- Reuters releases a collection of the oddest pictures photographers take each year.
- In 2020, some photos in the series depict odd ways the coronavirus altered our lives with inventions like a plexiglass bubble and a hugging station.
- Other pictures are optical illusions, like a child scooting over an artwork depicting a swimming pool. Another kid appears to be floating over Bangkok.
- There are also images that simply captured unusual moments, like a man driving down a highway with dozens of geese perched on top of his car.
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Each year, Reuters releases a collection of mind-boggling photos. Its 2020 series is full of bizarre images.
Of course, the coronavirus pandemic is a big part of this year's collection, with some photos featuring face masks and plexiglass — things that would have confused people a year ago, and that have become part of our new normal in recent months.
Reuters also threw some optical illusions into the mix. These photos are so perfectly framed and timed that they look unreal. For example, one image shows a kid on a scooter on what looks like water, though it's really a piece of art on the floor.
Other photos in the series highlight unusual things you don't see every day, like a green puppy named Pistachio and a skateboarding dog.
Some photos — like this image of babies in face shields — show how the pandemic has altered the world in ways that would have seemed odd a year ago.
Nurses at Bangkok, Thailand's Peaeam 9 hospital handcrafted tiny face shields for these newborn babies because their mother said they had to take a taxi or public transportation to get home, the hospital told Time.
This plexiglass bubble might have shocked people in 2019, but it's become part of the new normal.
This outdoor yoga class in Toronto used individualized domes to minimize the spread of coronavirus, as Insider previously reported.
Before 2020, Alex Montagano's hugging station — designed for hugging friends and family, as an article on The Guardian points out — might have looked odd.
Source: The Guardian
This year, surgical masks became commonplace on your face, but this gentleman was captured using one as a pair of underwear, The New York Post reported.
Source: New York Post
This "corona-proof" concert in the Netherlands had club-goers dancing in socially-distanced seats, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile in Spain, a theater hosted a somber concert for 2,300 house plants to highlight the importance of an audience, per Reuters.
At a movie theater in France, minion plushes sat in various seats to maintain social distancing between patrons, Reuters reported.
In India, a sponge full of toothpicks kept people from touching elevator buttons, per Reuters.
Some photos in the series are optical illusions. In this image, a gymnast's head is hidden behind a ball, making the viewer look twice.
This image appears to show a child riding a scooter on a pool, but really it's a piece of art on the floor.
This tourist in Spain looks like he's gotten into some trouble with these bulls but they're actually taxidermy animals.
A child appears to be floating over Bangkok, but she's actually just sitting on a skywalk at the King Power Mahanakhon building.
These whale tails in the Netherlands are works of art, but that's a real train that overran its tracks and was left balancing on the sculpture, per The Guardian.
The whale sculpture saved the operator's life and stopped the train car from crashing into water, as The Guardian reported in November.
These people wore protective space suits during a beach day in Brazil this July.
The subject matter in some photos might make you look twice. In this image of an Audi converted into a horse-drawn carriage taken in Belarus this June, shepherd Alexey Usikov sits in his car while his horses Zorka and Tulpan lead the way.
This kid brought his horse inside to watch the races.
This sunflower photographed in the UK this August may have been wilting, but its carved smile made it look less sad.
You don't see a dog with skating skills every day. This is Nord Boss, a skateboarding French Bulldog pictured with his board in Moscow.
This green puppy is oddly unique. Named Pistachio, the puppy was born with tinted fur, as Insider previously reported.
92-year-old Nguyen Van Chien of Vietnam has dreadlocks that are almost 17 feet long, per The Guardian.
Source: The Guardian
22-year-old Norma Rashia got a facial massage from Giant African land snails to boost her skin's collagen in Jordan.
This duo in Brazil invented electric monowheels with brooms attached inspired by "Harry Potter."
This cat named Ryzhik lost its paws and got 3D-printed titanium prosthetics in 2019, according to Reuters. Here, Ryzhik is pictured at a veterinarian clinic in Novosibirsk, Russia, in February.
This photo — which shows a man transporting dozens of geese on a highway in Azerbaijan this October — might be the oddest of the bunch.
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