As we sit back in our chairs, drinking hot chocolate, watching that crackling fire video on Netflix, and reflecting on the year, we slowly come to the realization that very little of it made sense. "Um, what?!" was our standard reaction to most news stories and other things that happened this year. 2018 truly was twelve months of confusion.
So it stands to reason that before the year ends, we should try to confuse you some more, eh? These pictures are truly baffling when you first look at them. And some remain baffling for a while after until you figure out just what's going on. Seriously, it took me five minutes to realize what was actually happening in one of these photos. These are tricks of the eye, optical illusions, and yet they are all happening IRL. In real life. As in, no Photoshop. I know, it's crazy. So peep these confusing pics and let 2018 go out with a "Huh?"
These pics will have you saying:It's true! They will. Some of these, you might be able to tell what's going on right away, but there are a few guaranteed to mess you up good. Take a look.
Are her legs okay?
via: RedditIf you look closely, you'll see that this little girl doesn't actually have bizarre stick legs. She's just holding a bag of popcorn. But why does the popcorn look so much like the grass?
Where is it possible for this picture to have been taken?
via: RedditLot going on here, but apparently this is an image of rain falling on a pool taken from underwater and also upside down. But honestly, I can't even fathom this picture having been made in Photoshop. It just. Feels. Impossible!
It's much less cute now that I know what it is.
via: RedditIn what looks like a video game convention, a little dude in a white headset looks exactly like a dog facing the camera. But whether it's a dog or a boy, the only thing that really matters is if they're loyal, and this one sure looks to be.
You might fall in... to a story.
via: RedditIt's almost mean of this picture-taker to not just take a picture of the library shelf with a hole in it. Why did you have to tilt the camera so it looked so other-worldly? Just to mess with me?
The dog head has something he'd like to say.
via: RedditObviously this picture is just taken at an angle where the dog's head is in front of his body, but man, imagine if it wasn't? You'd just have a dog head, floating around your apartment, barking sometimes but usually just begging for treats? But where would the treats go after the dog-head swallowed them...?
Come on, I'm trying to drive here.
via: RedditI can't be peerin' over at a tuck, trying to figure out what's going on with the giant loaf of bread they've got in there! Traffic is bad and I've got to pay attention!
Is that you Ichabod?!
via: RedditAfter a few seconds, you'll probably notice that this is just a man walking around with his head down. But that doesn't mean it didn't activate your fears of having your head chopped off, does it? It didn't for me.
"Honey, what have you been feeding him?!"
via: RedditHere's one of my greatest fears — I'd just be walking through my normal, human-sized house, and then BAM — this giant dog head bursts in, and I have to process the idea that dogs are giant now and nothing in the world makes sense.
"Come with me if you want to live."
via: RedditOh, I didn't know M.C. Escher had a cat.
"I thought we said we weren't inviting Alf anymore?"
via: RedditMan does that lady's head in the bottom right corner look like a terrifying Muppet monster. I'm glad everyone at this event noticed it was a lady with her head down before they took up pitchforks against it.
"You okay, cat?"
via: RedditIt looks like this cat got shot wit a cannon in a Looney Tunes cartoon. Remember? The cannonball would look like it flew past them, but then they'd turn towards the camera and just have a circle going clean through them? Cartoons are wild, man.
This dog is prepared for chemical warfare.
via: RedditWe have once again been tricked into thinking a dog being examined by a vet is in fact wearing a gas mask. Let's all resolve to never let this happen again.
via: RedditImagine walking into some normal place — like, say, a hospital — and seeing that looking back at you? If she doesn't want to be accidentally attacked, this lady needs to throw away her glasses and, preferably, her hair.
Someone forget their leg?
via: RedditWhere's that leg coming from? It looks like there's a single solitary leg riding this train? More importantly, does a single leg have to pay the full fare?
Tell your children you love them, for this is the end of the world.
via: RedditOkay it's actually just reflections of the hotel room lights in the window, but what if it were aliens coming to destroy the planet? We should all be living our lives as though aliens are coming to destroy the planet.
This cat approves.
via: RedditI'll just spoil the illusion up top — it's a guy rocking out with devil horns and not a cat in this image. But imagine if there were just a stoic cat watching a rockin' heavy metal show? What a cool cat that would be.
Is the sky glitching?
via: RedditThis stealth bomber makes it look like the sky is made up of pixels and some of them died and now we have to take the sky back to Best Buy.
via: RedditHaha, that cat's gonna eat that whole pole! Look at him! He's like a world champion eater! It's not that the top of that pole is the exact same color as the cat, making it look like the cat's eating a pole! No sir, that cat is going to town on a pole, and it will be his only meal of the day.
The other, normal-sized girls must team up to defeat her.
via: RedditWould you rather fight one colossus-sized volleyball girl, or 100 volleyball girl-sized colossuses?
Oh no, am I crossing the River Styx?
via: RedditThis human/ dog hybrid is known in many myths as Anubis, and they guard the realm of the dead. This Anubis, though, guards the bathroom on the train.
What a shocking twist!
via: RedditThis dog is just covered in orange powder! They're not on fire! But this is a pretty lovely interpretation of what it's like when you come home from work and see your dog for the first time in a long time.
How dare a grandma make this?
via: RedditThe whole point of having a bed is that you can collapse on it after a long day. This would give any exhausted laborer pause, as it looks like they'd hurt themselves collapsing on the ridges! I do not care for it.
via: RedditBefore you freak out, know that a) this gymnast has a stupid flexible neck, and b) she's got a little medal on her chest. That is not her severed neck. So breathe easy.
"Yer horse is floatin' away there Jim."
via: RedditNot a lot of non-horse ranchers know this, but a lot of times, your horses will float away. It's important to either tie them down or feed them heavy foods to keep them grounded.
"You are at my mercy."
via: RedditOne of those tourists got an email confirming they could switch to an earlier flight home, and to themselves, they said, "thank god." Then this powerful uber-child leaned over and said, "you're welcome."
"What do you want, lady?!"
via: RedditIt looks like this car is being driven by an intense lady, when in fact, it's driven by a chill dude who likes to recline.
via: RedditLook, I'm sure this image has an explanation, but I'll be damned if I can come up with it. Guess we just have to believe that this zebra has no legs and balances on his muzzle.
Maybe she's born with it...
via: RedditThis dog's long flowing locks are not its own, but instead belong to the girl sitting next to them on the dock. But this is the hair that dog would have if they would remember to condition.
Soon there will be no likes left for the rest of us.
via: RedditGreat, now the birds are on Instagram? As if I don't waste enough time every day scrolling through my friends' selfies on Instagram. Now I gotta see the birds' selfies too? Ugh, I am never gonna finish that puzzle that's been half-done on my coffee table practically since I moved in.
You, me, and a tree
Down the pants
Giant baby hand
Up or down
Copping a feel
Sunglasses and puppy
Invisible tissue box