It’s no secret that our minds often play tricks on us. Just take a look at our previous post on optical illusions that almost gave people a heart attack and browse through this list of optical illusions in everyday things that left people seriously confused.

But this time we are looking at a peculiar case of optical illusions that were created by shadows. Think of random shadows created by both inanimate and animate objects like windows, birds, trees and people.

And when you capture them at the right time in the right place (or rather, at a very random time and in a totally accidental place) you may come up with some very interesting results. Get ready to have your head spin, and be sure to upvote your favorite pics as you scroll through this list by Bored Panda!


#1 This Unicorn Shadow

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#2 This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot

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#3 The Shadow From A Rivet Makes It Look Like Sacajawea’s Smoking A Blunt

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#4 The Shadow On The Stairs Looks Like Another Set Of Stairs

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#5 Shadow And Slope Makes It Look Like He’s Floating

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#6 Shadow Cast By My Light Looks Like The Gingerbread Man Hanged Himself

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#7 A Rare Optic Sight, The “Brocken Spectre,” Occurs When A Person Stands At A Higher Altitude In The Mountains And Sees His Shadow Cast On A Cloud At A Lower Altitude

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#8 The Horses Were Standing So Still That Their Shadows Still Have Frost

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#9 This Shadow That Perfectly Lined Up With The Light Pole

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#10 A Long Boi With A Shadow Of A Mandog

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#11 Baby Deer Chilling On A Chair

#12 The Shadows Formed On This Bench Are A Perfect Greyscale

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#13 Even The Shadows In Scotland Are Plaid

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#14 An Actual Full Rainbow And The Shadow Of My Plane

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#15 Crumpled Paper Shadow Faces

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#16 Around 2pm Every Sunny Day, There’s A 1 Shadow On My Floor

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#17 Shadows Of Birds Perched Atop A Tent

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#18 Shadows Cast From A Tree During An Eclipse

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#19 The Way The Light Shines Through The Bookcase Making A Cityscape Shadow

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#20 Shadow Of The Hair On The Forehead Looks Like A Bump

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#21 The Shadow Of My Chimney Makes Me Look Like Lord Farquad

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#22 I Genuinely Thought My Car Was Hovering Over The Parking. The Shadow Makes It Look Like It’s Floating

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#23 The Shadows From These Window Cages Create A 3D Effect

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#24 A Tree’s Shadow Stopped The Snow Underneath It From Melting

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#25 Spider Floating On Water Made A Unique Shadow

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#26 The Shadow From The Bull’s Head Making It Look Like It Has A Chicken’s Body

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#27 The Way These Shadows Line Up With The Windows

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#28 K-Pop Shadow Is Coming For You

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#29 When You’re Darth Vader At Heart

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#30 I Found The Shadow From My Sculpture More Interesting Than The Sculpture

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#31 The Ridiculous Length Of My Shadow

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#32 The Shadow On My Brother’s Glass Lines Up Perfectly With The Coaster

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#33 Straight Ladder Has A Crooked Shadow

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#34 Changing My Friend’s Car Radio When I Noticed This. The Shadow Looks Like An Alien Language

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#35 The Shadow Of My Bookshelf Looks Like A City Skyline

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#36 This Fuel Filler Cap’s Shadow Looks Like Batman

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#37 Only 3 Spiral Ornaments And The Rest Are The Shadows They Cast

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#38 This Glass Casts A Spooky Shadow

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#39 This Shadow From My Axis Am Allies Game

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#40 This Restaurant Uses Shadows To Show Men And Women Restrooms

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#41 The Personless Shadow

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#42 Lahaina Noon In Hawaii Right Now – The Sun Passes Directly Overhead, So Anything That Isn’t Top-Heavy Doesn’t Cast A Shadow

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#43 This Triangular Shadow Under My Windowsills

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#44 I Found This Stick And It Looks Like A Katana In The Shadows

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#45 My Dad’s Shadow Looks Like Palpatine

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#46 The Shadow Of This Bench Looks Like Pixels In This Picture I Took

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#47 The Shadow My Shaker Ball Makes

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#48 My Pencil Case Shadow Looks Like A Guy Smoking A Cigarette

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#49 The Way The Shadows Look Between My Coffee Mugs

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#50 The Shadows Cast From The Balconies Of This Building

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#51 Sign Says Coffee, Shadow Says Cofee

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#52 The Way My Kitchen Lights Create A Perfect Gradient Grid Shadow In This Box

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#53 The Shadow Left The Snow On The Roof Untouched

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#54 The Shadow Of My Sunglasses Shows The Difference In Prescription Of My Eyes

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#55 The Shadow Is A Different Number

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#56 The Clouds Shadows Make It Look Like They’re Floating Islands

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#57 The Solar Eclipse Causes The Shadows Cast By Leaves To Mimic The Shape Of The Eclipse

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#58 Chesspiece Shadows On My Brothers Arm Kinda Look Like The Simpsons

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#59 This Triangle Blackhole Created By The Shadow Under An Information Stand

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#60 When You Play On Full Settings But You Leave The Shadows On Minimum

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#61 The Shadow Of This Decoration Piece Makes A Horror Movie Villain

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#62 My Country Is So Poor It Even Has Low Quality Shadows

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#63 Shadow Cast By My Lamp Looks Like A Happy Spider With A Ball

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#64 This Hotel Room Number Is Created By A Shadow

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#65 Eiffel Tower Casting A Shadow At Morning

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#66 Shadows

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#67 I Climbed Ben Nevis And Discovered This Halo Effect On My Shadow

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#68 These Colored Shadows

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#69 My Jeans’ Shadow Looks Like A Face

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#70 This Dog Shadow Looks Like Donald Trump

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#71 Shadow Looks Like Painting

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#72 This Lamp Casts A Shadow That Looks Like An Eye

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#73 Irl Bad CG; Lahaina Noon Where The Sun Is Directly Above And All Shadows On Straight Objects Disappear

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#74 Difference In Shadows Between One Corrective Lens (+250) And Other Lens That Is Little More Than Regular Glass (+25)

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#75 This Cloud I Photographed From A Commercial Flight That Is Creating A Massive Shadow

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#76 My Brother Made His Shadow Look Like Yoda

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#77 My Friend Just Had A Case Of Low Resolution Shadows Irl

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#78 I Think I Stopped Understanding How Shadows Work

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#79 When Your Life Is A Mess But You Can Still Keep Up Appearances

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#80 Howdy, Imma Gyraff

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#81 This Shadow On My Kitchen Drawers

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#82 My Round Lamp Throws A Triangle Shadow

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#83 A Shadow On The Ceiling Of The World

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#84 This Shadow From My Circle Drawing Thingy Looks Like A Human

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#85 My Baby Shadow

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#86 Friend’s Shadow Looks Like Vader

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#87 Here Is A Picture Of The Longest Shadow I Have Ever Seen Of Myself

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#88 The Shadows From These Leaves Look Pixelated

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#89 The Shadow Of These Glasses Looks Like A Pair Of Sunglasses With Tint

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#90 The Shadow Made By This Spider In My Pool

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#91 Chain Link Fence Shadow Looks Like Fish Net Leggings

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#92 This Weird Shadow Situation In My Kitchen

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#93 The Hat I Was Wearing Made My Shadow Have A Perfectly Circular Head

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#94 My Little Plastic Animals Casting Shadows

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#95 This Shadow I Walked Past Today Looked Like A Character From Cars

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#96 Shadow Keeping The Snow Alive

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#97 The Secrets Hiding In Your Shadow

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#98 This Shadow Of A Fork At Sunset

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#99 The Shadow Of A Flame

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#100 How The Difference In Prescription Affects The Lens Shadow

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#101 Pull Tab Shadow

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#102 Dog With Elephant Shadow

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#103 The Shadow Created By My Wife’s Car

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#104 This Shadow Of A Tree In My Mum’s Garden

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#105 An Interesting Shadow To Wake Up To

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#106 The Shadow Of These Signs I Drove By Spelled “Yo”

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#107 Shadow Of My Sandwiches Looks Like A Side-Shot Of A Troll’s Face

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#108 The Shadow Of My Bamboo Plant, Looks Like A A Humming Bird

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