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If you’re anything like us, dear Pandas, then you’re very likely also thinking of food at this very moment. Full disclosure, some of us are busy daydreaming about pizza, donuts, and Friday barbeques when we should be writing about our gracious feline overlords and collecting cute dog photos. In fact, we’re so hungry, we’ve started seeing food everywhere we look… though we’re not the only ones!

Our gastronomic geniuses and illusion-lovers here at Bored Panda have cooked up for you this delicious list of photos of various things that look just like food. From soap that looks like chocolate to mushrooms that look like fried eggs (and make us yearn for a good old English breakfast so badly, it’s ridiculous).

Upvote the pics that you personally found to be the tastiest, and let us know which of these you’d love to take a bite out of. Once you’re done, check out our other recent articles about inedible things that look like food for desert right here, here, here, and here!

A small warning though: this list will likely leave you very hungry, so just keep in mind that you shouldn’t eat random things, no matter how tasty they appear. Stick to real food!

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This Rock Found In Indiana That Looks Like Fried Chicken

This Rock Found In Indiana That Looks Like Fried Chicken

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Okay, Who Took A Bite Out Of The Forbidden Peanut Butter Brownie?

Okay, Who Took A Bite Out Of The Forbidden Peanut Butter Brownie?

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Professor Kang Lee, from the University of Toronto, explained to Bored Panda that our imaginations have a very strong impact on our perception. Our imaginations come from our frontal cortex in our brain, meanwhile, our perception takes place first in the visual cortex, found in the occipital lobe in the back of our head.

One of the more common phenomena that people tend to come across in their daily lives is pareidolia, or rather, seeing faces where there aren’t any. Perhaps you’ve spotted a cloud that looks just like your loved one or you’re looking at the trees and the leaves make them look like a stranger’s staring right back at you.

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The Surprising Amount Of Bite Marks On These IKEA Display Apples

The Surprising Amount Of Bite Marks On These IKEA Display Apples

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#5

This Tree Looks Like Broccoli

This Tree Looks Like Broccoli

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2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Hey honey, could you go to the car and fetch my stuff? It's parked under the broccoli, you can't miss it."

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I Found A Mushroom That Looks Like A Fried Egg

I Found A Mushroom That Looks Like A Fried Egg

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"Pareidolia illustrates the interaction between the visual cortex and the frontal cortex of the human brain. It suggests that our brain is highly sensitive and expecting to encounter and process some special classes of objects in our environment because they are biological and socially important to our adaptions to the environment," professor Lee told Bored Panda during an earlier interview.

"For example, when you are walking in a dark street in the evening, your brain is on high alert to detect whether any threat will jump out any moment. In this case, you are more likely to have face or human pareidolia because it is important for you to err on the side of caution if you mistake a tree as a human being,” he said.

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Forbidden Pasta (Rattle Snake Rattler)

Forbidden Pasta (Rattle Snake Rattler)

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“However, for some people, their frontal cortex’s expectation for certain objects (e.g., faces) become so high that they see faces in many situations where no faces exist."

He continued: “Even in this kind of situation, it is normal. There is nothing wrong with these individuals," he stressed. "Pareidolia is different from paranoia or delusion or abnormal vision of individuals with psychosis. In fact, a recent study shows that those people with pareidolia tend to be more creative. Also, people who are religious may be able to see religious icons in nonface objects as well."

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Hospital Staff Gave Me A Snack On The Bed Sheets, Turns Out It's The Sponge I Need To Use In The Shower Before Surgery

Hospital Staff Gave Me A Snack On The Bed Sheets, Turns Out It's The Sponge I Need To Use In The Shower Before Surgery

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"It was the toughest, least flavorful sponge cake I've ever had... but I still finished it."

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Professor Lee reiterated that our imaginations greatly affect our perceptions. “What we see are not things over there in the world but actually the co-creation of what is out there physically and what is in our mind mentally through our expectations and imaginations,” he said.

"Pareidolia is a broader phenomenon as it extends to touch and sound and other sensory channels. For example, you sometimes sense your phone vibrating when it is not, it is a tactile form of pareidolia. When you hear voices in a noisy environment, it is an auditory form of pareidolia."

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Broccoli Birb

Broccoli Birb

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg I am dying on how much of a lush green it is and how cute it is

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One Is Chocolate, One Is For The Dishwasher

One Is Chocolate, One Is For The Dishwasher

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Forbidden Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Forbidden Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hereby lift the order of forbiddeness and and demand a new order to take its place - HUGS AND CUDDLES!

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#19

Forbidden Salami

Forbidden Salami

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#20

Someone Left Some Mashed Potatoes In The Car

Someone Left Some Mashed Potatoes In The Car

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#21

This Printer At Work Uses Small Colored Balls For Ink, They Look Like Forbidden M&M's

This Printer At Work Uses Small Colored Balls For Ink, They Look Like Forbidden M&M's

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Forbidden Rare Steak

Forbidden Rare Steak

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#27

Landscaping Stone I Found That Looks Exactly Like A Hunk Of Crab Leg Meat

Landscaping Stone I Found That Looks Exactly Like A Hunk Of Crab Leg Meat

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Forbidden Cookie Dough. Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?

Forbidden Cookie Dough. Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?

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Forbidden Loaf Of Bread

Forbidden Loaf Of Bread

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This just gets funnier when you know there's at least one speciality baker who makes buns shaped like corgi butts. I've seen pictures. :p

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Forbidden Ground Beef

Forbidden Ground Beef

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Forbidden Seedless Strawberry Jelly (Violin Rosin)

Forbidden Seedless Strawberry Jelly (Violin Rosin)

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Katie Lutesinger
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to play the violin, and that stuff smells AMAZING. Not in an edible kind of way, though, of course. It's made from pine tree sap.

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#34

Forbidden Rice Noodle (The Inside Of My Inflatable Air Mattress)

Forbidden Rice Noodle (The Inside Of My Inflatable Air Mattress)

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Forbidden Mushroom Soup (Slugs Attracted With A Bowl Of Beer Overnight)

Forbidden Mushroom Soup (Slugs Attracted With A Bowl Of Beer Overnight)

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Forbidden Oreos (Adhesive Furniture Pads)

Forbidden Oreos (Adhesive Furniture Pads)

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#39

Realgar (An Arsenic Sulfide Mineral) That Burns Bright Blue And Releases Toxic Fumes But Also Forbidden Candy

Realgar (An Arsenic Sulfide Mineral) That Burns Bright Blue And Releases Toxic Fumes But Also Forbidden Candy

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Forbidden Mango

Forbidden Mango

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my mom once bought one of those 10 yo old me tried taking a bite because I thought it was a mango

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