Here we are, stuck between dreams and reality. Look around you, Pandas. On the one hand, you’re surrounded by everything that’s familiar, real, recognizable. But as you take a closer peek, you might notice just how odd, how surreal the world can be and it’s not always clear if we’re awake or if our imaginations are playing impish tricks on us.

What we have in store for you today is something special. We’re featuring the ‘Accidental Surrealism’ subreddit, an art and photography-loving online community that shares pics of things that, well, accidentally look like surreal art. Even though the premise is straightforward, the photos are anything but. They will challenge your perception of reality and, hopefully, will inspire you to look at your own surroundings in a different light.

Make sure to keep a strong grip on what’s real as you scroll down, Pandas. Don’t forget to upvote the photos that you enjoyed the most, go visit r/accidentalsurrealism if you enjoyed yourselves, and last but not least: if everything starts melting, keep an eye out for the ghost of Salvador Dalí.

Former art gallery director and art expert Shelby Bercume, from Florida, enlightened Bored Panda about surrealism and Dalí. You'll find out what she had to say if you scroll down, dear Pandas.

#1

Tried To Take A Panoramic Picture Of The Eiffel Tower Today, It Went Surprisingly Well!

Tried To Take A Panoramic Picture Of The Eiffel Tower Today, It Went Surprisingly Well!

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Clark Meldrum
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1 month ago

Looks like its dancing.

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According to former art gallery director Shelby, every art movement focuses on something different. "The reason surrealism is so recognizable is that the subject matter reflects the inner workings of the subconscious," she told Bored Panda. "That’s why the images are considered dream-like because, in actuality, they are dreams and hallucinations."

Although surrealism is instantly recognizable for many, Shelby doesn't believe that we wouldn't be able to mix it up with some other art movements. "There are always overlaps," she said, alluding to the Dada movement which some confuse for surrealism. "But it definitely has a flavor."

#2

Clouds In Harrodsburg, Kentucky. No Filter

Clouds In Harrodsburg, Kentucky. No Filter

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Cleo Carter
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1 month ago

It seems like the sky is falling

A B C
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1 month ago

Asterix's fears were legitimate after all

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Kelli Lindsay
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1 month ago

Asperitas Undulatus!! They are my favorite clouds!

boredpanDaman
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1 month ago

dont say "Asperitas Undulatus" in public! : )

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Bear Hall
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1 month ago

"An unexpected result of global climate change: icebergs got lighter than air and now the wind can blow them over here. More on what it means for the local birdlife and air traffic safety on WKYT tonight at six."

A B C
Community Member
1 month ago

lol. Don't write that down too often, some of those madcap chemtrail antivaxx conspiracy nutjobs will believe it :D

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Elli Rahim
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1 month ago

Anyone hear Chicken Little?

Hisseefit
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1 month ago

Yeah, nope. Toto & I are hanging near the storm shelter today.

Thomas E S Thomas
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1 month ago

Severe updrafts from nearby hills creates that effect.

Creepie Clownie
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1 month ago

This looks like those ceiling water bubbles

Mazer
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1 month ago

Charleton Heston clouds…biblical

tuzdayschild
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1 month ago

I'm not sure but I think Zuul is about to come down.

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
1 month ago

Who ya gonna call?

Begone Fool
Community Member
1 month ago

I saw clouds like this over my neighborhood recently. Very ominous feeling.

Spaghetti
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1 month ago

It’s like when you’re a kid and hiding under a giant blanket

Carol Emory
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1 month ago

Kind of concerning. I was told when the clouds look like they are rolling, tornadoes are on the way.

Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

That's eerie looking but a very cool picture

Angela B
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1 month ago

Looks like the Mother of all storms (I know nothing about weather patterns though).

PeachPossum
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1 month ago

Okay, folks, I'm headin' to my basement now.

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow looks like a blanket

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
1 month ago

Is a tornado coming?

Lisa Tetlow
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1 month ago

That is so bizarre!!! Cool shot!!!

Julia Jules Whitelegg
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1 month ago

Strange phenomenon

Mickie Shea
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1 month ago

Defines Surreal.

Dorothy Cloud
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1 month ago

Wow, there are a few profile in there, too!

Christoph
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1 month ago

Time to go to church

sam thecat
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1 month ago

Looks like faces pressing down..

Glynna Bowood
Community Member
1 month ago

Now that is a scary sky!

Amelia Bee
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1 month ago

That's tornado weather. The photographer should have ran back inside and hunkered down, not stood outside snapping photos!

Paradise
Community Member
1 month ago

These have a name. Forgot what...

Keira Myers
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1 month ago

Asperatus clouds! So beautiful!

Kris “ADHD_Carrier” Dudoich
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1 month ago

This is completely mesmerizing

Brenda Owens
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1 month ago

This gives a new meaning to blanketing the earth.

Stephen Lyford
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1 month ago

Looks like a really exaggerated form of mammatus clouds.

jUst MEat
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1 month ago

Bored Panda is really boring....

Dani Alexander
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1 month ago

Well somebody’s mad

Alex Mont
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1 month ago

Truman show

DanieLegz
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1 month ago

They sniffing your house

Alex
Community Member
1 month ago

Biggest pillow fort in the world

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 month ago

A warning from God. He promised it would be another flood that takes us out of game. This is like mom so pissed off and frustrated,all she can yell is "just wait till your father gets home!"

Oogiebogieaugiedaddy
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1 month ago

WOW those clouds are freaky!

MyOpinionHasBeenServed
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1 month ago

Looks like an upside down bouncy house floor

Timothy Kirschman
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1 month ago

Looks like cotton candy

AP
Community Member
1 month ago

looks like the underside of icebergs

KT
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1 month ago

that's so cool and beautiful

Seabeast
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1 month ago

This is the precursor to a violent storm.

SueMcB
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1 month ago

Mammatous clouds

Marco Conti
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1 month ago

Close Encounters of the Suburbian Kind. Probably microclimatic low pressure zones or updrafts on hills. Pretty, if they didn't make you feel like a hillside was going to crush you.

J Kwon
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1 month ago

Thems some tornado clouds

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

Quite magical.

Sarah Alexandra
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful

Leesa DeAndrea
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1 month ago

Scary!

Mumof1
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1 month ago

Wow!

Bobby
Community Member
1 month ago

Stunning!

Tapio Magnussen
Community Member
1 month ago

What?

Dera Anih
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1 month ago

Aliens!

Gaffers Tapes
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1 month ago

Ooh! Love those clouds!

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#3

Oil On The Ground

Oil On The Ground

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Kelli Lindsay
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1 month ago

Oh, this is fantastic!

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The art expert also ruminated about the success of Dalí. "The popularity of Dalí, mostly due to his wife Gala’s business sense, is what makes surrealism so recognizable. It had significant exposure to people that otherwise wouldn’t have known what it is," she mused about part of the reasons why the artist became so widely known.

Shelby added: "Dalí's popularity was also due to his eccentric behavior and incredibly famous friends coupled with the time. Basically, all the ingredients were there for Dalí to take flight, and surrealism was thrust into the spotlight as part of a consequence."

#4

Shadow

Shadow

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago

Zebra house

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#5

Transit

Transit

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Jan Doggen
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1 month ago

Escher in real life

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#6

Snowy Beach In Hokkaido, Japan

Snowy Beach In Hokkaido, Japan

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Miss Melanie
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1 month ago

Beautiful beach!

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Surrealism was a movement in visual art and literature that flourished in Europe between the First and Second World Wars. Largely influenced by the Dada movement and anti-art ideas that came before, surrealism was a reaction to the destruction brought about by ‘rationalism’ and the brutality of massive-scale warfare.

Encyclopaedia Britannica notes that poet and critic André Breton, the publisher of The Surrealist Manifesto, saw the movement as “reuniting conscious and unconscious realms of experience so completely that the world of dream and fantasy would be joined to the everyday rational world.” The end result would be “an absolute reality, a surreality.”

Surrealist art, photography, and literature can seem illogical or even unnerving as the creators delve deeper and deeper into the unconscious mind and how it entangles cold, hard reality. Surrealism is meant to surprise, shock the viewer, present them with an alternative way of looking at the world. In a way, you can’t have surrealism without stepping outside the box of your own comfort and realizing that rationalism is limited.

#7

Picture Of Building As Reflected In Broken Mirror On Pavement

Picture Of Building As Reflected In Broken Mirror On Pavement

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Kelli Lindsay
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1 month ago

Inception

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#8

Swimming Pool Untouched By Dirty Flood Water

Swimming Pool Untouched By Dirty Flood Water

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boredpanDaman
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1 month ago

music video scene!

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#9

Hail In Crop Netting

Hail In Crop Netting

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Kelli Lindsay
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1 month ago

That is literally something I've never seen before

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The ‘Accidental Surrealism’ online group is a niche subreddit, home to just over 19.7k members. Personally, I think that the subreddit deserves to have a lot more attention, considering just how creative the content it shares really is. The group has been active since January of 2016 and we’re hoping that they’ll stick around for at least another 5 years (and more!).

The subreddit has a single moderator busily working behind the curtain of the stage, helping keep everything in check.

#10

The Way This Snow Has Slid Down The Slide

The Way This Snow Has Slid Down The Slide

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SomeCrazyDogLover
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1 month ago

Oddly satisfying…

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#11

These Are Called Scud Clouds. This Was Recently Captured In South Carolina

These Are Called Scud Clouds. This Was Recently Captured In South Carolina

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Otter
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1 month ago

Is that wind shear, or the start of a flock of tornado's?

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#12

My Scarf Accidentally Matched My Hotel Carpet

My Scarf Accidentally Matched My Hotel Carpet

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8Yorkies-and-57cats
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1 month ago

Wow! That's great. Now get up from the hotel carpet!!!

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In terms of content, r/accidentalsurrealism is very similar to r/accidentalart and r/AccidentalArtGallery. However, those of you Pandas who know your way around the internet might notice that there’s more than just a passing resemblance to the r/AccidentalRenaissance subreddit that Bored Panda has featured time and again. The idea—stumbling upon something art-related by pure happenstance—is the same; the art movement is different.

#13

A Mosaic In Turkey Being Excavated That’s Been Rippled By Earthquakes

A Mosaic In Turkey Being Excavated That’s Been Rippled By Earthquakes

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~hUmMuS vIbEs~
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1 month ago

Lol my first thought was "tiny people on carpet".

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#14

I Thought That Was The Ocean

I Thought That Was The Ocean

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rebel _ phoenix
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1 month ago

Me too!

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#15

An Accidental Skyline

An Accidental Skyline

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 month ago

sometimes i think theres a hidden reality/universe with shadows, light and colors, having their own life and story

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‘Accidental Surrealism’ has only two rules that members need to follow (well, alongside all the regulations requiring you to be civil that you agreed to the moment you signed up to Reddit). The first rule is fairly straightforward: the surrealism in your photo has to be accidental. It can’t be deliberate! If you stage things to farm karma and get awesome comments, you’re missing the point.

The second rule is slightly murkier, however. Your photos have to “fit the criteria for surrealism,” but the subreddit’s mod notes that “this is subjective.”

#16

Coudscape/Snowscape

Coudscape/Snowscape

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

Those are pretty impressive couds.

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#17

5000 Litres Of Spilled Ink

5000 Litres Of Spilled Ink

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Helen Haley
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1 month ago

I just see environmental hazard.

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#18

Entrance Of The Underwater Observatory In Zug

Entrance Of The Underwater Observatory In Zug

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Kelli Lindsay
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1 month ago

Reminds me of The Truman Show

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Earlier, Bored Panda spoke to art historian and creator of educational videos, Mary McGillivray. According to her, a lot of people have a perception about art and art history that stops them from delving into the topics headfirst.

“A lot of people think that art history is very serious and very important and this leads to them feeling overwhelmed—or even feeling like art history isn't for them. This isn't true!” Mary told me during a previous interview. “I've said it before and I'll say it again, art history is just old memes. Once we start to see the humor and the humanity in art, it becomes far less intimidating.”

#19

Reflections

Reflections

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Cleo Carter
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1 month ago (edited)

Had to turn upside down to save my brain

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#20

This Sculpture Of Kids Swinging From A No Longer Existing Tree

This Sculpture Of Kids Swinging From A No Longer Existing Tree

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1 month ago

Looks like she's crying too.

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#21

Clam Covered Mannequin Head That Washed Up On Shore

Clam Covered Mannequin Head That Washed Up On Shore

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SZ
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1 month ago

Oh goody, more nightmare fuel

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Meanwhile, former gallery director and art expert Shelby told Bored Panda a bit earlier that art history can often be “intimidating and difficult to grasp” for those without a background in it because it’s a subject that far from every school teaches. If schools took a more proactive approach to art history, there might be many more experts in the field and far more online groups like r/accidentalsurrealism.

#22

A Hole On The Hill

A Hole On The Hill

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Kelli Lindsay
Community Member
1 month ago

Whoa, that's trippy

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#23

Hopefully I’m In The Right Place—the Way The Sunset Hit The Scaffolding Just Mesmerized Me

Hopefully I’m In The Right Place—the Way The Sunset Hit The Scaffolding Just Mesmerized Me

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Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
1 month ago

That is a lot a scaffolding. Wow.

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#24

Google Street View

Google Street View

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Dawn Woolley
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1 month ago

I love the way his pants are so beautifully tailored to take into account his three legs.

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"I don’t necessarily think art history is an inaccessible entity, but I know that people tend to feel intimidated by things they aren’t experts in. Since art is often, if not always subjective, it feels even more intimidating than a subject with a 'right answer,' like math for example. I think often that leads to a disconnect between the desire to dive into the subject of art and by relation art history, and the execution of it,” art expert Shelby explained to Bored Panda.

#25

Itap Of Well Trimmed Trees And Bushes In Fog, Creating A Mondrian-Like Composition

Itap Of Well Trimmed Trees And Bushes In Fog, Creating A Mondrian-Like Composition

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Jan Doggen
Community Member
1 month ago

itap?

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#26

Brick Wall Worn Down By The Sea

Brick Wall Worn Down By The Sea

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Bear Hall
Community Member
1 month ago

"No, it doesn't look comfy even with the blanket down. No wonder it's only us on this beach."

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#27

A Train Car In Minnesota Carrying Corn Had A Leak

A Train Car In Minnesota Carrying Corn Had A Leak

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Inga Paškevičiūtė
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1 month ago

Party for birds and rodents ayy

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In Shelby’s opinion, art shouldn’t be exclusionary: it should be accessible to everyone, no matter their background or education. “Art is something to be enjoyed and shouldn’t be reserved for an exclusive group," she said.

"Art is aesthetics and feelings. If you love something, voice why you love it... if you can’t find the words, that’s ok! Talking about art is really discussing how the art affects your emotional state and what thoughts it provokes," former art gallery director Shelby said.

#28

Yellow Yukon At Work Today Felt Bad Peeling It

Yellow Yukon At Work Today Felt Bad Peeling It

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

For a second that looked like Baby Groot.

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#29

Sometimes I Keep Myself Company

Sometimes I Keep Myself Company

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Call the Ghostbusters

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#30

The Sky Is The Limit

The Sky Is The Limit

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Bear Hall
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1 month ago (edited)

The weirdest UFO ever: "We are coming from planet IKEA. There are the assembly instructions of our "The Universe and Everything" set missing from your box. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

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"And remember, it is ok to not love everything, believe it or not, certain artworks are meant to be disturbing or disliked. Just don’t be intimidated to speak up because that’s really all we’re doing when we talk about art. We’re voicing opinions."

#31

Nagabeta Seabed Road - Japan

Nagabeta Seabed Road - Japan

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T Simmons
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1 month ago

Spirited away

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#32

Ladders

Ladders

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Lance d'Boyle
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1 month ago

which is why, at only a certain time of certain days, the shadow thief can break into any apartment in the building.

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#33

This Is Not A Duck

This Is Not A Duck

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Cleo Carter
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1 month ago

Schrödinger‘s duck

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#34

Top Of A Shipping Container

Top Of A Shipping Container

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Ember
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1 month ago

Looks like a beautiful island

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#35

Silver Water

Silver Water

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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

The world's largest zipper!

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#36

Woah

Woah

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Kelli Lindsay
Community Member
1 month ago

That's insane! I had to look at this for a good minute to figure it out!

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#37

Melting Street During A Heatwave In India

Melting Street During A Heatwave In India

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Dera Anih
Community Member
1 month ago

Zebra Crossing.

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#38

Shed Overturned By A Tornado

Shed Overturned By A Tornado

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Mazer
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1 month ago

It’s just taking a nap

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#39

A Nj Rollercoaster Got Tossed Into The Ocean By Hurricane Sandy In 2012

A Nj Rollercoaster Got Tossed Into The Ocean By Hurricane Sandy In 2012

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Dead Panda
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Description is wrong, it was never moved. Sandy tore through the amusement park in October 2012, chewing off the end of the pier and plunging the old Jet Star coaster into the water. The wreckage was removed 7 months later.

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#40

Birds Eye View Of A Ship Being Cleaned

Birds Eye View Of A Ship Being Cleaned

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Robert T
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1 month ago

I thought that was two pictures at first!

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#41

Ennui Yields To Art

Ennui Yields To Art

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Jan Doggen
Community Member
1 month ago

The worst part is that someone actually made the effort to hide this.

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#42

Top Down, Bottom Up

Top Down, Bottom Up

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

So now just a weight pulling the cables down, instead of holding them up?

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#43

What Do You Think Of This Piece?

What Do You Think Of This Piece?

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1 month ago

Buddha wants to check if you have good car insurance.

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#44

Itap Of These Two Carts, Half Submerged

Itap Of These Two Carts, Half Submerged

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SomeCrazyDogLover
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1 month ago

I lost my remaining brain cells staring at this

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#45

The Persistence Of Garbage

The Persistence Of Garbage

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mcborge1
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1 month ago

Dali's dumpster.

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#46

Road To Nowhere

Road To Nowhere

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Nothing that can't be fixed with a little duct tape!

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#47

Childhood And Adulthood

Childhood And Adulthood

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8Yorkies-and-57cats
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1 month ago

A flat earther's wet dream! The edge of the world finally discovered.

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#48

These Floorboards At My Airbnb

These Floorboards At My Airbnb

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Chucky Cheezburger
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1 month ago

How nice, a skate park for mice.

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#49

Wherever You’d Like To Go

Wherever You’d Like To Go

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Kelli Lindsay
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1 month ago

A portal to another life

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#50

Escher's Ladder

Escher's Ladder

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Kelli Lindsay
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1 month ago

Took me a second

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