Trompe l’oeil imagery has been with us for an awfully long time — back to the ancient Greeks, possibly. We may never know whether those same Greeks would have thought to frame the Eiffel Tower between their classical thumbs and forefingers, but we do know this: in these times of peak image saturation, it’s just not enough anymore to snap and post a shot of your travel buddy propping up the Tower of Pisa. You’ve got to up your game. Make it look like you’ve punched a window into the past, for instance. Or done a little photo surgery.
So in that spirit, here are 42 double-take photos culled from the interweb hinterlands. Staged? Job-like patience? Dumb luck? None of the above? You be the judge: