For over a year, a Japanese manga artist collected 179 pebbles and 32 glass shards that were stuck in his shoe soles after feeling that it would be a waste to dispose of them.
Daisuki Neruno showed off his collection on Twitter on June 22, where he neatly laid out all his pebbles, glass shards and a bolt nut onto graph paper.
Neruno wrote that the collection started on June 22 of last year and explained that all the pebbles are around the same size “since the thickness of the groove is constant” and “the [pebbles] are naturally aligned.” He added that he would collect the pebbles once every three to four days.
The manga artist uploaded a second picture where he shared that he kept the pebbles inside an empty bottle of Ramune, a Japanese soda.
His tweet has garnered over 16,200 likes and 3,240 retweets as of this writing.
Neruno started collecting the different objects after feeling that it would be “a waste to just throw them away,” he told IT Media last month. He also explained that he used a toothpick to meticulously remove the pebbles and glass.
“This isn’t too difficult if you use a toothpick to pull it out, but it’s easy to accidentally throw pebbles off. So the trick is to pull it out slowly without putting too much effort,” he said.
Most of his collection was picked up from the gravel roads that he would take between his home and the convenience store.
The manga artist shared that he will continue to grow his collection and is very interested in separating his findings between his left and right shoe.
“For the time being, I think I’ll collect it again for a while,” he told IT Media. “I’m also very interested in the difference between [the] left and right [shoe], but honestly I haven’t really decided what to do yet. I’m in the process of looking at the collected pebbles and thinking about something more interesting.”
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