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Every now and then, we all need a distraction. But how can we surprise someone who's constantly on the internet? Surely, they've seen plenty of crazy stuff. Well, let's try something different and take a deep dive into the subreddit r/OddlyTerrifying.

It has 1.1 million members, and they're trying their best to share content that lives up to its name. Who knew that Jim Carrey doing The Grinch face without any makeup can look so sinister? Or that a mosquito flying in front of the lens when a person is taking a photo of a square makes it look like a giant alien invasion?

Most of these images aren't even that scary or dangerous when you spell them out. But they can still carve themselves into your memory like a vivid nightmare. Enjoy!

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Giant Hand In Forest

Giant Hand In Forest

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    Interesting, Funny And Terrifying

    Interesting, Funny And Terrifying

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    In a way, you could say that the popularity of r/OddlyTerrifying lies within people's fascination with morbid curiosity. According to Coltan Scrivner, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Human Development and a Fellow at the Institute for Mind and Biology at The University of Chicago, we've all felt it at some point. Whether it was triggered by seeing a car wreck while driving down the highway or a friend talking about how they saw a ghost in an old building; we tell ourselves that we don't want to look, don't want to listen, and don't want to know—yet we still look, we still listen, and we still want to learn more.

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    Thinking You've Come Across A Kkk Meeting

    Thinking You've Come Across A Kkk Meeting

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    Mosquito Flies In Front Of The Lens

    Mosquito Flies In Front Of The Lens

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    That's a really good photo, though. And that's a really cool effect. I think this is a work of art, and I'm not even kidding.

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    "The car wreck story is a bit old and tired, but it's a good example because it's something that almost everyone has experienced and can intuitively understand," Scrivner wrote in Psychology Today. "It's true for almost everyone that you don't want to see someone injured and you don't hope anyone died in the wreck. But, if they did, you do feel compelled to look at it."

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    To illustrate why, Scrivner wants us to take a look at the world of our ancestors. It was a dangerous place. The world today can also be dangerous, but even the most basic treatments that are available today can severely decrease the seriousness of an injury. "If you got injured 10,000 years ago (or even 100 years ago), your chances of surviving were far less than they are today with modern medicine. Even if the blood loss didn't kill you, an ensuing infection might. This placed a premium on avoiding danger—or at least avoiding the consequences of danger," he explained.

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    This Hermit Crab Using A Discarded Doll Head For A Shell

    This Hermit Crab Using A Discarded Doll Head For A Shell

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    This.. This Isn't Right..

    This.. This Isn't Right..

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    Cabbage Fields. It Looks Like A Field Of Alien Eggs And I Hate It

    Cabbage Fields. It Looks Like A Field Of Alien Eggs And I Hate It

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    This needs to be in a movie. Much more effective than any side effects I've seen

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    "However, to avoid danger, you must first know something about it. The more you know about something, the better you can predict it. And the better you can predict it, the better you can deal with the consequences if it does occur."

    Enter curiosity. You don't want to be in a car wreck yourself to find out how bad a car wreck can be. You also don't want someone else to be in a car wreck. But if they already are, you want to know how bad it is. This could inform your decisions and behavior.

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    "For example, if the car wreck is particularly gruesome, it might cause me to slow down or be extra cautious the rest of the day to decrease my chances of that happening to me. If it's just a fender bender, it may not affect my driving behavior very much."

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    A Ladybug Covered In Morning Dew

    A Ladybug Covered In Morning Dew

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    Jim Carey Doing The Grinch Face Without The Use Of Any Makeup

    Jim Carey Doing The Grinch Face Without The Use Of Any Makeup

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    Birds Running

    Birds Running

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    The consequences of threats leave their mark on our psychology and influence our behavior in response to 'morbid' situations. According to Scrivner, this has resulted in most of us having some morbid curiosity, and some of us have a lot of it.

    Nearly all images on r/OddlyTerrifying are either directly from or are closely linked to the real world. Maybe if we scroll through it enough, we'll understand our place in it better?

    #12

    An MRI Scan Of Babies During Pregnancy

    An MRI Scan Of Babies During Pregnancy

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    Just Some Regular Rubber Gloves Washing Accidentally Opened The Gate Of Hell

    Just Some Regular Rubber Gloves Washing Accidentally Opened The Gate Of Hell

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    #14

    Driftwood Figures Roaming The Forest. By Japanese Artist, Nagato Iwasaki

    Driftwood Figures Roaming The Forest. By Japanese Artist, Nagato Iwasaki

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    Dried-Up Stingrays Will Haunt My Nightmares

    Dried-Up Stingrays Will Haunt My Nightmares

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    Looks Like A Demon Possessed Her

    Looks Like A Demon Possessed Her

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    #18

    Very Humbling Sign Posted Outside A Cemetery In The Middle Of The Woods

    Very Humbling Sign Posted Outside A Cemetery In The Middle Of The Woods

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    Harpy Eagle

    Harpy Eagle

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    The Cork-Lid Trapdoor Spider. If You See What Looks Like An Ancient Coin Buried In Sand, Leave It Alone...

    The Cork-Lid Trapdoor Spider. If You See What Looks Like An Ancient Coin Buried In Sand, Leave It Alone...

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    Not To Jump Into Conclusions But Caves Are Indeed Discreet And Hard To Reach

    Not To Jump Into Conclusions But Caves Are Indeed Discreet And Hard To Reach

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    #23

    This Meme

    This Meme

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    #25

    Spiky Contacts

    Spiky Contacts

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Where I live, open casket is not a thing and so I don't really get why this is necessary in the first place. When I die, please just take out all the stuff that still can be used and than burn me to a small pile of ashes.

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    My Driveway Today

    My Driveway Today

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    your so lucky to have such an amazing driveway its stunning, i would love to take a stroll through it :D

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    The “Skin” Cake I Made To Celebrate The Beginning Of Dermatology Residency. Everyone Thought It Was Delicious

    The “Skin” Cake I Made To Celebrate The Beginning Of Dermatology Residency. Everyone Thought It Was Delicious

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    Vivarium

    Vivarium

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    There are a few of these neighborhoods here. They creep me out. Especially in the middle of the day when no one is home and everything is quiet. Shiver

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    #35

    Imagine Seeing Them In Real Life

    Imagine Seeing Them In Real Life

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Get the largest size possible and hang in the living room. Great conversation piece.

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    #37

    The Danish Special Forces Are Just Militarised Sleep Paralysis Demons

    The Danish Special Forces Are Just Militarised Sleep Paralysis Demons

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    Infested Spider Tent

    Infested Spider Tent

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    #42

    The Sun Bear Literally Looks Like A Man Inside A Bear Costume

    The Sun Bear Literally Looks Like A Man Inside A Bear Costume

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    #43

    Had A Praying Mantis Nest Hatch By My Front Door!

    Had A Praying Mantis Nest Hatch By My Front Door!

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    #45

    Went Camping With My Girlfriend. I Woke Up To Pee And She Took This Photo Of Me

    Went Camping With My Girlfriend. I Woke Up To Pee And She Took This Photo Of Me

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    This Is The X-Ray Of A Pregnant Dog

    This Is The X-Ray Of A Pregnant Dog

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    The Guarana Fruit Looks Like An Angel From The Old Testament

    The Guarana Fruit Looks Like An Angel From The Old Testament

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    For anyone interested: https://historyofyesterday.com/how-angels-really-look-like-according-to-the-bible-d4d339112619

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    #48

    “Urchin Quartz” More Like Nightmare Quartz

    “Urchin Quartz” More Like Nightmare Quartz

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    One Is Portland, The Other Is Fallout 4..............fallout Has Cleaner Air

    One Is Portland, The Other Is Fallout 4..............fallout Has Cleaner Air

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    This Root System Of My Calathea Plant. These Root Nodules Mean It's Very Healthy, But It's Unnerving To Look At

    This Root System Of My Calathea Plant. These Root Nodules Mean It's Very Healthy, But It's Unnerving To Look At

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