If life was a video game… wait, what if it is? Below, we have some very intense evidence that points to the fact that our reality is full of weird, unexplainable glitches.

Quite like Blade Runner, GTA V, and even The Sims, what if Elon Musk was right and it’s one hell of a simulation? Well, let’s not just jump to conclusions before scrolling through this entertaining compilation of photos with things that look like rendering errors. Think of blurs, pixels, stuff being out of focus, you name it.

Upvote your favorite pics and be sure to check out our previous post with real-life photos that look like screenshots of a video game or a movie set.

#1

This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot

This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot

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beastmachine.
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1 month ago

It's so cool, as if the tree has invisible leaves

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#2

Entrance Of An Underwater Observatory In Lake Zug (Switzerland). I Took The Photo At The Weekend, Reminds Me Of The Truman Show

Entrance Of An Underwater Observatory In Lake Zug (Switzerland). I Took The Photo At The Weekend, Reminds Me Of The Truman Show

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1 month ago

good afternoon, good evening and good night.

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To find out what an expert had to say about computer rendering and what to make of these real-life visual examples that resemble such renderings, Bored Panda reached out to Arnas Gaudutis, a 3D lighting and rendering artist with 15 years of experience in the 3D graphics field, working on various projects from game art to film VFX and product rendering.

“Computer rendering usually is described as image synthesis, it's a process of generating an image from a 2D or 3D model by means of a computer program. Synonyms of render can be paint, draw, portray, reproduce,” Arnas explained.

#3

8-Bit Pupper

8-Bit Pupper

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hyperunknown
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1 month ago

GoodBoyeRender.ASM · 42/100%

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#4

A Friend On Social Media Spotted This One Pixel Glitch In The Matrix

A Friend On Social Media Spotted This One Pixel Glitch In The Matrix

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hyperunknown
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1 month ago

Just waiting for Ceiling-cat to pop it's head down!

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#5

This Picture Of A Car Bumper Taken After A Car Crash Looks Like It Belongs To A Car Coming From Another Dimension

This Picture Of A Car Bumper Taken After A Car Crash Looks Like It Belongs To A Car Coming From Another Dimension

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BoredPandaAddict
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1 month ago

That looks so weird!

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He added that computer renders usually strive for photorealism, to simulate real world light and physics, and it's a really complex thing to compute for a machine. “Whereas in photography, a camera accumulates all light (photons) through the lens and burns into film or sensor by pressing a button. In a virtual 3D program, it's usually vice versa, all pixels of an image are generated through a virtual camera, where rays are shot from the camera, to get pixel properties—color, light, shadow, reflections, etc…”

#6

This Building Looks Like It's Just One Wall Of Windows

This Building Looks Like It's Just One Wall Of Windows

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hyperunknown
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1 month ago

It's the Windows firewall. Just go around it ;D

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#7

This Is Flat Farmland In Eastern Colorado With Windblown/Melted Patches Of Snow Creating A Crazy 3D Illusion

This Is Flat Farmland In Eastern Colorado With Windblown/Melted Patches Of Snow Creating A Crazy 3D Illusion

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beastmachine.
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1 month ago

Looks like a close-up of some wooden surface

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#8

When The Sun Is Directly Overhead In Hawaii, It Looks Like A Bad Video Game Render

When The Sun Is Directly Overhead In Hawaii, It Looks Like A Bad Video Game Render

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James016
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1 month ago

It looks like a bad photoshop

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Turns out that this way, “pixel by pixel (millions of them), an image is generated by a program, where the user defines its settings and creates objects, light and materials. These days, 3D programs and render engines are quite advanced compared to 10-15 years ago. They have technology that effectively simulates light and other complex real-world phenomena.”

#9

Gotta Turn Up Render Distance

Gotta Turn Up Render Distance

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Rudas Guebert
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1 month ago

How tf

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#10

Part Of The Cloud Is In Low Resolution

Part Of The Cloud Is In Low Resolution

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hyperunknown
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1 month ago

Gotta get closer to render the rest!

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#11

This Floating Ice Effect Caused By A Flood

This Floating Ice Effect Caused By A Flood

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Mazer
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1 month ago

Very cool

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Contrary to what many believe, “Bad computer rendering usually is caused by the user, not the program, either from lack of experience or artistic eye,” Arnas explained. “You can make things look bad even with the most powerful programs. For example, a professional photographer can take amazing photos using his senses and knowledge of composition, while another person with the same camera and lenses can pick wrong angles or a bad camera setting can take horrible photos—you can't blame the camera.”

The rendering artist continued: “Same is with computer programs—decisions made in a creative process are the ones that make computer rendering bad or good. There are areas where some technological limitations can be the cause of a bad-looking render, or by time needed to achieve the perfect result being cut. So it's a combination of both user and program errors.”

#12

The Way The Leaves Grow On This Tree Make It Look Blurry

The Way The Leaves Grow On This Tree Make It Look Blurry

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Ren Karlej
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1 month ago

Meh, everything looks blurry to me. I need new glasses!! (Opticians finally on Saturday, hooray!!)

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#13

My Buddy's Cup Before Our Final Exam Looked Quite Weird On The Table

My Buddy's Cup Before Our Final Exam Looked Quite Weird On The Table

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

This is driving me nuts. HELP.

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#14

This Grass Brick Combo

This Grass Brick Combo

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Shelp
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1 month ago

Hahaha, reminds me of old strategy computer games

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There’s this peculiar effect that bad rendering creates in images. “From an artistic point of view, bad composition or sense of lighting and material definition of objects in computer-generated images are the most common.”

“For example, the human face or eyes are the hardest thing to generate by means of a 3D computer program. There comes the term 'uncanny valley'—where even with the most advanced technologies, the generated image does not 'cut' the feeling that something is wrong or unrealistic,” Arnas said.

“From a technical standpoint, effects are,” he continued, “noisy images, jagged edges, or some other rendering errors that can happen during the process of generating the image, that give a feeling that it's not real or computer generated.”

#15

Photo I Took Of The Charles River Looks Like Two Different Pictures

Photo I Took Of The Charles River Looks Like Two Different Pictures

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

That's really awesome

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#16

This Pattern Makes It Look Like The Floor Suddenly Drops Off

This Pattern Makes It Look Like The Floor Suddenly Drops Off

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Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

I cannot convince my brain to see it as a flat floor.

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#17

Poorly Rendered Trees, Just A Transparent Texture

Poorly Rendered Trees, Just A Transparent Texture

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Laura Mende (Human)
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1 month ago (edited)

Schönbrunn castle Vienna??? But in summer they are pretty as heck!

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Arnas reminded us that in the computer world, everything is way too perfect, like smooth surfaces, razor-sharp edges, evenly spaced objects and so on, and thus, it can result in unrealistic rendering effects. Meanwhile, in the real world, nothing is perfect, he said. Things like “dust, scratches, deformed lines and shapes can be barely noticeable to the eye, but it gives the sense of reality.”

It turns out that imperfections make things realistic. “Computer rendering strives for photography or real-life effects, where commercial photography sometimes strives for the super clean surfaces, reflections or other effects like in computer-generated images,” Arnas explained.

#18

Someone Hasn’t Completed The World Of Light Map

Someone Hasn’t Completed The World Of Light Map

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

That looks really awesome

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#19

Textures On The Church Hasn't Loaded Yet

Textures On The Church Hasn't Loaded Yet

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

So beautiful!!

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#20

This Fence Looks Like The Boundaries Of A Game's Playable Area

This Fence Looks Like The Boundaries Of A Game's Playable Area

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hyperunknown
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1 month ago

Just another one of them microtransactions/DLC's :p

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When asked what he thinks of photos called ‘real-life bad rendering artifacts,’ Arnas said that it's either artistic choice or an undesirable effect that can happen due to human error. “Most of them are artistic choices, some of them being at the right time or place, picking the right angle or setting, you can capture strange-looking real life phenomena,” he said.

#21

The Furniture In This Room Made The Photo I Took Look Like A Render

The Furniture In This Room Made The Photo I Took Look Like A Render

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hyperunknown
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1 month ago

Wireframe: Check. Polygons: Check. Lights: Check. Textures: wat?

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#22

Not A Glitch In The Photo, Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad

Not A Glitch In The Photo, Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad

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Guido Pisano
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1 month ago

HELP ME

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#23

A Black House In Germany

A Black House In Germany

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Inga Paškevičiūtė
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1 month ago

You haven't unlocked it yet

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Moreover, “not all things that we can see with a naked eye or camera can be realistic or beautiful, where a computer generated image can have technological limitations (for example, no shadows or reflections in old games) rendering it as unrealistic.”

“Every day we see things that surround us, and it burns into our mind what is natural to us; sometimes nature or the right setting can trick us into questioning if it's real or looks fake,” Arnas Gaudutis concluded.

#24

Sky.exe Failed To Load Some Pixels

Sky.exe Failed To Load Some Pixels

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Mazer
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1 month ago

Hey it’s the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk!!

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#25

Floating Truck Canopy

Floating Truck Canopy

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Mazer
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1 month ago

The darkened gravel spot is the key go this weirdness

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#26

A Glitch In The Matrix

A Glitch In The Matrix

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beastmachine.
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1 month ago

Woa😂😂

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Also known as visual examples of “IRL glitch in the matrix,” the interest in such visually confusing photos has to do with another greater trend. Those who believe in the theory of simulation, Elon Musk included, find such pictures not just entertaining, but illustrative of the fact that no reality is objective and perfect. Ours included.

And while for some, this is purely a subject of debate to elaborate on with friends over a bar counter, some truly believe that our universe is a simulation run by a higher-order technological civilization. So in order to find what exactly that means and how it changes our perspective of reality, we reached out to Gunnar De Winter, the science communication specialist at the Flanders Institute of Biotechnology.

#27

The Apple's Skin I Cut Looks Like From A Low-Poly Game

The Apple's Skin I Cut Looks Like From A Low-Poly Game

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Riddhi⭐
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1 month ago

This looks so pixelated that my eyes hurt😵

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“Basically, the simulation hypothesis is the idea that our lives, our universe is a simulation run by some higher-order technological civilization,” Gunnar said and continued: “This rests on the assumption that at some point a civilization will have the computational resources to run such a civilization.”

“If they then run several of such simulations, we could additionally assume that, if we are a random sample, we're more likely to be one of the simulations rather than one of the rare 'real' civilizations,” he explained.

#28

Drive Past This Building Every Morning, Finally Enough Traffic Today To Safely Take A Picture

Drive Past This Building Every Morning, Finally Enough Traffic Today To Safely Take A Picture

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Shez
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1 month ago

Triangular building?

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#29

Eastern Redbud Looks Out Of Focus

Eastern Redbud Looks Out Of Focus

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Georgia Hebert
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1 month ago

This tree is beautiful!

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#30

This Mosque In Istanbul Looks Like It Was Rendered On The Lowest Settings Possible

This Mosque In Istanbul Looks Like It Was Rendered On The Lowest Settings Possible

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Otter
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1 month ago

Why DO those pillars look like bad photoshop?

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Gunnar explained further: “Let's say that we are indeed living in a simulation, what would that mean for us as individuals? For your daily life, probably not much. Could you hack the simulation or find cheat codes? Even if possible, that would be risky. We are part of the simulation, so if you break it or have the beings who do the simulating turn it off, it would effectively erase our universe.”

#31

This Building Looks Like It Had A Rendering Error

This Building Looks Like It Had A Rendering Error

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Mazer
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1 month ago

It looks like the developer ran out of money

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#32

The Shadows Aren't Rendering Properly

The Shadows Aren't Rendering Properly

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Kaori Panda
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1 month ago

Looks exactly like the shadow patterns from minecraft torches!

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#33

Just The Tide Line, Church Bay, NZ

Just The Tide Line, Church Bay, NZ

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Mazer
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1 month ago

Niiice

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On the other hand, Gunnar added that you could argue that living in a simulation is an encouragement to live life to the fullest. “After all, the more interesting you make it for whoever is running the simulation, the lower the chance that they would flick the off button.”

“Finally, living in a simulation—and being aware of it—would bring a whole host of interesting philosophical questions to the forefront, as well as consideration on religion, and so on,” he explained.

#34

My Peeler Gives Pixelated Looking Peels

My Peeler Gives Pixelated Looking Peels

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Lotus Flower
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1 month ago

Why does this peeler bug me?

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#35

I Think There's A Glitch In The Matrix

I Think There's A Glitch In The Matrix

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Mazer
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1 month ago

That’s the bench for geologists!

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#36

When The Trees Don't Render

When The Trees Don't Render

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

Simplified context from Reddit: Trees sprayed with insecticide, bees did not care, bees dead, wrapped trees until bad insects die and bees live.

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When asked whether there’s a possible way to prove or disprove that we live in a simulation, Gunnar said that there are a few ideas, “but as for whether those are actually technically possible—that's way beyond my expertise.”

He continued: “Most of these ideas are about either zooming in or out. We could try to look at the smallest bits of reality, the resolution of the simulation. If we find a certain 'pixel size' that doesn't fit with our current physical theories, that might be a clue.”

#37

This Bizarre Brickwork On My Neighboring Building

This Bizarre Brickwork On My Neighboring Building

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Mazer
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1 month ago

A creative bricklayer

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#38

Downloading Windows - 90% Complete

Downloading Windows - 90% Complete

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

Actually i think windows are crashing

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#39

"Lahaina Noon" Is When The Sun Is Positioned Directly Overhead, And It Causes Some Objects To Look Photoshopped Into The World

"Lahaina Noon" Is When The Sun Is Positioned Directly Overhead, And It Causes Some Objects To Look Photoshopped Into The World

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Henry Hagens
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1 month ago

Cool. I'd never heard of that because I live really far from the equator.

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“On the other hand, we might look at some of the largest representations of the universe we have. If there are unexpected patterns in the cosmic background radiation, that could be a clue as well. Clues, of course, are not evidence. As Carl Sagan said: 'extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,'" the science expert concluded.

#40

Looks Like Part Of The Building Is Just Windows

Looks Like Part Of The Building Is Just Windows

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

That's pretty cool

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#41

This Diseased Leaf That Looks Pixelated

This Diseased Leaf That Looks Pixelated

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Mazer
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1 month ago

That’s not diseased, it a mutation variant in the leaf color, the most common gene variants in nature are color

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#42

This Tree I Saw Today Looks Like It Didn’t Render Correctly

This Tree I Saw Today Looks Like It Didn’t Render Correctly

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

WHAT IS GOING ON. MY EYES DECEIVE ME

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#43

The Carts Sign Letters Appear To Float In The Air

The Carts Sign Letters Appear To Float In The Air

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Shelp
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1 month ago

Doesn't it?

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#44

Real Life Video Game Glitches

Real Life Video Game Glitches

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beastmachine.
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1 month ago

Damn

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#45

The Fog During My Flight Makes Illinois Seem Like It Hasn’t Rendered

The Fog During My Flight Makes Illinois Seem Like It Hasn’t Rendered

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beastmachine.
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1 month ago

Looks like someone just pasted low res Google Maps img

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#46

This Apple Has A Blurry Streak That Looks Like The Texture Hasn't Loaded All The Way

This Apple Has A Blurry Streak That Looks Like The Texture Hasn't Loaded All The Way

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Mazer
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1 month ago

That’s the part that keeps the doctor away

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#47

My Job Is To Build Walls Not Move Screens

My Job Is To Build Walls Not Move Screens

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Mazer
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1 month ago

Good work

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#48

My Unmounted Sheet Metal Roof Looks Fake

My Unmounted Sheet Metal Roof Looks Fake

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BoredPandaAddict
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1 month ago

Quick! Move it before you kill that beautiful fern!! xD

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#49

Half-Rendered Building

Half-Rendered Building

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Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

GPS voice: Triangulating.

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#50

The Clouds Are Glitching In Phoenix, AZ

The Clouds Are Glitching In Phoenix, AZ

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Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

A glimpse of Superman's Bizarro world.

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