Pareidolia is the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. And we've known about it for quite a while.

Leonardo da Vinci, for example, described seeing characters in natural markings on stone walls, which he believed could help inspire his artworks. And in the 1950s, the Bank of Canada had to withdraw a series of banknotes because people saw a grinning devil leaping from the curls of the Queen's hair.

However, pareidolia can be really fun, too. Just look at this list of photos from Bored Panda. At first glance, it looks like a seemingly casual batch of veggies and fruits. But a closer examination will reveal they have "become" something else. Enjoy!

#1

After Stewing In His Emotions, Emo Veg Comes To The Conclusion That The Root Of The World's Problems Is That People Don't Seem To Carrot All

After Stewing In His Emotions, Emo Veg Comes To The Conclusion That The Root Of The World's Problems Is That People Don't Seem To Carrot All

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like an entire crop went mutant.

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#2

This Tomato Looks Like A Duck

This Tomato Looks Like A Duck

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
3 months ago

A yummy tasty duck, that is :D

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Sometimes, an abnormal look can make fruits and veggies land in the bin. Of course, food waste exists across the food supply chain due to pests and mold, poor climate control, and household waste, but imperfect produce is often turned away by grocery stores for not meeting strict cosmetic standards as well, making up around 40% of total food waste.

Philip Behn, the CEO of Imperfect Foods, a company that is on a mission to eliminate food waste, told Forbes that there are many reasons this could happen: "It could be a small quirk in appearance based on shape, size, or color that has no impact on flavor or nutrition. Beyond produce, perfectly good grocery items often go to waste for similarly illogical reasons. Grocers won't purchase or stock goods that are close to expiration or going through packaging changes, regardless of quality."

#3

Alien Pickle

Alien Pickle

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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#4

The Evolved Radish

The Evolved Radish

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James016
Community Member
3 months ago

"I'm freeeee!!!!"

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Reducing food loss has been identified as one of the most effective ways to improve food security – an increasingly important challenge as the global population continues to grow. Plus, food waste also hugely contributes to global warming and our carbon footprint.

But ugly food is fighting back. More and more companies are selling ugly produce and using it in their products, reversing the fate of discarded monstrosities to delicious, perfectly edible, and nutritious food.

The ugly produce movement also has the potential to pass lower prices onto customers.

So if you stumble upon a radish that resembles a foot — buy it. You'll be doing your part.

#5

Going To Have To Eat This Chicken As It Hasn't Laid A Single Bloody Egg Yet

Going To Have To Eat This Chicken As It Hasn't Laid A Single Bloody Egg Yet

Grove Farm, Bonnyrigg Report

Cip IESAN
Community Member
3 months ago

So, the mad evil scientist crossbreeded a sparrow with a strawberry...

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#6

This Incredible Carrot Hand Was Found While Digging Juice Carrots At Our Farm Today

This Incredible Carrot Hand Was Found While Digging Juice Carrots At Our Farm Today

Moby-Dickens Report

Clark Meldrum
Community Member
3 months ago

Edward Carrot Hand.

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#7

Baked Potato

Baked Potato

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James016
Community Member
3 months ago

totally baked potato

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#8

She Thought He Did Not Carrot All, But He Bought Her 21-Carrot Ring

She Thought He Did Not Carrot All, But He Bought Her 21-Carrot Ring

imgur.com Report

Brian Bennett
Community Member
3 months ago

I love you but please take the earphones off this time!

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#9

Foot Shaped Radish Goes On Display

Foot Shaped Radish Goes On Display

Nine_Fingers Report

Ara
Community Member
3 months ago

This one is frankly, remarkable

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#10

Naughty Pears

Naughty Pears

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
3 months ago

Farmer: 'So I was walking in the orchard and kept hearing moans but there was nobody there except me. No idea what was going on".

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#11

Kawaii Gourd

Kawaii Gourd

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K Witmer
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like a dyed lama

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#12

This Banana Looks Exactly Like My Mom's Dog

This Banana Looks Exactly Like My Mom's Dog

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Chuckie
Community Member
3 months ago

The dog is not impressed, I'll tell you that!

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#13

The Goddess Lives

The Goddess Lives

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BabyBooby
Community Member
3 months ago

Looka them curves

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#14

That's A Sweet Beartato

That's A Sweet Beartato

TheHighFlyer Report

Susan Green
Community Member
3 months ago

Awww this is too cute to eat.

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#15

This Onion Looks Like An Angry Bird

This Onion Looks Like An Angry Bird

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
3 months ago

... and is silently judging you.

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#16

F**k You Too, Broccoli

F**k You Too, Broccoli

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Broccoli's reaction to all their haters.

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#17

This Tomato That Grew In Our Garden Is Shaped Like A Butterfly

This Tomato That Grew In Our Garden Is Shaped Like A Butterfly

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
3 months ago

Gives new meaning to the saying 'having butterflies in your stomach'

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#18

This Yam Looks Like A Human Hand

This Yam Looks Like A Human Hand

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Potatogamers2
Community Member
3 months ago

Plot twist, it is a human hand!

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#19

This Pumpkin In Our Garden Split And It Looks Like It Has Teeth

This Pumpkin In Our Garden Split And It Looks Like It Has Teeth

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Shishal Asaurus
Community Member
3 months ago

"Feed me, Seymour, feed me!"

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#20

An Exceptionally Suave And Sophisticated Daikon Radish

An Exceptionally Suave And Sophisticated Daikon Radish

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

draw me like one of your french radishs

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#21

This Potato Looks Like A Seal

This Potato Looks Like A Seal

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~hUmMuS vIbEs~
Community Member
3 months ago

WE MUST PROTECT IT AT ALL COSTS

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#22

This Strawberry Looks Like A Butterfly

This Strawberry Looks Like A Butterfly

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K Witmer
Community Member
3 months ago

That would be a cute tattoo

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#23

Let Us Out

Let Us Out

kabloona Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 months ago

I love the moustache.

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#24

Hmmm

Hmmm

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Ms.M.
Community Member
3 months ago

Hoo-hoo-hooooo dat? It applelutely looks like me!

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#25

Best Eggplant Ever

Best Eggplant Ever

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James016
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like a boxing glove

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#26

The Skin On My Apple Kinda Looks Like The Silhouette Of A Camel

The Skin On My Apple Kinda Looks Like The Silhouette Of A Camel

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

NEW: Tomacco-the fruit..

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#27

I Thought This Gourd Looked Like A Snail

I Thought This Gourd Looked Like A Snail

snaz27 Report

Airis Malfoy
Community Member
3 months ago

when you ignore the green part, and look at the yellow one, it looks like Sid the Sloth from Ice age.... or is it just me? https://images.app.goo.gl/EFXnb2GoJF35dbiA7

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#28

This Purple Carrot Looks Like A Bartender Ready To Take Your Drink Order And Listen To Your Troubles

This Purple Carrot Looks Like A Bartender Ready To Take Your Drink Order And Listen To Your Troubles

nancyxxu Report

Cip IESAN
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks like a superhero.

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#29

I Thought There Was A Severed Finger In My Fruit Bowl. It Was Just Some Ginger

I Thought There Was A Severed Finger In My Fruit Bowl. It Was Just Some Ginger

Seawench41 Report

Mihai Mara
Community Member
3 months ago

You can't fool us! I know how a severed finger looks like when I see one! .... *cough* cause I've seen them in movies. In movies, yes.

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#30

My Carrot Looks Like A Person

My Carrot Looks Like A Person

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~hUmMuS vIbEs~
Community Member
3 months ago

That carrot just be vibing.

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#31

This Eggplant Has A Face

This Eggplant Has A Face

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, Bergine!

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#32

So Aparrotly This Is Milkweed

So Aparrotly This Is Milkweed

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
3 months ago

Hummingbirds drinking water?

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#33

This Small Red Potato Looks Like An Anatomical Heart

This Small Red Potato Looks Like An Anatomical Heart

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

You killed Mr.Potato Head!!

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#34

I Don't Think I Can Eat This Potato

I Don't Think I Can Eat This Potato

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Airis Malfoy
Community Member
3 months ago

Even the potato is judging me silently. And its a potato.

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#35

My Friend Found A Lemon Shaped Like An Elephant

My Friend Found A Lemon Shaped Like An Elephant

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
3 months ago

Is the lemon deformed or the elephant?

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#36

Pear That Looks Like A Kiwi (Bird)

Pear That Looks Like A Kiwi (Bird)

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

*pearp*

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#37

A Rather Sinister Onion

A Rather Sinister Onion

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Chuckie
Community Member
3 months ago

I can almost hear its villain laugh!

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#38

My Wife's Bell Pepper Looks Like A Big Nosed Grumpy Old Man Smoking A Cig

My Wife's Bell Pepper Looks Like A Big Nosed Grumpy Old Man Smoking A Cig

poznasty Report

Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

William 'Bill' Pepper..

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#39

We Grew An Eggplant That Looks Like The Poop Emoji

We Grew An Eggplant That Looks Like The Poop Emoji

SadOni0n Report

Julia Atkinson
Community Member
3 months ago

Straight from the bottom of the vegetable rack

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#40

My Potato Looks Like It's Trying To Escape Itself

My Potato Looks Like It's Trying To Escape Itself

Moonri Report

Amanda
Community Member
3 months ago

Welp, I’m out!

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#41

This Jalapeño Looks Like A T-Rex

This Jalapeño Looks Like A T-Rex

AberrantDevices Report

imontape
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like Rex from toy story

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#42

The Happiest Potato I've Ever Seen

The Happiest Potato I've Ever Seen

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R Carson
Community Member
3 months ago

Until.........

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#43

My Sister Grew A Carrot That Looks Like Arnold

My Sister Grew A Carrot That Looks Like Arnold

vsmile13 Report

Hannah Edwards
Community Member
3 months ago

Uncanny resemblance

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#44

It Looks Exactly Like Larry Bird

It Looks Exactly Like Larry Bird

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
3 months ago

RIP Larry... Or... Reincarnated??

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#45

Booberries

Booberries

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M Calad
Community Member
3 months ago

🙈

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#46

This Carrot Wants To Be An Astronaut

This Carrot Wants To Be An Astronaut

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54
Community Member
3 months ago

im just waiting for a comment that says "sus"

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#47

This Cucumber Looks Like A Swan

This Cucumber Looks Like A Swan

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 months ago

More like a duck, I'd said.

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#48

My Friend’s Smoked Cauliflower Looks Like An Explosion

My Friend’s Smoked Cauliflower Looks Like An Explosion

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
3 months ago

such a yummy explosion!

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#49

This Pepper Is About To Sneeze

This Pepper Is About To Sneeze

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Airis Malfoy
Community Member
3 months ago

choooo

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#50

Tomato My Wife Grew vs. One Our Friends Bought

Tomato My Wife Grew vs. One Our Friends Bought

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Ms.M.
Community Member
3 months ago

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