These photos of symmetry and order are appealing to humans and animals alike. Both in society and in the wild, organisms that are “more symmetrical” have a better chance at finding a mate than those who don't. Some speculate that this is one way of identifying a healthy partner.


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The appeal of symmetry in art or inanimate objects is harder to explain. Harvard mathematician George Birkhoff developed the formula M = O/C to evaluate the aesthetic qualities of art, and even wrote a book on the topic titled Aesthetic Measure in 1933. He believed that the more ordered and the less complex something was, the more beautiful it would seem.

Do these images of symmetry satisfy your need for order? Vote on your favorite, or upload your own symmetrical shots below!

#1 Raw Food Cut Into 98 Perfect Cubes

Raw Food Cut Into 98 Perfect Cubes

Raw Food Cut Into 98 Perfect Cubes

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LoriLamb 1 year ago

I love this SO MUCH.

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#2 Perfect Coffee

Perfect Coffee

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DeborahvanKampen 1 year ago

50 shades of......perfect!

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#3 Faucet Design Saves Water By Swirling It Into Beautiful Patterns

Faucet Design Saves Water By Swirling It Into Beautiful Patterns

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CarrieannBanacki-Gillert 1 year ago

if i had this, my water bill would be ridiculous!

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#4 Perfect Match

Perfect Match

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FinnianIfversen 1 year ago

I love sharp pencils and colour ordered things, and this is amazing too

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#5 This Shelf, These Books

This Shelf, These Books

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JadeCumpstone 1 year ago

They're off center

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#6 We Found Our Guide Book Cover On The Appalachian Trail

We Found Our Guide Book Cover On The Appalachian Trail

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HannahBarnesy 1 year ago

Umm...perfect besides the fact that the guide picture is too bright.

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#7 A Perfect Bowl Of Kittens

A Perfect Bowl Of Kittens

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ShaherisSuhel 9 months ago

Cat lenses

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#8 I Can't Stop Looking At It

I Can't Stop Looking At It

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LeniTomas 1 year ago

I would have arranged them also according to color. LOL

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#9 Camouflaged Shoes At The Discount Store

Camouflaged Shoes At The Discount Store

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MikaelNord 1 year ago

Will they be sold?

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#10 This Bundle Of Pencils At A Library

This Bundle Of Pencils At A Library

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Imperfekt 1 year ago

I can hear the attendant saying "please use the center one and then put it right back in its place".

#11 Landed A Job Where My Ocd Fits Right In

Landed A Job Where My Ocd Fits Right In

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FrédéricEeckman 1 year ago

I HATE that :/ I know it's stupid, but I like to be able to choose my vegetables, and not to be forced to take the one on the top of the pile.

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#12 Natural Spiral

Natural Spiral

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DanSpector 1 year ago

Fibonacci series (spiral found all over nature)

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#13 Shadow Lines Up Perfectly With The Sidewalk

Shadow Lines Up Perfectly With The Sidewalk

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TBogdányiFranciska 1 year ago

Not only with the sidewalk, with the crackline within the sidewalk. Wow.

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#14 The Way This Grass Field Was Cut

The Way This Grass Field Was Cut

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#15 Our Bathroom Scales Line Up Perfectly With Floors Tiles

Our Bathroom Scales Line Up Perfectly With Floors Tiles

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ReneeKirdahy 1 year ago

I hate my bathroom even more right now, because it isn't this bathroom.

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#16 The Arrangement Of These Tomatoes

The Arrangement Of These Tomatoes

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LauraEgglestone 1 year ago

that tomato at 5pm on the outer circle (and more!) is not quite right #annoying #OCD

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#17 My Pasta Synchronised Perfectly In The Pan Whilst Cooking

My Pasta Synchronised Perfectly In The Pan Whilst Cooking

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eneurian 1 year ago

actually the ravioli at 10:00 o'clock is deeper in the pot than the rest. sorry just my ocd showing.

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#18 My Perfect Ice Cream Mug

My Perfect Ice Cream Mug

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Arjan 1 year ago

Won't that rotate inside the mug? Seems rather inconvenient to me.

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#19 This Is How My Local Tire Shop Keeps Their Used Tires

This Is How My Local Tire Shop Keeps Their Used Tires

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Moonglass 1 year ago

OMG WHY DON'T THEY DO THAT WHERE I LIVE!

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#20 It's So Beautiful...

It's So Beautiful...

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AaronLoy 1 year ago

NO IT SHOULD BE IN THE CENTER

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#21 Pasta Wheel Fits Perfectly Into A Wooden Spoon

Pasta Wheel Fits Perfectly Into A Wooden Spoon

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#22 Everything Happens For A Reason

Everything Happens For A Reason

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AarinNichols 1 year ago

Lol that's awesome

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