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Seeing a famous person in the flesh can be exciting, particularly if you are a huge fan. Besides the good, old autograph, most of us now also want to get a quick selfie in, proof that we really came face to face with a star. 

The “Not Really Famous” internet group gathers examples of misguided people taking selfies with what they think are celebrities. Instead, a random person on the street got to feel what it’s like to be famous just for a few moments. So get comfortable as you scroll through, upvote the best examples in the list, and comment your own experiences below. 

A bit too late for Halloween, this list still shows us what may have been the origin of the “Doppelgänger,” which has multiple variants across all sorts of different mythology. As it so often is, every mythological tale has some connection, however faint, to real-life phenomena. People who look like other people are no exception. 

Ancient Egypt and much of European folklore has some variant of a creature that looks, acts, and talks like a real person. While this no doubt featured heavily in folk tales and stories to frighten children, one wonders if, perhaps, it was the creation of a particularly wily individual who needed to get out of being placed at the scene of a crime. 

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George Clooney - Perfect Similarity

George Clooney - Perfect Similarity

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Interestingly, even in the ages before smartphones, people were encountering doppelgängers all the time. English metaphysical poet John Donne swore that he saw his wife in Paris, in 1612. “I have seen a dreadful Vision since I saw you: I have seen my dear wife pass twice by me through this room, with her hair hanging about her shoulders, and a dead child in her arms: this, I have seen since I saw you,” he wrote to his friend, a Sir Robert. While John Donne perhaps mixed up a dream with reality, there are still many cases of people who just look quite similar to others. 

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My Friend's Special Bachelorette Party Guest: Morgan Freeman

My Friend's Special Bachelorette Party Guest: Morgan Freeman

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Plumber Can't Leave House! (I Know, I'm Ashamed Of That Title Also..)

Plumber Can't Leave House! (I Know, I'm Ashamed Of That Title Also..)

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These days, perhaps taking some of the magic out of it, people can even upload images of their faces to sites that will find their doppelgängers in the wild. While this might require sacrificing some privacy, it could help someone scratch that itch of finding people just like them on the internet. 

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Wow, What Are The Odds Of Finding Robert Downy Jr. In A Small Texas Mall?

Wow, What Are The Odds Of Finding Robert Downy Jr. In A Small Texas Mall?

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Someone Pretended To Be Tom Cruise In A Small Chicken Shop In North Eastern Thailand And Is Remembered There Forever

Someone Pretended To Be Tom Cruise In A Small Chicken Shop In North Eastern Thailand And Is Remembered There Forever

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These Guys Thought They Met Ed Sheeran

These Guys Thought They Met Ed Sheeran

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What is truly spooky is when scientists actually get some living doppelgängers together in a room to study them. Naturally, they often have an above-average number of genes in common. After all, this is what decides what we look like, the shape of our faces, and the overall dimensions of our bodies. 

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Hugh Jackman's Wolverine On The Street

Hugh Jackman's Wolverine On The Street

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Told You Tupac Was Still Alive. Just Saw Him At The Barbershop

Told You Tupac Was Still Alive. Just Saw Him At The Barbershop

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However, the similarities don’t end there, as researchers have found that, more often than not, these people will also share personality traits. Unfortunately, this means that your doppelgänger is probably not acting in such a way that would convince others it isn’t you. Regardless, this research has helped scientists figure out what parts of epigenomes and microbiomes contribute to what we look like. 

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Danny Devito Works A Shift At The Airport Now

Danny Devito Works A Shift At The Airport Now

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"Me And Criss Angel. He Keep Sayin His Name Was Dave But I Know It Was You Criss"

"Me And Criss Angel. He Keep Sayin His Name Was Dave But I Know It Was You Criss"

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's Dave Navarro...or I just made the same mistake of everyone I'm criticizing...oh the hypocrisy

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You're Not Convincing Me That I Didn't Get Day Drunk With George Clooney

You're Not Convincing Me That I Didn't Get Day Drunk With George Clooney

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, I am definitely not going to be able to convince you

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Of course, it’s a whole different ball game when a person who looks like you becomes famous. As the various people in this list no doubt already experienced, you will probably end up approached by groups of drunk people demanding selfies. If you are unlucky enough, they won’t even tell you why they want a selfie. 

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During The Filming Of Anchorman 2 In Atlanta This Bar Got Overrun Due To A Rumored "Will Ferrell" Sighting

During The Filming Of Anchorman 2 In Atlanta This Bar Got Overrun Due To A Rumored "Will Ferrell" Sighting

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To perhaps shed some light on the situation, there was a 2010 internet meme, commonly referred to as Doppelganger Week, where folks would post an image of themselves and a celebrity they, supposedly, looked like. Most examples were perhaps a bit generous, but there were a good amount of people who truly could pass as someone famous. 

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This Girl Thought She Met Drake

This Girl Thought She Met Drake

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Ran Into "Stan Lee" Yesterday In Miami

Ran Into "Stan Lee" Yesterday In Miami

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But, to return to the spirit of the mythological doppelgängers, there is a psychological condition in which a person starts to believe that someone close to them has been replaced by an identical clone. The exact nature of this “replacement” might differ, some believe it’s a paranormal creature, others a clone or just a very convincing actor. 

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Walked Into Class And Thought Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) Was My Teacher

Walked Into Class And Thought Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) Was My Teacher

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Just Chatting It Up With Rod Stewart Himself!

Just Chatting It Up With Rod Stewart Himself!

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, it’s one thing if you look like that because you ARE Rod Stewart, but this dude chose to do that to his hair, knowing full well he had other choices.

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Called Capgras delusion, after Joseph Capgras who first discovered it in 1923, it describes a variety of delusions, all focused on someone impersonating a loved one or family member. The details will vary, in one case, a woman thought her husband had been “replaced” by her long-dead father. There isn’t a general treatment method, beyond therapy and trying to get the individual to see reason. 

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Dwight Howard

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's so humiliating these people are jerks. It might be cool to look like a celebrity but come on. I would be so embarrassed if I was doing this to people

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Its Either Common Or A Cool Black Guy

Its Either Common Or A Cool Black Guy

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Fortunately, these folks simply got a bit mixed up. In their excitement, it seems, they did not consider why this famous person happened to be hanging out at their local bar or mall. And if you want to see other examples, Bored Panda has got you covered, check out our article on the “Walmart” version of celebrities that people have encountered in the wild. 

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I Thought They Were Friends With Matt Leblanc (Joey)

I Thought They Were Friends With Matt Leblanc (Joey)

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Girl From My Facebook Feed Swore She Met Macklemore

Girl From My Facebook Feed Swore She Met Macklemore

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That Time I Totally Didn't Drink With Gandalf At A Russian Bar

That Time I Totally Didn't Drink With Gandalf At A Russian Bar

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Not Samuel L. Jackson At A Bus Station

Not Samuel L. Jackson At A Bus Station

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How could one even, oh never mind. This got to be a bad joke

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Tom Cruise Out For A Stroll Between Takes!

Tom Cruise Out For A Stroll Between Takes!

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My Cousin Thought He Met Christian Bale And Orlando Bloom

My Cousin Thought He Met Christian Bale And Orlando Bloom

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It Makes Sense Zach Galifinakis Would Wear A Shirt From His Own Movie, Right?

It Makes Sense Zach Galifinakis Would Wear A Shirt From His Own Movie, Right?

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Met Shia At A Kebab Shop In Edmonton, Alberta

Met Shia At A Kebab Shop In Edmonton, Alberta

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I squint then you look more like Paul Rudd than the other guy looks like Shia

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My Boyfriend Gets Stopped All The Time Because People Think He's Spike Lee

My Boyfriend Gets Stopped All The Time Because People Think He's Spike Lee

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My Dad Tagged Me And My Sister On Facebook In This, His Friend Sent Him This From Hawaii. He'd Thought He Met Kristen Stewart

My Dad Tagged Me And My Sister On Facebook In This, His Friend Sent Him This From Hawaii. He'd Thought He Met Kristen Stewart

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kristen Stewart never smiled that big a day in her life, that should have been the first clue.

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"Met An Idol Tonight. Maisie Williams"

"Met An Idol Tonight. Maisie Williams"

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Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

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