Maybe we watched too many horror movies as kids, or maybe it's just an evolutionary advantage to be wary of danger when it isn't necessarily there, but we can all remember that sudden feeling of terror when the shadow of a tree flashes across a window.

"Who's there!" Is our first reaction. Because we are programmed to see faces and other human features quickly, that innocent branch swaying in the wind can quickly become the sinister hand of an ax murderer. It works for other threats too. Are you afraid of spiders? Then perhaps you might begin to 'see' them everywhere until you get a closer look and realize that it's just a hairclip. Better to be safe than sorry though, am I right?

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of times when people got freaked out by everyday things and while some of them are understandably scary, others are just plain hilarious. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and share your own stories in the comments!

#1

That Paralyzing Moment When You Forget To Breathe Because You're So Darn Scared... I Forgot I Put My Hair Clip There

That Paralyzing Moment When You Forget To Breathe Because You're So Darn Scared... I Forgot I Put My Hair Clip There

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy...! This would give me a heart attack!

Lil Bare
Community Member
1 year ago

May I present: "the head hugger is here!"

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Note to self: when buying big hair clips, choose the colour and shape CAREFULLY. *adjusts glasses*

Beeps
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

*goes out to buy that exact type of hair clip whilst laughing maniacally*

A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

*joins the maniac laughing* I LOVE what you're implicating

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Jeff Requier
Community Member
1 year ago

Still looks like a tarantula or a Crab even after knowing its a hair clip

Mama Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

I would have screamed, maybe pee myself, ran and then dialed 911 if I saw this!!!

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
1 year ago

I would like to see it closed.I still cant believe it was a hair clip!!!

Norman van Druten
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, that would sort out any problems with constipation.

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Don’t Ever do That with your hair clip at My house.

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

You forget to rest of your statement... “or heads are gonna roll!”

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

I do not care that it's clip. That thing goes in the trash now!

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
1 year ago

Hair-larity!

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

You got a leg up with that comment!

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IvetaT
Community Member
1 year ago

omg no.. throw it away, right now. you dont need this

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Even knowing that it's a hair clip, it still looks like a tarantula.

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

I first thought it was a bunch of shells glue together in the shape of a tarantula.

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Valereee
Community Member
1 year ago

Hah!! That's funny!!

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Yeah... this would scare the shit out of my hubby, he hates spiders and I’m the “Spider Slayer of House Webber”

Lisa Bo Bisa
Community Member
1 year ago

I've done this, too.

Barbara
Community Member
1 year ago

I sometimes get mini heart attacks because of left behind cat fur. So I definitely never should do this

danielw
Community Member
1 year ago

I suddenly feel the need to go buy hair clips.

Tavi Petrovici
Community Member
1 year ago

:))

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Harleen
Community Member
1 year ago

The sad thing is that I've seen this so many times before and it gets me EVERY time!!

KarmaQueen
Community Member
1 year ago

I am seriously afraid of spiders and my heart starts to race when I see one. The minute I scrolled down my pulse quickened.

Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Goeie fok!!

Norman van Druten
Community Member
1 year ago

Ek sou dit ook gese het!!

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

NOPE

Letitia Hedding
Community Member
1 year ago

this is so scary!!!!!!!!!

Layla Corman
Community Member
1 year ago

I would have to leave the house, and all my possessions for the rest of my life.

TheAnimeGirl
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine having arachnophobia!!!!!

Vinicius Porto
Community Member
1 year ago

well it's your fault. WTH is this hair clip!

Diana Crawford
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh Damn...is that a crab or spider?

Jennifer DeFillippo
Community Member
1 year ago

This one actually made me LOL! 😂

Mona Roberson
Community Member
1 year ago

I've done that too hahaa

Rebecca Cote
Community Member
1 year ago

I would have flipped out!

Nienke Nieuwenhuis
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine when it's in your hair ...

Dianna
Community Member
1 year ago

Kind of reminds me of after having done the laundry, I went to put on a long-sleeved shirt. Need to explain first that I have a borderline, almost abnormal fear of mice. Once the shirt was on - I felt something in the shoulder. I danced all over the room scheeching "a mouse, a mouse......aaaagggghhhhh", trying desperately to rip the shirt off. Once I did - discovered it was a sock.

Judith Wilson
Community Member
1 year ago

just feed her some breakfast. She seems very friendly!

JZhao
Community Member
1 year ago

This a great place to put your hair clip. 10/10 would recommend.

Justgail Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep 😳

Donna Webber
Community Member
1 year ago

Very photoshopped and fucking stupid

Meaningless Thomas Sanders and Broadway Fangirl
1 year ago

I would s h r i e k .

Ben Pike
Community Member
1 year ago

Haaaa

Allie Faux
Community Member
1 year ago

Speaking about being scared of spiders - I personally think the mother was the one so scared if she allowed this to happen: An 11-year-old boy died in a head-on crash after his mother veered on to the wrong side of the road when a spider fell on her hand, an inquest has heard. The court was told that the mother, Cloud Younger, drove for a significant period of time on the wrong side of the road and crashed straight into another vehicle because a “spider was in the car”. In a statement to the court, Ms Younger said the insect had scared her young daughter, Branwen, and she was “trying to calm the situation” immediately before the crash. Her son, Tristan Keith Silver, was killed when the car hit a 4x4 vehicle towing a trailer on 4 May 2018 in Ceredigion, Wales. The inquest heard that when she was interviewed by police in June 2018, Ms Younger answered “no comment” to every question.

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought it was a tarantula!! Only a hair clip!! Thank God!!! Horrors!!!

Patricia Guekjian
Community Member
1 year ago

I had a heart attack seeing the photo!

Courtney Christoffer
Community Member
1 year ago

That is one evil hair clip.

Rogue Aresa
Community Member
1 year ago

I would've never figured out this was a hair clip cause i'd be too busy running and screaming for dear life!

Carol Roeder
Community Member
1 year ago

Wooo baby. What long legs you have! Dang!

Leo Petipas
Community Member
1 year ago

What is it clamped on to?

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

The arm of a couch. I have that same couch, it’s from IKEA a few years ago.

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John Simpson
Community Member
1 year ago

Would have wet myself.

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 year ago

I do this sort of thing just to wind up my fiancée and our daughter

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I was eating a bowl of cereal on the couch when I saw a small ant on my foot and was startled so badly that I threw the bowl and had a mini freak-out. What a mess that made. This hair clip would probably give me a heart attack, lol.

Perry Swift
Community Member
1 year ago

Nearly didn't make it past this first picture!

Aditya Rendy
Community Member
1 year ago

NO!! nonononononono

Kim Seeliger
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg....

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha! I leave my hair clips around the house like this. It usually causes my husband to yell, followed by cussing.

sequoia hawes
Community Member
1 year ago

i think i would scream a bunch t˙en run out of that room/car

Kate Swartz
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep instant heart attack

Judy Judy
Community Member
1 year ago

I would've died!

Sue Knerl
Community Member
1 year ago

Big honkin' spider!!!!

Efi Karafotia
Community Member
1 year ago

This is why every item has to have its specific place

Karen Marshall
Community Member
1 year ago

I've done this!!

Muggle2480
Community Member
1 year ago

I would've beat the chiropractor to death and broke out my #flamethrower!! 😬 oops!

Metro Pcs
Community Member
1 year ago

Yea, I wonder what kinds of reactions you get when that "SPIDER HAIR CLIP" is in your hair, looking as if it's on the back of your head?!? Now i'd like to SEE what that would look like. I would REALLY FREAK THE F--K OUT!!! But this one definately takes the cake! Cannot believe how REAL it looks. Just like a real one stopped, posted up and staring at you with its what... 10 eyes!!! LOL

Terence Michael
Community Member
1 year ago

That's an effed up hair clip

Shaina Kanar
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I would have left my house and never came back without a person!!

Priya Sharma
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd be more scared if it was in your hair

Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
1 year ago

I know that picture as : When your girlfriend leaves her hairclip.....

Meg
Community Member
1 year ago

YES!!! I was going to say the same thing! It was originally a boyfriend who posted it.

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KN Peace
Community Member
1 year ago

Mine is bright blue, green and yellow with flower shape and some with beads so I am safe

Lilli
Community Member
1 year ago

as a person with serious arachnophobia, this scares the crap out of me

SweetCee
Community Member
1 year ago

!!!!!!!!!!!! Bye.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

They need to stop making hair clips that look like that then. I'd have screamed.

Ms.M
Community Member
1 year ago

HELLO THERE!!!

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks EXACTLY like a spider though!

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Optical illusions challenge our sense of reality; they make us realize that what we see is simply our brains' best interpretation of the visual cues our eyes provide. Our brains have adapted not to see what is actually there, but what we deem as useful to see.

Optical illusions occur when a visual scene unfolds that is different from what our brain has decided is the norm, and it will respond in odd and often confusing ways until finally arriving at a conclusion.

#2

I Thought I Saw A Woman Dressed As A Handmaid About To Jump From A Building. I Called 911

I Thought I Saw A Woman Dressed As A Handmaid About To Jump From A Building. I Called 911

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

can't blame you, rather call it in than actually have someone jump.

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#3

I Left My Boots At The Back Door. When I Was Walking Back Outside I Nearly Had A Heart Attack

I Left My Boots At The Back Door. When I Was Walking Back Outside I Nearly Had A Heart Attack

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

He clearly knows what You did last summer

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According to Exploring optical illusions, there are 3 main types of optical illusion:

Literal illusions create images that are different from the objects that make them, like most of the entries on this list. For example, if 3 birds are flying, 2 above one, it can form the illusion of a smiling face.

Physiological illusions, such as afterimages following bright lights or adapting stimuli of excessively longer alternating patterns (contingent perceptual aftereffect), are presumed to be the effects on the eyes or brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type - brightness, tilt, color, movement, etc. The theory is that stimuli have individual dedicated neural paths in the early stages of visual processing, and that repetitive stimulation of only one or a few channels causes a physiological imbalance that alters perception. 

#4

I Need To Find The Lady Who Hanged This Freak. Gave Me A Heart Attack...

I Need To Find The Lady Who Hanged This Freak. Gave Me A Heart Attack...

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

imagine seen this at night! holy crap...

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#5

Slept Over My Moms House Last Night And This Scared Me More Then I Would Like To Admit

Slept Over My Moms House Last Night And This Scared Me More Then I Would Like To Admit

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Caelan Mack
Community Member
1 year ago

she 100% put that there for you to wake up to

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Cognitive illusions are assumed to arise by interaction with assumptions about the world, leading to "unconscious inferences", an idea first suggested in the 19th century by Hermann Helmholtz. Cognitive illusions are commonly divided into ambiguous illusions, distorting illusions, paradox illusions, or fiction illusions.

1. Ambiguous illusions are pictures or objects that elicit a perceptual 'switch' between the alternative interpretations. The Necker cube is a well known example; another instance is the Rubin vase.

2. Distorting illusions are characterized by distortions of size, length, or curvature. A striking example is the Café wall illusion. Another example is the famous Müller-Lyer illusion

3. Paradox illusions are generated by objects that are paradoxical or impossible, such as the Penrose triangle or impossible staircases seen, for example, in M. C. Escher's Ascending and Descending and Waterfall. The triangle is an illusion dependent on a cognitive misunderstanding that adjacent edges must join. 

4. Fictional illusions are defined as the perception of objects that are genuinely not there to all but a single observer, such as those induced by schizophrenia or a hallucinogen. These are more properly called hallucinations. 

#6

Walked Into My Room And Saw That My Pillows And Blanket Had Tangled Up Like This. I Almost Had A Heart Attack

Walked Into My Room And Saw That My Pillows And Blanket Had Tangled Up Like This. I Almost Had A Heart Attack

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

maybe it was looking for spooning

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#7

My Wife Tossed A Comforter On A Chair To Dry, I Nearly Had A Heart Attack

My Wife Tossed A Comforter On A Chair To Dry, I Nearly Had A Heart Attack

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Ms.M
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey, the ghost just wanted to make a sandwich.

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#8

Had A Mini Heart Attack When I Looked Up And Saw This. Trampoline Developed A Hole. She Thought It Was Hilarious

Had A Mini Heart Attack When I Looked Up And Saw This. Trampoline Developed A Hole. She Thought It Was Hilarious

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Laura Zappenduster
Community Member
1 year ago

she´s talented :)

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#9

My Friend's Way Of Drying Shoes Scared Me A Bit. I Thought She Was Hanging Out Her 11th Floor Window

My Friend's Way Of Drying Shoes Scared Me A Bit. I Thought She Was Hanging Out Her 11th Floor Window

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

she could have at least remove the gum she stepped on

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#10

This Was On The Side Of My Friends House, Scared The Crap Out Of Me

This Was On The Side Of My Friends House, Scared The Crap Out Of Me

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like an evil monk

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#11

"Head" On Beach After Sandy

"Head" On Beach After Sandy

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Mama Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

now that is just messed up!

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#12

Saw This After My SO Gasped. Scared The Hell Out Of Us. This Is Mannequin

Saw This After My SO Gasped. Scared The Hell Out Of Us. This Is Mannequin

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd be the one to call the police over this ,then be the one left red faced as it was revealed to be a mannequin...

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#13

When Your Lamp Gives You A Heart Attack

When Your Lamp Gives You A Heart Attack

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

I would break-up with this lamp forever

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#14

Early When I Arrived Home, I Saw A Strange Figure Standing In My Window. Terrified, I Called The Police And They Did A Search Of My House. The Culprit? My Hanging Laundry

Early When I Arrived Home, I Saw A Strange Figure Standing In My Window. Terrified, I Called The Police And They Did A Search Of My House. The Culprit? My Hanging Laundry

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Clean bandit

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#15

Every Time I Come Home Late My Neighbor's Burglar-Proofing Cardboard Cutout Gives Me A Minor Heart Attack

Every Time I Come Home Late My Neighbor's Burglar-Proofing Cardboard Cutout Gives Me A Minor Heart Attack

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Care
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol it just looks like John Cena posing in the window. They need a more realistic burglar deterrent.

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#16

Hung My Hip Waders Up In The Basement. Scared The S**t Out Of My Wife When She Went To Go Down There

Hung My Hip Waders Up In The Basement. Scared The S**t Out Of My Wife When She Went To Go Down There

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

you lucky your wife didn't grab them boots and hit you with them...

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#17

Came Home Late And Found This Sitting On The Edge Of My Bed. I Now Know What It's Like To Be Too Scared To Move

Came Home Late And Found This Sitting On The Edge Of My Bed. I Now Know What It's Like To Be Too Scared To Move

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Tahani
Community Member
1 year ago

this is the only one I can't tell what it is... so what is it???

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#18

Scared The Crap Out Of Me This Morning

Scared The Crap Out Of Me This Morning

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Caelan Mack
Community Member
1 year ago

yet again who does this?

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#19

Was Eating A Packet Of Walnuts When I Happened To Notice This... Almost Had A Heart Attack

Was Eating A Packet Of Walnuts When I Happened To Notice This... Almost Had A Heart Attack

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Laura Zappenduster
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1 year ago

It´s either way rich in proteins ^^

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#20

My Mom Washed My Snuggie And Hung It Up In My Room, Almost Had A Heart Attack

My Mom Washed My Snuggie And Hung It Up In My Room, Almost Had A Heart Attack

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a dementor

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#21

The Shadow From This Tree Scared Me

The Shadow From This Tree Scared Me

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Letitia Hedding
Community Member
1 year ago

that is a strange shaped tree, this would scare me sooo much

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#22

Almost Had A Heart Attack

Almost Had A Heart Attack

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James Floyd
Community Member
1 year ago

What is it actually?

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