What you see in the mirror is your reflection with which you’re most likely very familiar. So there’s little surprise there. But there are many other things that bounce back at you, or off of surfaces—think of light waves, sound waves, even your thoughts.

In fact, the word “reflection” derives from the Latin reflectere, made up of the prefix re-, "back," and flectere, "to bend." So in very simple terms, it’s bending something back, sometimes accurately (if it’s a smooth surface like a mirror) and sometimes very distortedly (if it’s a water pond).

So today we’re taking you on an adventure into the wondrous world of reflections, both random and elaborate, funny and breathtaking. Scroll down through the list compiled by Fashion Life below, upvote your favorite mind (or rather, light) benders and be sure to check out our previous post with more head-messing reflections here.

#1

This Mural Was Purposely Painted Upside Down To Reflect Off Of The Water

This Mural Was Purposely Painted Upside Down To Reflect Off Of The Water

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Mistralok
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3 months ago

Brilliant.

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#2

Reflection Of Trees In A Drop Of Water

Reflection Of Trees In A Drop Of Water

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BusLady
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3 months ago

A mini little faerie land.

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#3

Long Exposure Photograph I Captured Of Yesterday’s Spacex Launch And Its Reflection Along The Shoreline Of The Atlantic Ocean

Long Exposure Photograph I Captured Of Yesterday’s Spacex Launch And Its Reflection Along The Shoreline Of The Atlantic Ocean

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varwenea
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3 months ago

Epic

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To find out more about the wondrous world of reflections, we spoke with Steven Wooding, a physicist and a member of The Institute Of Physics, UK. Steven is also a member of the Omni Calculator Project which is an international community of scientists and researchers with a goal to make science more accessible and entertaining for everyone. 

First, we wanted to know how exactly reflections work and Steven was happy to explain: “Every object you see reflects light from a light source into your eyes. Most of the time, the light is scattered in all directions, and the object has a matte look. If the object's surface is smooth enough, it will reflect light all in the same direction into your eye and form an image.”

“For example, you can't see the sky's reflection on a rough sea, but if it's calm enough, you get an image formed of the sky in the water,” the physicist added.

#4

The Reflections On These Pots Lined Up Just Right

The Reflections On These Pots Lined Up Just Right

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Fred the rat king
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3 months ago

‘Twas intended my good sir/madam

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#5

Every Morning The Sun Hits My Mom's Urn And Reflects On The Wall In This Pretty Design

Every Morning The Sun Hits My Mom's Urn And Reflects On The Wall In This Pretty Design

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BusLady
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3 months ago

She's speaking to you.

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#6

This Reflection Of A Lamp On My Sunglasses

This Reflection Of A Lamp On My Sunglasses

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C. Wade
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3 months ago

I would 100% sh*t myself if I saw that on my night stand

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When asked if humans can manipulate the reflections, Steven said that they indeed can. “Magicians can play many tricks using reflections when we don't expect them. For example, a ghost can be made to appear on stage, but actually, it's a pane of glass partially reflecting an actor in a concealed part of the stage.”  Moreover, “technologies such as radar and lidar send light towards an object and collect the reflections to determine where they are, how fast they are going, and even their three-dimensional shape.”

It turns out that the smoother the surface, the better the reflection will be. “Any imperfections on the surface will be echoed in the reflected image. With surfaces like water that can move, these flaws can change over time and give pleasing effects. The color of the reflecting surface is also important and acts like applying a filter to the image.”

#7

This Reflection On My Water Bottle Looks Like The Northern Lights

This Reflection On My Water Bottle Looks Like The Northern Lights

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

And it even matches the forest below.

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#8

Capybara Looks Like It’s Wearing Clothes Due To Reflection

Capybara Looks Like It’s Wearing Clothes Due To Reflection

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C. Wade
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3 months ago

Oddly terrifying

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#9

This Spectrum Reflected Off The Dining Room Window Through A Chair Back

This Spectrum Reflected Off The Dining Room Window Through A Chair Back

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Fred the rat king
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3 months ago

Issac newton was right

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#10

My Blinds Reflection Looks Like Lunar Phases On My Wall

My Blinds Reflection Looks Like Lunar Phases On My Wall

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Rhea.S🤍
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3 months ago

So cool!

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#11

The Reflection From My Window Decal Makes My Toilet Look Like A Quest Item In A Video Game

The Reflection From My Window Decal Makes My Toilet Look Like A Quest Item In A Video Game

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N G
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3 months ago

When a Unicorn poops in your toilet

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#12

Sunset Reflection Looks Like A Demonic Uprising

Sunset Reflection Looks Like A Demonic Uprising

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C. Wade
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3 months ago

Yo are you sure their kitchen isn't on fire?

Ranch Dressing
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3 months ago

Yeah I'm about 99% sure that's a fire

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BusLady
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3 months ago

"Yes, Ma'am, we've had 30 calls already. It's not a fire."

Outlawzen
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3 months ago

Time to call the Winchesters

Sarah Farrow
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3 months ago

My first thought was "Poor Mary" 😅

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

Or a miniature nuclear blast within the room.

Antoilene du Toit
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3 months ago

Looks like the place is burning down!!

kjorn
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3 months ago

Zuul!!!

Jo Choto
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3 months ago

Honey, is the toast done yet?

Jeannie Garrity
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3 months ago

Haaaaa 😄😄😄😄😄

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Brian Bennett
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3 months ago

Why didn't the smoke alarm go off? because its fire you idiot!

Monica Leigh
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3 months ago

I used to live in a house where you could see our hospital way off in the distance. It looked like it was on fire when the sun was setting.

Amy Stone-Chandler
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3 months ago

That would really scare me every single time I saw it. No matter how many times. Hope there is never a real fire. People wont believe it at first

shiela mae requiz
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3 months ago

i can't see the sunset reflection , my mind is tricking me that the room is on fire.

Sarah Farrow
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3 months ago

This is the picture that brought me to this post. I'm still not convinced this house isn't on fire!

Id row
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3 months ago

I think that's just the aurora borealis in their kitchen while they're eating steamed hams.

Linda Williams
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3 months ago

Satan in tha house.

HarriMissesScotland
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3 months ago

*waves to demon* Maybe if I look friendly, I won't get sucked into his inferno.

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PsychicK
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3 months ago (edited)

It's sun either rising or setting and there is a bunch of trees that might be wet - it looks overcast there- and they are reflecting the light which is reflecting the then already reflected light into their room. You can see lens flares and reflections on the glass door to the left, bottom and right. The reflection of the sun is even causing a lens flare to the immediate right; which looks like a hot pink orb. It's from the camera lens. Def not a fire. If you look at the way the shadow is being cast across the white door on the left side... The glass ledge is being reflected into it meaning the light source is coming from behind it and to the left of the photo. Hope this helps. Sorry for typos.

Angela Burnett-King
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3 months ago

Huh?

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Kelly Jo Andrews
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3 months ago

Totally looks like a fire happening

Mary Peace
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3 months ago

Hey, Photographer, you're on fire tonight! (But sorry, I don't like the title.)

Salty Wild Hair
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3 months ago

I wonder how many times the fire dept has been contacted for this address?

Chris Sprucefield
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3 months ago

Time to call the fire department?

Sam Cook
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3 months ago

“Come, my minions, rise for your master! Let your evil shine!”

American Patriot
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3 months ago

Not a sunset reflection

Riley Quinn
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3 months ago

Someone, call 911!

Darla Middlebrook
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3 months ago

Whoa! Call 911!!

EJN
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3 months ago

Someone call the fire station!!!

MikeMaxis
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3 months ago

Looks a little Sus.

bastillee
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3 months ago

Quick! Call the Fire Dept.

Skylar Jaxx
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3 months ago

This was on the one where the landlord who lives across the way thought the house was on fire but it's the tv! A yule log burning and I read that on THIS SITE so get y'all story together.

Patrīcija Elīza
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3 months ago

That kitchen probably is on fire 😑

Jeannie Garrity
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3 months ago

No demonic uprising!!!🙄 looks like their house is on fire!

Jeannie Garrity
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3 months ago

Nooooo, this looks like the apartment or house is on fire!

Keisha
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3 months ago

How often do your neighbors call the fire department because your house is on fire ? 🔥

Efe Can
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3 months ago

That's no Reflection. It's some kids science project now used in the US Military....

Larry White
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3 months ago

When I was a young adult I called the fire department on my neighbors down the street it looked like there house was on fire I felt bad because they got a ticket for illegally burning leaves in the side yard.in the city lol

claudia Ligas
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3 months ago

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Alex Williams
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3 months ago

That is not a reflection of the sun rising.

Christina Keenan
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3 months ago

I thought it was a fire

patricia sandoval
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3 months ago

Amazing and scary for the neighbors

Klaatu Verrata (Cough)
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3 months ago

It doesn't help that something in there is casting a shadow that looks like Freddie Krueger.

J Aislynn d'Merricksson
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3 months ago

It looks like a mini nuclear shrooms cloud. I'd pee my pants.

existn't
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3 months ago

d̴̡̎͝ǫ̴͉͒̈́o̸͎̐̀͆̏͜m̵̲͐̃́͊͐ ̷̢͚͖̱͌̽͐͘͘ş̵̙̪̥̪͌͝l̶͓̼̈́̽̄̏ą̶̹̫͂͋̅̇ý̵̠̖̀ë̸̡̼͓́̃̔͋͘ṙ̸̨̛̜̳̉͐͂s̶̼̲̮͕̟͘ ̵͖̗̟͔͉̅̌̈́̕h̷̡̯̠̣̒̀̾̏o̸̝̯̬̘͗̊͌̔͋ͅȗ̶̺̜̯͖̼͒̽̽ṡ̷̱̘̙͇̖e̵̳̤̐̊͂̚

ZonkeY_the_DonkeY
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3 months ago

Or a nuke

Evi Grimes
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3 months ago

How is that not a demonic uprising? Definitely a demonic uprising.

Miguel Nadalet
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3 months ago

None of the other windows reflect anything similar...

Alicia Miller
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3 months ago

Forget demons, I would have thought it was on fire.

Mila Kulash
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3 months ago

How is this possible? No matter how much I try to see the sunset, it just looks like fire to me 🤔🤔

Rannveig Ess
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3 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRBuJ_n-QOk

Nazda Pokmov
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3 months ago

Wonder how many times the fire dept has been called for this?

GoddessOdd
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3 months ago

I think I would call the fire department on this... the sunset doesn't seem to be reflecting off any other window with that much intensity.

Jenny Lorenz
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3 months ago

I just see fire. Nothing demonic

J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
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3 months ago

I wonder if they received any emergency calls on this reflection.

~Th3lostHaven~
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3 months ago

pretty sure that was me but I mean if you wanna think it was the sunset thats fine :/

Thallita Benedito
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3 months ago

how exactly is this a sunset?

xxkittyxx00
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3 months ago

oh my

Jesus Christ
Community Member
3 months ago

oh yeah thats not me

d bradley
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3 months ago

i would be dialing 911 if i knew where this place was...

HarriMissesScotland
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3 months ago

Image search verifies Demon Uprising.

Cat Crazy Lady
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3 months ago

No way...

Virginia Green (she/her)
Community Member
3 months ago

looks like someone decided to light a bonfire in their living room

Jen M B
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3 months ago

Why is this the only window with a reflection??

Jen M B
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3 months ago

Why is it the only window with a reflection??

Rebecca Trinkner
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3 months ago

Looks like an explosion!

S
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3 months ago

I think you should call 911 dude

glowworm2
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3 months ago

Yeah, because they totally aren't summoning Satan!

T. D. Bostick
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3 months ago

No, I'm pretty sure that house is on fire.

Scagsy
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3 months ago

Are you the gatekeeper?

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#13

My Wife Looked Out Of Our Living Room Window And Saw This. TV Screen Reflection Lined Up Perfectly With Her Car

My Wife Looked Out Of Our Living Room Window And Saw This. TV Screen Reflection Lined Up Perfectly With Her Car

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C. Wade
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3 months ago

Damn Leonard, get out of my car!

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#14

The Sun Shining Through My Fish Tank Aligned Perfectly On Each Knob

The Sun Shining Through My Fish Tank Aligned Perfectly On Each Knob

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Mistralok
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3 months ago

Something tells me that it won't be too long until we see this on stoves.

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#15

The Water Reflecting Off Our Old Trampoline Makes It Look Invisible

The Water Reflecting Off Our Old Trampoline Makes It Look Invisible

Or also it could be a portal to another dimension.

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Rhea.S🤍
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3 months ago

Pretty sure it's a sea portal

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#16

Sat On A Bench Outside An Office And Noticed My Reflection In The Window Perfectly Fit In The Chair

Sat On A Bench Outside An Office And Noticed My Reflection In The Window Perfectly Fit In The Chair

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Fred the rat king
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3 months ago

Ghost lady

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#17

Thought This Was A Desktop Background But It’s Just A Reflection Of Our Couch

Thought This Was A Desktop Background But It’s Just A Reflection Of Our Couch

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Fred the rat king
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3 months ago

I thought it was a dessert

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#18

Reflection Of Ceiling Lights In My Coffee

Reflection Of Ceiling Lights In My Coffee

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Squawkleo
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3 months ago

Trypophobia trigger warning!😱

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#19

The Steering Wheel Reflection Looks Like A Planet In The Sky

The Steering Wheel Reflection Looks Like A Planet In The Sky

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Laura Jackson
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3 months ago

Maybe that's the wheel in the sky Journey was singing about?

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#20

Sun's Reflection On My Drinking Glass Creates Bart Simpson’s Skull

Sun's Reflection On My Drinking Glass Creates Bart Simpson’s Skull

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Rhea.S🤍
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3 months ago

D'oh!

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#21

Blursed Cat

Blursed Cat

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Vincenzo Pagliaccia
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3 months ago

Baby yoda?

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#22

Reflection On An Iron

Reflection On An Iron

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BusLady
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3 months ago

Even Aliens have iPhones.

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#23

The Reflection Of My Make-Up Bag Looks Like A Nebula

The Reflection Of My Make-Up Bag Looks Like A Nebula

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C. Wade
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3 months ago

Woah I love this one too

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#24

Blue Sky Reflecting On Neighboring Building With Storm Behind It

Blue Sky Reflecting On Neighboring Building With Storm Behind It

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jevais
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3 months ago

The fifth dimension may be?

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#25

The Reflection Of The Beer Made The Fire On My Christmas Card Look Alive

The Reflection Of The Beer Made The Fire On My Christmas Card Look Alive

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Ray Martin
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3 months ago

Why is the beer in a wine glass?

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#26

Every Time I Think That This Building Is Burning, But It Is A Reflection Of The Sunset

Every Time I Think That This Building Is Burning, But It Is A Reflection Of The Sunset

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Brian Bennett
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3 months ago

Looks like a fire all right!

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#27

The Reflections Of Ceiling Lights Appear To Be Alien Ships Descending On Shreveport

The Reflections Of Ceiling Lights Appear To Be Alien Ships Descending On Shreveport

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T. D. Bostick
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3 months ago

They landed at Shreveport, took one look around, and left, never to return.

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#28

The Reflection Of These Sticks Make Interesting Shapes

The Reflection Of These Sticks Make Interesting Shapes

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Brian Bennett
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3 months ago

Makes one wonder what the hell is under there!

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#29

The Reflection In The Mirror On This Hotel Check In Desk

The Reflection In The Mirror On This Hotel Check In Desk

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

He's still in home-office mode..

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#30

Reflection Of The Sun Hitting My Guitars’ Tuners This Morning

Reflection Of The Sun Hitting My Guitars’ Tuners This Morning

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Rhea.S🤍
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3 months ago

It's Okay guitar,i hate geometry too✊🏽

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#31

Mirage Of Coffee Shop Window Makes It Look Like This Car Sells Pies Out Of The Boot

Mirage Of Coffee Shop Window Makes It Look Like This Car Sells Pies Out Of The Boot

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Brian Bennett
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3 months ago

Vending machine you drive!

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#32

Girlfriend Took This Awesome Photo Today While We Went Hot Air Ballooning For My Bday. Reflection Of Our Balloon Of A Creek We Flew Over

Girlfriend Took This Awesome Photo Today While We Went Hot Air Ballooning For My Bday. Reflection Of Our Balloon Of A Creek We Flew Over

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Brian Bennett
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3 months ago

Spectacular!

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#33

Reflection Of Tunnel In Mirrored Sunglasses

Reflection Of Tunnel In Mirrored Sunglasses

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Deutschland Mädchen
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3 months ago

Would you say she has... Tunnel Vision..? I'll go now... but I couldn’t resist

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#34

Tom’s Reflection Reflecting His Inner Wolf

Tom’s Reflection Reflecting His Inner Wolf

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Laura Jackson
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3 months ago

Tom is gorgeous!

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#35

This Puddle Reflecting The Sun Looks Like A Portal To Space

This Puddle Reflecting The Sun Looks Like A Portal To Space

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BusLady
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3 months ago

A dragon head?

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#36

I Took A Picture Of A Monkey And The Glare Made It Look Like It Was Taking A Wicked Selfie

I Took A Picture Of A Monkey And The Glare Made It Look Like It Was Taking A Wicked Selfie

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Brian Bennett
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3 months ago

Guess you're both cute!

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#37

The Reflection Of The Reeds In The Canal Spell Ok

The Reflection Of The Reeds In The Canal Spell Ok

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Antoilene du Toit
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3 months ago

Sitting depressed next to a stream: "Please send me a sign that everything is going to be OK"

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#38

Reflection Of Bathroom Mirror Makes It Look Like We Have An Outdoor Cinema Going On

Reflection Of Bathroom Mirror Makes It Look Like We Have An Outdoor Cinema Going On

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boredpanDaman
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3 months ago

i have no clue what i am looking at

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#39

The Reflection Of My TV Makes It Look Like Girl With The Pearl Earring Is In My Backyard

The Reflection Of My TV Makes It Look Like Girl With The Pearl Earring Is In My Backyard

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

Painted from Jan TVermeer..

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#40

The Gap In My Bedroom Window Became A Pinhole Camera

The Gap In My Bedroom Window Became A Pinhole Camera

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LisaMarie
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3 months ago

Very cool!

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#41

The Reflection Of The Light On My Coffee Looks Like A Glowing Castle

The Reflection Of The Light On My Coffee Looks Like A Glowing Castle

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

Next level-barista..

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#42

The Mirror Reflection In My Car After A Wash

The Mirror Reflection In My Car After A Wash

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BusLady
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3 months ago

Car? Where? There is no car in this photo.

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#43

Making Cookies And The Reflection Looks Like A Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Making Cookies And The Reflection Looks Like A Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Zozo🤟
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3 months ago

The cookie of cookies!!!!!

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#44

The Sun Reflecting Off The One World Trade Center This Morning

The Sun Reflecting Off The One World Trade Center This Morning

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Brian Bennett
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3 months ago

Remember!

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#45

The Sun's Reflection Off My Watch Looks Like Saturn

The Sun's Reflection Off My Watch Looks Like Saturn

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C. Wade
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3 months ago

That's so cool! :D

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#46

The Reflection From My TV Looks Like The Moon Is Hovering Over My Swimming Pool

The Reflection From My TV Looks Like The Moon Is Hovering Over My Swimming Pool

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Gene The Bean
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3 months ago

Gru?

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#47

This Window Filters Out The Exact Wavelength Of Light That My Gloves Reflect

This Window Filters Out The Exact Wavelength Of Light That My Gloves Reflect

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BigFish Artwire
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3 months ago

So weeeeeird

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#48

Weird Reflection Makes Man Look Like A Ghost

Weird Reflection Makes Man Look Like A Ghost

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Vorknkx
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3 months ago

"Not even death could save me from commuting."

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#49

How My Face Is Not Reflected In This Mirror, But Is In The Mirror’s Reflection Of Itself

How My Face Is Not Reflected In This Mirror, But Is In The Mirror’s Reflection Of Itself

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Rhea.S🤍
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3 months ago

You my friend,have unlocked a parallel universe

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#50

Reflection On Window Looks Like Massive Spaceship Landing

Reflection On Window Looks Like Massive Spaceship Landing

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Brian Bennett
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3 months ago

They do EXIST!!!!!!!!!!!!

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