Even if you don't believe in luck or destiny, you have to agree that sometimes, timing can be everything. Meeting the right person, finding a $5 bill on the ground, accomplishing your life's goals no matter how big or small they are... more often than not, the best things in life are possible simply because you were in the right place at the right time.
If you somehow disagree with that principle, you simply need to check out these absolutely hilarious, nearly too-good-to-be-true pictures. A little bit of skill—and a whole lot of luck—led a few amateur photographers to hit the capture button on their cameras at the perfect time, taking some of the funniest pictures we've ever seen!
15 Real-life Nyan Cat!
In 2011, a fairly ridiculous YouTube video merged a Japanese pop song and an animated cartoon cat (with a Pop-Tart for a body), leaving a rainbow trail behind it as it flew through space. This Nyan Cat video somehow went viral, and it became the fifth most viewed video on YouTube that year. More than six years later, it's still the subject of several memes and T-shirts.
Well, it's taken more than half a decade, but someone finally managed to capture a picture of a real-life Nyan Cat! House cats love laying by windows to bathe in the sunlight, but on this particular day, the window cast a rainbow effect on the carpet right next to this sleepy feline. From the way the cat is stretching, it genuinely looks like it's trying to fly and the rainbow is coming out of its butt.
14 Perfect place to advertise beets
Not enough people include beets in their diet. Sure, the root vegetables stain your teeth a bit, but they're excellent sources of potassium, copper, dietary fiber, magnesium, vitamin C and a variety of other essential nutrients. To encourage people to start eating more beets, an organization posted an advertisement on a giant billboard, which states "just beet it." They likely didn't know that their billboard would be right next to a sign which reads "my plans don't include teen pregnancy." Separate, these two ads are totally well-intentioned and innocent... but together, it looks like the town is trying to say that the best way to avoid teen pregnancy is to, well, "beet it." We're sure we don't have to explain the accidentally hilarious picture any further than that.
13 Fashion blunder
When this young businesswoman went to a hotel conference in a rainbow-spotted top and a stunning blue skirt, she had no idea that she'd be ridiculed for her entirely professional and attractive outfit. When she got to the conference hall, all of her co-workers immediately noticed that she perfectly matched the hotel's carpet! Everyone forced this poor woman to lay down on the floor to show off this humiliating coincidence and, even though she covered her face in shame for this funny picture, she was a good sport about the fashion blunder and played along. It's stuff like this that makes us feel the need to check out every carpet we encounter on a normal workday in advance, so we don't fall victim to this same fashion blunder.
12 Just following the script
We always thought that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but this clever old pooch definitely disproves that age-old phrase. His owners have a station wagon with the license plate "1EARUP," so he decided to show off his reading comprehension skills by sitting in the backseat with one ear down and one ear up, just like the plate instructs. We'd love any picture that features this adorable dog because he's got a great smile and is undoubtedly a very good boy, but the dog's ability to perfectly follow the script laid out right in front of him for this perfectly timed piece of art makes it so much better! In fact, we think the only thing wrong with this picture is that we can't reach through our computer screens and give this doggo a treat and a good belly rub.
11 Lego Man
This ridiculously funny image proves that you don't need a fancy, expensive camera to take the sort of picture that will go viral online. Some ordinary person with minimal photography experience noticed that the positioning of the seat bars in front of her made it look like the man sitting in the next row had a Lego head, so she whipped out her cell phone and captured this work of art. The subject of her picture likely had no clue what she was doing and, even if he did, he wouldn't be able to yell at her for taking the picture without his permission because his face is perfectly covered by the faux Lego head—complete with a creepy pair of eyes.
10 Not the best shirt design
When your school's mascot is a Great White Shark, you have to be very careful with the sort of shirts you design to promote your sports teams. For example, a shirt with the phrase "it is great to be white" written next to a picture of a shark might seem like a good idea in theory... but once you actually go out and wear that shirt in public, you immediately realize that it's actually a horrible idea! This poor guy had to take a city bus to get to his school's sporting event. The moment he sat next to a black woman, he realized that he made a huge mistake. You can tell from his awkward facial expression that he's torn between cowering in shame and trying not to laugh, a struggle that we can totally relate to every time we look at this hilariously uncomfortable picture.
9 Flamingos... in the shape of a flamingo
Flamingos find safety in numbers, so they typically travel in large flocks. That's pretty normal for birds, but there's no way the group formation in this picture can be classified as even remotely normal. Someone managed to snap an aerial picture of several hundred flamingos traveling around a muddy lake in the shape of a giant flamingo. We've seen human pep bands and flash mobs pull off stuff like this with a lot of difficulty and rehearsed choreography, but flamingos?! The shape is too perfect to be a coincidence, but we can't think of any possible explanation for how this could have been planned. Maybe flamingos are obviously way smarter than we think and apparently have a sense of humor.
8 Water, no! Water, stop!
This year's hurricane season was the fifth most active season since records began in 1851 and cost the US over $368.66 billion in damages. The amount of devastation hurricanes bring is no laughing matter, but we can't help chuckling at this particular image. On an ordinary day, people wouldn't look twice at the stop sign below Water St.'s street sign... but in the middle of a city-wide flood, it looks like the sign is hilariously begging the water to stop rising! Sometimes, beauty and humor can be found in some seriously dark and depressing situations, and we give this photographer some serious credit for capturing that. We also hope that the hurricane listened to the stop sign and moved on from Water St. soon after the picture was taken.
7 "You Belong With Me"
We always loved the music video for Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me," but this image might be a better fit for the award-winning pop song. We don't know if the man behind the wheel of this Taylor Machine Works, Inc. truck even realized that he was driving alongside a Swift Transportation truck, but this is still a better love story than Twilight. The two trucks hilariously spell out "Taylor Swift" and, while we don't typically approve of people using their phones while driving, we applaud the person who took this camera phone picture for seeing a perfect opportunity and jumping on it. Coincidences like this typically never happen twice, so it's safe to say these two trucks are "never, ever, ever getting back together."
6 Apparently the crime wasn't solved
Guys these days seem to love growing out their hair and beards, so there are countless individuals out there who share a similar look. The resemblance between these two, however, is just uncanny! This shaggy-haired dude was innocently standing by a sign at his local bus stop when an eagle-eyed photographer realized that he looks almost exactly like the criminal in the Crime Stoppers advertisement he was leaning against. BankSA claims that people have helped them solve over 20,000 crimes, but it seems like the crime the man in the ad was arrested for wasn't solved after all. Okay, we're just messing around and understand that he's not actually the guy in the picture (and know that even if he is, he was likely just modeling for BankSA and isn't a real criminal), but we wouldn't be surprised if someone in his town saw this ad and called the cops on him.
5 The Twilight Zone
There's nothing worse than going to school and seeing someone wearing the exact same outfit that you chose to wear that day. Sure, most high schoolers shop at the same stores so it's unsurprising to see someone wearing one article of clothing that matches one of yours, but with all the possible combinations we have in our wardrobes, the odds of someone wearing the exact same outfit should be pretty improbable. Well, the girls on this bus seemingly defied the odds because they all wore the exact same coat, the same jeans and even donned the same hairstyle (and hair color) on their ride home from school! Someone noticed this hilarious coincidence and took a picture to prove that there's either a glitch in the Matrix or he must be living in a town from the Twilight Zone.
4 Should have picked a different restaurant
Over the past few years, attractive male college students have filled their closets with ugly clothes to seemingly bring more attention to how good-looking they are in comparison. The trend, commonly referred to as "peacocking" (because you're dressing for attention just like how peacocks use their feathers to attract mates), has led to the rise of rompers for men and hideous sweaters like the one this dude chose to wear on a date at a local restaurant. He never would have guessed, however, that his sweater would perfectly match the tacky seats in the establishment. Instead of standing out, he now perfectly blends in with his hideous surroundings, and you can tell from the look on his face that he's not too happy about the coincidence.
3 Things work out in the end
Small businesses often struggle to compete with larger corporate chains, which is likely why Dolores Restaurant can't afford to fix all of the lights in their street sign. One by one, the lights slowly flickered out and died, but thanks to a little bit of faith and a whole lot of luck, things worked out in the end. The bulbs inside of the first four letters of "Dolores" and the first three letters of "Restaurant" went out first, so for a while, the sign still miraculously spelled out "restaurant." It's probably not quite what Dolores might have wanted when she spent the cash to build this, but at least the dysfunctional sign still mostly served its function, despite seven letters being entirely burnt out. The coincidence may have even boosted business.
When ABC7 newscaster Marc Brown reported a story about the ongoing search for a local rapist, he had no idea what the police sketch the network edited next to him looked like. The criminal was reportedly black and had a mustache, dark eyes and short hair with a fairly high hairline. Marc Brown is also black and has a mustache, dark eyes and short hair with a fairly high hairline. Even though Brown had no way to know how closely he resembled the sketch... his slightly concerned expression in this perfectly timed screenshot almost makes it look like he knows he's busted. This was, of course, just a comedic coincidence and Brown wasn't actually the man the cops were looking for, but we're sure ABC received a lot of phone calls about this one.
1 Awkward newspaper placement
We're pretty sure the newspaper that published this "Great Cover Up' story on the back cover of one of their issues was secretly hoping someone would capture a hilarious picture like this one and make it go viral online for some free publicity. An unsuspecting woman had no idea what image was largely displayed on the back of her paper as she read it during a long train ride, and one of the strangers in her compartment couldn't help but notice that the way she was holding the paper make it look like the breasts displayed on the cover belonged to her. It's not typically okay to take pictures of people without asking first, but the photographer just couldn't help himself. Let's be real—you can't really blame him... this was hilarious!
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