You don't necessarily need to go to a special museum, art gallery or hall of mirrors to experience some mind-bending optical illusions, take a look around you, they happen all the time in everyday life!

Compiled into a list by Bored Panda, what we have here are serendipitous moments of chance, creating weird and wonderful illusions that are sure to make you look twice and think, what the hell?

From people seemingly floating on air to things that appear to be on fire, this list will put your brain's powers of observation and logic to the test. Scroll down below to check it out for yourself, and don't forget to vote for your favorites!

#1

View Of My Parents' Backyard This Morning

View Of My Parents' Backyard This Morning

whackmo Report

Lydia Baba
Community Member
2 years ago

amazing

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#2

This Huge Concert Crowd Is Actually A Cotton Picker At Night

This Huge Concert Crowd Is Actually A Cotton Picker At Night

Scaulbylausis Report

That Fat Mouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Woah, what a cool illusion!

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#3

Frost Of The Roof Of My Car This Morning Looks A Bit Like A View Of The Earth From Space

Frost Of The Roof Of My Car This Morning Looks A Bit Like A View Of The Earth From Space

vmos Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

So that's how NASA makes those pictures

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#4

Pic Of Two Plump Pigeons Perched On The Ledge But Ended Up Getting A Picture Of Two Massive Pigeons Looking For Their Car

Pic Of Two Plump Pigeons Perched On The Ledge But Ended Up Getting A Picture Of Two Massive Pigeons Looking For Their Car

TastyTalk Report

Alia Ris
Community Member
2 years ago

looking for toilet?

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#5

My Dogs Appear To Have Merged This Morning

My Dogs Appear To Have Merged This Morning

NegativePitch Report

That Fat Mouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Siamese doggos! Is that what its called? (I haven’t studied up for a while - 😆)

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#6

The Snow Slowly Melting On The Front Porch Looks Like An Ice Tornado

The Snow Slowly Melting On The Front Porch Looks Like An Ice Tornado

-sUBzERoo- Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

What porch?

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#7

Long Dog With A Section Missing

Long Dog With A Section Missing

esquonk Report

GlassOfWater
Community Member
2 years ago

Dog log

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#8

These Espresso Martinis Look Like Bar Stools

These Espresso Martinis Look Like Bar Stools

madcaplarks Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought "seats on those the bar stools looking like cookies" is an illusion here. Guess I am just hungry. :-/

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#9

When The Sun Is Directly Overhead In Hawaii, It Looks Like A Bad Video Game Render

When The Sun Is Directly Overhead In Hawaii, It Looks Like A Bad Video Game Render

mike_pants Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

40/100 must fix the lighting, textures are fine, though.

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#10

Mirage Of Coffee Shop Window Makes It Look Like This Car Sells Pies Out Of The Boot

Mirage Of Coffee Shop Window Makes It Look Like This Car Sells Pies Out Of The Boot

Flynnbojangels Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
2 years ago

This looks so legit.. I would totally open the slides to confirm.

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#11

This Photo From Inside A Tent Looks Like Photoshop

This Photo From Inside A Tent Looks Like Photoshop

Ingelo8Jean Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

This is so pretty

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#12

For The Past 10 Minutes I've Been Trying To Explain To My Sister-In-Law That It Looks Like Her Legs Are Over Her Husbands Shoulders... She Doesn't See It

For The Past 10 Minutes I've Been Trying To Explain To My Sister-In-Law That It Looks Like Her Legs Are Over Her Husbands Shoulders... She Doesn't See It

camhanson Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
2 years ago

And when you see it, you can't unsee it.

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#13

This Tree Looks Like Straight Up Broccoli

This Tree Looks Like Straight Up Broccoli

Bdogg242 Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Is there an UFO flying above :P

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#14

I Took A Picture Of A Monkey And The Glare Made It Look Like It Was Taking A Wicked Selfie

I Took A Picture Of A Monkey And The Glare Made It Look Like It Was Taking A Wicked Selfie

emily-dawn Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

the missing link?

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#15

The Reflection Of The Lamp Gives My Glasses Eyeballs

The Reflection Of The Lamp Gives My Glasses Eyeballs

2mamas Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

comedy glasses ftw!

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#16

The Way The Sunlight Hits These Leaves And Makes Them Look Like They're On Fire

The Way The Sunlight Hits These Leaves And Makes Them Look Like They're On Fire

ImaginingAlchemist Report

Stef Bollen
Community Member
2 years ago

Aren't they? :)

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#17

Found This Bike The Other Day And It Confused Me About Our Reality. Is It Broken Or Not Broken?

Found This Bike The Other Day And It Confused Me About Our Reality. Is It Broken Or Not Broken?

remin Report

Jenn
Community Member
2 years ago

glitch in the matrix....

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#18

They Look Like Tiny Men Training In The Pool

They Look Like Tiny Men Training In The Pool

runhaterand Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Wobble heads!

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#19

Caught The Reflection Of The Light In The Window, Looks Like It's Floating In The Sky!

Caught The Reflection Of The Light In The Window, Looks Like It's Floating In The Sky!

robyncracknell3 Report

JayMike
Community Member
2 years ago

Twin Peaks season 4.

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#20

Sunset Reflection Looks Like Demonic Uprising

Sunset Reflection Looks Like Demonic Uprising

PeteLX Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

the perfect alibi...

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#21

When My Buddy's Dog Leaps Over Grates Her Body And Legs Disappear And It Looks Like A Dog's Head Is Just Floating Down The Street

When My Buddy's Dog Leaps Over Grates Her Body And Legs Disappear And It Looks Like A Dog's Head Is Just Floating Down The Street

infinite_burrito Report

Caroline Murphy
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute dog

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#22

My New Profile Pic, Compliments Of Hurricane Sandy

My New Profile Pic, Compliments Of Hurricane Sandy

Nirnroot Report

birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Good arm strength.

Mika N
Community Member
2 years ago

He makes it look so effortless! I'm impressed.

Jessica Stohr
Community Member
2 years ago

But how did he get into and out of this pose? :)

My O My
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is giving me a hard time...

Sunny San Diego
Community Member
2 years ago

You should be an Olympic athlete!

PeachPossum
Community Member
2 years ago

This is fallen tree that has pulled up the earth with it. Look at the trees in the background. The guy is posing by doing a sideways armstand with this feet against the pulled up earth.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
2 years ago

How did you do this? Did you invert the photo? Were you holding yourself up with one arm?

jonathan escalante
Community Member
2 years ago

he hold himself up with one arm... talk about upper body strength.. he is actually horizontal

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t i s h
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok wait what the fu...

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm trying to understand this. The tree is on the ground. But how did he pose like that?

Jace
Community Member
2 years ago

This needs more up-votes.

Eddie Heron
Community Member
2 years ago

Persuasive (strong) pose, with perhaps just a hint of baggy jacket down your left side :)

Uma Maheswar Nakka
Community Member
2 years ago

HAHAHAH. One more thing, it gives false impression that your bust id facing us and you lower body other side. HAHAHAHAHA

Jenny Jozwiak
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that in Prospect Park?

Pamela Grove
Community Member
2 years ago

It took me a few seconds. I take it the entire grassy mound came up with the tree. You do have good arm strength.

David KH Wong
Community Member
2 years ago

Armstrong's family

KT Trondsen
Community Member
2 years ago

very cool!

Trevor Dennis
Community Member
2 years ago

Plus one for the arm strength, but did you have to nail your feet to the ground?

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#23

This Hurts My Brain...

This Hurts My Brain...

Blood_Reaper Report

GlassOfWater
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought it looked ok UNTIL I LOOKED AT THE FEET

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#24

Example Of A Mirage Known As Fata Morgana. It's Believed That This Optical Illusion Is What Give Birth To The Myth Of The Flying Dutchman

Example Of A Mirage Known As Fata Morgana. It's Believed That This Optical Illusion Is What Give Birth To The Myth Of The Flying Dutchman

Ayy_2_Brute Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

what causes it?

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#25

Can You Imagine Walking Into Your Bedroom Only To Find That A Black Hole Had Appeared In The Middle Of Your Bed

Can You Imagine Walking Into Your Bedroom Only To Find That A Black Hole Had Appeared In The Middle Of Your Bed

woodgie2 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

sorry i was late for work, I fell in a black hole

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#26

My Sister Looks Like A Female Centaur

My Sister Looks Like A Female Centaur

Penguinjetski Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Science has gone too far again!

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#27

My Fiance Took This Pic That Makes The Cat Look Like He's Made Out Of A Head And Just One Massive Arm

My Fiance Took This Pic That Makes The Cat Look Like He's Made Out Of A Head And Just One Massive Arm

redditdadssuck Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
2 years ago

He's challenging you for arm wrestling.

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#28

This Picture Makes It Look Like I'm Holding A Decapitated Camel Head

This Picture Makes It Look Like I'm Holding A Decapitated Camel Head

Mecha_Hitler_ Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

well he certainly looks like he's got the hump

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#29

This Pattern Makes It Look Like The Floor Suddenly Drops Off

This Pattern Makes It Look Like The Floor Suddenly Drops Off

starlinguk Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

This asks for a "this is Sparta!" situation

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#30

Lightning Struck Right When This Guy Went To Take A Picture Of A Storm, Causing This Neat Illusion

Lightning Struck Right When This Guy Went To Take A Picture Of A Storm, Causing This Neat Illusion

karazykid Report

Bored Birgit
Community Member
2 years ago

One in a million.

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#31

Perfectly Aligned Kite

Perfectly Aligned Kite

bijoubear Report

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
2 years ago

Goonies!

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#32

Our Two Cats Look Like They Were Cross-Stitched Onto The Carrier

Our Two Cats Look Like They Were Cross-Stitched Onto The Carrier

Bombingofdresden Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

How adorable. "Let us out!"

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#33

Amazing Icelandic River Almost Looks Like An Optical Illusion

Amazing Icelandic River Almost Looks Like An Optical Illusion

LazarGuitrWulvz Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

this is beautiful

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#34

Accidental Optical Illusion: Cruise Ship At Coal Harbor

Accidental Optical Illusion: Cruise Ship At Coal Harbor

quanticnick Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

makes it easier to clean?

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#35

When I Take Pictures Of My Blind Dog W/ The Flash On It Looks Like There Is Fire In Her Eyes

When I Take Pictures Of My Blind Dog W/ The Flash On It Looks Like There Is Fire In Her Eyes

jaymieo Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

daredevils dog?

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#36

The Shadows Of These Windows Make An Optical Illusion

The Shadows Of These Windows Make An Optical Illusion

Mouse_fighter Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

If you focus long enough, it will feel like windows are coming out of building in 3D and at some point will start looking like maze of water pipes zigzagging around.

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#37

A Picture I Took At The Airport A Few Days Ago, It Looks Really Scifi-Ish, Like A Battlestar Galactica Spaceport Or Something

A Picture I Took At The Airport A Few Days Ago, It Looks Really Scifi-Ish, Like A Battlestar Galactica Spaceport Or Something

jdobbs44 Report

Little Menace
Community Member
2 years ago

This is actually really cool and should be higher up in rank.

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#38

My Friend Had A Bug On His Windshield That Made Him Look Like A Godzilla Monster

My Friend Had A Bug On His Windshield That Made Him Look Like A Godzilla Monster

HooptyDooDooMeister Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

At least it does not carry a helpless, screaming babe.

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#39

Due To The Lighting, Angle And Mirrored Glass, This Building Looks Nearly Invisible

Due To The Lighting, Angle And Mirrored Glass, This Building Looks Nearly Invisible

malgoya Report

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

what building? :-)

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#40

Ships That Seem To Float In The Air

Ships That Seem To Float In The Air

bart59 Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Fata Morgana again. In this one, I can see it. It's where the sky meets the horizon.

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#41

I Took A Picture Of This Puddle In Geysir National Park In Iceland, And It Looks Like An Aerial View Of A Beach

I Took A Picture Of This Puddle In Geysir National Park In Iceland, And It Looks Like An Aerial View Of A Beach

BrandonHarwood Report

Bored Birgit
Community Member
2 years ago

Waoh. Can't even fix the puddle look.

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#42

This Piece Of Lint On My Window Sill Looks Like A Gun Wielding Soldier Wading Through Water

This Piece Of Lint On My Window Sill Looks Like A Gun Wielding Soldier Wading Through Water

digitalash Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
2 years ago

"I see a ship on my right not far away, I must stay strong"

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#43

Corgi Jumps From Plane

Corgi Jumps From Plane

umarhuzzy Report

That Fat Mouse
Community Member
2 years ago

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This is mean. There is no plane or optical illusion, just a cruel person who somehow got a dog. Look at how the poor dog hates the snow!

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#44

This Hotel's Carpet And Lighting Combo Produce A Really Trippy Effect

This Hotel's Carpet And Lighting Combo Produce A Really Trippy Effect

TwineTime Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah... and any moment those twin girls would show up.

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#45

That Looks Like It Should Hurt

That Looks Like It Should Hurt

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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

It's 3 guys, but it looks like 1 normal guy and 1 with really weird arms

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#46

This Man On A Carousel Looks Like He Has Pig Legs

This Man On A Carousel Looks Like He Has Pig Legs

Bigdog1135 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

needs to rub some oinkment on those...

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#47

A Pallet Burned In Such A Way That It Looks Like Different Birds Sitting Next To Each Other And Enjoying The Fire

A Pallet Burned In Such A Way That It Looks Like Different Birds Sitting Next To Each Other And Enjoying The Fire

Bottlez21 Report

Nina Ballard
Community Member
2 years ago

Does anyone else see the demonic face in the fire?

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#48

This Photo I Took Of A Goose Makes It Look Like A 40ft Tall Dinosaur

This Photo I Took Of A Goose Makes It Look Like A 40ft Tall Dinosaur

imgur.com Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

Goozilla

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#49

The Reflection Of The Light On My Coffee Looks Like A Glowing Castle

The Reflection Of The Light On My Coffee Looks Like A Glowing Castle

MadnessDreamer Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

How?

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#50

These Are Stacked Metal Pipes

These Are Stacked Metal Pipes

Lenity Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks 3-D

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#51

Making Cookies And The Reflection Looks Like A Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Making Cookies And The Reflection Looks Like A Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

robije Report

GlassOfWater
Community Member
2 years ago

Now I'm hungry :(

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#52

This Fallen Post Looks Like A Discarded Cigarette

This Fallen Post Looks Like A Discarded Cigarette

BrackAttack Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

smoking skills

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#53

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron Hovering

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron Hovering

xenmate Report

Jenn
Community Member
2 years ago

worse super hero ever!

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#54

From A Distance, These Wheelbarrows Look Like 2 Amish Men Sitting Next To Each Other

From A Distance, These Wheelbarrows Look Like 2 Amish Men Sitting Next To Each Other

almightyshellfish Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

No, it lacks a yellow reflective triangle.

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#55

Are These Legs Shiny And Oily Or Are They Legs With White Paint On Them

Are These Legs Shiny And Oily Or Are They Legs With White Paint On Them

kingkayden Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Shiny+oily+few streaks of white paint.

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#56

This Photo Of Me Standing Behind A Grill Looks Like I'm On Fire

This Photo Of Me Standing Behind A Grill Looks Like I'm On Fire

Danknug211 Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Fantastic 4 eh?

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#57

This Car Door Looks Like An UFO Above The Forest

This Car Door Looks Like An UFO Above The Forest

Sighma Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Great imagination. Now we know how people make fake UFO pics. The light shining down and the forest clinches it.

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#58

It Took Me About 20 Seconds Of Trying To Figure Out What Was Happening

It Took Me About 20 Seconds Of Trying To Figure Out What Was Happening

BeamosCola Report

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

When a bird tells you a shocking secret.

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#59

My Laptop's Number Pad Has The Black Dot Illusion

My Laptop's Number Pad Has The Black Dot Illusion

spoonfedsam Report

Jenn
Community Member
2 years ago

ah this is weird!

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#60

Unintended Optical Illusion At Work Made Me Think My Ruler Was Bent

Unintended Optical Illusion At Work Made Me Think My Ruler Was Bent

Josh5591 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

was there a time when rulers just exploded into little pieces? so they had to make them all shatterproof??

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#61

This Watusi Bull Looks Transparent Through It's Spots

This Watusi Bull Looks Transparent Through It's Spots

mySTi666 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

well he's trying his best to blend in...

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#62

Patterns On The Floor Of The Florence Cathedral

Patterns On The Floor Of The Florence Cathedral

namraka Report

Bored Birgit
Community Member
2 years ago

Uuuh, I'm falling!

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#63

Perspective

Perspective

e1v1s Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Dude, you're about to get pooped on.

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#64

This Fungus Looks Like Fire

This Fungus Looks Like Fire

Jessception Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

playmobil fire set

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#65

Due To The Chair Leg And This Guy's Posture, It Looks Like He's Wearing High Heels

Due To The Chair Leg And This Guy's Posture, It Looks Like He's Wearing High Heels

Tripledip333 Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Yep

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#66

My Dog’s Flopped-Over Ear Looks Like The Face Of A Baboon

My Dog’s Flopped-Over Ear Looks Like The Face Of A Baboon