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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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.
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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M.J.
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahahahaha!

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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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Avital Pilpel
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1 year ago

Apparently they're selling clothes for the underpromoted market of 15' men.

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Promoting diversity. ♥

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Francis
Community Member
1 year ago

slenderman needs new trousers too

Stephen Lyford
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman found a job in retail.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey, he's gotta make a living like everyone else.

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Skarlye Forester
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Good to see slenderMan has a job and has given up kidnaping children

Tiffany Marino
Community Member
1 year ago

Slender Man needs clothes too!

Mike
Community Member
1 year ago

A bit more casual than the suit he usually wears. For his days off maybe?

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David Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

WHY?! Why is this even a thing someone would do?! O.o

Hendra Lim
Community Member
1 year ago

for Halloween decoration?

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman is trying to change his image.

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman just needed a job

Kristy P
Community Member
1 year ago

Do they actually SELL Slenderman clothes or just use them for display? XD

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey, Slenderman needs to go shopping too, you know!

A2Bros
Community Member
1 year ago

F*CK IT, BURN THE F*KING STORE! BURN IT!!

xXKittensweetXx
Community Member
1 year ago

umm... thats one way of selling clothes.. "creepy-pasta-fashion line!"

mntryjoseph
Community Member
1 year ago

Of heard of "Big & Tall" stores, but WOW! And, is that a photo of James Dean in the back?

Rinpai
Community Member
1 year ago

Those jeans look a bit small for you slendy...oh wait.

Matthew Gordon
Community Member
1 year ago

Man, I haven't seen a good Slenderman meme in a while

JOHANNA MUELLER
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoever thought of that Halloween decoration is genius

Sahar Kazi
Community Member
1 year ago

slenderman

Honey
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF! Don't you know the Thin Man is a legit nightmare for some people??

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

Slender man is real, y'all.

The Girl on Fire
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman?

Beatrice Alighieri
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1 year ago

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Oh, sweet summer child...

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Kesyra
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1 year ago

Hello Slenderman...

Ale_Vidal23
Community Member
1 year ago

dafuq is this? slender man?

Bored Alchemist
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like Slenderman got a new suit

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 months ago

Thin man visits N Y city - OMG! He has a right to shop there, same as you.

Lulu the ©ʟɪᴄᴇɴsᴇᴅ ᴘᴏᴛᴛᴇʀʜᴇᴀᴅ®
10 months ago

WHY!!! WHY THAT LAYOUT!!

Thunder
Community Member
1 year ago

🎵Slenderman, Slenderman, Every good child tries to run! 🎶

Layla Corman
Community Member
1 year ago

At least he can reach the jeans that are literally stacked neatly in piles and hanging from the ceiling. Talk about using your height to your advantage!

Lyra Sis
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like one of the people from miss peregrine's home for peculiar children

Aly Cat
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1 year ago

“Anyone seen Proxy anywhere?”

How Terribly Unfortunate
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1 year ago (edited)

morning!

Matthew Gordon
Community Member
1 year ago

Man I haven't seen a good Slenderman meme in a while.

christina the human
Community Member
1 year ago

um... slenderman?

Robin Rock
Community Member
1 year ago

That would of terrified the hell out of me!!!!

White Raven
Community Member
1 year ago

Who TF is that tall?

StormsTempest
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats a big bucket of NOPE with a healthy dose of nightmares.

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, great, it's the Thin Man.

Dogo the Dog
Community Member
3 months ago

1) WTF!? 2) Nope

Hayden Thompson
Community Member
9 months ago

Umm sir them shorts are way too small for you

Whiterain25 furry
Community Member
1 year ago

lanky boi

Aria
Community Member
1 year ago

Goddamn creepypasta fangirls have overtaken the department stores

Espi Bostos
Community Member
1 year ago

slenderman must be trying to find some good pants to wear. He doesnt seem to have any luck

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
1 year ago

Slender Man, is that you?

Skellitor301
Community Member
1 year ago

If my department store had a slenderman, I'd shop there too

Jonathan Reiter
Community Member
1 year ago

SLENDERMAN! IT"S SLENDERMAN!!!! HELP!!!!!!!

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG!! It's Thin Man!!

Gabriel Martinez
Community Member
1 year ago

They dont fit.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I know models are supposed to be tall and slender, but this is ridiculous.

Bears Kitten
Community Member
1 year ago

Dafuq??

Ashley Kellers
Community Member
1 year ago

IF YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW!

Keeley Sullivan
Community Member
1 year ago

"D'you think these'd fit?"

Ellen Turner
Community Member
1 year ago

Slendy's like: What are you looking at? My trousers, perhaps? Please give me some privacy. (I imagine him with an Oxford English Accent.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 year ago

We have big and tall sizes.

Yura
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah Slenderman finally found out what to do with his life. He'll be good too! He'll know exactly what people are looking for.

Boredpanda-crew
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman

Andrea Bernier Hall
Community Member
1 year ago

I probably would have had a *what's the opposite of mini...?* heart attack

heidi holmes
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman o.o

Mary Deware
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a hard pass. I don't need clothes after all.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Finally, a clothing line that understands our needs.

BriAnn Roberson
Community Member
1 year ago

There was a crooked man who sold some crooked pants ... so creatively creepy

Jane W.
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't think those pants are going to fit that guy.

Jaybird3939
Community Member
1 year ago

Even Slender Man (ugh!) needs new jeans once in a while.

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
1 year ago

It's kind of cute, in a goofy way. I mean, why is anyone surprised to see a mannequin in a clothing store?

Carole Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

Cute

Trash Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

This must be Slender Man's side gig.

Jason Starbuck
Community Member
1 year ago

slenderman got a job

Tamara Rose
Community Member
1 year ago

Slender man is that you?!

Kris “ADHD_Carrier” Dudoich
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman selling jeans? Not cool

CincyReds
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman

Robin Lajoie
Community Member
1 year ago

Slenderman!!!

Starlee87
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats awesome

Alexandra Koehn
Community Member
1 year ago

omg slenderman is it you :D

Alexandra Koehn
Community Member
1 year ago

omg slenderman is it you :-D

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

that's one way to get nobody to buy anything

Katt White
Community Member
1 year ago

Are these jeans "One size fits all" ???

Whiterain25 furry
Community Member
1 year ago

y??

Spiritastray
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1 year ago

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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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