The internet world is fascinated by photos of “absolute units”. Try to imagine something extremely round and hearty compared to its peers: gigantic crabs, chonky cats or insanely huge hearts of blue whales. Whether it's animals, food or plants, things that are so out of proportion to its surrounding catches anyone's eye.

If you want to see it for yourself, there's a whole subreddit about it. It's called Absolute Units and its community has grown into almost 1M members over the last four years. As one of the rules there states, “Absolute units only. No normal units,” and it's true. We didn't even think things could get this big.

Bored Panda has compiled a list full of huge things you can find on the subreddit. And if that's still not enough, make sure to check out our previous posts here and here.

#1

The Size Of This Dandelion

The Size Of This Dandelion

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Whatshername
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7 months ago

Up for the title

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An “absolute unit'' is something or someone that is comically oversized. One Reddit user several years ago put it like this: "I don't know what an absolute unit is, but I know it when I see it.“ And that's absolutely true. The phrasing is hard to understand at first, but once you do get it, it can be applied to just about anything.

To teach people a bit more about the origin of it, Know Your Meme wrote that the very British term “absolute unit” emerged in the meme universe in 2017. A Twitter user @mrreptoid posted a picture of a British hotelier posing with the Queen of England. He titled the photo "In awe at the size of this lad. Absolute unit," referring to the hotelier. The tweet and its caption caught on over the following days and others started using it for pictures of various amusingly large objects.

#2

Take A Moment To Look At This Majestic Fluff

Take A Moment To Look At This Majestic Fluff

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7 months ago

white-browed tit-warbler !! The species was first described by Nikolai Severtzov in 1873. It is resident in the Tian Shan and central China as well as in the Himalayas where it is mainly found in winter. Its natural habitat is boreal forests. https://ebird.org/species/wbtwar1

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The phrase gives out a positive and celebratory vibe—you're in “awe“ at how big some things can be. The number one rule in the subreddit r/AbsoluteUnits—be nice, no reason to be a rude unit—show how the moderators try to maintain this pleasant feeling throughout the posts. Another one says that posts should include people, not public figures and no creepshots or fat-shaming pics are allowed. As the moderators say, “We're looking for animals mostly, particularly cute animals which happen to be very large.“

And the Museum of English Rural Units found exactly that. They posted a photo on Twitter showcasing a ram and captioned it “look at this absolute unit.” The tweet is counting 103.9K likes and more than 27K retweets. Adam Koszary, the museum’s manager explained that this particular ram is the complete package, full of meat and wool.

#3

Pour One Out For Big Jake, At One Point Certified As The Tallest Horse In The World By Guinness, Who Crossed The Rainbow Bridge Today.

Pour One Out For Big Jake, At One Point Certified As The Tallest Horse In The World By Guinness, Who Crossed The Rainbow Bridge Today.

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Mazer
Community Member
7 months ago

What a stunningly handsome beast. RIP Big Jake

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#4

"The Mountain" From Game Of Thrones (Actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) Is 6'8, 430lbs, Seen Here With His Father And Grandfather

"The Mountain" From Game Of Thrones (Actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) Is 6'8, 430lbs, Seen Here With His Father And Grandfather

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Jos Tiguidou
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7 months ago

They probably don't sit next to each other on the plane

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Other livestock is not often as large and stocky as this ram. To explain this further, Koszary wrote that “size and a solid build were considered key attributes by the folks who designed our modern farm breeds.” The farming pioneers took breeds and began to design animals to suit particular climates, landscapes, and production aims. In short, they started super-sizing them.

#5

People Don't Realize Just How Huge Moose Can Get

People Don't Realize Just How Huge Moose Can Get

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Julia Atkinson
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7 months ago

Animals this size were common in prehistoric Europe, which is one of the many reasons I'm glad I didn't live in prehistoric Europe

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#6

That Onion Is Huge

That Onion Is Huge

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River Webb
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7 months ago

he looks so proud! :D

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If you're brave enough, you can look for absolute units pretty much everywhere. The fashion world is full of creatives who cannot wait to bring new ideas to the game. And the trend that has been popular in the past few years is, you guessed it, oversized clothes. According to the Cut, men's fashion is all about proportion. Noah Johnson, a senior editor at GQ Style, said, “If the Balenciaga Triple S is the piece of the moment, it’s all about being oversized to the point of ridiculousness.”

#7

What An Absolute Fluf

What An Absolute Fluf

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
7 months ago

Supercute!!!...

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#8

A Comfy Chonk

A Comfy Chonk

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Vic
Community Member
7 months ago

That's not chonky, just a big boi/gal..

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#9

This Is Very Impressive Art

This Is Very Impressive Art

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Beta
Community Member
7 months ago

And then the tide came in

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And even though dad's sneakers and enormous jackets are very bulky, they look unmistakably fashionable. The “absolute unit” meme went as far as it did “not just because it was funny, but also because it hit a cultural nerve.“ Fashion world adopted it simply because the internet is where men feel comfortable talking about clothes.

#10

My Maine Coon Compared To My 5'5" Girlfriend

My Maine Coon Compared To My 5'5" Girlfriend

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Mazer
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Maine coons, so big and so chill. Great pets!!

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#11

This Gigantic Cock

This Gigantic Cock

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River Webb
Community Member
7 months ago

all the little c***s in the background are sad

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#12

This Is The Soft Giant Isabkuro From Rwanda.

This Is The Soft Giant Isabkuro From Rwanda.

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
7 months ago

Beautiful...

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So as you can see from the compiled list of amusingly oversized stuff, “absolute unit” can be implied to nearly everything. After seeing real examples of it, you should understand the essence of what being an absolute unit brings about.

#13

This Dog Sized Cat

This Dog Sized Cat

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Otter
Community Member
7 months ago

Large cat, small human, or both?

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#14

The Size Of The Bald Eagle Caught On A Trail Cam.

The Size Of The Bald Eagle Caught On A Trail Cam.

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Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

WOW, coyote be like "nope" ..... Edit: Grumble O'Pug pointed out that it's a coyote not a wolf.

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#15

These Absolute Units Of Antlers On These Red Stags

These Absolute Units Of Antlers On These Red Stags

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Jody Brown
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7 months ago

How does his neck not constantly hurt?

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#16

Someone Said Cuddles Would Fit Here

Someone Said Cuddles Would Fit Here

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Raena Celis
Community Member
7 months ago

Aw! I'll be the first to say, this frog needs some luv! 💕🤗

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#17

Anyone Missing A Big Boy? This Guy Was Found Alone In The Forest And Is At My Local Humane Society.

Anyone Missing A Big Boy? This Guy Was Found Alone In The Forest And Is At My Local Humane Society.

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Colin Matthews
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Did he eat his owners?

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#18

Absolute Herb Unit

Absolute Herb Unit

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Mazer
Community Member
7 months ago

Green thumb gardener. Fun fact…gardeners are eternal optimists, like it or not. Anyone who routinely puts a dried up seed into a patch of soil just knowing something miraculous will happen in the near future.

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#19

Very Thicc Floof

Very Thicc Floof

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Wendy Franck
Community Member
7 months ago

That's Bone Bone from Thailand, he has his own instagram

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#20

Basically Everything About These Baobab Trees Is Fit For This Sub.

Basically Everything About These Baobab Trees Is Fit For This Sub.

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Mazer
Community Member
7 months ago

Such oddly majestic trees. Like right out of a Dr. Seuss book

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#21

Behemoth Butter Cabbage Grown In Hedensted, Denmark

Behemoth Butter Cabbage Grown In Hedensted, Denmark

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Pearl
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like a giant, wonderful green rose

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#22

An Absolute Unit Of A Fern

An Absolute Unit Of A Fern

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River Webb
Community Member
7 months ago

beautiful!

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#23

Absolute Unit Of A Tortoise

Absolute Unit Of A Tortoise

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Beta
Community Member
7 months ago

Dees are my children. And these are their moms

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#24

This Heart Of A Blue Whale

This Heart Of A Blue Whale

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
7 months ago

Needs a banana for scale

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#25

When You Misplace A Point Ordering A Drill Bit

When You Misplace A Point Ordering A Drill Bit

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River Webb
Community Member
7 months ago

at least you'll never lose it

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#26

Some Units Need Trailers!

Some Units Need Trailers!

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Beta
Community Member
7 months ago

Are those the pumpkins that people go rafting on?

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#27

The Tallest Mallard Duck To Have Ever Lived (Since Records Began) Known As 'Long Boi' He Lives On The Campus Of The University Of York, England. He Stands Just Over 1m Tall (3.5ft).

The Tallest Mallard Duck To Have Ever Lived (Since Records Began) Known As 'Long Boi' He Lives On The Campus Of The University Of York, England. He Stands Just Over 1m Tall (3.5ft).

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Mark Howell
Community Member
7 months ago

I am revert to dinosaur

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#28

This Cat-Loving Beard

This Cat-Loving Beard

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Greymom
Community Member
7 months ago

Kitty has seen some things!

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#29

This Guinea Pig Is An Absolute Unit

This Guinea Pig Is An Absolute Unit

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Meghan Hirt-Gehr
Community Member
7 months ago

If this is in Peru, that guinea pig is done for

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#30

Green Bean Dad Grew, Banana For Scale.

Green Bean Dad Grew, Banana For Scale.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
7 months ago

It could make a salad all by its own self.

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#31

The Size Of Those Ears!

The Size Of Those Ears!

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Jody Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

The better to -- please stop shouting

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#32

The Longest Boi

The Longest Boi

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He-Matt & the MOTU
Community Member
7 months ago

If he's not called Stretch then they've missed a trick.

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#33

This 80 Year Old Saltwater Crocodile From Australia.

This 80 Year Old Saltwater Crocodile From Australia.

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GenericPanda09
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks quite armless

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#34

Quartz Crystal Cluster On Display In A Museum In Namibia. This Is The World's Largest Quartz Cluster, It Was Discovered In 1985 At The Bottom Of A 45 Metre Deep Cave In The Otjua Mine Near Karibib In Namibia. It Weighs 14,100 Kg And Took Three Years To Excavate And Remove.

Quartz Crystal Cluster On Display In A Museum In Namibia. This Is The World's Largest Quartz Cluster, It Was Discovered In 1985 At The Bottom Of A 45 Metre Deep Cave In The Otjua Mine Near Karibib In Namibia. It Weighs 14,100 Kg And Took Three Years To Excavate And Remove.

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Beta
Community Member
7 months ago

Worth 3.5 million dollars

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#35

This Absolute Unit Of An Aquamarine Gem!

This Absolute Unit Of An Aquamarine Gem!

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thefaithfulspouse
Community Member
7 months ago

😍

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#36

Brown Spotted Grand Croaker

Brown Spotted Grand Croaker

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh gooood..... *fainted*

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#37

This Polypore I Found! Don’t Worry, It Was Already Detached And Wasn’t Picked For The Photo

This Polypore I Found! Don’t Worry, It Was Already Detached And Wasn’t Picked For The Photo

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
7 months ago

take it home!

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#38

This Horse

This Horse

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Beta
Community Member
7 months ago

I like big butts and I cannot lie

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#39

An Absolute Unit Of A Cat

An Absolute Unit Of A Cat

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Otter
Community Member
7 months ago

Maine C**n!

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#40

This Is Max. A Unit I Met In Lowes

This Is Max. A Unit I Met In Lowes

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Beta
Community Member
7 months ago

Great Dane?

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#41

My Wife As A Baby. Absolute Unit.

My Wife As A Baby. Absolute Unit.

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Caro Caro
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7 months ago

The mother gave birth to a toddler.

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#42

Boy With His Pet Boar, Ca. 1930.

Boy With His Pet Boar, Ca. 1930.

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Mazer
Community Member
7 months ago

Holybaconbutt now THATS a big pig

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#43

Tasmanian Giant Crab. Absolute Unit

Tasmanian Giant Crab. Absolute Unit

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Beta
Community Member
7 months ago

It’s memo the crab with his lucky pincer

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#44

This Absolute Unit Of A Guard Captain At Castle Hochosterwitz In Austria. He Is Said To Have Been 2,25 Meters Tall (7'10').

This Absolute Unit Of A Guard Captain At Castle Hochosterwitz In Austria. He Is Said To Have Been 2,25 Meters Tall (7'10').

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Julia Atkinson
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7 months ago

I'm impressed by the fake moustache

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#45

Looooong Boi

Looooong Boi

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NuClea Bomb
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7 months ago

Elastagirl in cat form has been discovered

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#46

This Absolute Unit Of A Rabbit

This Absolute Unit Of A Rabbit

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Mr.lazy
Community Member
7 months ago

YES

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#47

Largest Breed Of Chicken And Smallest Breed Of Chicken

Largest Breed Of Chicken And Smallest Breed Of Chicken

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
7 months ago

I reckon the big one could take Colonel Sanders! 😬

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#48

I Thought That Was His Chin

I Thought That Was His Chin

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Titas Burinskas
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7 months ago (edited)

Well, the wife seems happy about it.

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#49

Mobile Waste Disposal Unit

Mobile Waste Disposal Unit

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Orange is aging
Community Member
7 months ago

If it sees you you’re already dead

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#50

Frog Turned Unit?

Frog Turned Unit?

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
7 months ago

WHY SO MANY LARGE AMPHIBIANS!!!!!!

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