There are any number of factors that can make an image appealing: composition, colors, overall beauty — you name it.

But some of the most fascinating pics out there are the ones where you don't quite know what's going on. It's immensely satisfying to answer those questions, and infuriating to be left in the dark.

Don't worry. We're going to show you some weird photos, but we'll also totally explain them.

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1. The customer is always right.

1. The customer is always right.
Reddit |  jonodono

This tablet is clearly ancient, but it's actually pretty relevant to the modern era. Redditor jonodono uploaded this ancient complaint about getting a wrong delivery. Dated to 1750 BC, this customer service complaint is nearly 4,000 years old!

2. The answer to a question you never knew you had.

2. The answer to a question you never knew you had.
Reddit |  Fred330

These weird dots are on pretty much every bus and train window. Redditor Fred330 asked what they're for and got an answer: they're ceramic paint called "frits," and they help hide ugly sealant and help with adhesion.

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3. Is that Area 51?

3. Is that Area 51?
Reddit |  ddIuTTuIbb

Sometimes when you're flying, you see something on the ground that you just can't identify. This Reddit pic from ddIuTTuIbb is a perfect example. It looks like a massive, shiny UFO.

It looks weird from every vantage point.

It looks weird from every vantage point.
Wikimedia Commons |  Hp.Baumeler

Turns out, this is a concentrated thermal solar array, where a massive grouping of mirrors collects the sun's energy and reflects it into a central tower.

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4. Candid photography, 19th century style.

This unique perspective comes from a spy camera sewn into the clothing of Norwegian mathematician Carl Størmer, who demonstrated this technology back in the 1890s. You can't say he wasn't ahead of his time.

The spycam was just a sidenote to his career.

The spycam was just a sidenote to his career.
Flickr |  Nasjonalbiblioteket

Despite creating a spy camera decades before the first Bond movie, Størmer is better known for his work in deciphering some of the mysteries of space, including what causes the Northern Lights.

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5. At first, I had no idea what I was looking at.

5. At first, I had no idea what I was looking at.
Reddit |  StugotzLobos

Is it a rocky landscape from above? A massive wall? This awesome perspective comes courtesy of Redditor StugotzLobos, and it actually depicts the Great Pyramid at Giza. It really shows just how steep and huge the pyramid is.

6. What's the deal with this strange, incomplete bridge? 

6. What's the deal with this strange, incomplete bridge?
Reddit |  JustJesus

While it looks like an unfinished project, it's actually apart of Xcaret's ecological theme park in Mexico. But how do the trees stay alive? According to user idk_lets_try_this, "the small amount of area that is there for the roots is enough to keep the tree alive but slows down the growth enough to keep it looking somewhat real. Its the same way the Japanese use to keep bonsai trees small." 

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7. What is this witchcraft?

7. What is this witchcraft?
Reddit |  bobbyridesbikes

If I woke up to see this in my neighborhood, as Redditor bobbyridesbikes did, I'd probably start looking for a new neighborhood. But first, it would be interesting to figure out what they mean.

If it looks like witchcraft...

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It's definitely witchcraft. These occult symbols represent banishment (on the left) and protection (on the right). It's not everyday you see attempted wizardry in a quiet suburban neighborhood.

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8. Aliens aren't even trying to hide their flying saucers anymore.

8. Aliens aren't even trying to hide their flying saucers anymore.
Reddit |  GoupilFroid

Redditor GoupilFroid snapped this pic while driving down the highway because, well, who would believe you saw a flying saucer if you didn't have the pics to prove it?

It's not quite a saucer, but it does fly.

It's not quite a saucer, but it does fly.
Wikimedia Commons |  USAF

The perspective messes things up a bit, but the pic shows a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet. The plane's distinctive bulbous body contains high tech surveillance equipment.

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9. Fossil from a prehistoric tire?

9. Fossil from a prehistoric tire?
Reddit |  livefast_dieawesome

Redditor livefast_dieawesome took a break from living fast to ask about this marking on a rock. It looks like a fossil, and it is. It's from a prehistoric tree trunk.

But did they get decent customer service?

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I mean, they wouldn't have written it if they didn't think it would be read by someone. Then again, I'm not sure what the state of customer service was during the Bronze Age.

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10. In future centuries, mutant humans will wear these parkas.

10. In future centuries, mutant humans will wear these parkas.
Reddit |  SophC95

I'd have no idea what to make of this parka. It's got T-rex arms, a long torso and...one leg?


Redditor SophC95 asked just what this one-legged snowsuit is. 

Redditor SophC95 asked just what this one-legged snowsuit is.
Reddit |  QuarckNL

Turns out, it is a child's snow romper, but it's been zipped up all wrong. Another brain-tickling mystery solved thanks to Reddit! 

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11. That sucks...

11. That sucks...
Reddit |  flashtone

It's a shame that this happened to Redditor flashtone's car roof, but it's a cool photo. Hail has destroyed the sunroof, but the reinforced glass has done its job by not shattering.

12. Does this lead to the Shire?

12. Does this lead to the Shire?
Reddit |  Shoretrooper_70

This weird little door was spotted by Redditor Shoretrooper_70 in Washington state. It looks like some kind of whimsical, ancient Hobbit hole.

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It isn't that exciting.

It isn't that exciting.
Wikimedia Commons |  Stuart Wilding

The answer to this quandary is simple: it's an old school lime kiln (kinda like the one seen above). Basically limestone is heated underground until it calcifies and becomes lime.

13. What could it mean??

13. What could it mean??
Reddit |  Sammy1406

Redditor Sammy1406 was flummoxed by these precise dots on the top of a beer can. What could it be? A secret message, perhaps?

Turns out it's braille for "alcohol." Boring, but makes sense.

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14. From another world.

14. From another world.
Wikimedia Commons |  Wolfgang Sauber

This looks otherworldly. That's because it literally is. It shows a slice of meteor, more specifically a pallasite meteor. This specimen fell in China and shows crystals embedded in an iron and nickel base.

But does it contain DNA?

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Maybe I've seen too many movies, but my first instinct would be to crack it open, find the DNA, synthesize aliens, and showcase them in a lucrative theme park. What could go wrong?

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15. That looks...ominous.

15. That looks...ominous.
Reddit |  Lucifer_Light

This was spotted by Redditor Lucifer_Light at a ski hill. It looks like an unexploded artillery shell from World War II, only it's painted safety orange and it's at a ski hill. What gives?

Turns out you really shouldn't touch it.

It is indeed an explosive! Known as an "avalauncher," this charge helps trigger controlled avalanches. So basically, it's an earthquake machine. I'd keep my distance.

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