These 101 Photographers Had No Idea What Was About To Happen


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These days, anybody with a camera or a smartphone can have their perfectly timed photographs thrust into internet stardom – particularly if the final picture is a mile away from the one they intended to shoot. The image here is a case in point: one moment you’re fooling around at the pool and the next you’re walking on water.


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In spring 2015 Seth Peebler was snapping away at L.A.’s 4th Street Bridge, only to later discover that he’d been watched by a shadowy character the whole time. Spooky.


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Believe it or not, the man pictured here is a reptile tamer by trade. His name is Peter Morningstar, and the ten-foot monster attached to his face is a carpet snake.

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The rest of Jordan Matter’s “Dancers Among Us” portfolio features elegant performers livening up unremarkable situations. We’re not sure what happened in this photograph of Allison Jones, then.


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In 2014 Jared Frank attempted to snap a selfie also featuring a moving Peruvian train – only to stand too close and get a boot in the face.

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Capturing the moment when one falling cheerleader’s jaw collides with her colleague’s sturdy head is surely more impressive than getting just another human pyramid.

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That poor plane; the big bully of a statue is just playing with it.

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Who knows what happened to this little fella’s legs. Or perhaps it’s some kind of floating alien-cat overlord.

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Maybe the kid had only just heard that George W. Bush had been elected for a second term.

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Keen-eyed John Bailey was only out for a walk in Florida’s Sebastian Inlet State Park when, incredibly, he spotted a bobcat hauling a whole shark out of the water.

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The photographer behind this one had no way of knowing they’d take a picture that made it look uncannily like the dog had just heard the world’s best joke.

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Interestingly, this dolphin wasn’t the only shape formed by these flying starlings in Gretna Green, U.K. Photographer Paul McGreevy also saw them depicting an octopus, a whale and a squid.

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Here, Carlos Tevez is clearly searching for the wrong kind of ball.

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There’d be a sudden rush on paragliding lessons if this were the type of thing you learned.

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It’s easy to guess which one of these clubbers is the most drunk. Hint: she’s the only one smiling.

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Photographer Tea Kolo labeled this image, simply, “Coincidence.” “Beautiful” would also have been fitting.

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Taking a picture of birds flying through a pink skyline must be a pretty common occurrence – but not everybody would get a photo as good as this.

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Wow, he’s certainly well-en – oh, wait, it’s just the baby’s feet.

That otherworldly cloud behind the F/A-18C Hornet is what happens when an aircraft goes faster than the speed of sound.

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Kathy Keatley Garvey captured this image of her colleague getting stung by a bee in California. It’s notable because normally that line of “abdominal tissue” wouldn’t be there.

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Insert Back to the Future joke here.

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The Force is strong with this one. Though, arguably, the other squirrel’s steadfast grip on that pine cone is even stronger.

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The original poster of this image said that the picture was “legendary” among his relatives. That’s understandable, given that rarely has a baseball been so perfectly captured just before that devastating hit to the face.

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This is a picture of a kid trying her best to crawl up a skate ramp. No, it actually is; you didn’t really think her parents would let her write that word, did you?

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It’s been said that Harry Styles has the best butt in show business, but who knew it could do this? Perhaps that’s the real reason why Zayn left.

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This one single image makes a mockery of the notion that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” Let’s just hope that the rodeo entertainer here knew how to, well, disarm it.

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Here we have Republican Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder taking one for the team. Or, perhaps, that should be taking one from the team, who might not be fans of the GOP.

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Has anyone ever been so happy to see a chicken nugget? In fact, you might say that he’s “lovin’ it.”

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Congratulations to Mick Fanning! You win $75,000 and a face full of champagne. We’re guessing he probably only wanted the check.

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Foodie Instagrammers beware! Take too long to capture that perfect image of your soon-to-be-eaten snack and, well, it’ll soon be eaten by someone else.

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Can you imagine the odds of getting this perfectly timed photo? They must be simply unbelievabubble.

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When taking a picture of a canine near a Frisbee turns into unexpected internet gold. Let’s hope it got some fuss afterwards – as well as some lessons on how to properly dog.

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One redditor suggested that this was a photo of “Gandalf rocking out,” which would have been awesome. The truth is a little duller, if still amusing: it’s a guy being snapped just as he’s pounded with a snowball.

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Reddit awarded the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s Cam McDaniel the title of “Ridiculously Photogenic Running Back” when this 2013 picture went viral. The best meme it inspired? “Takes quarterback’s handoff… and his heart.”

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This pic of Bruce Cook performing an outrageous FMX stunt seems to suggest he got a little help from a member of the audience. Or maybe not.

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Jim Cumming snapped this one for a Smithsonian.com photography competition. Apparently, the snowy owl started to retch, and then, pop, out came the pellet.

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Here’s proof if any were needed that you shouldn’t try to do a backflip on a Jet Ski unless you’ve had the proper training. And probably not even then.

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The faces of the crowd say it brilliantly: this is gonna hurt. Luckily, the guy didn’t seriously injure himself. His pride, however, may have taken a beating.

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Still on the fence about whether President Obama is the greatest ever president? Did you ever see Lincoln create the sun out of the palm of his hands?

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The thing the photographer didn’t see coming here was the fact that he was going to land on his butt as he took a group wedding photo. This is the resulting image.

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This kid is showing off his hip shaved-head-and-ponytail look at soccer practice. Oh, wait, the ponytail belongs to the young miss to his right. Never mind.

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Before she took this picture, she must have thought there was no way anything could steal the limelight from those awesome cat socks. How wrong she was.

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Bill Clinton was a lot of things to a lot of people. But one thing we can all agree on is that he was not a very good catch.

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This young man may have spent the rest of the party nursing his manhood with an icepack, but he kept hold of the birthday cake. He’s got his priorities straight.

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The snapper here was just hoping to capture a cool image of a car on fire. Needless to say, then, that he was very hoppy – look closer – when he got this picture.

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Creepily, in the next photo he took, the lady in question was stood just at his side… This is not true. We totally made it up. Would’ve been scary, though, right?

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Take a look at the amazing aging baby! Every time he sits down, his face is suddenly swapped with that of a 90-year-old.

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“For better or for worse… For richer or for poorer… In sickness and in health… With an owl head or without… Wait, what was that last one?”

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Take a good close look at this one. Can you see the man in the background stealing something out of the woman’s purse? Busted!

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The photographer just wanted to have a picture of his kid throwing sand into the air. He didn’t realize she was a sorceress capable of creating the mighty Sand Falcon.

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There’s nothing like crashing a wedding in style. And this certainly isn’t anything like it. The style part, at least.

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When an office team-building whitewater rafting trip goes wrong. Still, at least the guy was trying to stop his boss from falling overboard, so he was surely looking at a promotion.

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That’s right, put the tiny innocent baby next to the massively scary bear. Mind you, the baby doesn’t really seem to care. Brave kid.

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What makes this shot so great is that you can almost feel the pain this guy is going to be in later. Seriously, ouch.

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The perils of overinflating a balloon. But perhaps the real question should be, why is there a guy standing in a Jacuzzi with no water in it behind him?

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This was apparently the photographer’s second ever image captured on a DSLR. You can almost hear the mic drop the moment after it was taken.

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This picture was taken during a break on a bike tour in Guatemala, and it perfectly shows what happens when you combine an over-confident young man with a captive audience.

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This is really just a travesty. How much is it going to cost to buy another beer that big?

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She has no idea what is going to happen. But she will soon.

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She probably shouldn’t have worn so much hairspray to this girls’ night. Hopefully she was okay, though, because her friends didn’t seem like they were rushing to help her.

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“Happy birthday to y– Damn it!” Four hours of cake-making wasted in the space of less than four seconds.

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Photographer Gregory Blobaum sought permission from the vomiting young subject of this snap before posting it online. It seems the kid was an extempt speaker, so perhaps the pressure got a bit too much.

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Melissa Brandts and her partner were just hoping to get a timed selfie in Banff National Park when they were victim to the best photobomb ever. Nice work, squirrel.

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The poor little spider here clearly just wanted to get in on some selfie action. And then everybody started screaming.

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Routines can soon become tedious, and it seems that even soldiers can get bored of the same old drill. Perhaps he should try to hide his boredom a bit better next time, though.

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Behold, the amazing four-armed soccer player! His manager has really messed up here, though. Surely this guy should be the goalkeeper.

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Here’s Charles, Prince of Wales, on a routine inspection of the military. Not sure what he’s expecting to find there, though.

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What makes this photo so perfect is the fact that the woman seems unaware that she is falling. Or maybe she’s just trying to finish her sentence before she hits the water.

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He’s the very definition of a cheeky monkey. And he seems to know exactly where to sit on a windy day.

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No, this isn’t some bizarre deleted scene from Jumanji; this snap was taken at Knowsley Safari Park, Liverpool, in the U.K. Can you imagine if baboons really were that big? Scary.

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The apparently super-long arm of the guy in the background coupled with his strange facial expression make him seem more than a little creepy. Look again, though, and you’ll notice that it’s all just an innocent mistake.

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This kid is never going to live this photo down. At least the horse looks like it’s having a good time.

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As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – previously known as Prince William and Kate Middleton – celebrated their marriage on April 29, 2011, everyone seemed to be having the best time. Everyone, that is, except for little Grace Van Cutsem, who let her feelings about the noisy crowd be well and truly known.

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Jade Coxon captured this fortunate image at the U.K.’s Llandudno Air Show in May 2015. Perhaps the best part is the trail behind the opportunistic seagull, which really makes it look like part of the show.

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There was absolutely no Photoshop involved with this inconceivable shot of a bunch of flamingos congregating in the form of a giant flamingo. It was just fortunate that photographer Robert Haas happened to by flying over Yucatán, Mexico when it happened.

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There’s nothing like being upstaged by a fish. But on the grand scale of things, Nick Kelly can be pretty pleased with his picture taken near Koh Tao, Thailand.

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Here’s one for the DeGeneres-De Rossi photoalbu… Oh, no, wait. Ellen seems to have grown an extra Kelly Clarkson.

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These dogs looks cute, right? Just don’t make them angry, whatever you do. If that’s its bark, we don’t want to see its bite.

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We knew that giraffes were tall and everything, but this is just crazy. It’s clearly showing off for the young giraffe at its side.

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Well, if you can’t block the shot then you may as well try to put off the player. Safe to say, though, that he won’t be picked for the next game.

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The look on the chicken-child’s face is priceless. She’s like, “Uh, not again!”

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Yoink! In April 2015 San Diego fisherman Dan Carlin was unexpectedly yanked into the water by a hungry sea lion after the fisherman landed this trophy catch. Carlin got away with his life, but the sea lion got away with his fish, and left Carlin with nasty injuries to one foot and hand.

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Mark Resnik said it best when he allowed this pic to be posted online. He explained, “During his photo shoot… my son puked on me, peed on me and pooped on me twice. I love this life already.”

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In September 2013 a sound-activated camera caught this ambitious frog attempting to make a giant leap for frog-kind by jumping as high as NASA’s LADEE spacecraft during its launch in Virginia. The frog was never seen again.

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The weather was just right to get that perfect shot of Big Ben in the sunshine. Or so this photographer thought.

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Life has a way of putting in you in your place. Think you can pull a wheelie and ride a bike one-handed? Think again, my friend.

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It seems this photo was taken at a wedding ceremony at Austria’s Aichelberg Castle in 2010. Reportedly, seven guests tumbled into the ditch after the bridge snapped, resulting in several injuries and one ruined wedding day.

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How exactly was she expecting that cheesecake to stay on the plate when she was holding it like that? Her face suggests that this might just have been the worst thing that had ever happened to her.

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It’s all in the cat’s eyes. They seem to say, “You’ve won this round, little green thing. But I promise that you’ve not heard the last of this.”

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A rare look inside The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps’ Jedi training camp. It’s truly stunning how they’ve managed to synchronize their mind tricks.

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Seeing a kingfisher so perfectly poised is the ideal excuse for any nature photographer to take a shot. But this was probably not what they were expecting to capture.

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It’s a dog getting hit in the nuts with a Frisbee. What more do you need to know?

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Someone was hoping to get a nice pic of the eclipse in Connecticut in 2015. They weren’t expecting to get a perfectly backlit airplane and its vapor trails as well.

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Proof at last that the flying mouse does exist. It’s just so rare to find one in its natural habitat.

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She shouldn’t look so distraught. After all, there are plenty of fish in the sea, and now there’s one more too.

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This happened during the No Expo activist rally in Milan in 2015. The photographer may have been expecting something like this to happen, but they couldn’t possibly have known they’d capture it so perfectly.

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He’s dressed up like Robin, he’s clearly been drinking, and he’s obviously decided to show off around his friends. Let this be a lesson to everyone.

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Luckily for sports journalist Kelly Nash the baseball seemingly flying directly for her actually passed her by. She’ll never take a better selfie, though.

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There is no way this picture had a happy ending. But at least the kid in the middle is having a good time.

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Apparently, this picture perfectly captured the moment something under the water brushed across the dog’s foot. In which case, its reaction is entirely reasonable.

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The picture on the left is the one that she really wanted to keep. The picture on the right? Not so much.

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