One of two things has to be the truth. Either our looks aren’t as unique as we think [dramatic gasp—”No, that can’t be!”] or… the entire simulation we’re in is glitching out as Neo keeps doing cool stuff and we get nearer and nearer to the global release of ‘The Matrix Resurrections.’ (Keanu! We can’t wait to see you on the silver screen again!)

Our team here at Bored Panda has collected some great moments of people accidentally spotting their doppelgangers, interacting with their lookalikes, and documenting those rare moments that the Matrix’s programming makes doubles when it thinks nobody’s looking. Scroll down for some real-life glitchy copy-paste action and remember to upvote your fave pics! Do you have any stories about meeting people who look eerily similar to you? Let us know in the comments.

When you’re done enjoying the article, you should definitely give our other recent ‘glitch in the Matrix’ lists a look here, here, and here.

Bored Panda was interested to learn more about why we’re so fascinated by doppelgangers, so we reached out to Freddy Slivinski, the creator of the popular Same de la Same project on Instagram that celebrates people who are celebrity lookalikes. Freddy firmly believes that seeing your double with your own two eyes “is the most surprising thing that can happen to a person” while looking like a celebrity can absolutely change your life in very positive ways. Scroll down for our full interview with Freddy, dear Readers.

#1 Little Brother Went To Get His Vaccine, Ran Into Himself From The Future

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According to Freddy, the founder of the Same de la Same page, there’s hardly anything more shocking than seeing someone who looks just like you. “One day seeing someone who is not from your family or close to you who is so similar seems to me like something super interesting, strange, and impressive,” he told Bored Panda, adding that “there is no doubt” that we’d all be fascinated by a situation like that. And seeing your doppelganger can happen literally anywhere: you’ll never be fully prepared for it.

“Just imagine going down the street and seeing someone that look just like you in front of you. Wow, that is crazy! I think there has to be some explanation for something as weird as that, it can’t be a coincidence. It has to have some strange explanation… and the truth is I would love to know what it is,” Freddy explained what goes through a person’s head when they see their lookalike. We start coming up with various theories inside our heads to explain the uncanny resemblance.

#2 The Guy Is Playing For Both Teams, And Still Watching It From The Grandstand

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#3 Met My Twin At A Hockey Game

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Bored Panda was curious to get Freddy’s take on how we should react upon learning that we’re not as unique as we thought. The founder of the Same de la Same page noted that it’s a very subjective experience for everyone. Only we can answer the questions that pop up in our heads. And often, we’re so intrigued, we just need to find the answers for real.

“I think it is something we have to think about because what does it mean that there is a person in the world who looks like you? Did that mean that he is a relative of yours? What is the story behind that resemblance? Is there some strange and mysterious connection between those people who are similar?” he mused. “Without a doubt, it is something very strange but at the same time impressive and special.”

#4 Time Travel At Costco

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#5 My Buddy Was Wearing The Same Shirt As A Woman At The Bar. She Left And Was Replaced About An Hour Later By Another Man Wearing The Same Shirt

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#6 They Told Me I Would Find Myself In Thailand

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Freddy also opened up about the success of his celebrity lookalike Instagram page and how it’s affected his life. “In recent years, thanks to my Same de la Same page, I was able to meet more than 220 people from all over the world who look like a celebrity and I can tell you for certain that that similarity completely changed their life for most of them,” he said that being someone’s double can quite literally change people’s lives. Mostly for the better.

“It is incredible to hear their stories and how from being a ‘normal’ person they became almost like celebrities because of their resemblance to a famous person. People who have ‘normal’ jobs change their lives and start going on shows, going on TV, doing commercials, interviews, and all just because they look like someone else,” he said.

And more and more people keep discovering that they have celeb lookalikes. “There are people who from one day to the next discover that they look just like a new celebrity that is now in a television series or a famous person from social media. And from one day to the next they go viral all over the world. It is completely incredible and without a doubt, it changes your life.”

#7 I Am On The Train And Those Two Ladies Look The Same But They Don’t Know Each Other At All… Freaky

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#8 Glitch In The Matrix

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#9 What In The *** Matrix Is This?

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If you’re very lucky, you can be born looking like a beloved celebrity. For instance, a while back, we spoke to Ella Norton from the United Kingdom who looks like a carbon copy of English actress Emma Watson, best known for playing the role of wizarding world wunderkind Hermione Granger in all 8 Harry Potter films.

Ella told Bored Panda about one of her most memorable experiences with fans of Emma. “The most memorable experience with an Emma Watson fan would probably be when I visited Oxford once, and took photos with everyone there, including children in Harry Potter uniform, and even was asked to sign autographs. I always feel bad to let people down who think I actually am her! It is very surreal to have experienced a tiny bit of what it is like for a celebrity on a daily basis,” she said.

#10 This Woman Has A Tattoo On Her Shoulder That Is The Exact Same As The Design On This Guys Shirt

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#11 My Friend’s Dad Is At A Santa Convention, For People Who Play Santa During Christmas. This Is During Breakfast At The Hotel

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#12 There Are Two Identical-Looking People Sleeping On The Subway

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Emma’s double told Bored Panda that she gets stopped in the street all the time whenever she visits large towns and cities like London or Oxford. “I always feel so bad to let people down who genuinely think I am Emma, as I don’t want to disappoint people,” Ella said.

Ella said that she’s recently started cosplaying. “So far I’ve only really cosplayed as Hermione, but I’m looking to also cosplay Belle from Beauty and The Beast, and Meg March from Little Women. I’ve never done any professional cosplay before, but I’m looking forward to learning more about cosplay and going to conventions when I can.”

#13 Walking Around My Town… She Met Her Nemesis

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#14 I Found My Doppelganger At Work

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#15 My Uber Driver Was A Slimmer, Cooler, Mustached Version Of Myself

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Emma and Ella are more alike than you’d think. Both are big bookworms and care deeply about social issues. 

“I’m an avid bookworm, and am very passionate about studying! I love being able to share the books I’m reading and my daily studying with my following online. I also really enjoy acting, singing, and ballet,” Ella told Bored Panda.

#16 The One Day My Son Didn’t Wear His Blue Eddie Bauer Puffy Jacket From Costco To The Playground

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#17 Met My Doppelgänger (Right) At A Concert. Even Had On The Same Shoes

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#18 This Handicapped Sign Is Broken In A Way That It Suits My Disability

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“It’s been the dream to study at Oxford University reading English ever since I was little. After, I am hoping to go into work for human rights. I consider myself to be an advocate for human rights as well as environmental issues, and I would love to be able to make a difference in the world. That’s another reason why I like having a platform on social media; it’s great to have a voice with which I can speak on important issues.”

#19 A Glitch In The Matrix

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#20 How Do You Order Your Food, If “You’re” Already Ordering It?

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#21 This Rare Planetary Alignment

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#22 Since We Are Doing Doppelgangers, Figured I’d Share Mine I Met At Calgary Stampede This Year

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#23 Two Separate Couples Are Matching Indirectly

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#24 Twinsies (Our Grandson Is Convinced My Husband Really Is Shaggy)

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#25 When I Went To Switzerland And Happened To Look Exactly Like This Random Wood Statue

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#26 I’m The One Of The Left,the Guy On The Right Was Someone I Randomly Bumped Into In A Burger King Sitting Behind Me. I Think I Was About 15-17 A The Time

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#27 This Glitch In The Matrix

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#28 I Found My Doppelganger On A T-Shirt… And Sent Him One In Return

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#29 Waiting To Pay In Line And Seeing Your Future Self

#30 I Had To Do A Double Take And Then Another. I Wasn’t Sure I Was Seeing This Right. It Just Couldn’t Be

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#31 My Cousin’s Kid Looks Like Sal

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#32 My Friend Found Her Doppelganger At A Party

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#33 Welcome To The Matrix

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#34 I Was Yelling Something To My SO Until I Realized It Wasn’t Him But His Doppelganger

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#35 The Way That All Of These Girls Are Unknowingly Wearing The Same Outfit

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#36 My Friend Met His Doppelganger Last Night

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#37 I Got A Pic Of My BF Falling Off A Floaty And Just Realized There Was A Guy Falling Off A Boat At The Same Time

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#38 Since 1981, Key West, FL Has Held A Ernest Hemingway Lookalike Contest Which Looks Like A Huge Glitch In A Matrix

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#39 Identical Twins Who Married Identical Twins

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#40 Two Women With Same Mask, Similar Clip And Hair

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#41 Dude Spawned Twice For His Route

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#42 Had Two Of The Same NPCs Show Up To Class Today

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#43 Spotted Yesterday In Piccadilly

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#44 Impromptu Doppelgangers On My Train

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#45 My GF Met Her Doppelganger And Found Out They Have Mountain Tattoos In The Same Spot

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#46 Confronting His Copy

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#47 Same Guy Enjoying Two Meals At One Restaurant

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#48 Met A Stranger With The Same Exact Nose Piercing, Haircut, Makeup, And Outfit As Me

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#49 Was This Planned

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#50 These Two Unrelated People On My Flight Started Watching The Same Movie At The Exact Same Time

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