The internet can’t be just about kittens and wholesome things now can it, dear Pandas? Oh, they’re absolutely fabulous things to pick up your spirits, but sometimes… sometimes you need a bit of c o n t r a s t. There can’t be any light without darkness and there can’t be blessed images without C u R s E d ones to balance out the net.
There’s one Instagram account in particular that we want to highlight today—the ‘Cursed.Aesthetic’ project that has over 177k followers on the social media platform. It’s a haven for bizarre, weird, and slightly disturbing images that suck you in and don’t want to let you go. Some of these are so enrapturing, you might not want to stop looking (and then somehow you can’t account for the last hour).
Have a scroll below, upvote the images that you found the most intriguing, and let us know what you thought of them. We know that these might be a bit too much for some of you Pandas, so here’s Bored Panda’s article about some hilariously cute cats to balance things out.
The ‘Cursed.Aesthetic’ IG account also has its mirror twin, the ‘Blessed.Aesthetics’ page to offer followers an alternative if they’re not a fan of cursed images. Though, based on the number of followers alone, it’s easy to spot that it’s the cursed pics that draw in the larger crowd. Possibly because of how mind-bendingly bizarre they are, forcing us outside of our comfort zones.
Cursed images aren’t anything new on the net. They’ve been around since at least October 2015, according to Know Your Meme. The page explains that cursed images are usually photos that are disturbing to the viewer. This can be either due to the super low quality of the pic (oh no, pixels!) or because of how “abnormal or illogical” what’s pictured really is.
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“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,” Know Your Meme explains, adding that ‘blessed’ images are the polar opposite of ‘cursed’ ones.
That’s not all, though—there’s also a hybrid variant of pics that are both blessed and cursed that’s called ‘blursed.’ It might sound weird, but I love that word and it’s started me down a dark-yet-well-lit path into some incredibly unusual content.
After a Tumblr account dedicated exclusively to cursed images started publishing bizarre photos, the idea spread to other blogs. Later, in 2016, cursed photos spread to Twitter. Most recently, cursed images took a hold of TikTok users.
In April 2020, TikTokers edited their videos to include cursed images to the sound clip ‘Rhythm thief but cursed.’ There’s no doubt in my mind that cursed pics will be around for a while and spread even further across the net. It’s a good thing we’ve got so many blessed images to counter them!