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!

#1

Giant Hand In Forest

Giant Hand In Forest

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Friday
Community Member
3 months ago

That looks so real, he is very talented!

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#2

Interesting, Funny And Terrifying

Interesting, Funny And Terrifying

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol. I like that comment about "...rap battling a horse skeleton..."

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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.

#3

Costume

Costume

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
3 months ago

That comment! Lol

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#4

Thinking You've Come Across A Kkk Meeting

Thinking You've Come Across A Kkk Meeting

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Samantha Power
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol, I can see how you would mistake this

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#5

Mosquito Flies In Front Of The Lens

Mosquito Flies In Front Of The Lens

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Daria B
Community Member
3 months ago

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."

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.

#6

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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Otter
Community Member
3 months ago

Brought to you by Sid, from "Toy Story"!

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#7

This.. This Isn't Right..

This.. This Isn't Right..

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
3 months ago

That dentist have a strange sense of humor, that's for sure. Lol

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#8

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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Catlady6000
Community Member
3 months ago

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.

"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."

#9

A Ladybug Covered In Morning Dew

A Ladybug Covered In Morning Dew

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

I think that is quite cute actually.

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#10

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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the child
Community Member
3 months ago

imagine having that much control over your facial muscles

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#11

Birds Running

Birds Running

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Autumnsage18
Community Member
3 months ago

They look like muscl men and women 🤣

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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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago

My sons ultrasound made him look like the terminator.

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#13

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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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
3 months ago

Let us out!

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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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River Webb
Community Member
3 months ago

imagine going into the forest at night

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#15

Dried-Up Stingrays Will Haunt My Nightmares

Dried-Up Stingrays Will Haunt My Nightmares

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Now THIS is creepy.

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#16

Looks Like A Demon Possessed Her

Looks Like A Demon Possessed Her

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

She sneezed herself right out of her body!

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#17

The Snapdragon Flower When It Dies

The Snapdragon Flower When It Dies

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Samantha Power
Community Member
3 months ago

Flower skulls lol

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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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Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

How reassuring

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#19

Harpy Eagle

Harpy Eagle

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Binx
Community Member
3 months ago

How is the last photo not a person in a costume?

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#20

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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crazy_cat_notAlady
Community Member
3 months ago

the nope oreo.

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#21

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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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

Makes sense!

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#22

We All Float On Grandma's Sofa....

We All Float On Grandma's Sofa....

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Cora Fields
Community Member
3 months ago

IT found you

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#23

This Meme

This Meme

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Catlady6000
Community Member
3 months ago

Please never stop taking panoramic pictures of your dog

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#24

A Snowman I Should Not Have Created

A Snowman I Should Not Have Created

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Catlady6000
Community Member
3 months ago

He's there. Watching

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#25

Spiky Contacts

Spiky Contacts

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If I could I would live under water
Community Member
3 months ago

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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#26

My Driveway Today

My Driveway Today

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shonie
Community Member
3 months ago

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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#27

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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the child
Community Member
3 months ago

very creative tbh

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#28

Spookyass Squid Kites

Spookyass Squid Kites

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Catlady6000
Community Member
3 months ago

Ordering "Squid Kite"

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#29

Vivarium

Vivarium

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Catlady6000
Community Member
3 months ago

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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#30

Wtf Nope!

Wtf Nope!

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Samantha Power
Community Member
3 months ago

Whatever he wants, let him have it :)

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#31

Frog Ritual

Frog Ritual

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River Webb
Community Member
3 months ago

F R O G G I E O V E R L O R D S

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#32

This Potato

This Potato

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PurpleDoople
Community Member
3 months ago

Me waking up at 4PM to the smell of burgers

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#33

Sweet Dreams With This Jesus Lamp

Sweet Dreams With This Jesus Lamp

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River Webb
Community Member
3 months ago

ho needs sleep anyway?

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#34

Camera In A Furniture Screw

Camera In A Furniture Screw

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

Creepy!

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#35

Imagine Seeing Them In Real Life

Imagine Seeing Them In Real Life

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Jill Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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#36

What On Earth Happened

What On Earth Happened

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

Cthulhu…

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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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Samantha Power
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine having a nice boat ride and bumping these guys, look terrifying

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#38

Sheep At Night

Sheep At Night

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Samantha Power
Community Member
3 months ago

Are they all fully charged?

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#39

The Amount Of Birds In Rome

The Amount Of Birds In Rome

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

hitchcockian...

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#40

Infested Spider Tent

Infested Spider Tent

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

We’ve reached the “NOPE” section of this thread, I see…

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#41

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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks shocked that it's secret is out.

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#42

Had A Praying Mantis Nest Hatch By My Front Door!

Had A Praying Mantis Nest Hatch By My Front Door!

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago

Much better than the wasps nests that are often found near doors.

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#43

These Manatee’s Legs Creep Me Out So Much

These Manatee’s Legs Creep Me Out So Much

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
3 months ago

Mermaid!

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#44

This Persons Child Built A Cicada Skin Army

This Persons Child Built A Cicada Skin Army

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago

Meh, why not.

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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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Friday
Community Member
3 months ago

She’s a keeper

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#46

This Is The X-Ray Of A Pregnant Dog

This Is The X-Ray Of A Pregnant Dog

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s a LOT of puppies! Poor mama…

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#47

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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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
3 months ago

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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Chrissie M.
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like the soot sprites from Studio Ghibli!

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#49

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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Roger Haywood
Community Member
3 months ago

War. War never changes.

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#50

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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Samantha Power
Community Member
3 months ago

Damn they are some ugly looking roots

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