Don’t Tell Us The Odds: 45 Images That Need To Be Seen To Be BelievedBy Ekhama O
Sometimes the stars align so perfectly that the most unbelievable and unlikely occurrences become reality, proving to us yet again that the universe has a very questionable but amazing way of working. From simple things, like bumping into an old friend in a place and at a time you’d never expect, to ostensibly physics- and science-defying phenomena, we see seemingly impossible things nearly every single day.
Call it bad luck, call it good luck, even can call it weird, but there are some things we just can’t explain, and if we didn’t have our trusty cameras to take photos as proof, no one else would have believed they happened. The people in the examples we have for you below were fortunate enough to capture the moment.
The brain is excellent at looking at objects and analyzing them to find patterns and shapes in order to try to make sense of them. That’s why this cooled lava, to the human eye, can appear to be a couple of poor souls being dragged to the depths.
To us, we don’t know what it looks closer to. At first glance, it looks like what Hell would be if it had a mouth, but even upon learning what it is, we still can’t seem to shake off the image and thought from our heads.
Tortoises are one-of-a-kind animals. They greatly resemble their aquatic brethren, the turtle, but in terms of peculiarity, they’re in a league of their own despite being terrible runners. The shells of these creatures are unique and no two are the same, which is exactly why this guy’s was picture worthy.
The front of its shell has been naturally engraved in such a way that it looks like its covering came with a little accessory in the form of a bowtie! While there’s a decent chance of this happening, we’re not going to take the spotlight away from this sharp-dressed reptile.
Bunny in flight
Animals are usually known for being scary, but often times they can do some pretty wacky stuff, too. This bunny unintentionally photo bombed this shot in the most unlikely way. The little guy’s at least six feet off the ground!
Rabbits are good jumpers, no doubt. They can hop till they drop, but we’re not exactly sure if they can catch that much air. Was he running from something, or is this just how the little fella likes to cross the road? Guess we’ll never know.
Talk about a close-up
Racing tracks aren’t the safest of places. Not for the drivers, not for the onlookers, and as we can see from this case, especially not for the photographers. This poor man, for instance, was almost fatally injured by this crash.
We’re just thankful a lot has evolved in tech so that filming and photography of the racing scene can be done through automated devices. It sadly might have put some people out of their jobs, but it also saved a ton of lives and that’s really what matters.
Right on the money
This is one of those shots we find hard to believe are actually real. It would have taken a decent amount of force for this seed-like object to have truly fallen on one of this shrub’s spikes. Plus, said spike would also have to be really sharp for it to penetrate through the acorn’s skin.
Another thing that baffles us is the fact that it has stayed in place long enough for spiders to have made cobwebs on it. Here’s a disclaimer, though: We’re not a hundred percent sure if this actually happened by mistake or not, but we would like to believe it did.
We are one and the same
Flamingoes are incredibly majestic animals. We don’t know much about those feathered beauties and no hate to them, but we’re pretty sure they aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed, if you catch our drift. That’s just one more reason why this shot is so amazing to look at.
A flock of flamingoes are lined up in such a way that they form the shape of a bird, with a near-perfect outline! Could they have been baited to stand in such a formation? We highly doubt that; plus, we don’t want to take anything away from these birds.
If you take a look at the underside of your hand, you’ll find creases that form some kind of shape, letter or symbol. People have made a living out of figuring out what they mean, but what about our other body parts? Is there a chance they’re hiding some symbols too?
And we were right! Other parts of our body do hold messages, just like the veins on this person’s eyelids. They’re linked in such a manner that they form a cute little heart! Now the million dollar question is, what does it mean?
Now that’s just terrible Karma
When something unbelievable happens, it’s usually good or at least memorable because it’s got some shock factor to it. Other times, the odds are against you and the situation actually ends up turning into an utter disaster. This person ran into the latter case.
This poor fellow dropped their phone during a bike ride, and the device ended up getting stuck in between the bike’s gears and chain. It takes some amazing precision for it to have fallen right between those. That’s going to cost them a pretty buck.
A multitextured apple
Everyone who’s ever held an apple knows how its texture feels. They usually feel like a super smooth skin, but this apple seems to be out of the ordinary. Yes, we see it too a portion of its body looks somewhat smudged.
It’s unlikely this could occur, and even more unlikely that it would be at just one part of the apple. It almost looks like a connectivity problem is causing the part of the image to fail to load, but that’s just the way this apple is.
Imagine taking a break from social just to see this
Coffee art is one of the biggest examples of the urge humans have to try to make what we eat as pleasing to the eye as it is to the tongue. This piece of art might not have been done on purpose, but what’s the possibility of the bubbles lining so perfectly?
Sometimes, the universe speaks to us through languages we fail to understand and signs we just can’t read. The universe might be telling them to check their mail, or get back on social. Don’t know about the latter but they should definitely check their mail.
For this one, the explanation can be pretty simple. Maybe they get better reception at that spot or maybe (and most likely) their rooms are structured in such a way that placing their television there is just the most ideal option.
Now we think of it, that might just be the case! Those four rooms might be the living rooms in each of their apartments and the light coming from outside most likely won’t obstruct their viewing from there. You see! Some questions do have answers.
This bush’s dreams were cut short
Everyone loves a good egg hunt, and it can be fun to find hidden figures in regular looking scenes; that’s why there are games made from that idea! This bush is the plant version of a Russian doll, holding its dreams and aspirations near its heart.
Somehow, the tree rings of this stem are forming in such a way that it looks like a little tree. Left to grow, the figure would have eventually turned into concentric circles, probably irregular ones. Regardless, what are the chances the plant was cut at a time the figure was still discernable?
Long lost twinnem
This scenario is absolutely crazy, and the guy at the back feels the same way too. With how many people have been on earth, it isn’t too farfetched to say someone must have existed at some point in time who looks exactly like you.
But what are the odds that you’d meet that person, during your lifetime, on the seat next to you on a plane, wearing the same clothes as you, with the exact same hair cut? Pretty slim to none, we’d say.
And they took that personally
Have you ever come across a situation so crazy, it’s laughable? Most times, there’s no humor involved in such a scenario, but funny coincidences are worth a cackle, and so is this picture. While this looks like no laughing matter, it’s so unbelievable we can’t help but let out a few giggles.
A car crashing into a statue of a driver? Now that’s something you don’t see every day. We will say though, that looks like a pretty nasty crash. The car took a hit, the bushes were barely saved and the poor statue was moved. Hope the driver’s okay.
That’s one sturdy stem
Natural disasters usually do a number on our wildlife, plants and property. That’s what we believe had happened here, and that’s simply because there’s no better explanation as to why a tree would ever “tear” up in such a manner.
Luckily, its damage didn’t do a lot to hinder traffic, as it toppled in by far the unlikeliest of manners. It’s formed a full-on bridge-like structure! How fascinating. The stomp carrying the full weight of the tree has some real stamina.
A familiar figure
Have you ever spotted something, and wondered where else you’ve seen it before? It’s a hard feeling to shake and it often times leaves you wondering where exactly you had seen it before. This guy probably had that feeling and it turns out he was right!
He had seen it before, but the burning question now was, where exactly was it that he did? Turns out, it was in a book. The bowl he has in front him is completely identical to the one in the book, and what are the chances he would have found that?
Gummy bears are some of the most widely consumed pieces of candy, and though they may vary in size and color, they usually look the same. This little cutie is an exception, because while his mates are monotone, he’s not.
He’s twice the color and hopefully twice the flavor, and we applaud whoever took this picture for having the wherewithal to notice its uniqueness and save it for a shot. We just stuff our hands into the bag, grab whatever we can, and toss it into our mouths!
Karma or luck?
Driving can be pretty difficult, and parking isn’t easy either, but this person seems to have found themself going along the wrong route, as this looks like a pedestrian-only zone to us. So why exactly were they even driving there?
While it will take some help to get his car out of that position, and some money to fix the damages, it would have costed them much more if the car has actually fallen to the bottom of what seems to be an apartment complex.
While not everyone is accustomed to seeing Rolls Royces and Lamborghinis cruising down their street, there are some certain car brands that are common. Some of them come in a variety of colors, so how could two of the same versions of the same vehicle brand be parked side to side one another?
It’s possible? Okay, then how about them having nearly the exact same number plate, with just a digit differing, and that digit happens to be the number after the other car’s corresponding one? By far one of the biggest “what are the odds” moments!
That fire hydrant’s got frostbite
The winter can be a very unforgiving season, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re living or inanimate, the cold will take over you. This fire hydrant’s water is frozen in position, and although it looks like an outpour, nothing’s really coming out.
It’s a bit weird to think of water freezing in motion, but it’s also very possible; after all, we come across a frozen fountain with shards of ice hanging over its tiers every now and then, so a fire hydrant doing the same is rare but not that farfetched.
A fish’s life
Fishes in bowls are under a lot of distress. They’re confined in spaces up to hundreds of thousands of times smaller than their natural habitat and although they’re given a better chance at survival here, life can be just as stressful.
This poor aquatic creature is a prime example of that, but luckily, the fish spirits were good to him. His bowl had been thrown over the edge but miraculously landed upside down, and in such a way there was still enough water to keep him alive… at least for now.
One in a million
Most species pf a certain animal always come in a form. When we think of an elephant, we think of grey giants with tusks;, when we think of lions, we think of huge cats with majestic manes; and turtles as greenish grey sea creatures, but not this guy.
This unique turtle almost looks like the picture is actually a negative of a regular looking turtle, but no, this is actually how the little guy looks like. We wonder if this is some sort of mutation, but one thing’s for sure; camouflaging must be a pain with colours like those.
The misleading photo “collage”
Some pictures are just too mindboggling to us, and sometimes the truth behind the photos can turn out to be the most unbelievable explanations for them. Just take this one for example; it’s an image that looks like any regular collage.
But in reality, it’s just one photo, taken from one angle at one scene! It looks so geometrically perfect, it’s hard to believe it isn’t some random photo composition, and while it isn’t that rare to come across something like this, it’s unlikely a person could capture it all, perfectly aligned.
There are sometimes we catch a glimpse of something odd but don’t notice it at first, only to realize that it is weird and take a look again. This cute little critter looks like he’s putting on a costume but in reality, it just has a unique fur pattern.
When we first saw this, we thought those were two squirrels of different colours standing in a position that, from the photographer’s angle, looks like it’s just one. We’ve come to realize that it actually is a single squirrel, just an incredibly rare one.
There’s always that one guy
There’s a little bit of rebellion in all of us. Breaking rules and standing out gets our blood pumping, and what can be more exciting than that? What shocked us to know though, was that not just humans can feel this way; plants can, too!
We know all about phototropism, but that’s not a tangible enough reason for the flowers to grow in that direction; after all, the sun doesn’t remain in one position all day long. Forget the rebellious bloom, that’s what makes this photo rare!
Many people are named after their characteristics or features, so they’ve got fitting names. Others, however, can have oxymoronic names, that make you wonder how they even came to be. This foreign language teacher is named English and is an excellent example of that.
What people are ignoring is that his name and subject are only ironic if wherever this was an English-speaking region. If not, then it’s pretty spot on. We love a little bit of random, everyday humour, and this makes us giggle.
One good turn deserves another
The chances of birthing twins aren’t that low, but to have identical ones is, sort of. Two sets of twins tying the knot is what makes this photo noteworthy, and even more mind blowing are the little fellas and girls the couples have beneath them.
Apparently, twins got married to twins, and they each birthed twins, identical ones again, if we may add. From the looks of it, their ages don’t seem far off either. Fun fact: Even though the kids are cousins, genetically, they could pass off as siblings! Now isn’t that something?
Missed the nail by a whisker
There are some things we can’t just run away from. For instance, we believe every human will stub their toe at least once in their lifetime; it’s somewhat inevitable. There are infinite chances of something like that happening, there are millions more of us missing it, and we’re thankful every time we do.
This lucky person must be feeling a whole lot of that right now, for the the nail was millimeters away from giving them a nasty puncture wound. That could have seriously hurt and, even worse, led to some sort of infection. Yuck.
If it’s meant to be, it will be
There’s a great chance you’ll get to bump into a stranger more than once in your lifetime; after all, people fly halfway across the world just to end up meeting someone they know from home. Similarly, these strangers ended up being a big part of each other’s lives.
While we’re unsure if they actually met, what are the chances that they were both at the same place on the same day and kept the photos for all those years? It even appears to us that the photos were also taken at the same time!
Anyone who’s ever seen sea salt knows it’s clumped up in its natural state. The grains aren’t as small as those in table salt, and this is due to the fact that moisture causes them to clump up into irregular shapes. In this case, the salt formed a squared mass.
This putty had some salt in it, and probably a little moisture, so that caused the particles to merge, forming these perfect cubes. There are little odds that make this possible, and the probability of someone coming across them is even lower.
Light travels at a speed so great that if something else were to go that fast, it would circle the earth about seven times in one second! We’re total nerds, but that fact is relevant to this instance, as an LED light in a faucet changed colours so fast, it created this scenery.
This spectacular photo was taken at the perfect moment in time to capture the colours of the light changing from green to pink or vice versa. We don’t know why you’d want an LED in your faucet but who are we to judge? At the same time, this is quite incredible.
Move leaf; get out the way!
When we think of nature, all we can picture is scenery where tranquility reigns supreme. What we tend to forget, though, is that nature can be incredibly cruel and utterly merciless. Don’t believe us? Well, just ask this poor leaf.
We’ve got loads of questions. First off, we can’t help but wonder how sharp that plant must have been to have speared right through the leaf. It would have been more likely to push it out of its way, or maybe not. We don’t know anymore.
Stuck in the past
Dabbing was the dance move and victory dance that had the whole world in a choke hold back in 2015. The trend has pretty much died out, and thank goodness for that, but it seems that some people just can’t seem to let go.
Or in this case, some plants. The dance has been out of style for quite a while, but it seems like this little piece of broccoli didn’t get the memo. Maybe it’s celebrating the fact that it will soon be consumed, maybe that was its life goal. In that case, congratulations.
Anyone who’s ever witnessed the unforgiving nature of fire would get a glimpse of just how scary a wildfire would be. It consumes everything in its path, leaving dust and char behind, but despite how terrible they can be, there are a few ways we can protect our properties from them.
This sturdy fence was this lucky homeowner’s defence, but we don’t think they ever expected it to hold off a wildfire! It looks like peace and tranquility on one side, and total carnage on the other. Whoever built that fence deserves one heck of a prize.
One quick look at this photo tells you it’s any regular shot of a good old game of basketball. Nothing funny business, everything seems perfectly fine. The athletes are doing their thing, and there’s a watchful referee in the distance monitoring their moves.
But look closely and you’ll realize all four of these men are simultaneously afloat! We know what you may be thinking, and you’re totally right, the chances of this happening are decent compared to the other instances on this list, but it’s still an unlikely occurrence, hence worthy of a mention.
Masterpiece by mistake
Glass is probably the most fragile object we come in contact with on a regular basis. Most types don’t do well with heat and never remain the same once they hit the floor, but what happens when something you’d expect to be completely damaged turns out to be mildly salvageable?
Yes, we know, you can’t drink from it anymore, but it’s still pretty to look at. The possibility of this glass jug breaking in almost every single area except for its handle is pretty uncanny and highly unlikely, hence it’s worthy of a mention.
Never say never; you never know tomorrow
It’s very popular for big movie productions recast different stars for the same roles in different cinematic universes. We’ve seen this in James Bond, Spiderman, and a whole lot of other movies including Batman, so you can never tell who’s going to play the big role next.
Whoever picked the options for this question seems to have a secret talent of predicting the future, as they just happened to choose an actor who has beheld the mask today. It’s something that was done a while ago that baffles us today.
Okay, critters get the worse rep. Yes, they’re destructive and can cause a little more than a nuisance, but they’re just acting on impulses in most cases. In this case however, we don’t know what this fox is acting on.
It seems to be pointing it’s head to the sky, waiting for something, and asides from the fact that we’re dying to know exactly how it got up there, we’re also curious as to what it could be waiting for. What an absolute mystery.
Eggs are the best. They’re super sources of protein, there are just a billion ways to make them, and a billion things to include them with. That being said, it isn’t easy being one, and we understand what that’s like, hence, sympathize with this poor yolk trying to avoid the impending doom.
An egg flip turned disastrous when the yolk separated almost egg-celently away from the whites. Looks like a case of poor oiling and an improper flip. Either way, they’re lucky the yolk didn’t catch enough air to make its way to the ceiling or floor that would have been disastrous.
An overdefensive stack of newspapers
This one is pretty straightforward, right? A stack of newspapers just happen to have the words “This is not a coincidence” on every single one of their folds, and despite their very clear message that this was not a coincidence, we kinda think it is.
While the chances of a stack of newspapers being folded at one particular spot are astronomically high, it’s a bit unbelievable how these could be the choice of words that happen to be on display. Now, we’re curious to know what the story is about.
True to the name
Most products have either a barcode, serial number or even both. It helps to identify the item and link it to the company, the perfect way to check for authenticity. They’re usually a collection of numbers and letters, just like this one.
But what makes this pizza cutter’s serial number unique is the fact that it spells out pizza! That doesn’t sound impossible to come by but most people pay no mind to them, so it’s cool the one this person took note of was quite relatable.
The seaside is just an amazing place. Besides being one of the most loved venues on the planet, it’s a spot that makes for some pretty great scenes every now and then, like sunsets (the way the sun is mirrored by the water is fantastic) and especially waves.
This picture was taken at just the right moment the wave reached its peak, making the water look somewhat solid. It’s absolutely stunning, and we thank whoever out there took their time and patience to get the perfect shot.
This ain’t no set
Once in a while, something happens that we feel is so unbelievable, it sounds like it’s straight from a Hollywood flick. This scenario is one of those cases, as we can see the classic running away from danger by a couple of people.
It’s a staple scene in nearly every Hollywood action movie but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some mystery behind how this one came to be. The car is at least a few inches off the ground and we’re glad those people evaded it. That would have been terrible.
Man of my word, literally
This entry is pretty similar to the pizza serial number one we listed above. It’s in the same line of uniqueness and although we’ve seen it before, it’s one of those kinds of odd things that just never get old.
The track just happens to stay true to its word in the fact that it’s title is incomplete. We must ask though, is the audio itself complete? Does It cut off at some point? Now, that would be a very interesting artistic choice.
Heads or heads?
Some kinds of metals such as are passed through various systems and undergo several processes until we attain the end product, which is the humble old coin. One of the final processes involves pressing the coin, and this unfortunate piece went through it twice.
It’s an old coin and unlike the others, it’s no dime a dozen, so despite its weird shape, the owner can take solace in the fact that it would be worth a lot more if they keep it for a couple more generations. It would make a great entry in a unique coins collection.