la vie.
Beached Sneakers for Grabs
Once upon a time, off the Dutch island of Terschelling, a shipping container full of sneakers washed up on the beach. This left the beach looking like some sort of apocalyptic vision, or like a really good time for lovers of men’s running shoes.
Again, this scene is a special one because it combines two things that aren’t generally associated with one another. When we think of the beach, we don’t think of tons of running shoes — making this a pleasing, yet odd scenario.
The Arrival of Mysterious Seashells
In some cases, it’s not just an object that turns out to be special. Instead, finding that object in a particular place, especially one where it isn’t supposed to be, is special. For those of us that live by the sea or ocean, seashells are a common occurrence, and literally rain out of the sky thanks to diligent seabirds looking for their next meal.
For this person, who hails from landlocked Pennsylvania, this seashell was truly from another world — or state.
Perfectly Preserved in a Book
Another remarkable remnant from a different world is this perfectly preserved ticket for a county fair. Amazingly, this ancient ticket was being used as a bookmark in an old book, and was found in incredibly good condition. At 110 years old, this ticket should really be frayed and decaying.
The ticket is in such good condition that it could surely be used today if the fair was still open. Quickly — someone get this thing in a museum!
The Hidden History of Walls
When one couple was working together on their home, they didn’t expect to run into a remnant of the previous couple that worked there. While doing renovations on their bathroom, the couple who took this picture stumbled across a note written by Bob and Debbie in 1981.
Adorably, they noted that they had a good time wallpapering that room years before. It’s very sweet to see two couples, each working together on their home, and each enjoying themselves.
Sweet Tooth City
When you start a new job in an office you might open up a drawer and find the relics of a former employee. Alternatively, like this person, you might be searching for a particular thing and come across something entirely different.
The person who posted this image was searching for a utensil, and instead stumbled across a whole lot of candy. Perhaps the owner of this drawer also runs a successful dental practice, or moonlights as Santa Clause. Either way, pass us one!
Smoothed by Time
It’s always nice to find something on the beach. Whether it’s a shell, a skeleton, or a body part — on the beach, it immediately becomes a treasure. This person came across a shark’s tooth that had been eroded by natural elements. Thanks to this, it was extremely smooth to the touch.
Apparently, shark’s teeth are also cold, with distinctive grooves and small imperfections. On the other hand, fake shark’s teeth are usually white as they are made from plastic or porcelain.
Straight From a Story Book
We’d bet that almost everyone would be charmed if they stumbled upon a bird’s nest. OK — maybe not the farmers who try to keep their crops safe from birds, but most other people. There’s just something extremely charming about the fact that tiny feathered creatures shape a home out of twigs, dirt, and debris.
More charming is the sight of these four beautiful blue eggs, which look like they’re straight out of a fairytale. Remember, if you ever come across any — don’t touch!
Full Circle Satisfaction
Sometimes, you look at something a million times a day and never really register its existence. You might look at a certain advertisement on the back of a bus, out the window while traveling to a certain place, or on the back of a dollar bill. You’ve seen all these things before — you just haven’t really taken them in.
This person got their satisfying special find when they came across the balancing boulders pictured on Zimbabwe’s $1000 bill. Congrats!
Magical Message in a Bottle
Get ready to dry your eyes, because this special find is a real tearjerker. As we can see, this person threw a message in a bottle into the ocean in 2010, and it was found nine years later on a beach in France.
Little Max sent out his message when he was small enough to write “I like apples” and “my favorite color is blue.” A kind Frenchman responded, along with detailed maps of where exactly he found the message.
Enjoying a Good Bloom
Lots of life’s special finds are small and simple, like the blooming of this stunning spider lily. These plants are native to China, Korea, and Nepal — but were eventually introduced to Japan, and then the USA.
Spider lilies first came to the US in 1854, when Captain William Roberts brought back three bulbs of the plant. His niece planted them, and spotted that they don’t bloom until the fall’s first good rain. The flowers are now common in many southern US states.
Everybody Stay Calm
There are all sorts of different albino spiders, so we aren’t sure exactly what this one is. We have to admit — to us, this isn’t so much a special find as it is a horror show, but we know that plenty of people enjoy a rare insect. We just struggle to understand why.
Anyway — goldenrod crab spiders can change from yellow to white, and there is a species of spider called the White Widow, which are just as deadly as their black counterparts.
Mona Lisa on the Loose
What would you do if you were riding the train and looked up to see the Mona Lisa sitting in front of you? To be clear, we don’t mean the painting itself, but rather its star — the blank-faced brunette who smirks back at anyone who peers into her eyes.
Would you snap a picture? Would you shake her hand? Would you ask her how she escaped her painting and if she’d like you to walk her back? We need to know how often this lady gets called Mona!
Anywhere and Everywhere
We’ve already pointed out that bird’s eggs are magical. Unlike other types of eggs — snake, crocodile, frog — bird eggs are delicate, full of potential, and visually beautiful. It also helps that birds themselves are sweet creatures that look for adorable hiding spots to start their families. It just isn’t the same with an alligator.
These eggs were found in the door lock of a cabana bathroom. We’ve heard that’s a lovely area to raise your chicks in.
Banana Beach Time
Remember the beach from earlier in this list? It was off the Dutch island of Terschelling, and ended up covered in running shoes due to a rogue shipping container. Well, would you believe us if we said that the same thing happened again, but with thousands of bananas?
Incredibly, this happened just one year later on the very same beach as the sneaker incident. This makes us worry that the whole thing is an elaborate piece of performance art.
A Fair Amount of Pear
We’re not judgmental about what people consider to be a special find. Some items on this list are once in a lifetime finds, a few are individual treasures, and some are strange food items that inexplicably give us pleasure.
Are you seriously telling us that if you bought this pear at a farmer’s market, you wouldn’t be absolutely charmed and delighted by it? If it was ours, we’d do a photoshoot and publicize its existence all over the internet.
Surprisingly Patriotic Skittles
Most candy lovers know that Skittles occasionally release a special edition version of their product featuring different colors. In this case, somebody opened their bag of Skittles and was thrilled to discover its patriotic colors. This version was called Skittles’ American Mix, but of course, they could also be the mix of Chile, Croatia, Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, and more.
Likewise, they could be a bag celebrating the UK, Liberia, Cuba, Fiji, Iceland, Laos, Panama, Samoa, or the Dominican Republic. Red, white, and blue!
Transformative Trees Strike Again
You know, it might be immature, but it’s also amusing to point out when things look like other things. Hey, that cloud looks just like a microscope! Oh my goodness, my chicken nugget looks like Jennifer Aniston! Wait, that tree looks just like a monkey!
Who are we to say what’s special and what isn’t? This tree might not be Niagara Falls or Machu Picchu, but it’s a wonder of the world in its own special way.
Two Brothers, In a Van
To be slightly nerdy for a moment, this “Two Men” poster really reminded us of the “Two Brothers” segment from animated comedy Rick and Morty. In “Rixty Minutes,” an intergalactic television commercial advertises upcoming movie Two Brothers, which includes a surreal monologue about two brothers and their exploits.
This poster is so similar in both tone and content. It features Two Men — Cory and Craig — who have strong bodies but an even stronger friendship. Now this, this is special.
From the Archives
We would love to know when this can of Mountain Dew was made, because it looks absolutely ancient. Apparently, Mountain Dew was first invented in 1940, and the formula was revised in 1958. The formula was then purchased and refined in 1961, and the company was bought by Pepsi-Cola in 1964.
This rusty old tin is a far cry from the brand’s modern packaging, but it’s a great flash from the past! Hopefully, this person refrained from sampling any of its contents.
We’ll Keep Him
We’re proud to announce that baby owls, like this one, are called owlets. For that reason alone, we declare this an extremely special find. Somebody found this owlet inside a garage while they were cleaning, and it hung around for a while before flying away.
If he had stayed, these humans would have had to be careful that the chick didn’t imprint on them. People that professionally rescue these birds have to wear camouflage and use an owl puppet!
Falling Into the Log Abyss
With this picture, we return to the special quality of various natural scenes. It might be the sun, the sky, the sea, an animal, or a hollowed-out log — but nature has the potential to make us all stop in our tracks.
This person points out that this hollowed-out log looks just like an endless hole. We think this vision would send us into an existential spiral, but clearly, this happy snapper liked what they saw.
It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Cheesy
At some point in our lives, most people have opened up a bag of chips to find something not quite right. It could be a sliver of plastic in your Doritos or a bunch of extra powder in your Funyuns. Regardless, it’s not pleasant, but it happens.
On the other hand, it’s not common at all to open a bag of Cheetos and discover a ginormous boulder of cheese powder. For some people, this is a seriously special find.
Jaws, but Worse
We’ve already seen a shark’s tooth on this list, but this megalodon tooth is actually worth some money. Megalodons are an extinct species of shark that lived millions of years ago, so it’s pretty incredible to come across one of their teeth. In fact, “megalodon” actually means “big tooth,” and these sharks were the largest that ever lived.
Supposedly, the demand for these teeth far outweighs the supply. This makes them pretty valuable on online auction sites.
So Pretty, So Satisfying
Did you know that sea glass isn’t just glass you find on the beach? In fact, sea glass can take between 20 and 40 years to form — and sometimes, as much as 100 years to achieve its texture and shape. The glass is weathered, which ultimately produces natural frosted glass, like this pretty blue sphere.
While sea glass comes from the sea, beach glass comes from freshwater, and is usually less frosted. Lots of people collect these, and some use them to make jewelry.
The Fairest Bug of All
Last, but certainly not least, we turn to this ornate little fella. Again, we aren’t sure exactly what species this guy is, but that won’t stop us from admiring his very stylish outerwear — or exoskeleton, to be precise. For those of us that aren’t terrified of bugs, stumbling across this gentleman is bound to be special.
Hopefully, any possible predators for this trendy bug are suitably impressed by his outlandish style, because he certainly isn’t camouflaged enough to hide.