We all have a strong survival instinct, one that kicks in the moment that we sense danger. For some of us, our 'fight or flight' mode can be a little too sensitive to perceived threats, and we end up scaring the hell out of ourselves for no particular reason.

But hey, better safe than sorry, am I right?

This list, compiled as a part 2 to this one by Bored Panda, is a series of times when people's hearts skipped several beats because of optical illusions, coincidences or just simple misunderstandings. From ghostly apparitions that turned out to be the delivery guy, to a seemingly sawn-in-half dog, you're sure to sympathize with the people who took these scary photos!

Scroll down below to check these horrifyingly cool photos out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

This Freaked Me Out. Turns Out It's A Sunset Reflection

This Freaked Me Out. Turns Out It's A Sunset Reflection

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tima
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1 year ago

no way!!! HOW

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Optical illusion photos 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.

These eye tricks 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

Had To Look Twice

Had To Look Twice

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Bored Alchemist
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1 year ago

I had to scroll in to see what it was

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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. 

#3

Wife Left The Gloves To Dry, I Almost Had A Heart Attack

Wife Left The Gloves To Dry, I Almost Had A Heart Attack

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tima
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1 year ago

she didn't get over halloween yet

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#4

So Last Night I Was Positive There Was A Ghost Baby In The Bed With My Son

So Last Night I Was Positive There Was A Ghost Baby In The Bed With My Son

I was so freaked out, I barely slept. I even tried creeping in there with a flashlight while my son was sleeping. Well, this morning I go to investigate a bit further. It turns out my husband just forgot to put the mattress protector on when he changed the sheets. I could kill him.

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tima
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1 year ago

hahaha

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#5

Cat Gave Me A Scare This Morning. It's Paprika

Cat Gave Me A Scare This Morning. It's Paprika

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tima
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1 year ago

DOES paprika works same way as catnip? LOL

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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

Whoever Did This Gave Me A Heart Attack

Whoever Did This Gave Me A Heart Attack

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TC
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1 year ago

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Why ? Are you not used to see your face in the mirror...?

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#7

My Dog Is Trying To Scare The Hell Out Of Me

My Dog Is Trying To Scare The Hell Out Of Me

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tima
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1 year ago

it fits perfectly

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#8

Housemate Was Drying His Fishing Waders. Almost Had To Add The Pants I Was Wearing To The Laundry Pile I Was Carrying After I Opened The Door

Housemate Was Drying His Fishing Waders. Almost Had To Add The Pants I Was Wearing To The Laundry Pile I Was Carrying After I Opened The Door

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

Let us all have a moment of silence for Sir Fishing Waders.....

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#9

The Snail In Our Office Fish Tank Freaked Me Out Today

The Snail In Our Office Fish Tank Freaked Me Out Today

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A B C
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1 year ago

I like the pink-black-white pebbles :)

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#10

Gives Me A Heart Attack Every Time, But He Loves To Sleep Like That!

Gives Me A Heart Attack Every Time, But He Loves To Sleep Like That!

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

A Hearat attack

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#11

Scared The Hell Out Of Me When He Moved

Scared The Hell Out Of Me When He Moved

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Hans
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1 year ago

Would have punched the hell our of you if you tried to check out his neat jacket!

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#12

Emergency Light In The Hallway Scared The Hell Out Of Me Earlier. Meet The New Source Of My Nightmares

Emergency Light In The Hallway Scared The Hell Out Of Me Earlier. Meet The New Source Of My Nightmares

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Bleh
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1 year ago

Are you sure it's the lights?

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#13

Son Woke Us Up Around 3 AM To Tell Us Some Guy Was On Our Porch With A Stick

Son Woke Us Up Around 3 AM To Tell Us Some Guy Was On Our Porch With A Stick

After almost dying of a heart attack, we realized it was the paper delivery guy. With a branch. Trying to retrieve a mis-thrown paper from our roof while looking [friggin] terrifying.

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tima
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1 year ago

white outfit to look like a ghost for extra horror

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#14

My Grandma Taking A Nap. Scared The Hell Out Of Me At First

My Grandma Taking A Nap. Scared The Hell Out Of Me At First

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tima
Community Member
1 year ago

she must be exhausted to fall asleep that way, cute grandma

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#15

That Spooked The Hell Out Of Me

That Spooked The Hell Out Of Me

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tima
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1 year ago

Hello hooman neighbor, do you have some tuna?

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#16

My Aunt Got Her Dog Groomed. The Groomer Only Has Half Of His Right Arm. It Looks Like He's Elbow Deep Into The Dog, And It Freaked Me Out When I First Saw The Picture

My Aunt Got Her Dog Groomed. The Groomer Only Has Half Of His Right Arm. It Looks Like He's Elbow Deep Into The Dog, And It Freaked Me Out When I First Saw The Picture

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TC
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1 year ago

Trying to find the dogs thaughts

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#17

These Bacon Slices Look Like An Evil Clown...

These Bacon Slices Look Like An Evil Clown...

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M.J.
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1 year ago

It so does, creepy!

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#18

My Cousin Woke Up In The Middle Of The Night, Randomly Looked At The Baby Monitor And Saw This. She Said It Scared The Hell Out Of Her

My Cousin Woke Up In The Middle Of The Night, Randomly Looked At The Baby Monitor And Saw This. She Said It Scared The Hell Out Of Her

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Geoffrey Holland
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1 year ago

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Why, is she one of those people who can't remember faces? Did she not know who the child was in the room in her house?

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#19

I Bought My Wife (Who's A Professional Photographer) A Thermos In The Shape Of A Camera Lens. It Always Gives Me A Mini Heart Attack When I See It Like This

I Bought My Wife (Who's A Professional Photographer) A Thermos In The Shape Of A Camera Lens. It Always Gives Me A Mini Heart Attack When I See It Like This

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Hendra Lim
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1 year ago

well, he gives himself a heart attack

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#20

I Didn’t Realize My Wife Left The Kids’ Presents In The Car Until I Checked The Rear View Mirror

I Didn’t Realize My Wife Left The Kids’ Presents In The Car Until I Checked The Rear View Mirror

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Geoffrey Holland
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1 year ago

How do you think they feel being kidnapped by some sketchy looking guy?

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#21

When You Walk In Your Room And Have A Mild Heart Attack

When You Walk In Your Room And Have A Mild Heart Attack

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Raine Soo
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1 year ago

Your belt is slithering away, sir.

Hendra Lim
Community Member
1 year ago

good one

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Ruby Abbott
Community Member
1 year ago

Only in Australia!

Ms Phit
Community Member
1 year ago

Arizona too

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MsM
Community Member
1 year ago

seemssss legit

Nthati
Community Member
1 year ago

This one time one of my braids fell off without me noticing, I almost died thinking it was a snake on my bedroom floor.

Katherine Gilleland
Community Member
1 year ago

One time I thought there was a belt on the floor. Nope. It was a snake. No I am not joking

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought there was a dry leaf between the stereo cable and the wall. It moved as I was about to pick it up. It was a scorpion.

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Seabeast
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1 year ago

It's the Great Western Belt Snake.

Lee Schofield
Community Member
1 year ago

At first I thought I was looking at a ripped carpet.

M.J.
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahahahaha!

Ian Kariuki
Community Member
1 year ago

aaah snake!!!!!help its slithering in my room

ptm45
Community Member
1 year ago

i actually saw a real snake slithering into our school hallway.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

My wife is scared of snakes-So every now and again I throw a couple belts on the floor for a laugh

Ava Bowie
Community Member
1 year ago

Ohh hell nu, I would evacuate the house- no. I’d move to Africa

SF Angel
Community Member
1 year ago

ATTENTION: EVACUATE THE PREMISES IMMEDIATELY.

Jaguarundi
Community Member
1 year ago

You live in Australia or Florida?

It's me NOT mario
Community Member
1 year ago

I see the snake but it looks like someone is sleeping in the bed but there is nothing.

Rebecah Ozuna
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahhhhhhh, no, noo! I'm glad that i don't live in Australia. The 'belts' there are real.

Eva Grove
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL! One day I pulled up to our home and thought: "Why is my husband's belt on the lawn?" Went to pick it up and it slithered away!

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Made from genuine snakeskin. It's come back from the dead.

Spinaap
Community Member
1 year ago

Really, belts like that are dangerous, had the pin up my foot once, ever again (switched to pinless belts)!

Donald Holder
Community Member
1 year ago

Only if you live in Australia is this a real possibility!

Stephen Brooks
Community Member
1 year ago

My thought exactly. My friend from Oz was visiting me in Vancouver, when there was a report of a grizzly bear attack somewhere in a remote forest. He remarked that it must be scary in Canada to have vicious animals like that roaming the (in this case distant) woods; I replied, "Well, you have 10 different kinds of lethal snakes in your BACK YARD!"

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AnnieLaurie Burke
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1 year ago

Oh, good grief! If it were a snake, it would be one of those little, harmless nonpoisonous garden snakes, not a cobra.

Janelle Collard
Community Member
1 year ago

SNAKE!!!!

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't show my mother! Dad terrified her with the broken belt from a mower once!

Jamie Gilmer
Community Member
1 year ago

That's happened to me too! LOL

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL!

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Snakes on a rug.

Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm fairly certain snakeskin belts were never made from living snakes...

Fredo Pearson
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep

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#22

This Ultrasound Photo Scared My Husband

This Ultrasound Photo Scared My Husband

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TC
Community Member
1 year ago

Is he flipping the birdie also...?

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#23

Someone Spilled Their Smoothie In Class, And Now It Looks Like A Crime Scene

Someone Spilled Their Smoothie In Class, And Now It Looks Like A Crime Scene

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Raluca Neacsu
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1 year ago

are you absolutely SURE thats not a crime scene? really? WOAH

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#24

I Put My Son In A Halloween Onesie Without Thinking Much About It And Gave Myself A Heart Attack At 2AM

I Put My Son In A Halloween Onesie Without Thinking Much About It And Gave Myself A Heart Attack At 2AM

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

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Does it make that face when you're child took a massive dump and you have to clean it? That would be awesome!

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#25

Ancient Whale Bone Over Top Of What Used To Be A Well

Ancient Whale Bone Over Top Of What Used To Be A Well

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Matilda Gross
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1 year ago

This is amazing. It must have gotten stuck and died there.

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#26

My Wife Had A Mini Heart Attack As We Drove Past This House. Nobody Lives There

My Wife Had A Mini Heart Attack As We Drove Past This House. Nobody Lives There

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Bleh
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1 year ago

Annabelle's cousin probably lives there

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#27

I Had A Mini Heart Attack When I Saw This. Spotted In NYC

I Had A Mini Heart Attack When I Saw This. Spotted In NYC

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Bored Alchemist
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1 year ago

Looks like Slenderman got a new suit

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#28

Sister Just Freaked Out, She Thought Someone Was In Her Flat. It Was Just Some Clothes Hanging Up In Front Of The Window

Sister Just Freaked Out, She Thought Someone Was In Her Flat. It Was Just Some Clothes Hanging Up In Front Of The Window

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

I would be too terrified to go in at this point

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#29

Scared The Hell Out Of Myself

Scared The Hell Out Of Myself

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TC
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1 year ago

Start praying...

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#30

Nearly Gave Me A Heart Attack Upon First Glance

Nearly Gave Me A Heart Attack Upon First Glance

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Shalom Faya
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1 year ago

Sounds like a hackers line 😁

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