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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A B C
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1 year ago

He's trying to find braaaaaaiiiiiiiinsssss

Gregg V
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1 year ago

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I've heard of people having holes in their head, but never the pets?! Who the hell hires a one handed groomer to 'hold' or should I say 'pin' their dog by the head and hack the fur off like Edward Scissorhands!?

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Kristy P
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1 year ago

I am seriously impressed by the groomer with 1 hand. I can't wrangle my own dog with 2!

Dave P
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey great to see someone doing something the love and overcoming a physical disabilty

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like he's plucked a chicken.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

Pet groomer or Build-a-Bear? You decide.

R L
Community Member
1 year ago

That's an impressive amount of floof.

Thomas Ewing
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1 year ago

Dog stuffing!

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Restless
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1 year ago

It is freaking me out that he is clipping the dog on the carpet.....!!!

Coolleen
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, like wouldn't you put down a cloth or something so the owner doesn't have to vacuum after you leave?

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UndyingBisexual
Community Member
1 year ago

"elbow deep"

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, if the little woofer won't sit still, then what you need to do, is grab him by the Medulla and give it a gentle squeeze. That will calm him right down

JOHANNA MUELLER
Community Member
1 year ago

It kinda look like he was stuffing him

Noel Bovae
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the best one yet. Totally looks like he's pulling the stuffing right out of a stuffed animal. Love it!

Denise Mirto
Community Member
1 year ago

good one

Bill phillips
Community Member
1 year ago

OML! What's he doing to that poor dog?

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

He may be a Thalidomide baby, a victim of the practice to do medical research on men only - and this was a medicine given to women to prevent morning sickness in the 1960s. We still have a very long way to go. "The female problem: how male bias in medical trials ruined women's health" https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/13/the-female-problem-male-bias-in-medical-trials

Jaybird3939
Community Member
1 year ago

Would it have been better or worse for it to have been the other end?

How Terribly Unfortunate
Community Member
1 year ago

that fluffy little cutie's face tho

CincyReds
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! I would have freaked out too!

TC
Community Member
1 year ago

Trying to find the dogs thaughts

Ian Kariuki
Community Member
1 year ago

i feel sorry for the man

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the freakiest picture so far! Without the explanation, it would scare anyone.

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
1 year ago

"I'll just reach in here and get your dog's brain back into its proper position, so he will be more comfortable. He won't need another adjustment until his next grooming."

Carole Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

Is the groomer PLUCKING the dog?

Cindy Burrell
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s freaky

Michał Jastrzębski
Community Member
1 year ago

doggy glove X_x

JOHANNA MUELLER
Community Member
1 year ago

Especially because of all the fur around him

Dogo the Dog
Community Member
3 months ago

The dog looks pissed

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
1 year ago

I am laughing so hard at this one!

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Brain grooming.

Ellen Turner
Community Member
1 year ago

They should install Noclip

Kera Tucker
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy...you fill in the rest

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

Kali Ma Shakti de!!!!!

Paolina Mitova
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, sometimes titles you put above pics need more then just a second of thought. This is pure bs! There's no way on earth that's happening: by a professional and on a carpet!?! People please !

Gina Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

He's wearing jammies. The dog isn't attached to a lead. It's carpet. He's kneeling on the floor rather than having the dog up on a table. The list goes on to show that this is not a professional groomer and is just someone grooming their own dog at home lol.

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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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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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M.J.
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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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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
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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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