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Interesting side-by-side comparison images that made us look twice

Whether it’s by showing the passage of time, the beautiful diversity of people, or the amazing healing power of the earth, these side-by-side images amazed us by simply putting things into perspective.

A pterosaur vs. a 5′9 man

On the right of this photo, we have an average modern man. On the left, we have the model of a Quetzalcoatlus northropi, a pterosaur known for being one of largest flying animals of all time. Scientists estimate that it was around 9.8 feet tall, with a wingspan that varied between 33 and 36 feet.

A pterosaur vs. a 5′9 man

Just imagine yourself walking to the bus station on your way to work, and seeing one of those 550-pound beasts flying in your direction. Aren’t you happy now that dinosaurs went extinct?

The difference 15 minutes make in Seattle

They say that in Seattle, if you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes, and this side-by-side comparison shows you why. In this ridiculously short period, the city’s weather has gone from rainy, dark, and gloomy, to suddenly fresh and lively.

The difference 15 minutes make in Seattle

Seattle is one of those places with basically “four seasons in a day,” so if you ever plan a trip there, remember to pack a sweater, a bathing suit, a windbreaker, and a pair of rubber boots.

A woman next to a blue whale skull

Blue whales are the largest animals to have ever existed, and this image of a woman lying next to a blue whale skull gives us a bit of perspective into how humongous those marine mammals really are.

A woman next to a blue whale skull

Anyone who’s been to the Natural History Museum in London in the past few years have had the chance to see the amazing 25-meter skeleton that hangs at the museum’s entrance. That thing is so big, that they had to remove the front doors to safely push its parts inside.

Before and after adoption

Here’s the cutest side-by-side comparison you will see today! This poor pup who was waiting to be adopted couldn’t look any sadder inside her enclosure. That’s until her human saw her and fell in love with her, and took her to her new forever home.

Before and after adoption

On the right, we can see the clear joy on Spokey’s face, just one day after getting adopted. Her human says she’s very calm-tempered, and they’re both adapting well to their life together. Those happy eyes don’t lie!

Separated by a generation

It took us a while to realize what’s going on in this photo, but here’s what it is – on the left, you see a 61-year-old grandmother, and, on the right, her 12 year-old granddaughter.

Separated by a generation

The two were beautifully blended side-by-side through the power of Photoshop, and having no clear lines dividing their faces just makes it even more obvious how incredible their resemblance is. We wonder if the girl’s mother also shares thesame look – this is mesmerizing.

One year of cleaning in India

This is the type of action that gives us hope for the future. The “before” photo shows the situation in Mumbai, India, when a team of volunteers started working around the Mithi River.

One year of cleaning in India

“Mithi” means sweet in Hindi, but the reality of the river’s surroundings did not correspond to its beautiful name. The “after” photo, however, shows the result of its cleaning, and now the volunteers are working on how to keep it that way.

Baby hummingbird vs. raspberry

Seeing how small humans are next to large animals is always impressive, but we also love seeing how we compare to tiny beings – such as this baby hummingbird, which is about the same size as the raspberry it is eating.

Baby hummingbird vs. raspberry

If the baby looks like that, you might be wondering about the eggs from which they come. As it turns out, hummingbirds eggs are about the size of navy beans (also known as pea beans). Aww!

Mussel power

This experiment proves how every creature plays a part in the delicate balance of nature. Here we have two tanks with water from a stream. The one on the left only has water, and the one on the right has the water, and mussels. They look the same now, but the second photo shows what happens after only 24 hours.

Mussel power

After one day, the water on the left tank has settled and it looks clearer than before, until you glance to the right, and see what happened to the tank with the mussels – they have completely filtered the water, so much so that you can see through the glass.

The circle of life

A bittersweet image of a 97-year-old woman and her one-month old great grandson. The man who shared the photo is the father of the baby, and he said that as he grows older, he feels the need to preserve the stories of his ancestors.

The circle of life

After one day, the water on the left tank has settled and it looks clearer than before, until you glance to the right, and see what happened to the tank with the mussels – they have completely filtered the water, so much so that you can see through the glass.

Summer coat vs. winter coat

When we saw the photo on the left, we thought “wow, could a cat get any furrier than that?” Then we saw the photo on the right, of the same cat with its winter coat, and we realized “lol, apparently yes.”

Summer coat vs. winter coat

This cat is a ragdoll, a breed known for its floof, and for its docile temperament. We can’t get over how beautiful this feline it. It’s already majestic on the first shot, but on the second one, it looks ready to enjoy a night at the Russian ballet.

Blue whale vs. diver

Blue whales are so humongous that it can be hard for us to comprehend, so let’s start small, with its babies. A baby blue whale, when it’s born, is around 25 feet long, and weighs up to 3 tons.

Blue whale vs. diver

Too much? What if we go by parts? A blue whale’s heart weighs as much as an automobile. And its tongue weighs as much as an elephant. Still difficult to understand, huh? That’s why this photo of a diver swimming close to a blue whale is so awe-inspiring.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

This young man recreated a 70-year-old photo of his grandfather, and we’re loving all the similarities between the two of them. First of all, there’s something that’s not visual – they were both in med school when the pictures were taken.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

Second, it’s the grandson’s attention to details. The perfect posture, the desk set with their most-used tool, a pen sitting of top of a pile of papers, and even the hanging art – a real painting on grandpa’s wall, and an improvised doodle taped to the grandson’s computer monitor.

Cactus vs. man

The cactus is a very popular plant to have indoors because they’re practically impossible to kill. But next time you’re overwatering that little cactus that fits the palm of your hand, remember that not all cacti are that cute and dainty.

Cactus vs. man

Certain species can grow several feet tall, as shown by this photo of a man standing next to a cactus (it’s ok if it took you a while to spot him). In fact, the tallest free-standing cactus ever recorded was 63 feet tall.

Bus vs. bike vs. car

The way every single person chooses to move around the city makes a great difference, and this photoset illustrates just that. The idea is that we can visualize exactly how much road space is taken by people, depending on what they’re riding.

Bus vs. bike vs. car

The first photo shows 69 people in the road space they take when they’re inside a bus. The second one shows the road space taken by 69 people on their bikes. And the third one shows the space taken by people in their private vehicles.

Lion head vs. human head

First of all, we love the fact that even the mighty King of the Jungle looks funny in a selfie when they’re not expecting that front-facing camera to open. But what we do want to bring up here is how tiny a person’s head looks next to a lion’s head.

Lion head vs. human head

We’re used to seeing videos of these big cats in the wild, and of course we knew they were larger than our leaf-hunting domestic cats, but seeing this photo of lion and man side-by-side really put things into perspective.

Tree vs. seasons

We love the perfect stillness of each of these pictures, and how, as a set, they illustrate the passage of time by encapsulating spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Tree vs. seasons

This is the work of photographer Jozef Morgos, who shot the same tree in western Slovakia throughout an entire year. The changing look of the tree and its surroundings is even more fascinating for those of us who live in areas where the seasons are not that different from each other.

Guinea pig vs. teenage boy

The person who posted this photo online said their daughter’s boyfriend shared a similar hairdo with their Peruvian guinea pig, and we must confess that we spent some time looking for the animal.

Guinea pig vs. teenage boy

The Peruvian guinea pig is that wig-looking thing on the left, and we’re very impressed with how much it indeed looks like the boy’s hair. They’re both beautiful, shiny, and fresh-looking, but we’re not sure if he appreciated the comparison. The teenager, not the guinea pig.

Puppy vs. time

Here’s a photo comparison to make us all go “aww!” The first photo shows a Great Dane pup at four weeks, and the second one shows the same doggo almost two years later.

Puppy vs. time

The change in size is remarkable, but predictable – Great Danes tower over most dogs, and when they stand on their hind legs, they can be taller than people. What makes these images special is the fact that the pup never stopped loving its favorite plush toy. “Aww” again.

Humans vs. giant sequoias

Despite what the name suggests, giant sequoias are actually quite small. Lol we’re kidding, they’re enormous. The giant sequoia is the most massive tree on earth, reaching an average height of 164 to 279 feet, with a trunk diameter of 20 to 26 feet.

Humans vs. giant sequoias

The world’s largest currently living tree is a giant sequoia that goes by the name General Sherman. It lives in Tulare County, in the state of California, and it is estimated to be about 2,000 years old.

Mount Saint Helens’ before and after

The newer generation probably never even heard of Mount Saint Helens, but it was the center of the most economically destructive – and, tragically, the deadliest – volcanic event in the history of the United States.

Mount Saint Helens’ before and after

Its massive eruption on May 18, 1980, ended the lives of 57 people and left a path of destruction – even on the volcano itself. An avalanche that was caused by a 5.1 earthquake reduced the elevation of the mountain’s summit from 9,677 to 8,363 feet.

Spring, summer, and fall honey

We wonder who was the person that, thousands of years ago, looked at a bunch of wild bees guarding their nest, and thought: “I bet they’re hiding something delicious in there – I’ll investigate,” thus discovering the wonders of honey.

Spring, summer, and fall honey

Nowadays, everyone knows how tasty and healthy honey is, but did you know that even when it’s produced by the same bees, honey can have different colors throughout the year? A beekeeper shared this photo of the honey they harvested in the past spring, summer, and fall.

Nature is amazing

Nature never ceases to amaze us with its incredible power of endurance and renovation. Just look at these two photos posted by Russell Crowe (yes, we’ve a got a celebrity on this list!)

Nature is amazing

Both show the view from his countryside pad in Nana Glen, New South Wales, one of the areas affected by the Australia fires that were all over the news in 2019 and the start of 2020. The top one was after the fire had gone through, and the bottom one is mere ten weeks later, after a big weekend of rain.

Human hand vs. giant lobster claw

Lobster has a reputation of being a very expensive meal, and we’re talking about regular-sized lobster. Imagined how much this giant lobster claw on the photo must have cost to whoever had the pleasure of eating it.

Human hand vs. giant lobster claw

Fun fact: lobsters grow throughout life, which is why a lobster’s age is usually estimated by its size. The largest lobster ever caught, according to the Guinness World Records, weighted 44.4 lb. We don’t know how to calculate its age based on its size, but considering that it was pretty big, we guess it was a senior lobster?

Without flash vs. with flash

This scarf is genius, and we wonder why we don’t see more celebs walking around with it. This is an anti-paparazzi scarf, and it is infused with nano-spherical crystals that reflect the light from a camera’s flash back into the camera.

Without flash vs. with flash

Sounds complicated, but the effect is self-explanatory. If a paparazzi tries to take a flash photography of a celeb who’s wearing the scarf, we’ll see something like the left in real life, but something like the right on his camera.

First day of school vs. second day of school

Ah, to be young and innocent. This little boy probably wanted to be just like his older brother, and he could hardly wait for his first day of school. That on the left is the face of hope and happy expectations.

First day of school vs. second day of school

Cut to a day later, and reality has sunk in. He doesn’t want to be a big boy anymore, he wants to go back to sleeping late and watching cartoons on TV. That on the right is the face of defeat. Funnily enough, we would likely get a similar set of photos if instead of a school boy, that was a school teacher.

Tiger paw vs. man’s hand

Let’s tell it like it is – there’s no animal cuter than cats. Everything about a cat is adorable. Its pointy ear; its long, white whiskers; its little t-shaped nose. However, one thing is cuter than the others.

Tiger paw vs. man’s hand

A cat’s toe beans. They’re soft, they’re squishy, and it’s so fun to gently press them until you see the hidden claws. This right here are some next-level toe beans, as they belong to a tiger. We see how big and scary it looks next to that man’s hand, but somehow we still have the urge to… squish… those… beans.

1 exposure vs. 120 exposures

What’s scarier? The thought that maybe there are other forms of intelligent life in planets we don’t even know of, or the thought that maybe we’re completely alone in the universe?

1 exposure vs. 120 exposures

Looking a beautiful night sky always makes us wonder about what’s out there, and the first photo on this set was already pretty. Then, the photographer showed what happens when you stack 120 exposures of the same sky – the mind-blowing image on the bottom.

Shirts before and after losing 400 lbs

We applaud people who have the determination to go after what’s best for them, and the person who shared this photo did just that. They were once dangerously overweight, and decided with the help of a doctor that it was time to lose some pounds.

Shirts before and after losing 400 lbs

Those two shirts in the picture are from before and after the person lost 400 lbs. If you’re looking for the after photo, you’re looking wrong. The gray shirt is the after, and the camo “bedspread” is the before.

Recreating a portrait from the past

There’s something so hauntingly beautiful about old portraits. The people always look dignified, and so put together. We wonder if our grandchildren will think the same when they find the selfie with the dog ear filter that we’re posting on Instagram right now.

Recreating a portrait from the past

This woman found a portrait of her great-grandmother dated from 1918, and decided to recreate it – and we think she did an amazing job. Why don’t we take portraits like this anymore?

Starfishes don’t always have five arms

We have no clue why the general idea of a star is that five-pointed geometrical form that we all know. But somehow we’ve come to expect that not only stars should have five points, but also starfishes.

Starfishes don’t always have five arms

As we see in this photo, however, starfishes don’t always have five arms. In fact, some species will have up to 40 arms! Another fun fact – scientists have been trying to replace the name “starfish” with “sea star” because, as you may have noticed, they’re not fishes. They’re echinoderm, related to sand dollars and sea urchins.

The wonders of technology

A lot of people complain about the state of modern technology, asking questions like “where’s my flying car?” but let’s take a moment to appreciate just how far we’ve come in the past decades.

The wonders of technology

That big brown disk on the photo is what a 4 megabyte hard drive used to look like in 1965. On the floor, propped against it (even though there’s a very clear sign saying “Please do not touch”), it’s a modern cellphone, which has more computing power than the computer aboard Apollo 11 did.

The watermark face on a real bill vs. on a counterfeit one

There are many ways to spot a counterfeit bill. One is to check the quality of the printing, and if the ink is slightly raised, which should happen with genuine currency. Another is to verify if there are red and blue fibers embedded in the paper.

The watermark face on a real bill vs. on a counterfeit one

And apparently, yet another tactic is to see if the watermark face on the bill looks like that failed restoration of Ecce Homo. Remember? The case of the elderly parishioner with the worst example of DIY in history? We remember.

Modern corn vs. original wild corn

The people who look at this photo of a modern corn cob standing next to to the original wild plant will be divided into two groups. The first one will reflect upon how far humans have come, and how Homo sapiens has thrived thought the millennia by conquering and manipulation all other types of life.

Modern corn vs. original wild corn

The other group, however, will do no such thing. They will simply look at the original wild plant that was domesticated into becoming the modern corn, and think – “that thing probably made really tiny pop corn.”

The tallest vs. the shortest athlete

Watching the Olympic Games is inspiring because it shows us how far humans can go as a collective – not only in the grandness of the event itself, but in the spirit of sportsmanship and fellowship with one’s competitor.

The tallest vs. the shortest athlete

We also love watching the Games because of how diverse humans are, individually. Here’s a photo that illustrates that. These are basketball pivot Nene, at 6 ft 11, and gymnast Flavia Saraiva, at 4 ft 9, the tallest and the shortest athlete of the Brazilian Delegation In Rio 2016. We’re all different, but we all can achieve greatness.

Before grooming vs. after grooming

We love a good “before and after” makeover story. We also love cute pets. So for us, this before and after of a dog that had a beautifying day complete with a haircut is a win-win for us.

Before grooming vs. after grooming

However, this shot also made us laugh out loud. We’re not sure why, but maybe it’s because the owner posted the two side-by-side pictures with the caption “took dog to groomer. Got a different dog back.” Indeed, if it weren’t for the tag on its neck, we’d also think it wasn’t the same pup.