The internet is notorious for providing shelter for all kinds of content. That means that even the most miscellaneous things find a place here.

Cursed images are one such internet phenomenon that, if you’ve ever spent more time here, you must know pretty well. The term refers to images that are somewhat unsettling because there is something not quite right about them. However, what makes them even more interesting is that we often cannot pinpoint exactly why they are disturbing.

This Instagram page “Cursed.image5” is dedicated to sharing exactly that – bizarre, yet totally captivating visuals from different contexts. The result is an entertaining gallery right below that you can enjoy with caution! Psst! More cursed images can be found in our previous features here and here.

If you’ve ever been on the internet, you have most probably encountered a “cursed image.” The term refers to pictures that are seen as uncomfortable to look at or even disturbing for the viewer. This can happen for various reasons, from poor quality to the content, which appears to be lacking common sense or is totally abnormal.

According to Know Your Meme, “Images of this or similar nature are sometimes seen as the visual equivalent to CreepyPasta. They have inspired several popular social media accounts devoted to posting various cursed images. The opposite of cursed images are referred to as 'blessed,' while images that are both cursed and blessed are referred to as 'blursed,'” the website explains.

The question remains what makes a cursed image “cursed.” Is it in the nature of an image, or rather is it due to a viewer’s interpretation that can create scenarios and meanings which were not initially present in the same image? It’s true that our imagination tends to deceive us, but the internet is just as notorious in blurring boundaries between real and fiction.

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Tobias Reaper
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

not sure i like the look of the xenomorph for the new alien movie

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Lina Survila, a connoisseur of internet culture and the creator of metaverse news newsletter The Wearables Daily, argues that cursed images have become a certain alternative for memes.

“Now, it's used to visually show how absurd the situation can be. Something unpleasant to watch can be anything from a baby without a hat in cold winter to just a moment of bizarre surroundings,” she told Bored Panda in an interview. She added that “in real life, it looked and felt just so normal.”

Moreover, Survila argues that cursed images are an interesting phenomenon because they illustrate that sometimes when you're looking from a different perspective, the whole thing can look like a different story.

Having said that, “cursed images can also be damaging if used in not the right context. It could help to illustrate a false story or even propaganda,” Survila explained. “Without any explanation, images can circulate on the internet, hyping people with very wrong intentions.”

“My advice would be, don't always assume that everything you see is true. I guess this is why those images are so popular after all - because, in the right context, they can do a good job at misleading people,” she concluded.

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Suzanne Tilson
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

" Not to be that guy, but... technically it's not drunk driving without a car, officers"

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"I mean he could literally name his son Rick and call him pickle rick, he doesn't have to ruin his life in the process"

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Suzanne Tilson
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah I want three scoops of void, because it's black,like my soul......with sprinkles

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Carlos Spicy-Weiner
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When this baby hits 88mph, you're going to see some serious...

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Gemma jones
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i work in a bar that would be so much easier for me to carry

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"There's orange juice in my Ice"

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Nunya Business
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Killing three birds with one stone . . . Jeep's washed, clothes clean, bath taken.

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Artsy Bookworm
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Insert the spider man meme. (I don't know how to post pictures in the comments)

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Castles
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cmon everyone has done a diy long straw at some time in their lives!

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Jihana
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am not sure...I think I might have had a stroke looking at this.

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Liv
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don’t really think anyone would steal those shoes in the first place-

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Buren
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd like to meet The Man Who Sold That T-shirt

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Suzanne Tilson
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

11 out of 10 incels recommend you use this at every gamer convention

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