A picture is worth a thousand words, but not all pictures are created equal. The pictures we usually feature on Bored Panda can be cute, beautiful, funny, or enchanting, but these pictures are powerful. They are gripping and unforgettable because of the volumes they speak about the human condition – about some of the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence.
We should warn our readers that some of these pictures may upset them, while others may fill them with joy. But that’s precisely because these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events.
Some of these photographs may mean more to some of our readers than to others. But hopefully, they will remind us all that the world can always use a little bit more love, tolerance, compassion and understanding.
Starving boy and missionary
Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.
Firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009
Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000
For the past year, a man has been sitting under a painting of a man in university library. He had also been researching his family-tree online, where he found a painting of his great-grandfather (x8) — Joseph Trapp. The next day in the library, he realized he had been sitting underneath him this whole time.
This is how a dog lets its owner know she needs to go potty. She’s been deaf since birth, and the toy gives her a visual/tactile cue while the bells let the owner know she’s ready!
This is Dick Paul. We just moved into a new neighborhood and when I went to mow the front lawn, he was already at it. He said he does it once for all the new neighbors as a welcoming gift.
A view of the sunset on Mars
Leao, a loyal dog, sits by his owner’s grave for the second day after a disastrous landslide near Rio de Janeiro in 2011.
During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head
An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers
This couple has been giving people free coffee at a rest stop in Oregon for over 26 years
A firefighter comforting a dog rescued from a house fire
This bird is crying over a lost friend.