The world is a strange place when we think about it. We have creatures that live miles underwater while others soar through the sky and everything in between. Some animals are faster than we could ever imagine, while others only make it a few feet each day before they need to stop and rest again. How did we end up with so many strange things on this planet we call “home”?
Being surrounded by so many unusual things means that most of us have had a moment or two where we have to double-take. Did we really just see what we think we did, or are our eyes playing tricks on us? Sometimes, things are so unbelievable that we have to take a photo of it to prove to everyone else that we’re telling the truth. However, that’s not always enough to help explain what’s happening at that moment in time. We’re starting to think that it might be best not to ask questions.
Looking out of place
Have you ever looked through the history books and spotted something out of place? This was one of those times. The picture was taken in Canada to commemorate the Gold Bridge opening. However, someone stood out from the crowd more than others.
The man in question is wearing a printed t-shirt and sunglasses and is even carrying a small camera. None of these things had been invented at the time. Many people soon thought they were looking at an accidental picture of a time traveler.
No known owner
Of course, there are thousands of satellites orbiting the planet. However, there is one that’s confused people for years: Black Knight. It’s believed that the unusual satellite could be around 13,000 years old – and no one has ever claimed ownership.
Not only does it orbit our planet, but it’s even thought to transmit signals down to Earth. This has led some people to believe that Black Knight is actually a satellite from an alien race watching the planet.
An additional hand
This is more than a photo of four boys having fun together. It’s an image that must be looked at carefully if you want to find what has got people so spooked over the years. Yes, it’s the additional thumb that’s coming out from the boy on the far right of the group.
There have been some theories about who could be behind the extra hand. Some think that it might be a fifth friend pulling a prank while others believe it could be a ghostly figure joining in the fun.
The unknown onlooker
John F Kennedy’s assassination shook the world in 1963. The former President’s passing was investigated from every angle. It was during these investigations that the team noticed a strange lady in many of the shots.
She was quickly nicknamed the Babushka Lady, and officials wanted to track her down as she was pretty close to it all. There was even video footage of her after the shot was fired, but no one was ever found. The lady’s mysterious identity has been something that’s confused investigators for years.
There to heal
One woman appears to be completely lost in her thoughts at church. Someone spotted the lady and decided to take a photo. It wasn’t until the picture was developed that they spotted a strange figure lurking behind the woman.
Both the woman and the photographer believed they were alone. However, the priest had some news. They said that it was actually the ghost of a healer who is known to hang around the church and help those in need.
Unusual lights in the sky
Norway is pretty used to lights in the sky thanks to the excellent views of the Northern Lights that can be found across the nation. However, it’s not the famous lights that have got some people talking – it’s the Hessdalen Lights.
It’s reported that these strange lights can be seen around 20 times throughout the year. Scientists apparently have no idea where they have come from or what they could be. They certainly don’t resemble the famous Northern Lights in any way.
The creature of legends
The ape supposedly living in the woods. That’s right; we’re talking about Bigfoot. The creature has long been the center of discussions, many of which have been backed up with a handful of grainy photos. This picture is from Big Otter in West Virginia and only helped to stir the rumors.
The image appears to show an ape-like creature walking into the woods, but could it really be Bigfoot? Some think it’s a shadow or a tall person, while others are convinced that Bigfoot has been snapped again.
Returning from the grave
This is more than just a picture of a husband and his wife. It’s supposed to be just a snapshot of the woman. That was until they developed the photo and realized that someone else was actually lurking behind them the entire time.
The people there said that no one else was around. However, they recognized the man in the shot. Apparently, he looked exactly like the woman’s husband – who had lost his life 13 years before the photo was taken.
Something in the water
We’re not sure that we would have been brave enough to take this photo before running for our lives. Thankfully, Robert Serrec was prepared to capture the moment before he fled. The French photographer was in Australia – specifically Queensland – in 1964, when he spotted this shape in the water.
The eel/tadpole-like creature measured in at a staggering 80-foot-long and appears to be casually swimming through the water. Known eels never get anywhere near this size. No one has ever discovered what came to the surface that day.
Focus in the sky
The 1940s and ‘50s saw a rapid increase in the number of UFO sightings. While some were put down to other causes, there was one that was hard to ignore. An object appeared in the sky and was quickly photographed.
Local newspapers in Los Angeles ran the story in the 1940s and were overwhelmed with the results. The attention from all of the spotlights and the sightings led many people to come to the conclusion that they were looking at a picture of a real-life UFO above the city.
Just the finger
It can often be tough to tell the scale of something until you see it next to something else. This finger has helpfully been placed next to a banknote to see just how large it really is.
Amazingly, the mummified finger measures in at a whopping 15 inches long. It was allegedly uncovered by a gravedigger back in 1985. If the finger did belong to a person, they would have been at least 12 feet tall. There has never been a known species of humans that tall.
A man from space
It can be easy to think there is nothing wrong with this photo of a girl in a field. The strange part came when the girl’s dad confessed there was no one else in the area at the time.
This raised the question about who was standing behind her at the time of the picture. The snap was taken back in 1964 and quickly caused a stir. The fact it appears the figure is wearing a spacesuit promptly led many to refer to the picture as the Solway Firth Spaceman.
Lighting up Mars
Mars rovers have been picking up strange photos for years, including one that features an unusual light on the Red Planet. The rover in question was Curiosity. The picture appears to show a light being emitted from the other side of a valley on Mars.
However, if there is no life on the planet, then how is there light coming from the surface? Rather than giving us answers about space, Curiosity just made us wonder even more about what’s really out there.
Addition at the lighthouse
There’s something about lighthouses that has got many of us spooked over the years. Some of them appear to have an eerie feeling that leaves us feeling a little uneasy. This photo might start to help us understand why.
It seems as though someone is standing at the top of the lighthouse. Even from far away, the shape seems to resemble a woman in a gown. The fact that no one was supposed to be up there is enough to make us feel a little uncomfortable.
Stranger in the dark
There is something about taking photos into the darkness that is enough to spook the best of us. This one is no exception. It appears to be nothing more than a picture of three friends hanging out in the dark.
That is until you spot the fourth person lurking just behind the group. It’s not clear who could be there, but the shape looks a lot taller than the people at the front and seems to be looking over in their direction.
Something in the sky
This is one of many historical pictures that appears to show Mary and baby Jesus. However, if you look over Mary’s shoulder, then you might spot something unusual in the sky. It almost looks like a UFO flying through the air.
In fact, some people in the painting are even looking at the object in the sky. Did they really cement UFOs in the history books, or is it supposed to be something else altogether? UFOs certainly aren’t a new idea. We just had no idea how old they might be.
There is a good reason the family in the photo aren’t reacting to the man hanging from the ceiling – they apparently had no idea that anyone was there. It appears as though he is falling headfirst from above, but where did he come from?
Some people think it was merely a prank or an issue with the roll of film. However, others say that it could be a photo of the previous homeowner making themselves known once more.
Bump in the night
A photo from one woman in Florida quickly got the state talking. The woman reportedly heard a noise in her backyard and saw a strange creature. She grabbed her camera and ran to get a snap before it disappeared into the darkness.
The beast was quickly named “Skunk Ape” as people had no idea what it could be. The police had no idea what the woman had captured. Some believe it was a black bear, while others think it was some kind of ape.
Stuck in time
Archeologists in China were excited to see what lay inside a sealed tomb. It was believed that it had been shut for at least 400 years, so there was no telling what lay inside. One piece caught their eye more than the others.
It appears to resemble a wristwatch, but that’s not all. Some reports claim that it has the word “Swiss” engraved on the back and that the hands of the watch are stuck at 10:06. Of course, there’s no way they would have had wristwatches all those hundreds of years ago – or did they?
Life on Mars
Is there life on Mars? It’s a question that scientists have been pondering for decades. Now, we could be one step closer to finding out the truth. Many state the conditions make it inhabitable for any life. That was until the Mars rover caught this photo.
On day 3,528 of the mission, it spotted rocks in an unusual circle. A mere 12 days later, it returned to the scene to find there was now another rock in the middle of the ring. It left many wondering how it could have moved there.
This photo is nothing more than a picture of Civil War soldiers posing with a pterodactyl, right? That’s what it seems – and it’s not the only photo of soldiers from the era posing with dinosaurs that were supposed to have gone extinct millions of years ago.
Although some people claim that the picture has been edited, others believe that dinosaurs really could have lived longer than we ever thought. We might never know unless someone can build a time machine to go back and see for themselves.
Making a reappearance
This is more than just a photo of soldiers. The highlighted man is thought to be military mechanic Freddy Jackson. He served in World War One before he lost his life on duty.
This group picture was taken at Freddy’s funeral. So how is he in the photo? The other soldiers confirmed they had already lowered Freddy’s body into the ground by the time the photo was taken. Still, many of his friends confirmed that the mysterious man looks just like their late friend.
One woman’s final moments
Elisa Lam’s disappearance took the world by storm. She was checked into a hotel when she disappeared. This is the last footage of her alive, and it appears to show Elisa hiding from someone in an elevator.
She even leaves to check the hallway before returning to the elevator. The strange part? No one ever learned what – or who – she was looking at, and her body was later discovered in a sealed water tank on the roof of the hotel. The case has never been solved.
Reaching new heights
People love to make all kinds of sculptures. Carhenge has become a famous landmark in Nebraska as it recreated Britain’s Stonehenge. The catch? It’s all made out of vehicles! This is something a little different.
Someone somehow got a car all the way up into the top of a tree. Some people believe that it’s the guy’s car in the photo. He might be posing with his creation, but how did he get it up to the top of the tree in the first place?
A man of many talents
You might think that you have strength, but do you have the power to hold yourself up with your head while you play the guitar? That’s what we thought. It almost looks as though this guy has the bar going through the middle of his neck.
However, he’s actually just really strong and determined to show off his strength and concentration as he plays a tune on his guitar. Some of us have unique skills in life, and this is certainly one that many would be proud to have.
What came first?
What came first, the chicken or the egg? While some of us have found ourselves pondering the question, others have busied themselves thinking about the new question: what came first, the tree or the tire?
We’re struggling to see how the tire would have been able to stretch over the branches. Perhaps they left the tire there and let the tree grow? Maybe they cut the tire and wrapped it around the trunk? Whatever the case, it sure does make for an unusual sight.
If in doubt, walk away
If you find yourself wondering if you can fit through something, it’s probably best to assume that you won’t and walk away. If not, you might end up like this guy: stuck in an awkward situation with no way of getting out.
We think the only thing to do is to call the fire department and admit defeat. We just wonder how he ever thought that he was going to make it out the other side in the first place.
You would be forgiven for thinking this is some kind of weird chair dump. However, these chairs weren’t put there randomly – they were actually all individually placed to make a giant art piece. It was all down to artist Doris Salcedo.
The 1,550 chairs appeared in Istanbul as Doris wanted to show the nation how many immigrants have helped to build the economy over the years. Seeing the man next to the giant stack proves just how tall this chair mountain really is.
Don’t forget to look up
You might not notice all of the beautiful creatures around you if you spend all your time looking down at the floor. Gazing up to the trees can reveal a whole new world of birds and butterflies, and now, apparently elephants, too.
We never knew that elephants could climb trees, let alone build nests and make an entire life for themselves up there above the world. Perhaps this elephant had enough of being on the ground and wanted a change of lifestyle?
Traveling in… Style?
There’s getting around, and then there’s getting around in style. Unfortunately, we’re not sure that this contraption is either of those. It can be easy to think this is nothing more than a woman going about her day in an electric wheelchair.
That is until you spot the woman strapped to the bottom. It’s pretty impressive that she can even stretch herself into that position, let alone the fact she can stay there as she stands in as the cushion for this wheelchair.
Keeping people questioning
The animated movie ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ was enough to make many of us think our pets get up to all kinds of things when we’re not around. It looks as though the film might have more truth behind it than we first believed.
Did the dog in the middle manage to control all the others in the circle? Did they all agree to pull off this strange stunt and pose for a photo? Why is a soldier saluting the group? There are too many questions and not enough answers.
Dedicated to exercise
If you look to your right, you’ll see the floodwater that caused the bus to break down. If you look to your left, you can see the local runner out on his morning jog – with a difference. Just because it’s flooded doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on your morning run.
Some people say the photo has been edited. In contrast, others believe that someone really is so dedicated to their jogging that they built up the speed to run across the top of the water.
Big cats are man’s best friend
You might have heard that dogs are a man’s best friends, but what about a lion? This photo appears to show that the big cats could be the perfect stand-in. It’s not every day that you get to see a lion on the street, and someone couldn’t help but take a photo of the sight.
We’re not sure how we’d feel about this great beast on the street, but it looks like he’s pretty relaxed. You might just want to cross the street before taking your chances here.
The time-traveling woman
Charlie Chaplin was once the talk of the world. He became a global icon and even starred in a host of movies. One of them was released in 1928 and featured this opening scene. It all seemed legit until someone spotted this strange woman walking down the street.
If you look closely, it appears that she is talking on a cell phone. There was no way that she could have a cell phone in the ‘20s, leaving many people to think there was a time traveler in the midst.
Strange shapes on the moon
Would you believe that Apollo 17 was the last time that humans went to the moon? It’s thought that this photo was taken on board the expedition but that it was too light to see thanks to overexposure. It was later adjusted where we got to see a strange shape in the frame.
NASA states that it was nothing more than a blank photo, while others think that it actually shows some kind of pyramid structure. The question is: how would something like that have ended up on the moon?
Room for one more
Many of us might have seen the Netflix documentary ‘Tiger King,’ but what about a tiger bath? It’s the one where loads of tigers just hang around and take a bath together. Sure. It doesn’t sound as interesting, but we’re not sure that we can ever have enough of tigers.
In fact, we’d watch the show just to find out how these three ended up in the same tub together without any arguments. We’re not sure that we’d want to get into the bathtub.
Spiked from all angles
If there is one thing that many of us have learned over the years, it’s that you don’t mess with a cactus. They might look inoffensive, but if you get too close, you can bet that you will end up covered in spikes from all angles.
It might be time for these guys to grab something a little thicker than a pair of Latex gloves. That is unless they want to end up like this unfortunate guy who has somehow found himself covered head to toe in hundreds of cactus spines. Ouch.
Just keep walking
There are some photos that need more explanation than others. This is one of those times. How did the horse get into the building? Why is there someone lying on the ground? Why is this person taking a photo rather than running for their lives?
At first, it looks like the horse has got someone onto the ground, but what if they are actually being responsible and waiting for help to arrive? After all, this pony certainly seems to be happy with themselves. We’ll probably never know.
Many people have claimed to see UFOs. Some even state that they have been abducted by aliens. When Stefan Michalak thought that he had been abducted, many people felt that it was a hoax.
Stefan stated that he had been walking near Falcon Lake, Canada, in 1967 when he spotted a UFO. It wasn’t until the doctors saw strange burn marks in a precise pattern on Stefan’s stomach that people started to think that he could be telling the truth after all.
A royal ghost
Hampton Court is a royal residence that has welcomed many of us over the years. Although visitors are permitted to walk around the grounds, they must stick to their allocated zones and are rarely granted access to the house.
Security guards were keeping a close watch on the cameras to make sure that no one broke the rules when they spotted something strange. The odd part? When they went to check out the scene, there was no one around. The guards were soon convinced they had actually seen a ghost who wasn’t ready to leave.
Admiring the architecture
Ralph Hardy thought he was doing nothing more than capturing the beauty of this staircase when he took this photo. It wasn’t until he developed the picture that he realized there was something else right in front of him.
The stairs are found in London at the National Maritime Museum, where it appears that someone else loved them just as much. Ralph quickly convinced himself that he had actually captured a ghost hanging onto the railings – and he isn’t alone.
If you go down to the woods
Many of us want to capture moments with our friends. What better way to do this than by a group photo? We’re not sure that we’d want to head down to the woods in the middle of a foggy day, but each to their own.
Actually, after seeing this photo, we don’t think that we want to go to the forest ever again. Hopefully, the person at the back in between the trees is just one of their friends playing a prank and not something terrifying.
Lights in the sky
These lights can easily be mistaken for a line of shining stars in the sky. However, many people feared there was nothing natural about these bright lights. They were spotted above Phoenix, Arizona, back in 1997 and scared the city.
Many people reported seeing the lights across the state and believed they were actually looking at a flock of UFOs. Some people claimed that it was a camera trick or something else, but there was never an exact answer behind these eerie lights.
Nothing to see
There’s nothing to see here. It’s just the scene of an accident with a guy who looks all dressed up and ready for prom with a sewing machine in his hand. See? We said there was nothing to see… Ok, let’s start at the beginning.
Did the guy in the tux have something to do with the accident, and now he wants to pose at the scene of the crime? Perhaps he used the sewing machine to distract the driver? Actually, we’re not sure that we want to know anymore.
A new classmate
We think we’d have been a lot happier to go to school if we had this little guy as a classmate. This three-toed sloth appears to be quite happy in class. We wonder if they finally made it early for a change?
We’re not sure how they think they will hold a pen, but we’re not here to think about all the problems. No, we’re more focused on what is actually going on. Is this supposed to be a regular thing to see in classrooms, or is this sloth confusing everyone else, too?
Something for scale
If you’ve never seen a bison in real life, then you can thank us later. It turns out they are a lot bigger than many of us ever believed. Did you know they are actually the biggest mammal found in North America?
Males can even weigh almost 2,000 pounds and be over 6-foot-tall. They look cute and fluffy in the pictures, but know that we know how big they can really be, we might think twice before we try and recreate this photo for ourselves.
Why go through life looking for the bad things when you could spend your time focusing on the good stuff instead? That appears to be a mantra this couple has lived by their entire lives if this snap is anything to go by.
While the woman at the front seems to be taking things a little seriously, she’s still happy to help her partner in crime enjoy a ride in style. The best part? He is so committed to the role that he’s even brought along a whip to make his ride go even faster.
Waiting their turn
There are plenty of times when we need to get money out of an ATM. You might have someone’s birthday around the corner, or you could need to pay a few bills. You might even have a few badgers or rabbits that need their money back – that is if you’re one person waiting in this line.
It turns out that our manners must have rubbed off on the animal kingdom as this fox knows how to wait in line for their turn. They’re not an animal.
A beam from the heavens
At first glance, this photo either looks like a strange weather phenomenon, a UFO beaming somebody up, or the start of the end of the world. We wish that we could answer any questions you have about it, but we really aren’t sure ourselves. Someone just happened to snap this crazy photo while they were driving, and it truly looks insane.
It almost seems like you can make out a bolt of lightning near the bottom of the beam. One thing is for sure: we’re glad we’ve never seen this while driving around town!
The first satellite ever?
Satellites are a super interesting piece of human innovation that allow us to do all sorts of crazy things. But are they really made by humans? This photo shows off the fact that two satellites were detected as orbiting earth…back in 1954. This may not seem that crazy, but humans hadn’t yet learned how to launch satellites back then. So how were they up there?
No one has any answers. Keep in mind that this was reported by a UFO researcher, so take it with a grain of salt. It’s still super interesting, however.
Enter the ice portal
Winter is a creepy time in a lot of places. The sun goes away, the clouds come, and the ice starts to crawl and eat away at the living things in the world. You can catch some truly interesting formations in the ice if you’re at the right place at the right time, and it seems that whoever took this photo definitely was.
We have no idea why this little pond looks like this, and no one else has any idea either. It looks like a portal into an ice world.
The famous Patterson Gimlin film
For those interested in Bigfoot and cryptids in general, there is no piece of media quite as compelling as the Patterson Gimlin film. One of the first movies purporting to have caught Bigfoot on camera, it’s still the most enduring. The animal in the video walks and behaves in a way that many scientists have said would be impossible for a human to emulate, and special effects weren’t far along enough at this point to fabricate this.
The world is still divided on the validity of this image, largely because science has failed to come to a consensus.
Gollum, is that you?
Whenever you step into a cave, chances are that you’re about to see something weird. Caves are a biome that is so far removed from the rest of the world that the things that exist in there have adapted in strange and unexpected ways. You can find bizarre plant life, incredible geological formations, and even some interesting animals.
This image was captured by two young people in a cave, and people still have no idea what it is. No matter what it is, we know that we would be high-tailing it out of that cave if we saw it!
The strange spirals in the sky
Those who are clued into news about the paranormal and extraterrestrial probably remember seeing this image (or images like it) several years ago. In a few places on earth, people reported and even captured pictures of these incredibly strange spirals that seemed to magically appear in the sky. While some government agencies stepped forward to declare them failed missile experiments, some people remained adamant that this explanation made no sense.
We don’t have the answers, but we do know that the pictures sure don’t look like missiles to us. This one remains a mystery.
Not even Double Stuf?
To lighten things up a bit, let’s take a look at this photo from a library. While it may not be as intriguing to experts in the field of the paranormal, it’s just as intriguing to us. We can’t help but wonder what could have possibly happened that made the library ban Oreos. We would understand if they banned all food outright, but specifically Oreos?
Something weird must have gone down to necessitate a ban on the best cookie ever. Maybe somebody ate them without milk. Now THAT would be weird.
The phantom hand
Okay, of all the photos so far, this one might just be the creepiest to us. What you see here is an old photo of a group of girls gathered together right around the time that black and white photography started to get more popular. And if you look closely, you can clearly see a hand on one of the girl’s shoulders on the right side of the picture.
And to make things weirder, it is clearly not attached to any of the girls near her. Ugh, this is making us shiver to look at!
The magical sailing stones of the desert
This is a pretty popular image, so the chances are high that you’ve seen this before. This is one of the most interesting mysteries that you can come across on the Internet, and that’s largely because it’s so well-documented. In deserts, particularly Death Valley, stones can be found moving around the sand without anyone (or anything) pushing them.
A variety of different theories have been proposed, but we’re still left stumped when we try to imagine what could possibly be causing this. Sometimes nature is the strangest mystery of all, no?
Beneath the tree, a lonely child
Here’s one more really creepy photo to wrap things up. It’s not uncommon for old cameras to take images that wind up having smudges or marks on them that people mistake for ghosts. The number one cause of weird images is just faulty technology. But this picture is different. Someone took a photo of this hauntingly beautiful tree, and they were shocked when they saw the finished project.
There, clear as day, was a child beneath the tree. And yep, you guessed it, they weren’t there when they took the photo. We’re gonna sleep with the lights on tonight.