45 Striking Comparison Photos That Force A Double Take

Sometimes in life, we need a little perspective to help us see how things really are. These images show us the world in a different light to help give us a different perspective on things found on this little planet of ours.

Father and son

This photo just goes to show that genetics isn’t everything when it comes to parents and their children. Despite being father and son, there is a clear difference in the size of these two men. While many of us inherit certain genetic features from our parents…

Father and son

These guys prove that some people just break out on their own. Sure this guy might be twice the size of his dad, but we’re sure their love for each other is equal.

All tuckered out

One of the great things about owning and looking after a dog is getting to share in the pure joy they experience when they are having fun. This small dog was excited to be making its way to the beach in the picture on the left.

All tuckered out

Judging by how tired the dog is in the image on the right, we think it’s safe to say it had a great day. The dog is so tired it can barely keep its eyes open on the ride home.

Two corgis

This picture highlights the difference a coat makes on a dog. They are the same breed of corgi, but the one on the left has long hair, while the one on the right has short hair. You could be forgiven for thinking these are pretty much two completely different breeds of dog as the coat makes a big difference to how they look.

Two corgis

Despite their differences, it’s clear they are both very good dogs as they sit patiently while they pose for their photograph in the snow.

Left or right-handed?

The handles on these school doors highlight how many more people use their right hands compared to those who use their left. While it’s more common to be right-handed, there are still clearly plenty of people at this school who predominantly use their left hands.

Left or right-handed?

Over the years, the students and teachers have worn down the metal on the handles just by opening these doors. The handles either show a larger number of right-handed people, or it proves that left-handed people have smaller thumbs.

Growing rates

These two friends standing beside each other prove how many of us grow at different rates when we are younger. It’s not uncommon for some kids to hit a growth spurt early in their young lives, while other kids are waiting for many years to reach the same height.

Growing rates

Of course, some people are just taller than others, but this is a good example of how we develop differently. Both guys are only 13 years old, but one is almost twice the size of the other.

Target vs. college bookstore

This picture shows why it’s often a good idea to shop around before making a purchase. It shows how much this person could have paid for a pack of chalk in Target versus the price of the same box in their college bookstore.

Target vs. college bookstore

Just because something is more convenient doesn’t mean we should be paying extortionate prices. People buying the 12-pack of chalk for $11.98 are not getting anything better than those who are only paying 99 cents at Target.

When it snows, it snows

People who love winter sports have to patiently wait throughout the summer for the cold weather to come and bring the snow. This comparison picture shows just how much snow falls in the area, and how much the landscape is transformed when it arrives.

When it snows, it snows

During the summer months this sign is unreachable, even by the tallest basketball players. In the winter it’s a different story, however, and it’s amazing how much the snowfall has changed the landscape of this skiing resort.

Digital storage space

Technology continues to advance, making our lives much easier in the process. Many years ago, we needed to use this many disks just to store the same amount of information that now fits onto a flash drive.

Digital storage space

What now fits in our pockets would once have taken up a lot of real estate in our offices. Of course, even flash drives are pretty much obsolete these days as we continue to improve how computers and technology are used in everyday life.

Microgravity

These are two candles, but they appear to be burning very differently. The candle on the left is just a regular candle that’s burning on Earth as normal. The flame on the right is from a candle that is subjected to microgravity onboard the International Space Station.

Microgravity

There is a huge difference in the way the flame burns in space, not only in its shape but also the color. Microgravity is the condition that leaves objects and people appearing to be weightless.

First vs. last day of freshman year

The first day of college is one of the most exciting times in a student’s life. They have been looking forward to this day for many years, and so have been preparing for it with eager anticipation. This dorm room was made to look just how this girl imagined it…

First vs. last day of freshman year

But after a year as a freshman, it appears to be very different. It’s no longer immaculately kept, and even the girl is no longer filled with enthusiasm about being a college student.

Just 11 days apart

We might think that trees and plant life transform themselves quite slowly, but this picture shows otherwise. It took just 11 days for this tree’s leaves to turn from a lush green to a seasonal orange. The plant world might generally work a lot slower than other…

Just 11 days apart

But when it comes to transformations, they can become dramatic. This tree must have felt a slight chill in the air and decided it was time to immediately arm itself for the cold winter ahead.

Flood water height

This submerged street sign just proves how devastating floods can be. The water isn’t just creeping up the signpost, it has fully enveloped the post and the sign too. Sadly, if the water is this high it won’t only have affected the road, but most likely any people’s homes that were in the vicinity.

Flood water height

People would have had to swap their cars and trucks for boats and ships when trying to make their way around this town during the flood.

Barcelona – Night and day

The Spanish city of Barcelona is one of the most-visited in Europe, and it’s a must-see for anyone on a Eurotrip. Barcelona is a vibrant city, no matter what time of the day it is. During the daylight hours, it is filled with sun and sports.

Barcelona – Night and day

While in the evening, it becomes a party town, all while maintaining a chilled out atmosphere. This image shows the contrast between the city during the day and how it looks under the lights.

Michelin’s tire range

The two different tires in this picture show just how many different types of vehicles Michelin caters for. Not only do they service small vehicles like bikes, but they also make sure the largest wheeled vehicles in the world can stay mobile.

Michelin’s tire range

We can only imagine the size of the vehicle the large wheel is used for, as the tire alone is more than twice the size of this guy. There are heavy-duty vehicles, and then there are the enormous monsters that this tire belongs to.

Surviving cancer

Cancer is one of the worst diseases we have on our planet. Unfortunately, it is not going away any time soon. Surviving the battle with cancer is something to be proud of, and it’s uplifting the way in which this young man is viewed now.

Surviving cancer

When he was battling cancer he was a patient, but now he is through the other side of the battle, he is a survivor. The comparison is like night and day, and Noah should be very proud of himself.

Polar bear paw

Thanks to how rare they are, polar bears are considered to be some of the most majestic creatures on our planet. It’s easy to think of them as big cuddly animals, but this comparison between a polar bear paw and a human hand shows why they shouldn’t be thought of that way.

Polar bear paw

The bears are huge and are really not to be messed with. One swipe of that big paw and a human would be in serious danger.

How technology advances

Years ago, we needed separate devices to accomplish everything that a modern smartphone can handle. It wasn’t uncommon to see people walking around with several of these portable devices at one time, but nowadays, it’s a novelty.

How technology advances

Instead, everything we could possibly need for entertainment or work is on our phones, and they can do the jobs of several devices on their own. Life is much more convenient with our smartphones, and it’s only going to get better as technology continues to advance.

The difference 20 years makes

These two phones show the difference that 20 years make in the technology world. The phone on the right was pretty much only capable of making calls and text messages, but 20 years on, phones are capable of so much more.

The difference 20 years makes

It’s appropriate that the background for the smartphone has a planet on it because having one is like holding the world in your hands. We can connect to anyone in the world through our smartphones, unlike ever before.

The happiest day of her life?

They say that the happiest time in a woman’s life is her wedding day. While that might have been the case generations ago, these days, people look forward to other events in their lives a bit more. Sure, this bride was probably smiling inside when posing for her wedding photos…

The happiest day of her life?

But she couldn’t contain her happiness when she got to meet Rob Lowe. She’s not the only one who seems very happy though, and Lowe appears delighted to pose for a picture with a fan.

Eagle claw vs. other animals

We’re sure if we were confronted by a bear, lion, or even a badger, we would be running for the hills as soon as possible. However, it seems there is something else we should worry about, and that’s the eagle.

Eagle claw vs. other animals

This comparison of animal claws shows just how large the talons on an eagle are, and they are huge. So while it’s safe to keep an eye out or bears and cougars when hiking, it’s also worth keeping an eye on the skies for eagles.

Same bull, five years later

This person took a picture of a bull at a ranch and then managed to take a picture of the same bull at the same ranch five years later. That comparison shows just how much that bull had grown, and in particular, how big his horns had gotten.

Same bull, five years later

The pattern on the cow’s fur remained the same, but the horns had doubled in size. Perhaps this person will go back in another five years to see how much more the horns have grown again.

High tide

It’s only when the tide is at its extremes that you really notice the difference. People watching the tide go out may not have thought the transformation was that dramatic, but when you see it here, you really notice the difference.

High tide

It’s almost like looking at two completely different scenes, with the high tide changing the landscape considerably. The river barely looks deep enough for a rowboat when it’s low, but perfect for water sports when it’s high.

Two agile cats, one not-so agile

These paw prints in the snow show the difference between two very agile cats and a third cat that was not. The two agile cats barely made an impact in the snow, only leaving their paw prints behind.

Two agile cats, one not-so agile

On the other hand, the larger cat had to wade its belly through the snow as it was unable to skip along the surface like the others. We imagine the larger cat had a much less enjoyable walk than those smaller ones.

Print vs. braille editions

Some people have chosen to convert to ebooks instead of getting print versions because they take up too much space in their home. Spare a thought for someone reading braille as their books are huge by comparison.

Print vs. braille editions

On the left, we see three regular print versions of three ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ otherwise known as ‘Game of Thrones,’ books, and on the right the braille versions. Instead of storing them on a bookshelf, these braille versions need their own room.

Still or sparkling?

People are often divided by which type of water they will drink in a restaurant. Many people stick with still water, while others want their water to be sparkling, otherwise, it’s just like the regular water you get at home.

Still or sparkling?

This person decided to see what would happen when they combined the two, and they noticed something interesting. The water divided itself into still and sparkling in the glass, with the bubbly water finding a way to rise to the top.

Everything the light touches is our kingdom

Simba is undoubtedly a popular name for people’s house cats as they name their pets after the character in ‘The Lion King.’ Despite the pet owner’s enthusiasm for this famous scene at Pride Rock, the cat does not like being the star of its owner’s version of the Disney classic.

Everything the light touches is our kingdom

The cat seems very much done with this, while it’s owner is no doubt enjoying recreating the moment alongside the film. Perhaps the introduction of Timon and Pumbaa might cheer this grumpy cat up.

T-rex and emu feet

The dinosaurs might have gone extinct millions of years ago, but it seems their ancestors are still walking the Earth. On the left, we see a T-rex’s foot, and on the right is the foot of an emu. They are alarmingly similar and seem to be an undeniable link between dinosaurs and birds.

T-rex and emu feet

We’re sure people wouldn’t want to mess with an emu at the best of times, but knowing they are related to the T-rex makes them even more intimidating.

Same sunflower, different siblings

This parent asked their four children to draw the very same sunflower whenever they were five years old. The differences in the paintings just go to show how we can all view the world differently, even at such a young age.

Same sunflower, different siblings

Not only did these four siblings see the sunflower in a different way, but they also painted four quite different pieces. These differences are a sign of why we should celebrate individuality, as it helps to make the world a more interesting place.

The old and the new

The steps on the left have been walked on for possibly over a hundred years, while the steps on the right have only just been out there. You can see the old stone steps have a story to tell as thousands of feet have walked over them as the years went by.

The old and the new

The steps on the right are no longer uneven and probably a lot safer, but they don’t have the character of the old ones. The comparison just goes to show that even stone can be worn down over time.

The Titanic compared to a modern cruise ship

Over a century ago, the Titanic set sail for the United States from the United Kingdom but never finished its journey. The ocean liner was one of the biggest passenger ships of its day, but it’s dwarfed by the new passenger vessels we see on our waters today.

The Titanic compared to a modern cruise ship

It now looks as though a modern cruise ship could eat the Titanic for dinner, and still have room for some dessert afterward. Nowadays, cruise ships are like floating cities, filled with stores, restaurants, and activities to keep its passengers entertained.

Adoption day vs. settled life

Being left in a shelter is often a stressful time in a dog’s life, as they desperately seek a human to bond with. This dog had finally been chosen for adoption but was understandably nervous on its first day with its new owner.

Adoption day vs. settled life

There were so many new smells to get used to, but thankfully it seems as though this pooch settled just fine. The picture below shows how happy the dog appears now that it has a new life with the person who adopted it.

$10 or $400

Sometimes in life, you get what you pay for. It might seem as though spending $400 on a lightsaber could be a waste, but when you compare it to a $10 version, there is a huge difference. The lightsaber on the left really does just look like a toy…

$10 or $400

While the expensive one on the right looks like it belongs on the movie set. Sometimes you just need to splash the cash to get the best version that money can buy.

Beach house

This doorknob shows how much damage the sea can do to properties that are found by the beach. The inside of the door looks fine, but when you take a look at the outer side, it’s a different story. The handle of this door is very weather-beaten…

Beach house

And an example of how harsh the sea can be, even from land. In fact, the outside of this door has taken such a battering that the effects appear to be creeping inside the door through the keyhole.

Moms vs. dads

This picture highlights the different stereotypes moms and dads have. While this kid is going down the slide with their mom, they were held the entire way, and safety was the priority. It seems that it was a different story when they went down the same slide with their dad.

Moms vs. dads

This dad was all about the adrenaline and made sure his kid got to experience the slide at breakneck speed. By the look on their face, it seems this kid just enjoyed the slide no matter who came with them.

Two hours later

It’s amazing what can happen in a couple of hours. The picture on the left seems to show an eerie lake where you might feel as though you are in the middle of a horror movie. The image on the right is actually taken in exactly the same place, and just two hours later.

Two hours later

Now the lake looks like it’s part central and the perfect spot to take a dip on a hot summer’s day, not somewhere that knife-wielding maniacs hang out.

Growing up

Many of us have pictures of our first day at school, hanging in our parent’s homes. This guy was no different, but instead of leaving school forever when he grew up, he found himself going back, this time as a teacher.

Growing up

The photograph on the right is the same guy but on his final day of his teacher training, as he steadies himself for his first day back at school. Only this time, he’s going to be in charge of the classroom.

Headshot quality, $10 or $25

There isn’t a huge difference in the price of these headshots, but there is a clear distinction between the quality of them. For just $10, this guy had his picture taken, and that was just about it. For an extra $15, he was made to look like someone who takes their career seriously and who means business.

Headshot quality, $10 or $25

That additional investment in the headshots means the guy has seriously increased his chances of getting job interviews just by his picture alone.

Size difference

Many of us have seen toy versions of these industrial dumpsters before, but it’s hard to truly picture the size of them in reality. The best way to understand just how big these machines are is to take a look at the vehicle following it.

Size difference

That’s a school bus trailing behind the truck, and it is the vehicle that actually looks like a toy. The wheels of the truck alone seem taller than a school bus, and it totally dwarfs the bus.

Fun vs. cleaning up

This dog was happy to have fun at the beach, unaware of how annoying and uncomfortable the cleaning would be. It was all fun and games, but now the dog is home and getting its paws cleaned, it seems much less fun.

Fun vs. cleaning up

This dog had to learn about consequences, and even though it had a lot of fun in the sand, the cost was getting cleaned after. We hope this doesn’t completely discourage the dog from frolicking in the sand the next time it goes to the beach.

Basketball player’s hand

Many of us know that most basketball players are significantly larger than the average human. While we know they are tall, it’s only when they come into contact with regular-sized people that we realize how big these athletes are.

Basketball player’s hand

This basketball player is showing off the size of his hands in comparison to the reporter interviewing him. With hands that size, it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to take the ball away from this player’s clutches.