They say there is always more than meets the eye. So today, we are going to take you on an illusory roller coaster where things are not what they seem, or rather they seem to be not what they are… Unless you look twice, and thrice, and then everything seems fine.

Bored Panda has compiled a list full of mind-bending camouflages we encounter every day and don’t give much thought to. From a sizzling paella bowl that resembles a pool full of tiny humans to a piece of toothpaste that came out just like someone’s taken their nose off, these are some of the most amusing optical illusions.

Be prepared for your mind to play tricks on you, and don’t forget to check out our previous posts with incredible optical illusions here and here.

#1

This Is The Top Of A Fence Post

This Is The Top Of A Fence Post

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Eve L.
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4 months ago

That's an awesome picture.

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#2

The Armadillo Lizard Looks Like A Baby Dragon

The Armadillo Lizard Looks Like A Baby Dragon

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Eve L.
Community Member
4 months ago

Awww!

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#3

My Black Cat Looks Like My White Cat’s Shadow

My Black Cat Looks Like My White Cat’s Shadow

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh, Jesus! I had to do a double take.

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Call me crazy, but today on my way to work, I saw a trash bag that looked just like a bird. I gave it a second glimpse, only to realize my eyes were deceiving me, and that it was, in fact, nothing more and nothing less than a plastic bag.

Chances are most of us happen to have optical illusions now and then. They distort reality in such a way that we see objects, shapes, or things that are not entirely there. Usually it doesn’t last long, but it doesn’t make it any less realistic.

Kim Ransley, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sydney, explains that “In day-to-day life, the ability to distinguish objects helps us work out what is around us when parts of the scene are covered or lighting is poor.”

However, when it comes to the visual patterns that appear in random things and places, and occur purely by chance, these “can also trigger the system, causing us to see familiar objects in very strange places—such as the appearance of a face in a cloud.”

#4

I Found A Pattern On Some Rocks In Sweden That Looks A Bit Like Starry Night By Van Gogh

I Found A Pattern On Some Rocks In Sweden That Looks A Bit Like Starry Night By Van Gogh

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Jude Bennett
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4 months ago

That is brilliant

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#5

The Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma Disstria) That Looks Like It's Wearing A Penguin Sweater

The Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma Disstria) That Looks Like It's Wearing A Penguin Sweater

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

It is wearing a penguin sweater.

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#6

Frozen Spider Web Looks Like A Knitting

Frozen Spider Web Looks Like A Knitting

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Rose the Cook
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4 months ago

Spider crochet.

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It turns out, this is all due to our ability to see, which involves the brain molding raw sensory data we get from the world around us into a more refined form. Kim explained that most of these refinements “are deliberate—they’re designed to help us survive.”

Other times, “certain patterns regularly trip our brains up” even if they have evolved to guess right most of the time. “That’s when we might see an optical illusion,” she concluded.

#7

This Is Moss Agate From Indonesia, The ''Moss'' Is Actually Iron And Other Mineral Inclusions In The Stone That Make It Look Like It Contains A Secret Forest

This Is Moss Agate From Indonesia, The ''Moss'' Is Actually Iron And Other Mineral Inclusions In The Stone That Make It Look Like It Contains A Secret Forest

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Eve L.
Community Member
4 months ago

It's beautiful!

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#8

These Trees With Christmas Lights Under The Snow Look Like Rocket Launch

These Trees With Christmas Lights Under The Snow Look Like Rocket Launch

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Eve L.
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4 months ago

Love the combination of winterlights and snow

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#9

The Moon Looks Like Saturn

The Moon Looks Like Saturn

⁣⁣From afar you may wonder, “Is that an asteroid ring around the moon?”. Well, the disguise of this waning moon is actually a thin cirrostratus cloud. The way the cloud interacts with the moon creates a unique display of beauty that steals protagonism from the surrounding stars. Below the moon? The dimly lit silhouette of volcano Pacaya and the Guatemalan highlands can be appreciated.⁣⁣
⁣⁣ Captured at dawn December 24, 2019⁣

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

Great picture

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#10

Doggo Looking Like A Bear After The Bath

Doggo Looking Like A Bear After The Bath

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Danieletc
Community Member
4 months ago

"Nah, I'm not cute AF..."

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#11

The Light Coming From The Bathroom Window Makes My Cat Look Like She Just Had A Great Idea

The Light Coming From The Bathroom Window Makes My Cat Look Like She Just Had A Great Idea

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

The kitty probably has great ideas all the time.

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#12

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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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

That is an amazing photograph. Wow.

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#13

The Wings Of The Atlas Moth Look Like Snakes

The Wings Of The Atlas Moth Look Like Snakes

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

This moth is gigantic! I can see why it's named Atlas.

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#14

These Sunset Clouds Look Like Lava

These Sunset Clouds Look Like Lava

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Eve L.
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow, stunning!

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#15

This Baby Bird Looks Like A Pinecone

This Baby Bird Looks Like A Pinecone

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

What sort of bird is this? The way the feathers form tufts is quite interesing.

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#16

This Window That Looks Like A Painting

This Window That Looks Like A Painting

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

I guess the space is under renovation, but that is a great view.

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#17

Encountered A Hairless Guinea Pig That Looks Like A Baby Hippo

Encountered A Hairless Guinea Pig That Looks Like A Baby Hippo

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Little house hippo!

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#18

The Pebbles On This Beach Look A Lot Like Eggs

The Pebbles On This Beach Look A Lot Like Eggs

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

They' re so shiny and pretty!

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#19

This Cat Looks Exactly Like A Bowl Of Flour

This Cat Looks Exactly Like A Bowl Of Flour

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Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
4 months ago

Except for that cutie patootie face!^^

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#20

The Snow On My Husband's Car Looks Like Cloth

The Snow On My Husband's Car Looks Like Cloth

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought that someone had put a towel over the car.

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#21

This Is A Puddle

This Is A Puddle

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow...

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#22

The Window Of This House I Rented Looks Like A Painting

The Window Of This House I Rented Looks Like A Painting

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

It's picture perfect!

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#23

My New Petunia Looks Like A Galaxy

My New Petunia Looks Like A Galaxy

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Jude Bennett
Community Member
4 months ago

Gorgeous.

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#24

This Is Jubilee. She Just Happens To Look Like Bad Taxidermy

This Is Jubilee. She Just Happens To Look Like Bad Taxidermy

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Bad taxidermy! Ha, ha, ha! Thanks for the laugh. Jubilee is still cute, despite the description.

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#25

Every Year, My Next Door Neighbors House Looks Like A Can Of Arizona Green Tea

Every Year, My Next Door Neighbors House Looks Like A Can Of Arizona Green Tea

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

The sakura blossoms are so pretty.

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#26

The Way My Company’s Cooling System Becomes Giant LEGO Bricks In The Snow

The Way My Company’s Cooling System Becomes Giant LEGO Bricks In The Snow

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

A giant’s favourite toy! 🧸

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#27

I Almost Died. I Found My Mom's New "USB Hub" Sitting On Her Desk

I Almost Died. I Found My Mom's New "USB Hub" Sitting On Her Desk

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nanashi
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4 months ago

that... certainly looks like something "else" lol

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#28

This Oven Kinda Looks Like An Easter Island Head

This Oven Kinda Looks Like An Easter Island Head

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

You should return this oven back to its forebearers.

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#29

Morro Rock Looks Like A Pile Of Gold During Sunrise

Morro Rock Looks Like A Pile Of Gold During Sunrise

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CaptainFluffy
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like an explosion of fire

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#30

This Turtle's Shell Looks Like A Sombrero

This Turtle's Shell Looks Like A Sombrero

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Eve L.
Community Member
4 months ago

Hola niñito

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#31

These Rice Fields Look Like Stained Glass From Above

These Rice Fields Look Like Stained Glass From Above

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
4 months ago

Look kind of like a mosaic, too

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#32

Baby Snapping Turtles Look Just Like Little Dinosaurs

Baby Snapping Turtles Look Just Like Little Dinosaurs

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Aww, the wee one is so cute!

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#33

This Bush Looks Like I Just Won Solitaire

This Bush Looks Like I Just Won Solitaire

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Pansexual (In theory)
Community Member
4 months ago

it looks like heart fireworks

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#34

The Inside Of These Acoustic Guitars Look Like Luxury Apartments

The Inside Of These Acoustic Guitars Look Like Luxury Apartments

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, it looks like an apartment I can't afford.

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#35

You'll See It Once And Never Again

You'll See It Once And Never Again

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Peppermallow
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4 months ago

???

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#36

This Building Looks Like A Single Wall Of Windows

This Building Looks Like A Single Wall Of Windows

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
4 months ago

...I'm still looking for the rest of the building.

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#37

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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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
4 months ago

I'd say it looks more like a galaxy than a solar system

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#38

Tiny Weeds In My Garden Look Like A Desert Oasis

Tiny Weeds In My Garden Look Like A Desert Oasis

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Look at the cute mini palm trees!

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#39

This Small Red Potato Looks Like An Anatomical Heart

This Small Red Potato Looks Like An Anatomical Heart

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh, be still, my beating potato...

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#40

My Purple Potatoes Look Like Gemstones

My Purple Potatoes Look Like Gemstones

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, the potatoes look like geodes.

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#41

The Shadow Of My Bookshelf Looks Like A City Skyline

The Shadow Of My Bookshelf Looks Like A City Skyline

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Books are a portal to another world, and the shadows have shown. 📚

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#42

These Clouds By My House Look Like A UFO Invasion

These Clouds By My House Look Like A UFO Invasion

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Vincent Philippart
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

That's so interesting. Could it be how those blurry photos from the UFO craze period happened?

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#43

This Paella Looks Like A Bunch Of People In A Dirty Pool

This Paella Looks Like A Bunch Of People In A Dirty Pool

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

It does, but it won't deter me from eating it. I love paella.

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#44

The Moss Growing In This Bus Stop Gutter Looks Like A Tiny Ancient Ruin On Top Of A Hill

The Moss Growing In This Bus Stop Gutter Looks Like A Tiny Ancient Ruin On Top Of A Hill

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

It does look a bit like a Roman colosseum, doesn't it?

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#45

This Dead Plant Looks Like A Broomstick

This Dead Plant Looks Like A Broomstick

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
4 months ago

Perfect for a tiny witch

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#46

My Car Wash Foam Looks Like A Sparkling Sunset

My Car Wash Foam Looks Like A Sparkling Sunset

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

That would be an absolute spectacular, sparkling sunset.

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#47

How The Ice Looks Like Scotch Tape On The Roof Of This Barn

How The Ice Looks Like Scotch Tape On The Roof Of This Barn

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

A giant is getting ready to wrap Christmas presents.

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#48

My Toothpaste Came Out Looking Like A Nose

My Toothpaste Came Out Looking Like A Nose

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh, my God! That is just too freaky.

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#49

Fixing My Parent’s Computer This Morning. Turns Out The P Is For Potato Salad. Not What I First Thought

Fixing My Parent’s Computer This Morning. Turns Out The P Is For Potato Salad. Not What I First Thought

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

I like hot German potato salad. It's quite tasty.

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#50

Who Else Thinks My Wife's New Can Opener (Hehe) Looks Like A Strange Sex Toy?

Who Else Thinks My Wife's New Can Opener (Hehe) Looks Like A Strange Sex Toy?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

It's ergonomically designed!

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