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A TikTok user stumbled across a interesting finding on her trip to a thrift shop in West Tennessee, US. 

TikTok user @Otherworlddesign found a diary from 1957 in a second-hand store. The extraordinary finding has given an insight into the life of its unidentified writer from more than 60 years ago.

The woman in the diary, known as Nellie, had been a housewife after reading through the entries which were penned every day for a year.

The new owner was left amused by the short summaries the original writer wrote on a daily basis. The new owner said Nellie "seems like a mood", and decided to upload videos to show a selection of random pages.

The video has been viewed over a million times, and viewers were able to relate to Nellie's entries. 

One of the entries, written on Sunday, February 3, 1957, read "Didn't do anything but eat all day". Another entry, written on Sunday, November 10, said: "Winnie called. Wanted me to come for dinner. I didn't feel like going."

On October 6, Nellie wrote: "We went riding. Stopped in the woods, scared Vicki really half to death. She was poking in a fox hole and I barked like a fox. Boy did she jump."

However, not everyday was a good day for Nellie. She writes: "It's awfully lonesome here. It's been raining every day. We went to see people, no one home, it was raining so we came back home."

Viewers fell in love with the updates and asked the finder to update them with a page on a daily basis. One viewer commented; "How times don't change... 'All I did was eat all day'. Same struggles," as another added; "I'm crying laughing at 'I didn't feel like going'."

A third person added: "The fact that the writing isn't absolutely impossible to read is so satisfying to me."

"This is legit my worst fear. Please God let mine be in landfill."

Another viewer also shared her similar findings and wrote: "I found my grandma's old diary once and it said stuff like 'I'm bored of Jack'. Jack is my granddad."

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