People In This Group Are Sharing 139 Seriously Confusing Pics That Need To Be Looked At Twice To Understand What’s Happening (New Pics)

The world’s weirder than you think. And it can take looking through your camera lens from a peculiar angle for you to finally realize you’re living in Wonderland. Welcome to the wonderful world of illusions and intriguing photography, brought to you by the aptly named ‘Confusing Perspectives’ subreddit.

The 1.51-million-strong r/confusing_perspective subreddit celebrates “puzzling perspectives, confusing angles, and missing context,” and their pics offer a glimpse into how something completely ordinary can look downright bizarre by moving just a few inches. Take a peek at the very best optical illusions shared on the subreddit, and don’t forget to upvote the ones that you enjoyed the most, Pandas. Let us know in the comments which of these made you look twice (or, let’s get real, thrice in some cases). No, that cat isn’t really floating… or is it?!

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Are you in the mood for some more puzzling-yet-gorgeous photos? If so, then you really need to make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and check out Bored Panda’s first article about the ‘Confusing Perspectives’ community right over here. It’s the kind of stuff that really makes you want to be a professional photographer, doesn’t it?

Professional photographer Dominic Sberna, from Ohio, was kind enough to share his insights about the importance of perspective with Bored Panda. Check out what he told us as you scroll down, Pandas.

#1 It’s Not A Guy Putting His Hand In The Front Of His Friends Pants

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Perspective really is everything in photography (well, alongside lighting, of course).

“The angle of vantage for the photographer can really change an image,” photographer Dominic told Bored Panda that changing the perspective can completely change what the photo makes the audience feel.

“It all depends on what you’re going for. It’s best to play around and try different things to see what looks best and what works best depending on your subject,” he urged other photographers, veteran and amateur alike, to experiment and play around with different angles.

#2 Bert From Sesame Street Spotted On The Street

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#3 Mr. Tiny Legs

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Bored Panda wanted to get Dominic’s opinion on what photographers ought to do if they’ve got a project in mind and they’re experimenting with perspective techniques they’ve never tried before. He told us that focus is key here.

“Make sure to not lose sight of what you’re trying to achieve in your image,” he told us. “Have a clear goal in mind with what you’re trying to convey.”

#4 When You Can’t Find Your Sandwich

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#5 Floating Cat?

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#6 These Clouds In Minnesota Look Like The Ocean

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Meanwhile, photographer Dominic shared some of his thoughts on how to avoid creating confusing perspectives by accident and, instead, create the desired effect.

“Follow the rules of composition and don’t make things too small. I have photos of rock climbers at a national park in Nevada, where I personally feel the overall perspective is a bit lost,” he said that every professional has some pictures that they now see could have used a bit more work or a few more snaps.

“Make sure the audience is able to understand what it is they’re supposed to be seeing and comparing the perspective to the surroundings at hand,” he said.

#7 Dog Reading A Pamphlet On The Bus

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#8 Giant Cat

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#9 My Friend Learning To Snowboard

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The ‘Confusing Perspectives’ subreddit recently celebrated its 8th birthday. Around since the ancient era of 2014, the community has grown absolutely massive thanks to the friendly members, competent moderators, as well as the interesting angle (pun totally intended) of the pictures themselves.

Weirdness fascinates us. And in a world where visual media is king, pictures that get us to do a double-take don’t just stand out from the crowd. They go viral. Visual puzzles are fun to figure out, and they make us consider how we could repeat the same effects.

Obviously, a lot of you Pandas are bound to follow r/confusing_perspective after looking through this list. However, there are some rules that you have to be aware of if you want to be a productive member of their community.

#10 Thought They Were Miming Their Awards

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#11 Charles Davis Captured This Image Of Australian Budgerigars (Budgies) In A Tree. There’s No Leaves

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#12 Truck Looks Like It Has A Possum Logo

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First of all (and not surprisingly), the content has to be on point. The goal of the sub is to feature photos and videos with confusing perspectives. So that’s what you should post. Memes, cartoons, sketches, and anything that’s been modified “to deceive the viewer” will end up removed by the mod team. Low-quality images and screenshots of other Reddit posts are also a no-go.

Meanwhile, make sure that the title of your post is accurate and descriptive. Try not to mislead other redditors. The titles have to be factually correct and can’t be low-effort. In short, avoid clickbait.

Even if you stumble upon an amazing pic that you think would be perfect for ‘Confusing Perspectives,’ don’t just rush off and post it. Take some time to do a bit of research: check if someone else from the community hasn’t already shared that particular pic recently. The sub shares info in the sidebar on how you can quickly check for reposts.

#13 Flexible Footballer

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#14 My Pet Bird Taking A Bath Looks Like It’s Being Boiled Alive

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#15 8 Hours Worth Of Detailing A Black Car

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Instances of pareidolia, the totally awesome phenomenon where we see faces and familiar shapes everywhere we look, is a bit of a grey area. Sometimes, the mods allow pareidolia-related content if it involved forced perspective (a bit on that below). However, as a rule of thumb, pareidolia pics should be posted on r/Pareidolia.

Forced perspective is a technique that helps photographers create optical illusions by playing around with the size of objects. Pros can change the angle of the pic and make certain people or objects appear larger or smaller than they actually are. This way, they manipulate our perspective and create a lot of fun content. Yup, ‘holding’ the Eiffel Tower or the Tower of Pisa in your hand are two examples of this.

And last of all, the team running the sub asks all members to be civil towards each other. That means no hate, political discussions, or creepy compliments. There’s no tolerance for intolerance in the group.

#16 Dirt Bike

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#17 From An Ask-A-Vet Group. I Thought It Was About A Birth Defect

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#18 Guy Behind Wife Snuck His Rather Large Hand On Her Shoulder, While Kid Behind Me Cupped A Feel Around My Love Handles

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Some of the photos shared on r/confusing_perspective are downright spooky. It almost feels like we’ve stepped into The Twilight Zone (or accidentally proved the existence of The Matrix… or both!).

A while back, Bored Panda spoke with Doug Murano about why people love weird content and have such a fascination with the supernatural. Doug is an award-winning editor and writer, and knows why mystery, horror, and strangeness are such huge hits.

“I suspect that most of us—regardless of our spiritual beliefs—have a longing for something beyond this life. Human beings seem to be pre-programmed with this urge,” he shared with Bored Panda.

“My professional expertise is limited to fiction, but I’ll say this: I’ve seen enough real magic and wonder in the world to make me think twice about whether the supernatural is real—and I think that’s a healthy thing. It’s perhaps less important to believe any given tale than it is to remain open to experiences while leaving room in your head and in your heart for belief.”

#19 Conjoined Canines

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#20 Never Skip Arm Day

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#21 Buff Dog

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Meanwhile, let’s circle back a bit to pareidolia. Previously, Bored Panda spoke about the phenomenon with Professor Kang Lee, from the University of Toronto.

“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,” he said.

#22 Bodiless Dog

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#23 What A Great Pic

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#24 Had No Idea My Wife Was Part Dog

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“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,” the professor explained to Bored Panda.

“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. Even in this kind of situation, it is normal. There is nothing wrong with these individuals,” he said.

#25 Trees With Christmas Lights Under The Snow

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#26 We Can Now Project The News Into The Sky

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#27 Those Are Not Grass Pants

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“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 non face objects as well.”

According to the professor, our imaginations (centered in our frontal cortex) greatly affect our perception (based in the visual cortex, in the occipital lobe). Pareidolia, according to Professor Lee, proves that “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.”

#28 My Dog & I Recreated Van Gogh’s Smoking Skull Painting With Fabric, Clothes Etc. Original Painting On The Left, Our Recreation On The Right

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#29 Lahaina Noon When The Sun Shines From Directly Above In Hawaii

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#30 Getting A Real Handful

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“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.”

#31 Floating Above A Manhole

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#32 Face Off

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#33 Wait, Where Are We Going?

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#34 The Eagle Statue Turns Into A Pirate At Night

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#35 The Clouds Look Like The Ocean

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#36 This Dj

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#37 Catception

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#38 The Sun Is A Lightbulb

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#39 Firetype Cat

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#40 Sometimes… Life Is A Bed Of Roses

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#41 Blanket Lines Up Nicely With My Dog’s Face

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#42 Thought This Was A Picture Of A Guy Swimming In The Ocean

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#43 The Flying Catmobile

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#44 These Burnout Marks

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#45 Big Feet

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#46 Camouflaged Road In Finland During The Continuation War (June 27, 1941)

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#47 Was Told To Post This Dried Coffee Puddle From Last Night Here. Looks Like A Fantasy Map. Also Looks Like It’s Lumpy Or Has Elevation But It’s Completely Flat And Smooth

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#48 Bride Legs Over Groom Shoulder’s

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#49 A Girl Lying Back Against A Dog

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#50 Dog In A Bubble

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#51 Radiator Skyline

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#52 This Man Has Unexpectedly Smooth Legs

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#53 Three Headed Deer

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#54 He’s Ringing His Little Bell

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#55 Bird Drinking Water

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#56 Hey Peta Come Here

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#57 Sailing Through The Sky

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#58 Down Bad

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#59 It’s Embarrassing Until You Realise They’re The Reflection Of The Chairs In The Room

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#60 This Man Is Really In Tune With Nature

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#61 Saw This On Ig

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#62 Catshelf

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#63 Someone Broke The Cat

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#64 There Is No Water In This Picture

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#65 Above The Clouds

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#66 Shoulder Pads

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#67 Huge Suit

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#68 Window Heater Melted The Window

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#69 My Wife Had Feet The Last Time I Checked

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#70 This Is Not A Room, Turn Your Phone 90° To The Left

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#71 Those Giant Tomatoes

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#72 Headless Security Guard Officer

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#73 This Absolute Unit Of A Truck

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#74 Straight From LOTR

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#75 A Child Hugging His Decapitated Mother

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#76 Girl Climbing Through A Metal Bar

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#77 Dog With Arms

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#78 Bendable

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#79 My Brother’s Very Long Arm

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#80 Spider-Cat

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#81 Giant Fish

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#82 Hotel Hallway Makes Her Look Tiny

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#83 Just A Cow. Its Name Is Bertha

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#84 Oh Bother

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#85 Who Let This Panther In My House??

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#86 Highrise Window Washer Using New Footsqueegee™ Technology

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#87 An Unsafe Bridge Across Doggo Chasm

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#88 She Does A Lot Of Leg Stretches

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#89 Caterpillar

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#90 This Is An Octopus

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#91 Floating Upper Body

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#92 Looking Up From The Lobby Of The Marriott Marquis, Atlanta

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#93 Just Moving An Entire Apartment Block

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#94 Fade Into The Floor

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#95 Love The Smell Of The Fresh Sea Hair

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#96 He Is Thicc

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#97 Half Boob

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#98 A Very Human Tumor

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#99 Dog With Human Legs

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#100 Tim Giving Some Love

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#101 Four Legs vs. No Legs

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#102 Giant Lady

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#103 This Is A Flat Wall

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#104 Parallel Universe Behind The Fence

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#105 Tiny Arm Is Tiny

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#106 When You Get A Labrador Thrown At You

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#107 A Portal To Another Dimension

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#108 A Very Hairy Wedding Dress

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#109 Clear Wheel

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#110 Not Sure If I Was In Lane Number 1 Or 0

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#111 Haid Al-Jazil, A Miniature City Or Full Size City

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#112 Accidental Cosplay

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#113 Dua Lipa She Hulk Arm

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#114 Floating Pizza

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#115 Dog Has Long Legs

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#116 Long Arm

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#117 Tennis Player Get His Grandad Courtside Seats By Smuggling Him In His Bag

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#118 New Star Wars Show Has Butts Driving Speeders

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#119 There Aren’t Any Clouds In This Picture

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#120 Look At Those Two Buildings In The Background. Which One Is Closer ?

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#121 Flying Kayak

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#122 4 Shades Of Blue In One Photo In Antarctica

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#123 Candle On Snow

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#124 This Broken Wine Glass Looks Like It’s Standing Upwards

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#125 An Elbow

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#126 Me As Stretch Arm Girl

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#127 Photo Of James Webb Space Telescope Makes The Man In The Middle Look Tiny

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#128 This Toll Gate In Seoul, Korea

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#129 This Empty Microwave

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#130 Some Dude Does A Peace Sign While Holding A Sign With Both Hands

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#131 My Dog And His Shadow Decided To Spend Some Time Apart

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#132 Underwater Pine Trees In A Flooded Canyon

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#133 Your Shoulders Doing Okay?

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#134 What A Fan

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#135 Looking At This Marble Floor Mosaic At The Santa Maria Del Fiore In Florence, Italy Is Like Gazing At The Light At The End Of A Tunnel

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#136 Legs

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#137 Base Camp Looks Like Scattered Trash

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#138 Glass Truck

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#139 A Single Pic Or A Collage?

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