The world’s weirder than you think. And it can take looking through your camera lens from a peculiar angle for you to finally realize you’re living in Wonderland. Welcome to the wonderful world of illusions and intriguing photography, brought to you by the aptly named ‘Confusing Perspectives’ subreddit.

The 1.51-million-strong r/confusing_perspective subreddit celebrates “puzzling perspectives, confusing angles, and missing context,” and their pics offer a glimpse into how something completely ordinary can look downright bizarre by moving just a few inches. Take a peek at the very best optical illusions shared on the subreddit, and don’t forget to upvote the ones that you enjoyed the most, Pandas. Let us know in the comments which of these made you look twice (or, let’s get real, thrice in some cases). No, that cat isn’t really floating… or is it?!

Are you in the mood for some more puzzling-yet-gorgeous photos? If so, then you really need to make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and check out Bored Panda’s first article about the ‘Confusing Perspectives’ community right over here. It’s the kind of stuff that really makes you want to be a professional photographer, doesn’t it?

Professional photographer Dominic Sberna, from Ohio, was kind enough to share his insights about the importance of perspective with Bored Panda. Check out what he told us as you scroll down, Pandas.

#1

These Clouds In Minnesota Look Like The Ocean

These Clouds In Minnesota Look Like The Ocean

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Laurence Thomas
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2 months ago

Atlantis, Minnesota

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Perspective really is everything in photography (well, alongside lighting, of course).

"The angle of vantage for the photographer can really change an image," photographer Dominic told Bored Panda that changing the perspective can completely change what the photo makes the audience feel.

"It all depends on what you're going for. It's best to play around and try different things to see what looks best and what works best depending on your subject," he urged other photographers, veteran and amateur alike, to experiment and play around with different angles.

#2

Charles Davis Captured This Image Of Australian Budgerigars (Budgies) In A Tree. There's No Leaves

Charles Davis Captured This Image Of Australian Budgerigars (Budgies) In A Tree. There's No Leaves

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James016
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2 months ago

Only posting because its budgies but here is a pic of some budgie care courtesy of my 7 year old Budgie-62d...ab8150.jpg Budgie-62d909dab8150.jpg

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Trees With Christmas Lights Under The Snow

Trees With Christmas Lights Under The Snow

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 months ago

Five, four, three, two, one. We have commenced lift off at 15.

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Bored Panda wanted to get Dominic's opinion on what photographers ought to do if they've got a project in mind and they're experimenting with perspective techniques they've never tried before. He told us that focus is key here.

"Make sure to not lose sight of what you're trying to achieve in your image," he told us. "Have a clear goal in mind with what you're trying to convey."

#4

Bert From Sesame Street Spotted On The Street

Bert From Sesame Street Spotted On The Street

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Can you tell him how to get How to get to Sesame Street?

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#5

The Eagle Statue Turns Into A Pirate At Night

The Eagle Statue Turns Into A Pirate At Night

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Laurence Thomas
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2 months ago

Clockbeard

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#6

Floating Cat?

Floating Cat?

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 months ago (edited)

For all of our friends still confused, the "shadow" is the shadow of the photographer and the cat is laying above it on the couch.

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Meanwhile, photographer Dominic shared some of his thoughts on how to avoid creating confusing perspectives by accident and, instead, create the desired effect.

"Follow the rules of composition and don't make things too small. I have photos of rock climbers at a national park in Nevada, where I personally feel the overall perspective is a bit lost," he said that every professional has some pictures that they now see could have used a bit more work or a few more snaps.

"Make sure the audience is able to understand what it is they're supposed to be seeing and comparing the perspective to the surroundings at hand," he said.

#7

My Pet Bird Taking A Bath Looks Like It's Being Boiled Alive

My Pet Bird Taking A Bath Looks Like It's Being Boiled Alive

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

This looks so disturbing.

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#8

When You Can’t Find Your Sandwich

When You Can’t Find Your Sandwich

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That other Panda
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2 months ago

What sandwich

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#9

Giant Cat

Giant Cat

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TotallyNotAFox
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2 months ago

Playing with purr-spectives can lead to meow-some shots

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The ‘Confusing Perspectives’ subreddit recently celebrated its 8th birthday. Around since the ancient era of 2014, the community has grown absolutely massive thanks to the friendly members, competent moderators, as well as the interesting angle (pun totally intended) of the pictures themselves.

Weirdness fascinates us. And in a world where visual media is king, pictures that get us to do a double-take don’t just stand out from the crowd. They go viral. Visual puzzles are fun to figure out, and they make us consider how we could repeat the same effects.

Obviously, a lot of you Pandas are bound to follow r/confusing_perspective after looking through this list. However, there are some rules that you have to be aware of if you want to be a productive member of their community.

#10

Firetype Cat

Firetype Cat

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Vasana Phong
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2 months ago

Catzilla

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#11

The Clouds Look Like The Ocean

The Clouds Look Like The Ocean

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Danish Dynomummy
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2 months ago

This is straight out of a disaster movie, so friggin unnerving

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#12

Face Off

Face Off

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G M
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2 months ago

Wow! My brain really does not like that one. Damn near refuses to see two faces.

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First of all (and not surprisingly), the content has to be on point. The goal of the sub is to feature photos and videos with confusing perspectives. So that’s what you should post. Memes, cartoons, sketches, and anything that’s been modified “to deceive the viewer” will end up removed by the mod team. Low-quality images and screenshots of other Reddit posts are also a no-go.

Meanwhile, make sure that the title of your post is accurate and descriptive. Try not to mislead other redditors. The titles have to be factually correct and can’t be low-effort. In short, avoid clickbait.

Even if you stumble upon an amazing pic that you think would be perfect for ‘Confusing Perspectives,’ don’t just rush off and post it. Take some time to do a bit of research: check if someone else from the community hasn’t already shared that particular pic recently. The sub shares info in the sidebar on how you can quickly check for reposts.

#13

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

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mel
Community Member
2 months ago

that is one spiky caterpillar...

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#14

Thought They Were Miming Their Awards

Thought They Were Miming Their Awards

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Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

This does look like a prank.

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#15

From An Ask-A-Vet Group. I Thought It Was About A Birth Defect

From An Ask-A-Vet Group. I Thought It Was About A Birth Defect

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 months ago

Illusions aside, WHAT A CUTE PUP!!!!

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Instances of pareidolia, the totally awesome phenomenon where we see faces and familiar shapes everywhere we look, is a bit of a grey area. Sometimes, the mods allow pareidolia-related content if it involved forced perspective (a bit on that below). However, as a rule of thumb, pareidolia pics should be posted on r/Pareidolia.

Forced perspective is a technique that helps photographers create optical illusions by playing around with the size of objects. Pros can change the angle of the pic and make certain people or objects appear larger or smaller than they actually are. This way, they manipulate our perspective and create a lot of fun content. Yup, ‘holding’ the Eiffel Tower or the Tower of Pisa in your hand are two examples of this.

And last of all, the team running the sub asks all members to be civil towards each other. That means no hate, political discussions, or creepy compliments. There’s no tolerance for intolerance in the group.

#16

Dirt Bike

Dirt Bike

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Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

That's wheely confusing.

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#17

Dog Reading A Pamphlet On The Bus

Dog Reading A Pamphlet On The Bus

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Esha
Community Member
2 months ago

Stop judging it its just trying to find its past...

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#18

The Flying Catmobile

The Flying Catmobile

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KitKat
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2 months ago

And so it begins as our overlords levitate...,

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Some of the photos shared on r/confusing_perspective are downright spooky. It almost feels like we’ve stepped into The Twilight Zone (or accidentally proved the existence of The Matrix… or both!).

A while back, Bored Panda spoke with Doug Murano about why people love weird content and have such a fascination with the supernatural. Doug is an award-winning editor and writer, and knows why mystery, horror, and strangeness are such huge hits.

"I suspect that most of us—regardless of our spiritual beliefs—have a longing for something beyond this life. Human beings seem to be pre-programmed with this urge," he shared with Bored Panda.

"My professional expertise is limited to fiction, but I'll say this: I've seen enough real magic and wonder in the world to make me think twice about whether the supernatural is real—and I think that's a healthy thing. It's perhaps less important to believe any given tale than it is to remain open to experiences while leaving room in your head and in your heart for belief."

#19

Dog In A Bubble

Dog In A Bubble

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
2 months ago

Dog: "Don't just take a photo! HELP ME!"

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#20

It's Not A Guy Putting His Hand In The Front Of His Friends Pants

It's Not A Guy Putting His Hand In The Front Of His Friends Pants

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Delta Dawn
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2 months ago

that really took me a minute!

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#21

What A Great Pic

What A Great Pic

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Wubbleyew
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2 months ago

Censor this! I am offended!

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Meanwhile, let’s circle back a bit to pareidolia. Previously, Bored Panda spoke about the phenomenon with Professor Kang Lee, from the University of Toronto.

"Pareidolia illustrates the interaction between the visual cortex and the frontal cortex of the human brain. It suggests that our brain is highly sensitive and expecting to encounter and process some special classes of objects in our environment because they are biological and socially important to our adaptions to the environment," he said.

#22

My Friend Learning To Snowboard

My Friend Learning To Snowboard

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Falcon
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2 months ago

Is your friend a snowboard, cause that's all I see 😁

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#23

Mr. Tiny Legs

Mr. Tiny Legs

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Edward Monks
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2 months ago

never mind the legs, what about mateys thumb?

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#24

Never Skip Arm Day

Never Skip Arm Day

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 months ago

I got little birdie arms and the birdie arms and the birdie arms...

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"For example, when you are walking in a dark street in the evening, your brain is on high alert to detect whether any threat will jump out any moment. In this case, you are more likely to have face or human pareidolia because it is important for you to err on the side of caution if you mistake a tree as a human being,” the professor explained to Bored Panda.

“For some people, their frontal cortex’s expectation for certain objects (e.g., faces) become so high that they see faces in many situations where no faces exist. Even in this kind of situation, it is normal. There is nothing wrong with these individuals," he said.

#25

Getting A Real Handful

Getting A Real Handful

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Vicious Insect
Community Member
2 months ago

Imagine spending all your life to get on the big field and then you find a pic of you like this online

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#26

Truck Looks Like It Has A Possum Logo

Truck Looks Like It Has A Possum Logo

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Mrs_ Possum
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2 months ago

There should be more Possum logos in the world 😄😄

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#27

He's Ringing His Little Bell

He's Ringing His Little Bell

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Daniel Atkins
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2 months ago

Kuzco is that you?

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"Pareidolia is different from paranoia or delusion or abnormal vision of individuals with psychosis. In fact, a recent study shows that those people with pareidolia tend to be more creative. Also, people who are religious may be able to see religious icons in non face objects as well."

According to the professor, our imaginations (centered in our frontal cortex) greatly affect our perception (based in the visual cortex, in the occipital lobe). Pareidolia, according to Professor Lee, proves that "what we see are not things over there in the world but actually the co-creation of what is out there physically and what is in our mind mentally through our expectations and imaginations."

#28

8 Hours Worth Of Detailing A Black Car

8 Hours Worth Of Detailing A Black Car

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Kassiopeia
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2 months ago

Now try not to get hit on the street

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#29

Thought This Was A Picture Of A Guy Swimming In The Ocean

Thought This Was A Picture Of A Guy Swimming In The Ocean

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Kassiopeia
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2 months ago

Well it is a guy swimming, his hand looks like a guy swimming

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#30

Had No Idea My Wife Was Part Dog

Had No Idea My Wife Was Part Dog

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TotallyNotAFox
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2 months ago

A canine Sphinx!

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"Pareidolia is a broader phenomenon as it extends to touch and sound and other sensory channels. For example, you sometimes sense your phone vibrating when it is not, it is a tactile form of pareidolia. When you hear voices in a noisy environment, it is an auditory form of pareidolia."

#31

Flexible Footballer

Flexible Footballer

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Danish Dynomummy
Community Member
2 months ago

Okay, I did NOT see the 3rd person, lol

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#32

Conjoined Canines

Conjoined Canines

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
2 months ago

Cerberus distant distant cousin: Berusureb

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#33

Guy Behind Wife Snuck His Rather Large Hand On Her Shoulder, While Kid Behind Me Cupped A Feel Around My Love Handles

Guy Behind Wife Snuck His Rather Large Hand On Her Shoulder, While Kid Behind Me Cupped A Feel Around My Love Handles

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kymelria
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2 months ago

I know that guy. his name is Reed Richards

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#34

Bird Drinking Water

Bird Drinking Water

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Nikki
Community Member
2 months ago

woah

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#35

Wait, Where Are We Going?

Wait, Where Are We Going?

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Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."

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#36

This Man Is Really In Tune With Nature

This Man Is Really In Tune With Nature

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Sabse
Community Member
2 months ago

Ah, the spy from Astérix

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#37

Sailing Through The Sky

Sailing Through The Sky

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
2 months ago

The modern flying Dutchman, full of tourists and the worst of them all, Karens.

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#38

Catception

Catception

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Premislaus de Colo
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2 months ago

This only proves that cats are liquid

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#39

Floating Above A Manhole

Floating Above A Manhole

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Peacemaker21
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2 months ago

Wait...IS THAT SWEET BABY JESUS

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#40

Buff Dog

Buff Dog

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
2 months ago

Took me a while to get it but the 'spine' is actually the tail and the arms are back legs.

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#41

My Dog & I Recreated Van Gogh’s Smoking Skull Painting With Fabric, Clothes Etc. Original Painting On The Left, Our Recreation On The Right

My Dog & I Recreated Van Gogh’s Smoking Skull Painting With Fabric, Clothes Etc. Original Painting On The Left, Our Recreation On The Right

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Jihana
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2 months ago

Awesome, but where's the dog?

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#42

Radiator Skyline

Radiator Skyline

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
2 months ago

Radiator Springs city?

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#43

This Dj

This Dj

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Business up top, party down below.

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#44

Lahaina Noon When The Sun Shines From Directly Above In Hawaii

Lahaina Noon When The Sun Shines From Directly Above In Hawaii

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

It looks like the graphics in 90's GTA games.

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#45

Big Feet

Big Feet

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Nathaniel
Community Member
2 months ago

When your girlfriend is a sasquatch.

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#46

Bodiless Dog

Bodiless Dog

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Kassiopeia
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2 months ago

Bodiless dog with a snake tounge 🐍

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#47

We Can Now Project The News Into The Sky

We Can Now Project The News Into The Sky

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Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

District 1 broadcasting which tributes died today?

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#48

A Girl Lying Back Against A Dog

A Girl Lying Back Against A Dog

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Wubbleyew
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2 months ago

I think it's a boy dog though.......

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#49

Camouflaged Road In Finland During The Continuation War (June 27, 1941)

Camouflaged Road In Finland During The Continuation War (June 27, 1941)

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Shiny Pants
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2 months ago

The trees are hanging across the road to make it not look like a road from above...confuse the spy pilots.

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#50

Those Are Not Grass Pants

Those Are Not Grass Pants

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Ana Ferreira
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2 months ago

Someone wearing dark pants is standing outside the window to a room with fake grass on the floor. We can see the reflection of the street on the window, but the reflection of the dark pants makes it easier to see straight into the room.

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