Do you ever find faces in inanimate objects — maybe on an electrical socket or even on the moon? If so, you’re probably experiencing pareidolia, a phenomenon where you spot patterns when looking at random objects. Sounds simple enough, but it can actually be very dramatic.

In fact, on occasion, these optical illusions are more spectacular than you could imagine. These eye-catching photos of the effect will not only blow you away, they’ll have you hunting for pareidolia everywhere around you…

1. You might think a sculptor chiseled a goofy face into this stone, but it was actually just erosion’s handiwork! From time to time, nature proves it has its own offbeat sense of humor with little tricks like this.

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2. Need a hand eating your vegetables? This unusual carrot will do just that, not to mention give you something to play with if you get full. Sure, it may not be as pretty as other produce, but it probably tastes just as good.

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3. Plenty of kids think they see scary things once the lights turn off for bedtime. This hanging lantern definitely won’t help convince them there’s no boogeyman, as its shadow creates one of the creepiest faces we’ve ever seen.

4. Is this illusion a little too purr-fect? When one Redditor squeezed out some makeup onto a sponge, it came out in the exact shape of a cat. With such clutch cosmetic skills, she must always look like she’s got nine lives.

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5. Chopping onions makes a lot of people cry, but do onions feel the same way? If you go by this cross-section, onions could not be happier about being part of your dinner! The only tears you’ll see from this little guy are tears of joy.

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6. We’ve all passed a lazy afternoon staring up at the clouds and looking for shapes, but this one is uncanny. Only a few lucky people got to spot this poodle in the sky, which must’ve popped up during the dog days of summer.

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7. Do you hate shoveling out your car after a snowstorm? You’re not the only one. This Volkswagen doesn’t seem too thrilled about getting covered in ice either. It’s putting on a face that says, “You’d better put me in the garage next time.”

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8. Generally speaking, bonsai is an underappreciated art form, but just about everyone can admire this tiny tree. With a body like that, this bonsai could easily become the next big Instagram star.

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9. Even if you don’t like beer, this beer sure likes you. As long as you’ve got this smiley bubble face staring up at you, you’ll never drink alone. So don’t worry about that guy or gal at the end of the bar who won’t talk to you.

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10. Ever get the strangest feeling that you’re being watched? You might be right more often that you’d think, but at least in this case, it’s not a person observing you. It’s just a plant! Still, you can tell those eyes have seen some things…

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11. It’s pretty brave for this water buffalo to be in a dentist’s office, especially around so many mouths opened wide like crocodiles. But upon closer inspection, this beast is actually the back of a lamp! 

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12. People have spotted Jesus on pieces on toast and potato chips in the past, but now he’s apparently moved on to the Internet’s favorite food: bacon! It’s like eating stained glass for breakfast, without the sharp edges.

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13. Concrete is tough, there’s no doubt about that. Just to prove a point, however, this concrete creature looks like it’s slurping up a wrought-iron chain as if it’s just a piece of spaghetti. We can only assume he followed it with some meatballs made of ball bearings.

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14. Car crashes and smoking are extremely dangerous. Nevertheless, this vehicle appears to be living on the edge by doing both at the same time! We hope the owners enjoyed snapping this photo, because they got a steep mechanic’s bill to go along with it.

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15. This electric mixer looks positively horrified by whatever is at the bottom of its bowl. It’s probably just a coincidence, but at the same time, it perfectly represents the feeling of any kitchen project gone awry.

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16. Pareidolia isn’t limited to small objects. Just take a look at this magnificent cliff face! Appropriately named Bridal Veil Falls, this Peruvian waterfall looks like the outline of a woman in a white dress.

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17. Lots of people can’t wake up without their morning coffee. Unfortunately, this coffee mug can’t seem to wake up at all. Based on the drool coming out of its mouth, this cup is in the middle of some serious REMs.

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18. Sharks are scary enough, but this particular angle makes them seem even worse. This underwater photographer caught the belly of a Great White, and it looks just like an evil face laughing at anyone foolish enough to approach the beast.

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19. This cool shadow illusion also serves as a cautionary tale to motorcyclists: drive safely, be alert, and make sure to wear a helmet, or else you could find yourself strapped into a wheelchair.

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20. No, that dog actually doesn’t need to be on a leash. This canine is nothing more than the sun shining through a patch of perfectly positioned leaves. It’s also the perfect breed for people who are allergic to pet dander.