Maybe we watched too many horror movies as kids, or maybe it's just an evolutionary advantage to be wary of danger when it isn't necessarily there, but we can all remember that sudden feeling of terror when the shadow of a tree flashes across a window. We have compiled a list of times when people got freaked out by everyday things and while some of them are understandably scary, others are just plain hilarious.
#1 That Paralyzing Moment When You Forget To Breathe Because You're So Darn Scared... I Forgot I Put My Hair Clip There
Optical illusions occur when a visual scene unfolds that is different from what our brain has decided is the norm, and it will respond in odd and often confusing ways until finally arriving at a conclusion.
#2 I Thought I Saw A Woman Dressed As A Handmaid About To Jump From A Building. I Called 911
#3 I Need To Find The Lady Who Hanged This Freak. Gave Me A Heart Attack...
Literal illusions create images that are different from the objects that make them, like most of the entries on this list. For example, if 3 birds are flying, 2 above one, it can form the illusion of a smiling face.
Physiological illusions, such as afterimages following bright lights or adapting stimuli of excessively longer alternating patterns (contingent perceptual aftereffect), are presumed to be the effects on the eyes or brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type - brightness, tilt, color, movement, etc. The theory is that stimuli have individual dedicated neural paths in the early stages of visual processing, and that repetitive stimulation of only one or a few channels causes a physiological imbalance that alters perception.
#4 I Left My Boots At The Back Door. When I Was Walking Back Outside I Nearly Had A Heart Attack
#5 Slept Over My Moms House Last Night And This Scared Me More Then I Would Like To Admit
1. Ambiguous illusions are pictures or objects that elicit a perceptual 'switch' between the alternative interpretations. The Necker cube is a well known example; another instance is the Rubin vase.
2. Distorting illusions are characterized by distortions of size, length, or curvature. A striking example is the Café wall illusion. Another example is the famous Müller-Lyer illusion.
3. Paradox illusions are generated by objects that are paradoxical or impossible, such as the Penrose triangle or impossible staircases seen, for example, in M. C. Escher's Ascending and Descending and Waterfall. The triangle is an illusion dependent on a cognitive misunderstanding that adjacent edges must join.
4. Fictional illusions are defined as the perception of objects that are genuinely not there to all but a single observer, such as those induced by schizophrenia or a hallucinogen. These are more properly called hallucinations.
#6 Walked Into My Room And Saw That My Pillows And Blanket Had Tangled Up Like This. I Almost Had A Heart Attack
#7 Had A Mini Heart Attack When I Looked Up And Saw This. Trampoline Developed A Hole. She Thought It Was Hilarious
#8 My Wife Tossed A Comforter On A Chair To Dry, I Nearly Had A Heart Attack
#9 My Friend's Way Of Drying Shoes Scared Me A Bit. I Thought She Was Hanging Out Her 11th Floor Window
#10 This Was On The Side Of My Friends House, Scared The Crap Out Of Me
#11 Saw This After My SO Gasped. Scared The Hell Out Of Us. This Is Mannequin
#12 "Head" On Beach After Sandy
#13 When Your Lamp Gives You A Heart Attack
#14 Early When I Arrived Home, I Saw A Strange Figure Standing In My Window. Terrified, I Called The Police And They Did A Search Of My House. The Culprit? My Hanging Laundry
#15 Every Time I Come Home Late My Neighbor's Burglar-Proofing Cardboard Cutout Gives Me A Minor Heart Attack
#16 Hung My Hip Waders Up In The Basement. Scared The S**t Out Of My Wife When She Went To Go Down There
#17 Came Home Late And Found This Sitting On The Edge Of My Bed. I Now Know What It's Like To Be Too Scared To Move
#18 Was Eating A Packet Of Walnuts When I Happened To Notice This... Almost Had A Heart Attack
#19 Scared The Crap Out Of Me This Morning
#20 Almost Had A Heart Attack
#21 My Mom Washed My Snuggie And Hung It Up In My Room, Almost Had A Heart Attack
#22 The Shadow From This Tree Scared Me