The world is such a fascinating place, but it’s easy for us to forget just how amazing it can be. We lose ourselves in our routines and day-to-day lives, often failing to notice the passage of time, the changing of the seasons, and the incredibly vibrancy and wonders of the world around us.
Often, it’s all just a matter of perspective. Maybe you have a huge tree in your backyard, for example. On its own, it might not seem so impressive, but if you compared a picture of that tree now to the tiny little seed it once was, you’d be amazed at the difference. This is just one example of how side-by-side comparisons can be so effective at making us think and feel new things about the world around us.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at 70 extraordinary comparison photos to give us all a new perspective and maybe even a deeper appreciation of the world we live in.
1) The City Never Sleeps
This incredible collage shows us the Spanish city of Barcelona. Two photos of the city have been taken and blended together. On the left, we see the city during the daytime. On the right, we can see it all lit up after the sun has set.
2) Like Mother, Like Daughter
Many people say that children look like their mother or their father or a perfect mixture of both, but this is a great way to really see how much your kids look like you. This mom blended a photo of herself with one of her daughter. They have a lot in common!
3) Pray For Australia
This sad side-by-side comparison reminds us of the recent problems in Australia. It shows the same spot, before and after it was ravaged by the fires, with just one week of difference between both images.
4) 1 Exposure VS 120 Exposures
This Indian photographer went outside with his camera and took over 120 shots, stacking them all together to form the bottom image, as compared to the top image, which was just a single exposure. It makes quite a difference!
5) Big Dudes
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a beast of a man. He’s 6’5 and over 260 lbs of pure muscle. He’s an action movie star and a former professional wrestler, but when he’s standing next to a couple of NBA players, he actually looks like the little guy of the group!
This brave guy posed for a selfie with a lion, and it really shows just how huge those big cats are! The guy’s head looks so small in comparison, and it would be so easy for a lion to overpower and gobble up even the strongest of men. Luckily, this lion is very friendly and even seems to be posing for the selfie.
7) Meet Noah
This is Noah. On the left, we can see how he looked as a cancer patient, undergoing treatment and sadly losing his hair in the process. Fortunately, he made a full recovery, as seen in the photo on the right.
8) Go Team
This photo shows a couple of members of the girls’ basketball team posing with a few of their cheerleaders. We’ll let you guess who’s who.
9) Having Fun?
This funny comparison shows a little boy on the first day of school (left) compared to the second day of school (right). After just one day, he already looks totally tired with the whole thing!
10) A Major Transformation
This is a powerful photo, showing two shirts, one stacked on top of the other. Those shirts were worn by the same guy, who managed to lose a total of 400 lbs and totally turned his life around!
11) The Majesty Of Nature
Humans are at the top of the food chain and we often feel quite powerful, but photos like this remind us just how strong and mighty nature can be as well. When standing next to a majestic, towering sequoia, even the biggest and most important people seem pretty insignificant.
12) So Fluffy
This funny photo shows a long-haired guinea pig behind held up beside a young man’s head. They have almost the exact same hairstyle!
13) Life Or Death
This photo shows vials of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil side-by-side, and each vial has been filled with a lethal dose of each drug! It’s pretty scary to see how such a tiny amount of something can be enough to end a life.
14) Mussels Are Magic
The top photo shows two tanks, filled with cloudy water. The left tank is empty, aside from the water, while the right tank has mussels in it. In the lower photo, we can see how the magical work of the mussels! They work like filters, cleaning the water of all the dust and debris.
15) The Changing Tide
This comparison shows how different a deck can look at different times of day, depending on the tide. It was taken in Nova Scotia, and the difference between high tide and low tide is simply staggering.
16) What A Difference
This is a lovely little dog named Asher. The first photo shows Asher when he was adopted. The second photo shows Asher several years later, happy and settled into his forever home. This is a wonderful endorsement for animal shelters and reminds us all how important it can be to adopt animals in need, rather than buying them from pet stores.
17) So Small
Here’s a picture of an adorable baby hummingbird, posing right beside a raspberry! What a tiny miracle.
18) A Terrible Disease
William Utermohlen was a talented artist who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In order to chart the progression of the disease, he painted self-portraits each year. It’s scary and humbling to see the changes in the images from one year to the next, as William slowly began to forget his own face.
19) Life Finds A Way
This comparison image was provided by Hollywood star Russell Crowe. It shows a patch of his own land damaged by the fires, and then restored by the rain. Fires can be devastating in the short term, but nature always finds a way to bounce back.
20) A Big Difference
This photo shows the difference between modern day corn and the original wild plant it came from. This just goes to show how humans have made use of smart farming techniques to make the most of many different crops.
21) We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat
In the Western world, we often talk about Christopher Columbus as arguably the most famous explorer of all time. That little ship at the bottom was Columbus’. The big one belonged to Zheng He, a Chinese explorer who traveled all over Asia and Africa. Both Zheng He and Christopher Columbus lived in the same era, but the former had a much stronger and more impressive vessel.
22) Deep Pockets
This extraordinary comparison shows the difference in price between the same packet of chalk at a Target (left) compared to a college store (right). They’re basically charging a dollar per piece in the college store!
23) Mega Cactus
When you picture a cactus, you probably don’t think of it as being super tall, but there are many different cactus species out there. Some of them can grow to huge heights, like this one.
24) The Same Person
Wow! This composite image was made by blending together photos of a 61-year-old grandma and her 12-year-old granddaughter. If you ignore the gray hair, they almost look identical! It’s amazing to see how genetics can be passed down not just from our parents, but from our parents’ parents and further generations up the family tree as well.
25) A Gentle Giant
If you want to be reminded of how small humans really are in comparison with nature’s giants, just look at this image. It shows a diver, on the left, swimming alongside a mighty blue whale.
26) Gone Skiing
This is the same sign on a ski slope in summer and winter. It’s amazing what a difference the seasons can make!
27) Under The Microscope
Here we have four microscopic images put side by side, showing, in order: a needle, the fang of a viper, the fang of a spider, and the stinger of a scorpion! It shows how a man-made invention has taken inspiration from nature.
28) Game Of Thrones
Pope Francis is generally regarded as quite a progressive pope, especially compared to some of the men who have held the position in the past. His attitude and views have been warmly welcomed by many people around the world, and this photo really shows what sort of guy he is. It shows the difference between the throne he uses compared to the one used by former pope, Benedict XVI.
29) Ocean Breeze
The people living in this home are quite close to the ocean. The picture shows the difference in their doorknobs, comparing the inside knob, which is black and shiny, to the outside knob, which has gotten dry and salty due to the sea air.
30) Not Quite The Same
This side-by-side comparison shows a real dollar bill and a fake dollar bill. The fake has a really badly drawn face, only visible in direct sunlight.
31) The Cost Of Smoking
Smoking seems to be slowly dying out, and governments around the world have made big efforts to help this happen. In Australia, due to governmental action, a pack of cigarettes costs around $35. This image shows how much food you can buy for the same price as just one packet.
32) So Similar
Some side-by-side comparisons can show us how our man-made innovations take inspriation from the natural world. Here, we can see a falcon in the first image, followed by a B2 stealth bomber in the second. Many forms of aircraft are designed to mimic birds in flight.
33) The Olden Days
Ever heard your grandparents talk about how everything was better back in their day, and even the tomatoes were bigger? Well, they’re not lying! This side-by-side comparison shows a modern tomato compared to one grown using seeds from over a century ago.
This lovely photo shows the two polar opposites of life: a 97-year-old great grandma lying beside a one-month-old baby. The grandma has seen it all, while the baby still has so many stories and adventures ahead of it.
35) So. Much. Fluff.
This lovely comparison shows a cat called Myrcella. She’s a Ragdoll, one of the fluffiest cat breeds of all. The left image shows Myrcella with her summer coat, while the right image shows her looking a lot fluffier, ready for winter. Anyone who wants to own a Ragdoll needs to be ready to do a lot of brushing!
36) Brought To Life
This painting is beautiful on the left, but it really comes to life when placed in front of a window, as seen on the right. The light from behind the canvas totally changes the image, making the reds and oranges start to glow.
37) Can’t Blame Her
Here’s a funny one. These photos show the same woman on the day of her wedding, where she was surely super happy but didn’t really smile for this particular photo, compared to an image of her meeting Hollywood sex symbol, Rob Lowe.
38) The Family Business
Nope, that’s not the same guy! The top image actually shows the grandpa of the guy in the bottom image. Both of them share many physical characteristics and even personality traits too. They both went to medical school and both look a little tired due to so much studying.
39) The Magic Of The Universe
This comparison shows us the ‘Pillars Of Creation’ as seen in a home telescope (left) when compared to the high-powered Hubble telescope (right).
40) Think What It Does To Lungs
This interesting comparison photo was taken in the Da Nang Airport. The right hand side shows the clean, white ceiling tiles of the non-smoking section, while those on the left are in the smoking area. It just shows how dirty cigarettes really are, and if they can change tiles in such a way, think about what they must do to people’s lungs!
41) Making A Difference
This inspiring comparison shows the difference in the amount of trash washing up on the banks of the Mithi River in India. Young people have been making huge efforts to clean up the area in the last couple of years.
42) Good Boy
Believe it or not, these photos were taken just one day apart! The first image shows a sad and lonely dog waiting for someone to bring him home. In the second image, he looks so much happier, surrounded by his new family.
This comparison shows the exact same bag, but it looks totally different when the camera’s flash is switched on. The bright light brings out all the colors of the bag’s design, but it looks pretty dark and boring in the top image.
44) It’s The Circle Of Life
Here’s how Disney movies look in the real world! That cat doesn’t look too pleased about being held up like Simba in The Lion King. Side note: holding cats like this can actually be quite uncomfortable and even painful for them, so it’s not surprising the poor little guy looks so grumpy.
45) Welcome To Washington
This is the city of Seattle, with just 15 minutes of difference between the two pictures! It shows just how crazy the weather can be out in the Pacific Northwest, with locals having to adapt to rain, sunshine, wind, and more, all in the same day.
46) In Space
Here’s an interesting comparison photo provided by NASA itself. It shows a candle burning on Earth on the left, compared to another candle burning in microgravity on the International Space Station. That’s quite a difference!
47) Spot The Difference
Here we can see a painting of a Finnish city called Porvoo, compared to a photograph of that same city, many years later! The painting was made in 1892, while the photo was taken in 2020. It’s amazing to see quite a lot of similarities, including this old, gnarled tree in the foreground and the building in the background.
48) Welcome To Jurassic Park
This enormous model depicts Quetzalcoatlus Northropi, the largest flying animal that is ever believed to have existed on Earth. The guy posing beside it is around 6 foot tall. Can you imagine if we had such huge creatures flying around over our heads nowadays?
49) Big Cats
Both of these cats are domesticated pets, but it’s amazing to see the size difference between them! On the left, we can see a classic American Shorthair cat. On the right, we see a Maine Coon.
50) Then VS Now
This is a perfect comparison for capturing the speed of technological innovation in the last few decades. Back in the 1990s, people needed all kinds of separate gadgets to do things like taking pictures, record videos, make calls, listen to music, and more. Now, you can do pretty much anything you want on one device: a smartphone.
51) Makes You Think
These photos were taken in Canberra, Australia, and designed to show how much space cars take up on the roads. That crowd of 69 people could all fit in one bus or take up way less space on the roads if they rode bicycles, as compared to the final photo, which shows how much space they use if they all drive cars.
52) Mt St Helens
On May 18 of 1980, Mt St Helens Washington State erupted. 57 people were tragically killed in the ensuing disaster, and these photos show the difference between the mountain before and after the eruption.
53) Growth Spurt
Would you believe that these two kids are the exact same age!? Well, they are! They’re both 13, but the guy on the right has clearly entered puberty before his buddy and had a major growth spurt. They could form a great partnership for all kinds of adventures: the big guy can reach high places and the short one can crawl into little tunnels.
54) You Again!
A guy visited the same Texas ranch twice, with five years in between his visits. He was looking through the photos from each trip and comparing them, when he suddenly realized he’d taken a photo of the exact same bull on both occasions. Those horns sure have grown!
55) Sweet Honey
These jars show honey harvested from the same bees at different times of the year: spring, summer, and fall, respectively. This shows how different plants produce different forms of nectar for the bees to harvest, leading to different varieties of honey.
56) All Grown Up
These photos show a Great Dane named Elliott, both as a puppy and a full-grown dog. Even when he’s all grown-up, he still plays with his favorite toy.
Here we can see three starfish, all with different numbers of arms! Even though many starfish are often pictured with five arms, it’s possible to find them with four, six, or even 40!
58) Global Warming
For anyone in any doubt about global warming and climate change, just look at these side-by-side photos. One of them shows the Arctic about a century ago. The second one shows the same spot now. So much of the ice has melted away due to rising temperatures.
59) Tornado VS Turbines
This is an astonishing photo that really reminds us how powerful nature can be. Look at that gigantic tornado, an unstoppable force destroying anything in its path. Over on the right, we can see some wind turbines that look super tiny and weak in comparison.
60) So Big
This photo shows a woman posing beside a whale skull. It really puts into perspective just how huge whales can be. In fact, the biggest animals on Earth, blue whales, can measure up to 100 feet in length.
61) The Changing Seasons
A photographer named Jozef Morgos captured these images of the same cherry tree in his homeland of Slovakia, at different periods of the year. It’s amazing to see the changing landscapes from one season to the next.
62) Pretty Flowers
Many parents like to hang their kids’ drawings or paintings on the wall, and this family tried something a little different. The parents asked all four of their children to paint a sunflower when they were 5-years-old. Here are the results! It’s very interesting to see the differences in style and technique.
63) Level Up
The video game industry sure has come a long way over the last few decades! Here, we can see some classic games compared to their modern-day counterparts. Series like The Legend of Zelda, Street Fighter, and Doom are still alive in the modern era but look almost unrecognizable when put side-by-side with their early iterations.
64) Looking Good
Many people want to lose weight for a variety of reasons, but it can be so hard to stick to a diet and work out enough to really make a big difference. This guy stuck with the program and lost 220 lbs! The photo on the left shows him in 2018, while the right photo shows him in 2019 wearing the same big T-shirt, which doesn’t quite fit the same way anymore.
One of the best things about fall is seeing the leaves on the trees start to change color, filling our streets and parks with oranges and reds and golds of all shades. This side-by-side comparison shows how a whole building can be transformed by nature, and believe it or not, these photos were taken just one week apart!
66) The Dolphins Are Taking Over
We all know that dolphins are some of the most intelligent animals on Earth, but this photo really puts that fact into perspective! Just look at the difference in brain size compared to a dolphin and a shark. It shows how creatures that might seem relatively similar on the outside can be totally different underneath.
67) High Five
We saw a comparison between a human head and a lion head earlier on. Here’s something similar, as this photo shows a human hand side-by-side with a tiger’s paw.
68) Just Like Magic
We might feel jealous of celebrities sometimes, but being constantly hounded by photographers definitely doesn’t seem like fun! In order to give stars a little privacy, someone invented this ‘anti-paparazzi scarf’. It’s made from a special reflective material that ruins photographers’ shots by bouncing light back into the camera lens.
69) Brave Boy
These cute photos show a little boy getting ready for his first ever day of school, followed by the same boy, all grown-up, preparing to head out for his final day of teacher training! He’s changed a lot, but he’s still nailing that super cute wave, all those years later.
70) A Teeny Tiny Computer
Here’s an amazing comparison to finish up the list. It’s a picture of the world’s smallest computer sitting beside a grain of rice! The grain looks enormous compared to that computer, which is able to detect changes in temperature and is used in scientific experiments to help with cancer research.
It’s only when we see certain things or people side by side that we really start to marvel at the magic of life, technology, evolution, and the world we live in. It’s a pretty magical place in a lot of different ways, and these pictures remind us to appreciate that fact as often as we can. Share the list around with your friends and family to see what they think of these stunning comparisons.
Lazy People Solutions That Defy Common Sense
There’s the right way of doing things, and then there’s the wrong way of doing things. But how can a solution be wrong when it’s faster? This is how.
Every day, we go through small internal battles. We argue with ourselves over doing things right or doing things fast. The 40 people ahead all opted to do things fast. And the consequences came even faster as a result!
It’s as good as new.
If you look closely, you’ll be able to see that some of the column uses new wood. Thanks to this restoration, the roof that the column’s holding up should stay in place for weeks. Warning: Do not play Jenga with this!
For once, the sockets are making the right expression
Drilling metal screws into the plugs? What could possibly go wrong? The weird thing about this one is that it actually took some effort to do something so stupid.
Calm down, there’s some plastic tape. No one could possibly walk over the gap with that tape in place. Right?
10+ People That Had No Idea How Attractive They Were Until They Worked To Improve Themselves
Sometimes when your health is out of balance you can’t see yourself clearly. When people struggle with something physical, like weight, they can’t always see how beautiful they really are. These people didn’t even realize how attractive they were until they worked on themselves, but now they can celebrate their appearances every day.
These 30 people have powerful stories, and their transformations are absolutely amazing. Their messages are so inspiring.
“I lost 100 lbs, and I feel great.”
“It took me 2 years and 3 months to get in shape. It sounds like a lot of time, but it was well worth it.”
“I made true friends, and they helped me to have a more active lifestyle. That’s how I managed to lose weight. Now I can communicate with any person.”
“The difference between these 2 photos is 4 years. And I was even used to not enjoying what I looked like.”
“Me when I was 19 and 21.”
“I was depressed because of the way I looked. I didn’t even want to live. But I decided that I was able to change everything, so I started losing weight… I feel great, and I’m enjoying my life!”
“I didn’t use to be really fat. I had a hard time choosing the right hairstyle.”
“I used to weigh 60 lb, now I weigh 90, and I keep working on my body.”
“3 years between these photos. Some people don’t believe that it’s me.”
“So much has changed in 3 years! Before, I didn’t get out much. I was very shy. Now we live in a time when changing your appearance is very easy.”
“Just 4 years, and this is what I’ve become (I’m on the right).”
“I didn’t do anything special, but I’m not ugly anymore.”
“I restored what was destroyed by 20 years of McDonald’s and Coke.”
“15 months later I finally have a chin! Now I’m doing everything I can to maintain my weight.”
“I lost 100 lb, and I keep working on my body.”
“The difference is just 4 years. I was a nerd, and now I’m a macho.”
“The difference between these photos is 25 months. I had always been fat, so I decided that I could lose weight.”
“My weight was 330 lb when I finally decided to start losing weight… But now I have a new goal — 180 lb. I’ve started my way to it! I wish you luck too.”
“The difference between these photos is 20 months. I lost weight, and now I’m not shy about the natural structure of my hair.”
“This is my progress.”
“Now I am 25, I lost 120 lb, and I work out every day.”
“This is my boyfriend at the age of 16 and 21. It’s hard to tell that it’s the same person.”
“I knew I owed it to my son to try to break the family tree of obesity. There are so many compromises to being an obese parent: I was simply forfeiting the ability to participate in so many wonderful moments.”
“As the pounds started to come off, I noticed a change, but others didn’t — until the day I appeared outside of my office standing up.”
“My goal is to train and inspire people to show them that the weight loss is possible.”
“My dad pushed me and motivated me to start working out. He would tell me he wanted me to be around for a long time.”
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50 Cringeworthy Fashion Fails We Can’t Believe People Didn’t Notice
Not all of us are fashion experts. This is why we try to experiment and mix and match clothes to see if we can look more stylish. Unfortunately, the more we try to look more fashionable, the more we end up failing. The risky fashion choice we make often leaves us looking ridiculous and weird in other people’s eyes.
Fortunately, fashion disasters aren’t always bad. In fact, they can be transformed into little entertainment and also a warning for others to never try to copy them.
Here are the most cringe-worthy fashion fails you need to see this year:
1. Brown logo on white shoes
In theory, putting a brown logo on a white background will make a product look classy. In reality, a brown logo on white shoes just looks like bird poo from afar.
2. A not-so-comfortable evening dress
This is probably one of the most uncomfortable dresses you’ll see. I don’t think you’ll have a great time wearing this to a party or anywhere.
3. When you accidentally stepped on something
This is actually a good pair of shoes if you always walk on mud or dirt. You won’t have to worry about cleaning your shoes. Plus, its design can work as camouflage for when you accidentally stepped on your dog’s poo.
Will you give up or will you never give up? Well, it’s a good shirt to wear if you still can’t decide. At least, you’re letting other people know where you stand.
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