These mind-bending optical illusions will make you look twice from a ‘molten lava’ cauliflower to a world map made from bubbles


A CAULIFLOWER resembling molten lava and a map of the world composed of bubbles in a glass will make you look twice in these mind-bending optical illusions.

Most of the time it’s easy to tell if a picture is fake, but this baffling gallery proves that things aren’t always what they seem.

Holy smoke

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Up close, this smoked cauliflower could be mistaken for molten lava. One observer joked that this is how special effects are made in movies[/caption]

Bored Panda has shared the intriguing images showing pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon of seeing patterns in random objects.

Bird’s eye view?

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This may look like a shot of a winter landscape taken from a plane, but a closer look will reveal its actually a close-up of a couple of frozen puddles[/caption]

Winging it

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This cluster of wild flowers amused one Bored Panda user, who said they looked like a little chicken choir holding hymn books’[/caption]

Glass half-full

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The bubbles in this drink appear to have formed a map of the world. One commented: ‘Even the bubbles know not to omit New Zealand’[/caption]

Close shave

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This may look like a futuristic room from a music video, but it’s actually the inside of a cheese grater. One person commented: ‘Kubrick’s Space Odyssey came to mind first. Cool pic!’[/caption]

Highly strung

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Things could get a tad claustrophobic inside this room with no doors. Only it isn’t a room – it’s a picture taken from inside a violin, of course[/caption]

Paws for thought

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This dog looks just like a polar bear after a good soak in the tub[/caption]

Jurassic Park?

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They look like miniature Brachiosaurus dinosaurs from the Steven Spielberg movie. They’re actually just coatis[/caption]

Eye of the tiger

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The person who took this picture said they had a ‘small heart attack’ at first glance – but then realised that the creature sleeping by the roadside was not a wild tiger but a fluffy dog having a snooze[/caption]


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This bizarre shot looks like someone’s music cassette collection. It’s not though – it’s buses carrying tourists to the Mecca in Jerusalem stuck in a traffic jam[/caption]

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