15 Real Pics That We Were So Sure Were Fake

In this age of advanced cameras, photographic trickery, and, yes, fake news, it can be tough to know what's what anymore.

If you came here for easily explained pics with a clear backstory, you may have come to the wrong place. But if you embrace chaos, it's time to dig in.

1. He looks great for his age.

You can just tell from his expression that he's proud of how he's taken care of himself, but also humble enough not to be a braggart about it. He's truly an inspiration to us all.

2. Slenderman in his natural habitat.

He might get a bad rap, but Ol' Slendy isn't really that bad if you get to know him. He's just a regular guy. A regular guy with unnaturally long legs who likes to lounge around in the peaceful forest.

3. Like a kitten in a tree.

Hey, don't judge. Those quater-pipe pool things might look like an easy slope to climb up, but sometimes it takes an entire squad of well equipped firefighters to rescue a person from their pool predicament.

4. The Regiment of Little Aquatic Men.

They may be diminutive, but what they lack in height and torso size, they more than make up for with pluck, bravery, and maybe a stepladder or two.

5. Flying carpets for all!

I'm not sure what her speech is about, but I hope it's about the need for everybody to have flying carpets, not just the privileged few.

6. Vanity doesn't look good on anybody.

Look, doggo. That dour expression and average and low-rent exercise apparel from Walmart aren't going to win you any new followers. Nice job on the tail-accommodating shorts, though.

7. Catception.

It's cat on cat! The most troubling thing is that this is on the cat's back, meaning he may never know that there's a shadowy presence clinging to him at all times.

8. Just another squirrely day.

Those little nut-thieving rodents were bad enough, and then they had to go ahead and mutate into massive beasts with a penchant for auto theft. Sigh.

9. I'll be watching you.

Sometimes, when you combine two relatively bland photos, magic happens and you just can't look away. When I look at the sky, I get sad that there isn't some benevolent cat looking back.

10. The Statue of Misery.

This post-apocalyptic-looking version of Lady Liberty is apparently made entirely out of rubble recovered from the chaos of war-torn Aleppo, Syria. To be honest, though, it's not: Rather, "it is a digital composition in which different parts of bombed out buildings are assembled together to resemble French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s statue." Still super powerful, though.

11. Why are they so happy?

I mean, they may have just scored a goal, but the downside is that their bodies have become irreparably melded together. I think that's a net loss, all things considered.

12. The rarest Jaguar of all.

I call this one the spiky snowy jaguar, and I'm pretty that (until now) it's only been captured on film by those crazy Planet Earth videographers.

13. When you take "painted on" too literally.

Nothing wrong with using makeup to accentuate your eyebrows, but the art should all be in the eyebrow region. When you get hair involved, things get messy.

14. Flying over the town of Fisher Price, in the great state of Playlandia.

I'd like to believe this image is real, but the topography looks a lot like a rug I had when I was a toddler.

15. Lego really can do anything.

We've seen people recreate just about everything possible with Lego bricks, so I guess it makes sense for Lego to branch into the impossible as well.

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