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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Bleh
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1 year ago

Looks cool though

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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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Slinkman
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1 year ago

'I ain't half the dog i used to be'

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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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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

In the babyphone camera, it looks as if the first baby had arms and legs, though, not just the head from the picture... That would have freaked me out, too :D

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

DOES paprika works same way as catnip? LOL

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

So far I have lived with eleven cats. NONE of them like catnip. One loved my smelly socks- but only the possum fur ones- and would drag one from laundry to bedroom. And onto bed and cuddle it like a teddy. * she had a hard time dragging it because she kept stepping on it. rip jessicat

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Julie Evans
Community Member
1 year ago

😮 that can’t be good. Paprika⁉️

Lyop
Community Member
1 year ago

I would have burst out crying...then seeing he s ok, cry some more!

Markus Holstein
Community Member
1 year ago

On a different note, that's one cute cat

TC
Community Member
1 year ago

He's going to have sore lungs ..

A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

What an adorable little bugger ❤️

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Of all the things he could have gotten into, it had to be something that looked like blood. XD!

xXKittensweetXx
Community Member
1 year ago

and the poor thing isnt burning the poor cats senses?

Sven Mom
Community Member
1 year ago

Unbeknownst to me my horse leaned against a newly painted red barn. I arrived at the farm that day and found him laying down in the field with bright red across his entire shoulder. Scared the living hell out of me!

Francesca
Community Member
1 year ago

man down

Phart
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it being a static photo doesn't help either. TOTALLY looks mauled.

Lea Springstead
Community Member
1 year ago

cute kitty :)

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Paprika is toxic to cats, please be more careful with it if you're going to let your cat roll around in it so you can take a picture instead of cleaning it up when it spills. Please be aware of what's potentially deadly to your cats. https://www.vetinfo.com/toxic-foods-cats.html

Rida Hartdige
Community Member
1 year ago

oh wow. For a second I thought that was blood

Jetto Scranda
Community Member
10 months ago

- So you telling me, you never seen how paprika's juice looks when you cut it on wood? It's more bright, transparent, watery, ...less dense and less deep red. Conclusion: this is blood.

Jetto Scranda
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10 months ago

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Captain Marvellous ♥️
Community Member
11 months ago

Holy mother of god! Imagine walking into your kitchen to see this!

Curious Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

kitty is rabid

Breana Baines
Community Member
1 year ago

She murdered the container ;P

Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Lordy. Found my cat like that one morning. NOT paprika and I have the vet bill to prove it. Poor baby had an abscess that burst.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel the same way about paprika. I would roll in the stuff.

Purple Space Cow
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm so sorry, that must've been horrifying!

Theory Buchannon
Community Member
1 year ago

deadly kitty

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
1 year ago

Wishing you don’t have a white sofa?

Carole Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought my car was dead

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
1 year ago

Now, since I have a small animal rescue/sanctuary in my home, where I have several older cats that were abandoned due to their chronic health issues (which can be treated but it costs $$), that's the one pic so far that would freak me out.

Cindy Burrell
Community Member
1 year ago

When I first saw this shot I thought poor baby?

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh wow!

Steven Cook
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1 year ago

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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

who give paprika to his cat?

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks staged.

Jessica Spence
Community Member
1 year ago

I can tell you it wasn't! He knocked the paprika tin off the side!

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Louise Stange-Wahl
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1 year ago

Bet that cat had a very bad experience eating with the burning mouth!

Tina B
Community Member
1 year ago

Paprika isn't spicy....

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Louise Stange-Wahl
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1 year ago

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HOW THE HECK did he get the stuff...OH I almost forgot...cats just use their toilet box and then walk all over your clean kitchen counter/table/cabinet..I will never understand why cat owners put up with that!

Swagster OG
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1 year ago

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Considering that the paprika is isolated to that one spot, combined with the lack of bottle, as well as the fact that it'd require force to knock the lid off the container, this is fake af

Jessica Spence
Community Member
1 year ago

paprika tin was knocked over on the counter - lid wasn't on properly, some still left in the tin on it's side, some on the floor. But hey, believe what you want :)

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Ed Souza
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1 year ago

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Looks like a bloody pussy to me...

David KH Wong
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1 year ago

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You picked up the cat. It sneezed and sprayed the paprika on your face. Ewww

European other
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1 year ago

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I will have to try that with my cat

Master Markus
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1 year ago

DON'T.

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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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Avital Pilpel
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1 year ago

Whoever did this is an a-hole. A GENIUS a-hole, but still an a-hole.

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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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Hendra Lim
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1 year ago

this thing is scary af

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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
Community Member
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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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Aww what a cutie ❤️ here's to that he has a lot of nights left to sleep like this!

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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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Kaisu
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1 year ago

He fits right in though

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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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Shawn
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1 year ago

It's a haunted bride who died just before their wedding and she's waiting for you

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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
Community Member
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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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

He's trying to find braaaaaaiiiiiiiinsssss

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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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Amy Pattie
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1 year ago

I’m more afraid about how little meat is on that bacon

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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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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Question is, how long did the kid stand there and stare?

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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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Paige s
Community Member
1 year ago

big NOPE from me, i would have crashed the car....

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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.

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#22

This Ultrasound Photo Scared My Husband

This Ultrasound Photo Scared My Husband

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Rosemary's baby

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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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David Martin
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1 year ago

I'm genuinely curious now, what flavor smoothie even makes that spot-on, blood red color?

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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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La Petite Morte
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1 year ago

Aww.... Jack O Lantern butt!

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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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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

'Always those ancient whale-bones getting in the way and scattering all around, so annoying....'

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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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
Community Member
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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