The world is like a Rubik’s Cube and there’s a lot of variation that you can get out of it. The same goes for our faces. There’s a one in 135 chance that a pair of complete doppelgängers exist somewhere in the world. Some of us are brave enough to spin that wheel of features, and as luck would have it, find themselves looking at a pack of crisps as if it was their bathroom mirror. This Bored Panda compilation is dedicated to all the unlikely face matches found in the most random places.
For those who love pushing their brain into overdrive, there’s always a step further. After you are done with this compilation, check out more glitches in the matrix here and here. Don’t bother calling Neo for help, he’s out of the business.
Whoever Understood The Impact Of This Photo, Understood Everything
In The Flesh
I Can Only Hope To Be Painted So Someone In The Future Can Do This As Well
Bored Panda contacted photographer François Brunelle, who has been working on his "I’m not a look-alike!" project, which seeks to find doppelgangers around the world.
Apparently, it’s not so easy to find your look-alike and it took Brunelle 5 years until people started reaching out to him. “At first, I would ask people whom I knew and thought they were look-alikes to participate in my project. Then I asked around and put some ads in the media with little or no result. Then I had a TV interview, magazine articles, and lots of web media exposure, which had lots of people around the world reaching out to me.”
Brunelle shared an insider’s view into the confusing world of doppelgangers. “Look-alikes are divided into 2 categories: One category is made up of people who have already known each other for a long time and are used to the confusion coming from their likeness. The other category is made up of people who meet for the first time in front of my camera.”
Seeing your double for the first time might come with a certain degree of apprehension which is then “followed by a state of relaxation coming from the fact that each person can relate quite rapidly to the other because that other person does not look at all like an alien.”
The photographer notices that a similar appearance helps people bond better with others but it’s not necessarily a good thing. “That’s why it is so hard to completely get rid of different forms of racism and we need to educate ourselves at being aware of that phenomenon.”
The look-alike hunter reveals how to find your double: “ask around you if someone knows someone who looks like you. You can send me a photo of yourself but the chances that I will find your look-alike are very low. Normally people who have a doppelganger or who know a pair will write to me about it and from that, eventually, I will get a new photo.”
Remember that guy at the gym you saw the other day? What if that wasn’t a mirror reflection?
Linguini From Ratatouille
My Godson Think He's The Royal Prince
Michael Sheehan, an assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, researches human facial diversity. According to him, the likeliness of finding your doppelganger is a subject of statistics. “The statistical explanation is that if you shuffle a deck of cards enough times, you’re going to deal with the same hand twice at some point.” The logic works the same for our looks: “There’s a lot of diversity in the forms of human faces, but there’s still a limit to it.” In other words, the likelihood is there but it isn’t infinite.
There’s a simple explanation as to why there aren’t more doppelgangers in the world. "It's not only facial appearance but also styling, how people are presenting themselves or acting," explained Sheehan. "Context has a lot to do with looking alike as well." Just think about it—same hairstyle, clothing, and gestures might create the illusion of a look-alike even if the facial features are very different. That also explains why the look-alikes are usually told that they resemble someone else but very few people actually realize their doppelganger on their own. "If people are hard to tell apart, there's more chaos and confusion," the professor adds. Mother Nature has it all planned.
My Friend The Emperor Hadrian
My Japanese Friend Found A Game About Himself In A Shop In The Netherlands
My Friend Found Himself In A Bag Of Chips
When You Go To Get A Flu Shot And The Pharmacist Is Your Doppelganger
See It. Feel It. Become It
If My Friend's Son Lived In Mexico, He Would Be Tripping Over Candles
My Haircut Is 200 Years Out Of Date
I Found My Doppelgänger In This Painting At A Local Art Exhibit
It was titled “When I Grow Up”, which is funny because the first career I ever wanted to be was an astronaut.
Noticed A Peculiar Resemblance In My Friend's Nativity Scene Today. I Present You, The Fresh Prince Of Bethlehem
So My Friend Just Found Her Kid's Doppelganger
Found Myself In Berlin Museum
The Adoration Of The Magi
Friend Looks Exactly Like The Painting At A Bar
Found My Doppelganger In Poland, Unfortunately It Was On A "Willy Brush"
My Husband Ken Found A Mini Plastic Version Of Himself At Homegoods
My Friend Found His Doppelganger In The Subway Last Night
My Daughter And This Painting
Check Out This Hot Guy I Found On The Corner
The Time Picasso Portrayed Me
Still Wondering Whether He Did This On Purpose Or Not
Searching For Doppelgangers
Just Doing That
This Thrift Store Photo Is My Doppelganger
I Was At Work When We Noticed A Fantastic Lookalike
The South American Version Of Shrek
My Doctor Said: "You Kinda Look Like That Guy On The Wall Over There!"
See That Picture In The Background? That Isn’t Me
I’ve had several people send me a picture of that picture that hangs in several Pizza Pie Cafe locations in Utah and Idaho. I’ve never worked at Pizza Pie Cafe but apparently I have a doppelgänger walking around somewhere.
My Teacher Looks Like Gru From Despicable Me
I've Been Told I Look Like Chris Pratt
Today I Found My Doppelganger
So He Kind Of Looks Like Me
When You Stumble Upon Your Classmate's Side Modeling Gig
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