Have you ever taken the perfect photo with an even better story behind it? A picture is worth a thousand words, sure, but some great photos with hilarious backstories seem to be worth double that. So, we've gathered some of the best pictures that have even greater explanations behind them. From obscure moments to improbable situations, keep reading to see awesome images and real first-hand accounts that are unlike anything you've seen before.
Cats Took Over This Neighborhood Park
A family of cats made their presence known at this local neighborhood park, and someone happened to pass by before capturing this photo. This group of felines might actually be a family, based on their matching colors, and seem to be peacefully relaxing. They're even looking directly at the camera and basically have no shame in the fact that they wanted to get some rest. This fun park ride was probably their best option when it came to a quick snooze.
Cats are famously known for doing all types of strange and mysterious things. We would say that this is one of them, but it seems like they just wanted to have some fun.
A Squirrel Probably Fell off This Roof
Imprinted on this deck is a story that likely involved a furry animal and a big fall. There are even tiny wobbly footsteps which is probably a good sign. A squirrel likely fell from somewhere but then was able to get up and walk away with ease. Truthfully, this looks like it came straight out of some miniature animal crime scene from some kind of cartoon movie where the outcome wasn't so bad- the snow might have even perfectly broken its fall.
This squirrel-like imprint is both hysterical and gives us vibes from the movie Ice Age. If you haven't seen it, you definitely should because this will suddenly make a ton of sense.
Fire Department Rescues Their Police Department
The Kansas City Fire Department ended up rescuing the Kansas City Police Department from an elevator, and only one of them seems happy about the situation. Needless to say, we don't really need to point out who. Surely, the police department was understandably embarrassed when they had to call the fire crew to rescue them from a tricky situation. They hopefully weren't down there for too long until their buddies came quickly to the rescue.
Fire and police departments are sometimes known for being enemies, so it's kind of funny that one ended up rescuing the other. They even happened to be from the same city.
This Kid Started a Hysterical Conversation
A parent and their three-year-old boy went to grab some McDonald's, which wasn't necessarily unusual. Until the little guy walked up to a total stranger to tell him something that was apparently very important. He said to the man that his pants were falling down, and we're not sure how the adult specifically reacted to this statement, but he was surely confused and definitely laughed at some point. At least, we sure would have with minimal effort.
Kids do all types of random and funny things, but not all of them are able to be captured on camera- this parent happened to be there at the perfect time.
A Random Encounter With Robin Williams
Robin Williams stopped in to do a surprise set on a show that this comedian was hosting, and they even had a twenty-minute conversation together after the set. He then handed his friend a camera back in the days before cell phones could get the job done and managed to snap this super sweet picture of the two together. They both look so cheerful, and we're guessing the night went really well, based on those happy faces.
The best part about this image is the fact that Robin Williams was more than glad to take this picture and even gave this young comedian a giant bear hug.
These Furry Neighbors Came for a Visit
We all have neighbors, but not many of us actually have some that are both furry and friendly. These two were interested in finding out what was happening in the house next door, so they decided to take a peek through the window together. They even look a bit nervous, if we're being honest, but can you really blame them? Someone's aunt lives in this house and managed to snap this super cute picture.
These friendly beavers were super curious as to who was living next door, so they casually went to peek through the window to take a look before gladly introducing themselves.
This Perfect Picture Was Meant to Be
Some ancient cultures believe that mountains were once places where giant humans laid to rest, and this specific picture might actually support that theory. The man here was simply relaxing on the warm sand while on a tropical vacation, while the dark mountains behind him somehow perfectly matched his silhouette. It's actually so perfect, in fact, that it's really easy to mistake those hills as his actual shadow. Nature really does work in mysterious ways sometimes.
Somewhere, somehow, a person was lying on the beach, and someone nearby managed to capture a photo as perfect as this one. Great time, perfect place- it was seriously meant to be.
He Played Chess With Morgan Freeman
This kid got the chance to play chess with Morgan Freeman when he was just 11 years old. We're not sure exactly how this happened, but we're guessing this wasn't necessarily a random occurrence. If it was, then this kid sure was lucky to have had the chance to play this game with a famous actor. One thing we really would like to know, though, is who ended up winning.
Chess is a world-famous game where talented amateur players are often able to play with famous ones. Although we do doubt that Morgan Freeman is a chess expert so, this likely happened by chance.
Time to Blame the Domino Effect
Someone accidentally locked their keys inside their car, so they went ahead and called a service that could help them. When the AAA truck arrived, the driver literally did the same exact thing. Suddenly, nobody was able to get into their vehicles which was basically a recipe for disaster. Thankfully, a third one came, and the entire situation was eventually resolved. Everything really did happen to go wrong at the same exact time.
AAA is a service that will help you unlock your car if you get stuck. Well, since the AAA driver also forgot his keys in his truck, another one had to come to the rescue. How's that for irony?
An Offended Gorilla With a Lot to Say
A man was enjoying his time at the zoo when a gorilla just randomly flipped him off. In return, he decided to do the same exact thing back. Clearly, the animal wasn't too happy with his response; we're just basing that off on the gorilla's reaction in the last picture. This guy was even able to capture a series of photos that very obviously displays this moment in the most hysterical and transparent way.
Gorillas are really smart animals, which evidently means that they could potentially curse you out while becoming very offended after you appropriately respond. Thankfully, there was a pane of glass separating these two.
A Rainbow Pigeon in London
A girlfriend looked through her window in London and saw a rainbow pigeon sitting in front of it. Pigeons are pretty common in major cities, but they're often grey-colored or white and never really look as unique as this one does. The chances of finding these are probably rare, so she surely had a really good day after discovering this beauty. We're thankful she was able to take a picture of this super photogenic bird.
Most pigeons don't actually look so colorful, so we're thinking that a parrot from the local zoo somehow escaped, bred with a local London pigeon, and ended up making this.
The Master of Stone Balancing
This poster spent eight hours balancing stones on the beaches of Lake Superior and ended up exhausted from his long trip and fun activity. After some time, he saw a really big white rock that inspired him to keep going. So, he went ahead and attempted to create one more balancing piece, which is what is pictured here. It almost seems like he defied the laws of gravity with this incredible work of art.
This artist said that this ended up being his favorite piece of the day, and it's not hard to see why. Combined with excellent photography skills, this awesome picture was created.
An Otter That Needed a Break
A kayaker was paddling in the middle of Monterey Bay when he suddenly got a very tired visitor when it was least expected. This was likely a surprise, but we can't imagine that this kayaker was disappointed in the fact that a sea otter chose to use his boat as a rest stop. The otter doesn't seem to even mind the fact that the person was taking a picture of it.
This otter clearly had a very long and hard day of swimming and simply went to rest on the nearest kayak. It seems to be pretty comfortable with its seat of choice, too.
Walking After Midnight in the Moonlight
This bison might have been listening to Patsy Cline when it decided to take a late-night walk out under the stars. Although this encounter might have made us scream for obvious reasons, whoever took this picture certainly ended up with a special one. There's no way to know what they were doing out on an open road in the middle of nowhere, but, it seems like the midnight walk was worth it.
Imagine going to take a picture of the beautiful starry sky at midnight, only to then realize there was a giant bison in front of you the entire time.
Liam Neeson at a Sandwich Shop
Big Star Sandwich Company ended up getting free advertising when they took a picture with Liam Neeson after he walked into their shop. Well, it technically wasn't free since they ended up gladly paying for the actor's meal. Surely, he has a good amount of money and could have easily paid for it himself but, we're assuming this restaeraunt was just so happen to meet him, they completely dismissed the idea of a check.
It's not uncommon for celebrities to wander into local food stores and order a meal. Usually, they probably end up paying for whatever they ordered like everyone else, unless they're Liam Neeson, of course.
This Embarrassed Deer Slipped on Ice
Someone's mom went to take a picture of the woods in front of her and managed to capture a live-action photo of a deer slipping on ice. We would like to think that this animal would be slightly embarrassed after realizing that someone both saw what happened and took a picture, only to laugh at it indefinitely. It likely won't ever know that its ungrateful slip eventually became internet famous, either.
Deers are known to be majestic creatures, but that stereotype completely dissapeared when this one slipped on ice and fell into the cold lake. Hopefully, it quickly managed to get back on its feet.
Dolphins Caught at the Perfect Time
A girl was on a boat with her family and was sitting on the edge of it to get a good picture of the water behind her. It was supposed to be a standard picture until a family of dolphins jumped out in the background. This picture was literally captured at the perfect time as this family of dolphins were going for a quick dive in the wake of the boat.
Not many people can take a good picture on a moving boat, but what they captured might actually be the ultimate photobomb.
Ladybugs in Their Life Cycles
Someone's girlfriend managed to capture all three stages of a ladybug's life cycle on a single leaf when she went to photograph this plant. One is shedding its skin, one is still whatever the insect is before it becomes a ladybug, and the third is the matured one that we all know and love. It's actually really amazing that she was able to find these three generations simply all by chance.
Not many people know that ladybugs actually go through a variety of different life stages, just like those of a butterfly. This incredible picture can pretty much confirm that very fact.
A Dog That Ate Everyone's Homework
This teacher is going to have some apologizing to do when they have to tell their class that their dog ate their homework. Although, we highly doubt that the class will be disappointed. In fact, this adorable dog actually did each and every one of those students a favor. The teacher will certainly have a very happy class unless they have a backup pile of homework that's ready to be handed out.
Usually, claiming that their dog ate their homework is a very popular excuse given to teachers by their students. This time, the tables have certainly turned, and it's actually entirely true.
This Shadow Is Unusually Familiar
A man was sitting on the couch with an ice pack on his neck when his girlfriend told him not to move- we can see why. His shadow is both super funny and oddly familiar, and it probably didn't take you long to figure out exactly who it resembles. It's basically a picture-perfect image of Donald Trump, so perfect, in fact, that it's actually surprising to know that he wasn't in the room.
Shadows can create all kinds of really cool and unique silhouettes in the background, but not often do they perfectly depict the former president of the United States of America.
A Successful Friendly Owl Rescue
Animals, especially birds, like to rest on fences, which is why they can often get stuck in them. This guy suddenly saw an owl hanging from one wing on a barbed wire fence, so he quickly ran to rescue it. He realized that the animal was entangled in one of the barbs, so he grabbed a pair of shears in order to cut the wire. It was difficult at first, but he managed to cut the little guy free.
The owl was so grateful for its rescue that it literally just fell into the man's arms. It was also probably really exhausted from struggling to break free from the fence.
This Random Goat Got Stuck in the Trash
Someone heard some strange noises and commotion coming from the kitchen, which was more than unusual. Suddenly, scary screams were coming from that same exact room. So, the owner of this home decided to go in and see where the weird sounds were coming from. The visitor was both unexpected and surprising, mostly because it was a goat that somehow wandered into their home. Who also somehow got stuck in the trash can.
Random screams coming from one of your rooms, especially when you're home alone, might send most people running to the neighbor's house before checking to see what was going on.
Rooster Chase Captured on Camera
A person's mom told them that their rooster started chasing after her one day, so they went ahead and checked the property's video camera to verify the claim. As you can see, mom looked like she was running for her life when her very own pet came to chase her down. Hopefully, she managed to get away in time before the very angry bird managed to clearly make its point.
Birds tend to have a lot of attitude when they get angry and apparently, will shamelessly chase you up and down your very own garden without even blinking an eye.
One Yard, Three Different Squirrels
We have all heard about black squirrels, yet many of us haven't actually ever seen one, while a white squirrel might even be the rarest of them all. A person had three different colored ones in their backyard and was able to take a picture of the super unusual moment. They might have simply been doing their squirrel thing, like looking for nuts and climbing trees, but that doesn't make this picture any less adorable.
Squirrels can actually come in lots of different kinds of colors, but not often will you find three different ones sitting together on your front lawn, looking for food as a group.
Pictures, or It Didn't Happen
This person's friend called to let them know that he got into an accident, where his jeep rolled straight through a telephone. Not believing this claim, they asked for pictures to be sent. Well, this is the picture, and as you can see, the friend was speaking in quite literal terms. The car seriously sliced straight through the telephone pole with minimal effort. Luckily, the friend survived the incident, but we're not sure about the vehicle.
It looks like the majority of an entire town might have lost phone service after this happened, but somehow, most of the wires and poles managed to stay almost completely intact.
Someone Forgot to Invite the Swan
One weekend, a friend went to a wedding after having been invited. Everything was pretty standard, other than the giant white swan that wouldn't stop looking at the guest through the window. It seems like the feathery guy was simply waiting for someone to open the door so that he could walk on in and enjoy the party like everyone else. Can you really blame him? Weddings do tend to have the best food.
This swan was either really hungry or was simply upset that he wasn't invited to attend the wedding. Although, he does seem to be directly looking at the plates and seems to know what he wants.
Love Was in the Air and on the Floor
This man proposed to his girlfriend, and someone managed to take a picture of the magical moment. After looking at it, they soon noticed that there was a little heart on the ground, hidden in between their shadows. It's super tiny but also really cute and was definitely meant and made for the moment. It's funny how things of chance can become meaningful after just showing up like the way it did here.
We're pretty sure that the tiny heart is basically saying that this love was meant to be. This couple would probably agree with the statement; it's seriously impossible not to.
A Perfect Shot at Nerd Camp
She went away to what she calls a nerd fitness camp, where she was able to learn how to do archery. With nothing more than luck and skill, she managed to shoot the very edge of a balloon without even popping it. It was truly an amazing shot, so much so that it was worthy of a really awesome picture. We think that this was definitely a nerd camp record.
The girl's instructor said that they'd never seen anything like this before, and truthfully, neither have we. Seem like fitness nerd camp did a really good job when it came to teaching archery.
Best Friends Wore the Same Shirt
These best friends hadn't seen each other in a couple of years when one of them drove eight hours to go see the other. When she got out of the car, her friend walked out of the house around the same time. They both happened to be wearing the same exact outfit from head to toe. They were probably so happy to see each other even though they both have the same sense of style.
Best friends never seem to lose their connection even if a ton of time has passed and they haven't seen each other in a while. Usually, people are able to pick up where they left off.
A Rainbow on Rainbow Boulevard
A driver happened to see a rainbow on Rainbow Boulevard when they were simply going for a drive, and it surely made their day. There probably isn't a pot of gold on the other end, but this moment was still pretty exciting. We're glad they were even able to take a picture of this phenomenon since most people wouldn't actually believe that this truly did happen without the image to prove it.
The rainbow is pretty amazing in itself, but the fact that it's sitting above this location is pretty amazing. Nature can seriously be incredibly mysterious in the best way sometimes.
When Dad Pinned Down Chuck Norris
Dads often have all kinds of extraordinary stories, but not often will they tell you about a time that they were able to wrestle with a celebrity. Chuck is known to be a black belt in jiu-jitsu and judo, so we're guessing that he was taking easy on this dad based on the smiling faces. It's all fun and games until Chuck Norris flips this father around by simply lifting a finger.
The unbelievable part about this picture isn't necessarily the fact that this person's dad was with Chuck Norris; it's mostly because their dad was actually able to apparently pin him down.
A Very Unique Visit From a Butterfly
Imagine sitting down for a quick rest while minding your own business, when suddenly you get a visit from a surprise little natural wonder. what's even more special is that it decided to stay long enough for this guy to snap this marvelous photo to show his friends, as well as the rest of the internet. This must be an sign of good luck - we've never seen anything like it.
It's well known that this specific species of butterfly commonly has a beautifully unique pattern that resembles the number '89', which is a fact that makes this one even more special.
A Tree Climbing, Pizza Eating Squirrel
The person who posted this image had a friend that texted them a very unusual message. The friend said that she was watching a squirrel eat an entire slice of pizza while sitting in a tree. They basically wouldn't believe it unless the friend sent them pictures, and it's not too hard to understand why. We do hope the squirrel enjoyed its meal, even though someone tragically lost a pizza slice that day.
Squirrels are constantly desperate for food, so it's no surprise that this one managed to steal an entire slice of pizza before climbing up a tree to munch on it in private.
An Adorable Owl Flew Into This Car
Owls are nocturnal creatures that leave their nests in the nighttime, but they don't always choose to fly into a car. A person was driving in Las Vegas when one flew directly into their vehicle. They were simply driving on the street with the windows open when it happened. Surely, they're going to keep all the windows closed next time they decide to hit the road in the middle of the night.
It took this driver about three whole hours to figure out how to get this creature out of their car. We can see why because even though it's adorable, this would be a tricky situation.
Someone Confused the Return Policy
We're not sure what's funnier; the fact that a retail worker accepted this shirt from the year 2000 as a return or that another one made this sign and hung it up on the wall above it. For a good reason, management clearly wasn't too happy with the situation and needed to make their point both loud and clear. The shirt was in pretty good condition for being almost seventeen years old, though.
The world of retail can often be a confusing one, especially when you've just started the job. Mistakes do tend to happen, and although hysterical, this was definitely a big one.
Johnny Depp Was in a Wedding Band
Johnny Depp was in person's in-law's wedding band back in 1982, and they didn't realize it until seeing this picture. This was definitely back before Johnny Depp rose to fame, which makes it even cooler. Also, you probably didn't even know that Johnny played in a band when he was younger until now. If so, no worries, because we didn't either. One thing we do know is that Johnny hasn't aged a bit.
Watching a great band play at a wedding is super common, but not many of us will ever find out that Johnny Depp played at our own in-law's wedding reception.
A Throw That Was Technically on Target
The person who took this picture went to an ax-throwing booth which was at a regional highland game. As usual, the goal was to throw the ax at the target, and they ended up doing this, but in the coolest way ever. The ax that they threw drove straight into another ax that was read on target. Technically, they got the job done even though the end result wasn't exactly as expected.
Ax throwing booths can be a really fun activity to try when you're out with friends, but normally, nobody is able to make a shot as awesome as this one.
This Isn't Even Technically Possible
Somewhere, somehow, another strange situation was found, captured on camera, and then went viral on the internet. This is the exact situation that we're talking about. There's no way to know if this picture is actually accurate or if someone simply edited the photo to make the car look like it was on a balcony. If so, these are some really excellent editing skills because we simply can't tell the difference, and you wouldn't be able to either.
We're pretty sure that the only person who could possibly park a car in this manner would be Batman. Other than that, there's no way to comprehend how or if the car really got up there.
Some Kind of Tow Truck Mystery
A person saw this strange situation happening outside their window, and it forever left them confused. It would be fair to simply question exactly what was going on in this picture, and unfortunately, the story behind it will forever be unknown. This does seem like it would become some kind of hazard if it got on the road, so we're guessing it remained stationary for an undisclosed reason. There was basically a tow truck inception going on here.
Tow trucks are usually supposed to do exactly what you think- tow a car. This one just happened to be towing a truck that was towing a truck that was finally towing the vehicle. Wild.
Muhammad Ali and a Boxing Demo
This adult went to a special event as a kid, and Muhammad Ali was there doing some sort of a boxing demonstration. Of course, this kid had no idea who he was and saw nothing other than a big guy that was beating people up. He didn't really want to have much of a part in whatever was going on, but as they were hanging around, he was able to get a picture with the very famous boxer.
His mom told him that he was crying, which is why mom threw him into Muhammad Ali's arms before taking this picture. They surely framed this because it's simply a keeper.