By now, you've probably seen at least a couple of babies who look like old people. But this deceiving image isn't exclusive to the tiniest ones. Bored Panda has collected a list of childhood photos where kids also appear to be at least a couple of decades in decay, and they're just as hilarious. From a 10-year-old sassy grandma to a 40-year-old receptionist attending 4th grade, you'd think these unfortunate folks would be the ones pinching your cheeks at the next family reunion. Truth is, they will actually be on the receiving end instead. Scroll down, enjoy, and upvote your faves!

#1

My Friend's Baby Pictures Look Like Mrs. Doubtfire

My Friend's Baby Pictures Look Like Mrs. Doubtfire

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ZombieGirl5591
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1 year ago

HAHAHA omg!

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If you're worried about your embarrassing photos that might one day crawl out of your hard drive and spread over the Internet, don't be. We all are. In fact, there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for why the person staring back at you looks so very unfamiliar, even though that person is you. The answer to why you hate seeing photos of yourself is mirrors. The explanation given in a TED talk by photographer Duncan Davidson, for example, explains how "perception, mirrors, and the uncanny valley make us hate photos of ourselves."

#2

I Looked 70 When I Was 13

I Looked 70 When I Was 13

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Dani
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1 year ago

This is hilarious!!

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Back in 1977, in a study titled "Reversed Facial Images and the Mere-Exposure Hypothesis," psychologists Theodore H. Mita, Marshall Dermer, and Jeffrey Knight concluded that "individuals will prefer a facial photograph that corresponds to their mirror image rather than to their true image." As the title of the study suggests, everything has to do with something called the mere-exposure effect.

#3

I Looked Like A Middle Aged Man When I Was A Child

I Looked Like A Middle Aged Man When I Was A Child

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Samantha Robinson
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1 year ago (edited)

This kid earned his belly through good old Root Beer.

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The mere-exposure effect was first proposed in the 1960s by Stanford psychologist, Robert Zajonc. According to Gizmodo, "In its simplest terms, the mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon whereby a person develops a preference for a stimulus based solely on his or her repeated exposure to (and subsequent familiarity with) it. The effect has been demonstrated with an array of stimuli (words, paintings, sounds) and across cultures. It's even been observed in other species."

#4

When It’s Your First Day Of Kindergarten And Also Your First Day As Head Of The PTA

When It’s Your First Day Of Kindergarten And Also Your First Day As Head Of The PTA

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Restless
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1 year ago

The things we do to our kids

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So the truth is, if photograph-you looked like mirror-image you, in a way, everyone else would think you look bizarre. The same researchers, who showed a person is more likely to prefer a facial photograph that corresponds to their mirror image rather than their true image, also demonstrated that the opposite was true when the images were shown to the person's friends. So, again, don't worry about it. Photograph-you looks great.

#5

When You Look Over 40 But You're Actually 12

When You Look Over 40 But You're Actually 12

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The Dutches
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1 year ago

My daughter was 11 when she started experimenting with makeup. So for her 12th birthday I organized a makeup party with a beautician. Great fun. Of course we made pictures. When she saw them, she was shocked to see herself as a 25 year old. After that she hasn't touched makeup till she was finished in collage, and only sparsely.

trix
Community Member
1 year ago

Wouldn't work with today's teenagers. They all aspire to look 25 when they're bloody 13, and they do.

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Yeah. Once girls hit puberty they do everything to look older - and once they go beyond 30, they spend the rest of their lives trying to look younger. 'T'is a drag, people, 't'is a drag.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

PS The male counterpart ends up looking like a baby blimp buffoon in advanced age...

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

She kinda looks like that one uncle who likes to play dress-up...

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, Glamour Shots. Have you ever made anyone actually look good?

Catlady6000
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1 year ago

Only the models in the ads

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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like an ad for Dallas

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
1 year ago

Stockard Channing

Annesha James
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11 months ago

was looking for this comment.

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Krysta Pandoo
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks a bit like Rizzo from Grease

athornedrose
Community Member
1 year ago

omg why so many fur/feathers?!

Alex Craig
Community Member
1 year ago

Who dresses their children up like this?

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

@Alex, there was a very bizarre trend in the 80s called “Glamour Shots”. I have no ungodly idea how it started and whether the trend made its way around the world, but all I have to say is that I’m very thankful that it now only exists on embarrassing websites on the Internet.

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Sandy Eigler
Community Member
1 year ago

creepy weird!!

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! Crazy mother of hers

Melanie Peapell
Community Member
1 year ago

I cannot see a 12 year old no matter how hard I try.

Gabriela Maza
Community Member
1 year ago

She looks like a drag version of Yahoo Serious.

Danielle Renee
Community Member
1 year ago

oh yes, glamour shots in the mall...i remember these

shinshige
Community Member
1 year ago

Glamour Shots, BABY!!!

Sophia Romero
Community Member
1 year ago

Yo this is me I’m 12 everyone thinks I’m like 18

Sasha Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

To be honest, she actually looks really pretty......but 12....

Zaheen Muhammad
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a very cute smile

Godspeed
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy crow!!

Andrew Reyes
Community Member
1 year ago

Judge Judy was a child at one time!!!!

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

There is no way this person was 12 when this was taken!

rj44
Community Member
1 year ago

...more like Stockard Channing!

rj44
Community Member
1 year ago

...more like stockard channing

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 year ago

Or the girl from Big

Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

She will become a future Dalmation-killer

Lola Robison
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

An actual Glamour Shots photo. My daughter wanted a "sitting" for her 12th birthday. We bought her a sitting and they made my newly turned 12 year old into a Marilyn Monroe look alike.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Why a glam shot for a child of 12 ???

Ice cube
Community Member
1 year ago

NO WAY

Chris Miilu
Community Member
1 year ago

What parent allowed this farce? Most little girls just smear makeup, because they don't know how to apply it. Her mother helped her to look like this. Maybe she can take her to the Mall where she can attract real life predators, too.

Oaklynn Emberly
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty!

Jessica Chant
Community Member
1 year ago

This was the era of glamour shots! Making young girls look like their grandma! 😂

Ivy McIntosh
Community Member
1 year ago

So much makeup!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

I knew a woman who had glamour shots taken of her beautiful 8 year old daughter - in a silver sequined tank (fit the kid like a MINI dress) with full on make-up and hair. The kid looked like a hooker. It didn't help that there was a 3' x 4' portrait hanging over the mantle in her "Escorts R Us waiting room" looking living room. I'm talking black VINYL couches and dingy white faux fur everywhere. Tackiest shit I've ever seen. Yeah, her stepfather needs to be looking at her like she's a sex symbol. That's a good idea.

Chris_the_Creative
Community Member
1 year ago

She looks like a boy dressed in drag.

Orsi Tamás
Community Member
1 year ago

Isn't she a he?

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

what are you???

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#6

Yeah, So I Heard My Best Friend Was Made Into A Meme Called The 60-Year-Old Girl

Yeah, So I Heard My Best Friend Was Made Into A Meme Called The 60-Year-Old Girl

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Harleen
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1 year ago

Looks just like grandma Yetta on The Nanny!!

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#7

My Wife Was A 40-Year-Old Receptionist In 4th Grade

My Wife Was A 40-Year-Old Receptionist In 4th Grade

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

Christina Farley?

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#8

Give Me The Sassy Grandma Look

Give Me The Sassy Grandma Look

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Harleen
Community Member
1 year ago

Betty White - age 5

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#9

This Is Why I Never Had A Girlfriend In High School. I Looked 35 When I Was 14

This Is Why I Never Had A Girlfriend In High School. I Looked 35 When I Was 14

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Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

*Never gets carded...

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#10

I Looked Like An Old Jewish Man In 9th Grade

I Looked Like An Old Jewish Man In 9th Grade

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Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, yes you did.

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#11

The Blunder Brothers, Circa 1994. I'm In Purple

The Blunder Brothers, Circa 1994. I'm In Purple

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this what they mean when people tell you to "pull up your pants"?

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#12

Glamour Shot Blunder (7-Years-Old)

Glamour Shot Blunder (7-Years-Old)

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Koalamonster
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1 year ago

She's looking like an overly invested pageant mom

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#13

6th Grade Going On 60

6th Grade Going On 60

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Rowlie
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1 year ago (edited)

Are these seatbelts?

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#14

My Friend's Yearbook Picture From 2nd Grade. Apparently She Used To Be A Lesbian Art Teacher

My Friend's Yearbook Picture From 2nd Grade. Apparently She Used To Be A Lesbian Art Teacher

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Betsy Knox
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1 year ago

She looks like a gentle hippie soul

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#15

That Time I Went To My High School Prom And Looked Like A 45-Year-Old Woman

That Time I Went To My High School Prom And Looked Like A 45-Year-Old Woman

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

She look like a school recetionist instead of a student.

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#16

I Was Born In 1981, But Turned 55 In 1992

I Was Born In 1981, But Turned 55 In 1992

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Withnail
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1 year ago

11 years old and already tired of your sh!t.

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#17

First Day Of High School, I Was Apparently Going For The 70-Year-Old Man Look

First Day Of High School, I Was Apparently Going For The 70-Year-Old Man Look

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Mark
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1 year ago

Young Elton John.

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#18

At Age 10 I Looked Like I Was Ready To Give Up And Change My Name To Linda

At Age 10 I Looked Like I Was Ready To Give Up And Change My Name To Linda

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Douglas Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

That gal's got sass & moxi in spades!

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#19

I Too Was Born In 1981. I Present To You, The Butch Soccer Mom (I'm A Guy)

I Too Was Born In 1981. I Present To You, The Butch Soccer Mom (I'm A Guy)

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Catherine Hankinson
Community Member
1 year ago

Did you want to speak to a manager about an expired coupon?

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#20

A Friend Of Mine Gave Me Permission To Post This Gem. Circa Early 90s

A Friend Of Mine Gave Me Permission To Post This Gem. Circa Early 90s

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

1. Take a pan 2. Put it on your head 3. Ask your mum to cut your hair around die edges of it 4. BAM!! INSTANT FASHION

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#21

After The Seventh Child My Mom Decided It’s Just Easier To Dress Me In Her Own Clothes

After The Seventh Child My Mom Decided It’s Just Easier To Dress Me In Her Own Clothes

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like that annoying aunt from Pipi Longstokking

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#22

Blundering Through 2nd Grade

Blundering Through 2nd Grade

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

That Hair though...

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#23

I Was Dwight Schrute When I Was 15

I Was Dwight Schrute When I Was 15

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

No looks like a European Kim Jung Un

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#24

1981. I Thought I Was The **** In My Band Uniform And Permed Hair, And Weighing All Of 90 Pounds (With The Cymbals)

1981. I Thought I Was The **** In My Band Uniform And Permed Hair, And Weighing All Of 90 Pounds (With The Cymbals)

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year ago

Napoleon Dynamite

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#25

A Friend's 6th Grade Picture. Not Her Grandmother

A Friend's 6th Grade Picture. Not Her Grandmother

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Siana Ananta Dayo
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1 year ago

She is so nervous... <3

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#26

My Friend Looked Like Elton John When He Was Younger

My Friend Looked Like Elton John When He Was Younger

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

Elton Young

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#27

I Was In 2nd Grade. I Look Like I Am 50

I Was In 2nd Grade. I Look Like I Am 50

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Harleen
Community Member
1 year ago

Female mullets NEVER should've been a thing

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#28

No Front Teeth, Mom As A Stylist

No Front Teeth, Mom As A Stylist

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Giorgio Prodoti
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1 year ago

Mom, please stahp.

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#29

My Sister's Glamour Shot: Age 4

My Sister's Glamour Shot: Age 4

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

For a moment I thought she was wearing an ushanka...

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#30

Band Geek, 1987

Band Geek, 1987

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Hello it Smee
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1 year ago

This one time at band camp....

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