When Bored Panda compiled a list on accidental camouflage 5 years ago, we didn't know the Internet's craze over it was just the beginning.

As of January 2017, there's even a subreddit of the same name. It's neither big nor small—the subreddit has 237,000 members. Yes, it doesn't get a ton of submissions but the important thing is quality, not quantity, right? And r/AccidentalCamouflage is full of it.

You've got people's pants blending in with their surroundings, a parrot masquerading as an avocado, you know, the good stuff!

#1

Don't Step On Him

Don't Step On Him

NooaJ Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

Ooops I nearly did. Sorry.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Reddit user u/DionStabber, one of the moderators of r/AccidentalCamouflage, said that a lot of people love to post their dogs and cats blending in with things in the house. "Often, the camouflage isn't even that convincing, but I think people just like seeing cats and dogs online, it's classic fun Internet content," they told Bored Panda. "You also see people posting things they accidentally lost on a similar surface, like their phones on carpet, iPads on car seats, or clothes on rugs, those ones are always funny."

Speaking of carpet, the Portland International Airport was one of the places where people would (accidentally) camouflage themselves quite often. To reduce the amount of noise created by people walking across the hard terminal floors, the Port of Portland contracted SRG Partnership to design a new carpet for PDX in 1987.

The SRG principal and co-designer of the carpet, John Schleuning, visited several airports before deciding how to create the carpet. SRG steered away from the earth tones traditionally used by airports in the 1980s, incorporating blue and green into their design early on and hoping to evoke "northwest to the core."

#2

My Black Cat Looks Like My White Cat's Shadow

My Black Cat Looks Like My White Cat's Shadow

reddit.com Report

troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

They should be named Cat and Shadow!

View More Replies...
View more comments

Its pattern featured geometric shapes on a teal background, an abstract depiction of the intersecting north and south runways seen by air traffic controllers from the airport's tower at night. Several acres of carpet was installed by the early 1990s.

As time went by, the carpet gained a cult following and even spawned multiple social media accounts. As of this article, more than 115,000 pictures were posted under its hashtag, #pdxcarpet, on Instagram.

#3

The Perfect Camouflage!

The Perfect Camouflage!

THECUTEKITTYCAT Report

troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

Are we sure it's not fossilized??? :D

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

My Shirt Does A Fine Job Blending Me In This Bed Of Flowers

My Shirt Does A Fine Job Blending Me In This Bed Of Flowers

sway_forth Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

Took me a few seconds to see it!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

V O I D Kitty

V O I D Kitty

ElMac65 Report

troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

Welp!! Your chair has eyes!!

Vic
Community Member
8 months ago

What chair? That's the void looking into your soul..

Load More Replies...
Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

Thats one enormous cat...

Jayne Kyra
Community Member
8 months ago

"When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back."

Verena Gitterle
Community Member
8 months ago

Is this a pokemon?

person (i think)
Community Member
8 months ago

That cat needs to go on a diet

Christel Nellemann
Community Member
8 months ago

THAT is a proper voidkitty 😀

I am a fluffy cat
Community Member
8 months ago

Cat fell Into the void

June Galloway
Community Member
7 months ago

Wonder how many times he was sat or nearly sat on?

Megumi Saikou
Community Member
8 months ago

When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back!

general kenøbi
Community Member
8 months ago

T h I c c kitteh

Zophra
Community Member
8 months ago

The void never looked so good...

Chriscella
Community Member
8 months ago

Toothless!

Don't Look
Community Member
8 months ago

"I am the night!" "No, you am the chair." Glares at me. "Erm, you am the night chair?"

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
8 months ago

Aw, my demon fluff is the same! (She's such a cute demon fluff!)

The 5-star rated 5-star rating system
Community Member
8 months ago

Camo kitty.

Brîndușa
Community Member
6 months ago

This comment has been deleted.

Hypogryff4
Community Member
7 months ago

yeah thanks for the toilet paper i'm out

Faith Nicole
Community Member
7 months ago

This "chair" has had its fair share of oh s**t! Wtf was that!?!

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
7 months ago

Showed this to my black cat. She was unimpressed.

Cathy Carey
Community Member
7 months ago

I have this problem too.

Felicity Lemon
Community Member
7 months ago

Fat cat!

Geordie Insomniac
Community Member
7 months ago

😆😆😆😆

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
7 months ago

Top photo, the eyes have it all..

Emma Hinchman
Community Member
7 months ago

OMG That cat is HUGE!!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
7 months ago

The watching chair

Franco C
Community Member
7 months ago

VantaCAT

Alexander Mezger
Community Member
7 months ago

is this a bean bag chair with eyes or a very fat cat?

Judith Wilson
Community Member
7 months ago

This is simply wonderful.

Gregg Bender
Community Member
7 months ago

Sometimes you look into the void. Sometimes, it looks into you.

Mary Lovill
Community Member
7 months ago

That’s pronounced “Kitteh” lol

Sherry Harvey
Community Member
7 months ago

That looks like the fattest cat in the world.

Ashley Wright
Community Member
7 months ago

Trippy! ❤️

Anna D
Community Member
7 months ago

Love this.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm a reverse ghost. Yep.

Lynne Stankard
Community Member
7 months ago

A chair wih eyes - cool!

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that a chair or a well?

Linda Christian
Community Member
7 months ago

Avoid Kitty

Malek Basata
Community Member
8 months ago

this cat is an agar.io player

Ryan Michael
Community Member
8 months ago

Don’t. Sit. Down.

Callista pierce
Community Member
8 months ago

i thought he was a fat kitty-

Elizabeth Macharia
Community Member
8 months ago

This is how I imagine a blackhole looks like

Forrest McCanless
Community Member
8 months ago

The void stares into you.

Beatrice Alighieri
Community Member
8 months ago

Vanta Cat

Phantom Captain
Community Member
8 months ago

That is one chonky cat!

Aaron W
Community Member
8 months ago

If you stare into the void, the void stares back.

Paizleypie
Community Member
8 months ago

That is one FAT CAT!

thisisanalt
Community Member
8 months ago

for a second i thought that was her body lol (no offense)

Elak Swindell
Community Member
8 months ago

The black hole welcomes you.

Yvonne Blau
Community Member
8 months ago

Jeez, that is one gigantic black cat!

Virgil Blue
Community Member
8 months ago

I can now confirm that the boid indeed states back ...

Virgil Blue
Community Member
8 months ago

Err void.

Load More Replies...
『•• espresso ••』
Community Member
8 months ago

it s t a r e s

Hseed
Community Member
8 months ago

Vantacat!

Printerman
Community Member
8 months ago

"...the abyss also gazes into you."

Cat
Community Member
8 months ago

ooo dat creppy blep

Ray Heap
Community Member
8 months ago

Is that cat called "Vanta?"

Kaylee Daugherty
Community Member
8 months ago

lol when I looked at it at first i thought it was a really fat cat

OMEGA
Community Member
8 months ago

catzalcoatl

Tucker Mcinturff
Community Member
8 months ago

it looks like a scene from How to Train Your Dragon

Flash Henry
Community Member
8 months ago

that's one fat cat

Lena Hill
Community Member
8 months ago

That’s a big kitty

Fan-tastic panda
Community Member
8 months ago

make some room for me

*hippie*witchy*bitch*
Community Member
8 months ago

kinda looks like a King pin cat lmao

Nerdy_Tomboy
Community Member
8 months ago

For a SPLIT SECOND, I thought it was a very chonky cat....

OffKeySinger
Community Member
8 months ago

When the void stares back at you

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
8 months ago

Black hole

Linda HS
Community Member
8 months ago

I've got one of those, too!

Patrick Millet
Community Member
8 months ago

Hello darkness my old friend...

Tabby_Sohee
Community Member
8 months ago

“Big Floof Cat. Would 10/10 sit on.”

Hunter Painter
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

hello papa i am warming your seeat

Lilac Beauty
Community Member
8 months ago

Can I buy ur void?

Jacob Henry
Community Member
8 months ago

Mega Meow!

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
8 months ago

The abyss is staring back into you...

𝔹𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕒
Community Member
8 months ago

Sorry, I accidentally sat on the cat

Paul Budhram
Community Member
8 months ago

Hello hooman please pet me

Pazuzu
Community Member
8 months ago

think that kitty needs to lose some weight :)

ZZAM
Community Member
8 months ago

the cheshire cat

glowworm2
Community Member
8 months ago

"Honey, did you find the cat?" "No, but the chair is meowing at me!"

Mpkfighter Plays
Community Member
8 months ago

SpOoKy

Julia Atkinson
Community Member
8 months ago

Someone needs to go on a diet

cassiushumanmother
Community Member
8 months ago

My black cat travelled a lot, always incognito. 20170707_1...1b9cca.jpg 20170707_163344-604768b1b9cca.jpg

cassiushumanmother
Community Member
8 months ago

"so much creep in the public transportation, look at this woman talking to her empty bag" 20170519_1...2a3608.jpg 20170519_142222-604768c2a3608.jpg

Load More Replies...
Kai Denham
Community Member
8 months ago

it is a celestial cat!!

Angela B
Community Member
8 months ago

Is a black cat pancake!

Jonathan
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

That is awesome! Deadly but awesome

View More Replies...
View more comments

The original carpet design was positively received by both Portland residents and airport visitors, eventually reaching "local icon" status. Its pattern was used on a variety of products, including bicycle helmets, socks, and T-shirts. Sometimes people would get one of these items without knowing what it was inspired by, only to enter the airport and discover it for themselves.

But sadly, all good things come to an end. A $13 million replacement of the airport's carpet was announced in 2013, causing a huge stir online that was picked up by local and national media outlets. The Port of Portland also received a large number of comments from local residents who were concerned about the original carpet's future. 

#6

Only A Top

Only A Top

MrPotato341181 Report

troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

It's the floating torso!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Yes, My Dad Is In The Picture Even Though It Looks Like He's Part Of The Painting

Yes, My Dad Is In The Picture Even Though It Looks Like He's Part Of The Painting

vytal2life Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

I had to look at the legs to see it.

View more comments
#8

Dog With A Starbucks Cup In Its Snout

Dog With A Starbucks Cup In Its Snout

MrDuckyyy Report

Squee
Community Member
8 months ago

Same, lol

View More Replies...
View more comments

Annie Linstrom, a spokesperson for the port district, confirmed they were investigating recycling options and considering giving away portions of the carpet to locals as keepsakes. She also said that the Port of Portland "understand[s] that people have an emotional connection to the carpet."

The removal of the nearly-30-year-old carpet finally began in January 2015, in front of a crowd of airport employees and the media. The Port of Portland's chief operating officer said: "Normally, we do these ribbon cuttings when we’re introducing a new thing, but it's actually the reverse of that in removing the old carpet. We're going to miss the carpet and we appreciate the community and the love of this carpet."

#9

Spent Half An Hour Unsuccessfully Looking For My Sweatshirt

Spent Half An Hour Unsuccessfully Looking For My Sweatshirt

Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
8 months ago

Camo level 1000

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

Invisible Man In The Suit

Invisible Man In The Suit

Faizycommando Report

Adam C
Community Member
8 months ago

almost like the feet was choped off

View more comments
#11

I Thought The Chair Was Broken

I Thought The Chair Was Broken

aham_athul Report

Alan Green
Community Member
8 months ago

Stare into the abysspspspsp

View more comments

DionStabber doesn't think they would look specifically to a certain texture or thing to determine what provides the best camouflage. "The best posts often come from not only the objects having similar colors to their backgrounds but also the lighting and composition of the shot being just right," they explained. "Sometimes, two similar camouflages can be posted where one is received really well and the other gets very little attention, and I really think it comes down to those minor factors aligning just right so your brain skips over the object in your field of view, even if it doesn't look technically that similar when you zoom in or pay close attention."

#12

Marble Floor Probably Wasn't The Best Idea

Marble Floor Probably Wasn't The Best Idea

VillainDeku Report

Verena Gitterle
Community Member
8 months ago

Marble cat

View more comments
#13

When You Have To Go To A Public Event, But You Still Don't Wanna Be Seen

When You Have To Go To A Public Event, But You Still Don't Wanna Be Seen

unknown Report

Mere Cat
Community Member
8 months ago

At the first glance, my mind interpreted the chairs as other men wearing the same suit

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

My Coffee+milk Had The Same Shade Of Brown As My Mug This Morning

My Coffee+milk Had The Same Shade Of Brown As My Mug This Morning

poiadipoio Report

Melanee Upton
Community Member
8 months ago

I thought there was a piece of dog hair in the mug... turned out it was on my screen.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

My Scarf Matched The Hotel Carpet Pretty Well

My Scarf Matched The Hotel Carpet Pretty Well

si_si_si Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

Nice way to hide a dead body!

View More Replies...
View more comments

Upon a first glance, an outsider might think the subreddit doesn't get that many posts. But the moderator said that's not necessarily the case. "Firstly, there are probably more people trying to post than you imagine, but they end up breaking the rules and getting their posts removed," DionStabber pointed out. "I try to be extremely lenient with the rules, but there is a lot of content from people just completely misunderstanding the concept of the subreddit or posting camouflage in the literal, intentional sense that I have to remove from the sub to have any bar for quality. In that sense, I guess I maintain a quality over quantity approach, to some extent."

#16

Bock, Bock, Bock... Bark!

Bock, Bock, Bock... Bark!

A local farm where I live had trouble with their flock all wanting to sleep in the same house, each night they have to go break them up. The other night they found their dog had joined in.

jag-lkn Report

Mere Cat
Community Member
8 months ago

That must be the best house ever. I wanna go there, too!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Pinky Finger

Pinky Finger

_Geiger Report

troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

Your finger has a tail!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

The Way My Pants Blends In With The Floor Pattern

The Way My Pants Blends In With The Floor Pattern

FishingForWilderness Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

I took way to long to find it🤦‍♀️

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Couldn't Find My Tortilla

Couldn't Find My Tortilla

Mr--Wilson Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

Like trying to find Waldo!

View More Replies...
View more comments

However, the fact people still frequent the sub just goes to show the role it plays in its users' lives—that is to say, not a big one. "I imagine that most of the subscribers see a post from here come onto their front page every once in a blue moon and have a quick smile at some amazing coincidental patterns or funny hidden pet, but not many people actively spend time browsing the subreddit or contributing content," DionStabber said.

"This is backed up by data: if you look at the number of users online on the subreddit at any given point in time, it's rarely above 200, and it dips below 100 [quite often]. This is an extremely small percentage of the 240k subscriber base."

#20

Camewflage

Camewflage

ankiakhil Report

Natalia
Community Member
8 months ago

Fluffy anyway😍

View more comments
#21

My Husband Found A New Family At Disney

My Husband Found A New Family At Disney

Turkeylurkey1330 Report

Squee
Community Member
8 months ago

It's his soul family

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

How My Coffee Blends Into The Cup

How My Coffee Blends Into The Cup

No_Consideration4479 Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

The cup is just solidified coffee!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Outstanding Camouflage Of Owls

Outstanding Camouflage Of Owls

culaterbro Report

Squee
Community Member
8 months ago

Ohhh, there's two. *face palms

View more comments

"If you compare these numbers to a similar sized subreddit (by subscribers) r/EliteDangerous (a subreddit for a video game, that usually has thousands of members online; and there are many subreddits proportionately even more active than that), [it becomes clear that] r/AccidentalCamouflage is just a bit of fun that almost anyone can enjoy for a couple of minutes ... and I think there's nothing wrong with that! I'm glad so many people find the posts a bit of fun."

"I'm amazed at how many subscribers this subreddit got," DionStabber added. "I've been here since the very beginning and it's been crazy seeing it go from a couple of subscribers to something that gets referenced on mainstream Reddit threads. Shoutout to my friend u/AlcoholicUnclePete for dreaming the whole thing up, he's off doing other stuff on a different account now but without him, none of this would exist. I'd recommend anyone that thinks r/AccidentalCamouflage sounds like fun to check it out and have a quick scroll, it might just put a smile on your face!"

#24

There’s A Cell Phone In This Photo

There’s A Cell Phone In This Photo

KeoniNoGo Report

Cheezees
Community Member
8 months ago

It's next to the table leg on the right. It has a slightly different floral pattern but the same colours as the rug.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

So I Turned Up At My Brother's New House And I'm Dressed As His Sofa

So I Turned Up At My Brother's New House And I'm Dressed As His Sofa

Physical_Property Report

Squee
Community Member
8 months ago

lol

View more comments
#26

It's Perfect

It's Perfect

paprino27 Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

The benefits of recycling!

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#27

Matching Set

Matching Set

caitmill22 Report

Verena Gitterle
Community Member
8 months ago

Would go well with the marble floor at 22

View More Replies...
View more comments

In the wild, camouflage, (also known ascryptic coloration) is a defense mechanism or tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings. Organisms use camouflage to conceal their location, identity, and movement.

This allows prey to avoid predators but also helps predators to sneak up on prey.

The look of a particular species' camouflage depends on several factors. For example, animals with fur rely on different camouflage tactics than those with feathers or scales. Feathers and scales can be shed and changed fairly regularly and quickly. Fur, on the other hand, can take weeks or even months to grow in. So animals with fur are more often camouflaged by season. The arctic fox, for instance, has a white coat in the winter, while its summer coat is brown.

The same laws might not apply to accidental camouflage, but it sure is as (if not more) impressive!

#28

Took Me A Second

Took Me A Second

ball-_-fondler Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

Owch!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Tell Tintin We Found His Dog

Tell Tintin We Found His Dog

whacko_prophet Report

R L
Community Member
8 months ago

Snowy!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

This Seafarer Popped On My Wall Today

This Seafarer Popped On My Wall Today

KoleCasule1 Report

Emma_Aitana yay
Community Member
8 months ago

Flying Head!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

Extra Protein In Your Sandwich

Extra Protein In Your Sandwich

trip_jachs Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
8 months ago

That was close

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

The Present I Got And The Dress I’m Wearing!

The Present I Got And The Dress I’m Wearing!

deafkittenpoetry Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

Well, it definitely suits you.

View more comments
#33

This Mirrored Tissue Box

This Mirrored Tissue Box

areyouafruit Report

Squee
Community Member
8 months ago

but how?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

Almost Stepped On Him

Almost Stepped On Him

Nikkilewisyeah Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

Is that his ancestor's skin on the floor?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

Dropped My Glasses...

Dropped My Glasses...

myers_jr Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

The hardest thing ever is trying to find your glasses without your glasses on, even without the camouflage.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

A White Husky Enjoying The Last Of The Snow

A White Husky Enjoying The Last Of The Snow

SpartanWarlord117 Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

Aw, so cute!

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#37

How Many Avocados Do You See

How Many Avocados Do You See

jucapiga Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

One very cute, floorfy avocado.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

My Friend Found An Invisible Cat In Greece

My Friend Found An Invisible Cat In Greece

dickfacecat Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
8 months ago

What cat?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#39

What Coffee Mug?

What Coffee Mug?

JimFancyPants Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

It looks like an illusion

View more comments
#40

Enough People Told Me I Should Post My Lost Remote Here

Enough People Told Me I Should Post My Lost Remote Here

reddit.com Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

So, THAT's where it hides when I can't find it.

View more comments
#41

Lost My Wallet, For 3 Days, Wifey Found It By Accident

Lost My Wallet, For 3 Days, Wifey Found It By Accident

dutybeforedeath Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

Well, that is well and truly lost.

View more comments
#42

This Pan

This Pan

Areykha Report

Vicky Z
Community Member
8 months ago

Now I want crepe...I know I'm out of topic

View More Replies...
View more comments
#43

Mans Feet Brutally Eaten By Escallator

Mans Feet Brutally Eaten By Escallator

Br135han Report

Pat Salzer
Community Member
8 months ago

Yikes!

View more comments
#44

I Was Looking For Him A While And Was Convinced He Had Escaped

I Was Looking For Him A While And Was Convinced He Had Escaped

meisterduu Report

troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

I have the same issue with my black cat! :D

View More Replies...
View more comments
#45

Suburban Combat Ready!

Suburban Combat Ready!

rdubya3387 Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
8 months ago

Partial camo.

View more comments
#46

Woman's Skirt While Waiting For My Parents At The Airport

Woman's Skirt While Waiting For My Parents At The Airport

OkMan123456789 Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

Floating-torso girl strikes again!

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#47

My Sneaker Matches My Gyms Floor

My Sneaker Matches My Gyms Floor

Osirisk Report

Glory The Rainwing
Community Member
8 months ago

What shoe? I see laces and a soul... is your foot invisible?? lol

View More Replies...
View more comments
#48

Couldn’t Find My Straw When I Made Iced Coffee This Morning

Couldn’t Find My Straw When I Made Iced Coffee This Morning

reddit.com Report

Squee
Community Member
8 months ago

is it clear? Or does it like perfectly match the carpet?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#49

The Way My Rainboot Perfectly Matches This Bar Stool

The Way My Rainboot Perfectly Matches This Bar Stool

Yathosse Report

Bex
Community Member
8 months ago

Love those boots!

View more comments
#50

Couldn’t See What She Was Holding For A Sec

Couldn’t See What She Was Holding For A Sec

keepshootingfilm Report

Amelie Peacock
Community Member
8 months ago

we do need more oreo cheesecake tabletops in our lives....just imagine getting home and takin a chomp :D

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 53 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.