Real-life can be far, far weirder than fiction and what our imaginations can sometimes come up with, and we’ve collected the proof. What you can do with a camera is practically magical, and we’ve got a lot of respect for all types of photographers (aka Light Wizards). They can use perspective and reflections to their advantage to stage some truly mind-bending images.

Bored Panda has painstakingly hand-crafted this list, featuring some of the most impressive and coolest photos from the internet, which are incredibly hard to believe aren’t photoshopped. However, they’re completely ‘natural’ and unedited, with all of their illusory effects captured either intentionally or entirely by accident.

Scroll down for some truly impressive unedited pics that look photoshopped to the max, and upvote your fave ones. If these photos inspired you to try something similar, we’ve got an extra dose of phantasmic and fantastical photography motivation for you right over here.

Professional photographer Dominic Sberna was kind enough to answer our questions about photography, recognizing photo-editing in images, and the importance of camera angles. You'll find our full interview with him below, so be sure to scroll down and read his thoughts, Pandas.

#1

Clouds In Harrodsburg, Kentucky. No Filter

Clouds In Harrodsburg, Kentucky. No Filter

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Vicki Cooper
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1 month ago

Wow that’s both beautiful and terrifying

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Bored Panda wanted to get pro photographer Dominic's opinion on what amateurs can do so they can react to awesome photo opportunities and miss as few of them as possible.

"Take your camera wherever you go if feasible or at least bring it with you if it's not on your person," he said that having your gear with you is incredibly important if you want to be ready for everything.

#2

Schrödinger's Cat

Schrödinger's Cat

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Parmeisan
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1 month ago

I've seen this before. ***Or have I?***

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#3

Cat God

Cat God

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Colin Allcars
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1 month ago

Zeus’s cat, Meus.

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"Reacting to a quick situation is just something that takes practice and doing it over and over. Luck is probably a factor too, depending on the situation of course," he told us that amateur photographers shouldn't stress out too much about missing good opportunities; their ability to react to events will improve with time and practice.

According to Dominic, there isn't a foolproof way of knowing whether or not a photo has been subtly photoshopped, unless you know what you're looking for. Becoming familiar with different editing techniques and what is physically possible without manipulating an image is how you can understand if someone has altered the image.

#4

Perfectly Timed Picture Of My Firework

Perfectly Timed Picture Of My Firework

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June’s Very Own
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1 month ago

It’s like a magical spring

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#5

The Clearest Water In The World, Melissani Lake, Greece

The Clearest Water In The World, Melissani Lake, Greece

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Rutherfrog P. Wilmington
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1 month ago

The Flying Dutchman

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#6

The Perspective Makes This Dog Look Like A Big Monster

The Perspective Makes This Dog Look Like A Big Monster

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chiizkake
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1 month ago

Here's a treat! Come on, boy, come-- no, wait, go... go go GOOOOO!

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Meanwhile, when it comes to mind-bending images, Dominic has had some experience with them, but they're not what he focuses on usually. "I have taken some unique reflection photos, but it is not something I do regularly. Getting different angles also depends on the situation and what I'm trying to achieve with an image," he said that the angle from which a photographer snaps a pic can change a lot about image, and it all depends on the pro's intent.

Previously, Bored Panda had an in-depth interview about ‘all-natural’ images and editing pics with professional photographer Anna Chii.

“Often when people hear the word ‘Photoshop,’ they imagine Instagram girls which make their faces unrecognizable by “photoshopping” them and think that Photoshop is used just for that. Actually, people mistake it for other apps like ‘Facetune.’ Photoshop is a software package for working with digital imagery and is used not only for photography but also for design, video editing, photo manipulations, and more,” photographer Anna told us earlier.

#7

My Black Cat Looks Like My White Cat’s Shadow

My Black Cat Looks Like My White Cat’s Shadow

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

This was shot at the purrfect angle.

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#8

What A Cold Front Looks Like

What A Cold Front Looks Like

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Zoecat
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1 month ago

No this chunk just hasn’t rendered yet.

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#9

This Window Makes My Backyard Look Like It’s In 4 Different Seasons

This Window Makes My Backyard Look Like It’s In 4 Different Seasons

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

This could be on a book jacket on "A Window Into Autumn," the sequel to "A Door into Summer," (By Robert A. Heinlein,) had he written a sequel.

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“When we talk about photography, there is no single proven way of using this software when it comes to editing pictures. Every single photographer or retoucher has his or her own style, way of editing, or set of skills used for making the best photos possible,” she told us.

“That’s why photoshopped pictures can look wildly differently: from waxy or plastic faces to an absolutely natural look. From drastic changes in face or body features to just color corrections. From creating a fantasy world around your subject to simply removing unwanted objects from the background,” Anna explained that every photographer has their personal approach.

“From personal experience, after many years of learning and experimenting, shooting takes the least amount of time in comparison to the other parts of the process—planning and retouching,” she said that the editing part can be very time-intensive.

“I mostly take portraits. Usually, my clients are not professional models with heavy makeup, which covers all of their imperfections and barely requires any retouching. My models are people who want to have lovely pictures of themselves, who want to portray their lives and experience fun time while freezing those moments—without pressure or fear of being imperfect,” she told us a bit about how she works and what her professional philosophy is.

#10

He’s Charging Up For His Special Attack

He’s Charging Up For His Special Attack

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Lazy Panda
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1 month ago

I hate when my cat opens a portal.

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#11

Colour Gradient Moss

Colour Gradient Moss

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June’s Very Own
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1 month ago

Wow

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#12

The Sun Hit This Freshly-Paved Tarmac Just Right And Made A Real-Life Rainbow Road Through Polarized Lenses

The Sun Hit This Freshly-Paved Tarmac Just Right And Made A Real-Life Rainbow Road Through Polarized Lenses

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1 month ago

rainbow road.. the most traumatic out of all mario kart tracks..

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“I do believe that my clients need to get the best result they can get. And making a regular picture great requires not only taking pictures correctly from a technical point of view, but also adding some magic to each and every one of them,” she said that she retouches every single photo, even if it’s just a bit.

“And it’s not about changing features, or making people look perfect and not representative of the way they look in real life. It’s about the small details, which make the photo stand out without making it look unrealistic. It’s about colors and lighting. About mood,” she explained why editing photos is so important, overall.

“Every person that I shoot has their own story and a unique aura. I want to make my pictures reflect the feeling I get when being with the person and share it throughout the final image. And it can take from half an hour to a couple of hours per image. Depends on the emotion I want to portray in the final picture,” Anna told Bored Panda.

#13

A Shot Of Burning Man That Looks Like A Solar System

A Shot Of Burning Man That Looks Like A Solar System

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Kesam
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1 month ago (edited)

More like a galaxy. With a comet in the background. ;)

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#14

Cat Nearly Gave Me A Heart Attack

Cat Nearly Gave Me A Heart Attack

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Heather Gichero
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1 month ago

Not gonna lie...had to zoom in on that one.

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#15

Veterans' Cemetery

Veterans' Cemetery

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

Amazing perspective.

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“If we are talking about portraits, I do believe that if you have a great team (assistant, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist), you have a beautiful location with the lighting set up correctly, you have a model with clear skin and everything is under your control, then you can take really good pictures and editing could be almost unnecessary,” she said.

“But usually, you don’t have all the people and props which could help to create a great image. When you work alone, sometimes mistakes slip past the cracks as you need to cover many areas during the photo shoot,” the photographer pointed out that photographers can’t do everything perfectly, so they end up fixing small mistakes during the postproduction process.

#16

My Broken Antenna On My Car Looks Like A Half Sunken Boat

My Broken Antenna On My Car Looks Like A Half Sunken Boat

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Pansexual Pancake (She/they)
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1 month ago

If not for the caption I would have thought it to be a perfectly normal boat on some really debris filled water

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#17

Space Needle In Seattle Over Clouds Looks Like The Cloud City From Star Wars

Space Needle In Seattle Over Clouds Looks Like The Cloud City From Star Wars

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AP
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1 month ago

reminds me of The Jetsons a bit

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#18

The Pic I Took Of This Fire Looks Like A Deer

The Pic I Took Of This Fire Looks Like A Deer

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MissMePhoenix
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1 month ago

Some strong Harry Potter vibes here

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“For me, Photoshop is not about changing the person in the picture, but about enhancing the quality of the picture. Correcting shadows and lighting, enhancing colors, correcting small details like wrinkles on clothes or makeup makes a huge difference,” she said.

“It can be done with the help of professionals—makeup artists, assistants, stylists. Before and during the shoot they will correct makeup, clothes, hair, hold a reflector for better light. And it can also be done during post-production in Photoshop. Almost the same result, simply a different way of achieving it. Producing a quality photograph requires time and effort. So Photoshop is not an easy way to get beautiful pictures with just a few clicks of a mouse.”

According to the pro photographer whether or not someone ends up editing their photos depends on the purpose of their pictures.

#19

Any Interstellar Fans Out There?

Any Interstellar Fans Out There?

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human?
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1 month ago

I just saw the new doctor strange and then this AAAA

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#20

My Cat Sitting On The Back Of My Chair Makes It Look Like She’s Wearing A Leather Jacket

My Cat Sitting On The Back Of My Chair Makes It Look Like She’s Wearing A Leather Jacket

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

The jacket would be just the thing to complete her "Cool Cat" look.

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#21

Horse Lady

Horse Lady

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blobby_grrl
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1 month ago

now im hungy. that pastry looks goood

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“Photos are like a form of art, images for advertising, family pictures, nature, product posters and many other genres. All of them serve a different purpose. The viewer should also have critical thinking while looking at the images and understand the nuance and the nature of the photos in question.”

She continued: “People have different beliefs on every subject possible. Some think girls with makeup are unnatural, some think it makes them prettier and more feminine. The same goes for photography. I think it’s a really lovely thing to have something you do like as well as something you don’t like about the final images.”

#22

Found This Chili With A Perfect "Mild To Hot" Gradient

Found This Chili With A Perfect "Mild To Hot" Gradient

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Daren Tan
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1 month ago

Fun fact, red part are actually the sweetest part of the chili

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#23

8 Hours Worth Of Detailing A Black Car

8 Hours Worth Of Detailing A Black Car

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MissMePhoenix
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1 month ago

What car??

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#24

This Lava Looks Like A Pile Of Body Limbs

This Lava Looks Like A Pile Of Body Limbs

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MissMePhoenix
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1 month ago

Like souls descending into the gates of Hell

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She said: “If you like pictures without Photoshop and want to have a photo shoot for yourself—that’s great. Find a photographer that takes ‘natural pictures’ and hire her/him. And yet, I don’t believe that, if they are professionals, they will give you a photo without any (at least slight) retouching. Maybe the picture will look natural, but will it really be, is a different question (unless all a photographer cares about is to get the money and get rid of the client as fast as possible).”

In Anna’s opinion, photographers who aim to develop their skills throughout their journey as professionals need to be open to learning new techniques, including how to use photoediting software. In her mind, someone knowing how to Photoshop images is only a plus.

#25

By Complete Coincidence, The Trees Along This Street Matched The Colors Of The Buildings

By Complete Coincidence, The Trees Along This Street Matched The Colors Of The Buildings

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g90814
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1 month ago

Where is the blue tree?

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#26

Floating Above A Manhole

Floating Above A Manhole

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human?
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1 month ago

it took me so long to see she's actually sitting a few feet ahead of it

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#27

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

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

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Anna Harding
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1 month ago

"Was nothing real?" "You were real. That's what made you so good to watch."

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“But you can’t produce good photographs if you can’t take good photographs, Photoshop won’t help you create a good picture out of a terrible shot. If you don’t know how to use Photoshop, probably it will end up being the opposite. You can make a picture even worse than it was before. But if the photograph itself is good, then Photoshop can enhance it and make it a little bit better in a different way.”

#28

I Took A Picture Of A Window With Rain On It And It Looks Like A Planet Surrounded By Millions Of Stars

I Took A Picture Of A Window With Rain On It And It Looks Like A Planet Surrounded By Millions Of Stars

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June’s Very Own
Community Member
1 month ago

Pretty midnight sky 🌌

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#29

World's Tallest Bus

World's Tallest Bus

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Robert Trebor
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1 month ago

Tram car. Looks like Hong Kong.

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#30

The Black-And-White Costume

The Black-And-White Costume

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June’s Very Own
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1 month ago

Santa clause going through his emo phase

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Meanwhile, those who want to create natural, unedited pictures should aim to shoot on good old film. “Film cameras take lovely pictures. And it’s so fun to make. I would say, film cameras have a certain magic about them,” she said.

“After all, it’s all about your preferences. There is no good or bad photography. There are just the photos which you like and the ones you don’t. Remember, you are the one who chooses the photographer for your own photo shoot. So talk with a potential photographer, look at his/her work and decide if the style, mood, colors, outcome, attitude are the ones you would like to see in your pictures. And trust. Trust and believe in your photographer.”

#31

My Cat Seems To Have Misplaced His Body Somewhere

My Cat Seems To Have Misplaced His Body Somewhere

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Colin Allcars
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1 month ago

I am one with the floor and the floor is with me.

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#32

The Clear Ice In My Absinthe Looks Like A Chunk Was Cut Out Of It

The Clear Ice In My Absinthe Looks Like A Chunk Was Cut Out Of It

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June’s Very Own
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1 month ago

It looks like it would be fun to squish

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#33

Sharp Teeth Boy

Sharp Teeth Boy

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g90814
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1 month ago

Chupacabra lives.

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#34

The Tapestry Above My Bed Made A Pretty Sweet Reflection In My Coffee This Morning

The Tapestry Above My Bed Made A Pretty Sweet Reflection In My Coffee This Morning

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Lisa Valen
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1 month ago

That would be beautiful painted on the inside of the cup.

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#35

Alternate Realities

Alternate Realities

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MissMePhoenix
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1 month ago

In another world, another time....

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#36

I Saw A Lenticular Cloud Over A Cumulus Cloud That Made It Look Like A Helicopter

I Saw A Lenticular Cloud Over A Cumulus Cloud That Made It Look Like A Helicopter

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Smilejustbecause
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1 month ago

Cool !! But I also see a crispy juicy piece of friend chicken 😂

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#37

This Lucky Perspective Shot Makes It Look Like A Reckless Giant Snail Is Dangerously Overtaking The Car On The Turn

This Lucky Perspective Shot Makes It Look Like A Reckless Giant Snail Is Dangerously Overtaking The Car On The Turn

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kitty_cnady
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1 month ago

Turbo ? x1080-6288...6-jpeg.jpg x1080-62888073f13a6-jpeg.jpg

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#38

Sat On A Bench Outside An Office And Noticed My Reflection In The Window Perfectly Fit In The Chair

Sat On A Bench Outside An Office And Noticed My Reflection In The Window Perfectly Fit In The Chair

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Lisa Valen
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1 month ago

Who are you ghosting?

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#39

The Dew Forming On This Trampoline Is Squared Out By The Fabric

The Dew Forming On This Trampoline Is Squared Out By The Fabric

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chiizkake
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1 month ago

OH great, the Matrix is glitching again.

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#40

Managed To Get This Perfectly Timed Photo Of My Pom Today

Managed To Get This Perfectly Timed Photo Of My Pom Today

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Fake Name
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1 month ago

Bubble glasses.

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#41

Photo I Took On My Phone Looks Like Live Action GTA

Photo I Took On My Phone Looks Like Live Action GTA

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D Battle II
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1 month ago

Looks like Outrun!

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#42

Shadow And Slope Makes It Look Like He’s Floating

Shadow And Slope Makes It Look Like He’s Floating

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chiizkake
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1 month ago

Hey, don't hover-shame. Floaters have feelings too.

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#43

Power Of Shadows

Power Of Shadows

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Samantha Mannion
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1 month ago

Omg I was trying to figure out what shadows were in the 2 pictures for longer than I should have lol

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#44

At The Right Time Of Day, My Dog's Favorite Napping Spot Makes Him Look Really Magical

At The Right Time Of Day, My Dog's Favorite Napping Spot Makes Him Look Really Magical

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g90814
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1 month ago

He's with the cat.

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#45

Mr. Tiny Legs

Mr. Tiny Legs

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Eric G
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1 month ago

We found Deadpool 2.

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#46

Sausage Fingers

Sausage Fingers

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

This looks like a scene from a Stephen King movie.

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#47

I Covered A Door In Mirror Paper Squares And Now It Looks Almost Like Some Sort Of Portal

I Covered A Door In Mirror Paper Squares And Now It Looks Almost Like Some Sort Of Portal

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June’s Very Own
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1 month ago

I feel like I could just stick my hand in it and it would go right through

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#48

The Reflection Of My TV Makes It Look Like Girl With The Pearl Earring Is In My Backyard

The Reflection Of My TV Makes It Look Like Girl With The Pearl Earring Is In My Backyard

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June’s Very Own
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1 month ago

Kinda looks like she’s wearing a backpack too

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#49

Spotted A Construction Worker Glitching Today

Spotted A Construction Worker Glitching Today

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Eric G
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1 month ago

Just someone carrying an old floppy disk.

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#50

We Can Now Project The News Into The Sky

We Can Now Project The News Into The Sky

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Kesam
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1 month ago

Who's got the remote?

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