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As is usually the case, taking the perfect photo is a matter of timing. More often than not, photographers either take the photo too soon, catching the action before it has even begun, or too late, missing the opportune moment completely.

From the funny to the truly bizarre, photos taken at just the right moment can both entertain and leave you scratching your head on how exactly the action in it was pulled off. The subject matter of such photos ranges from people and animals caught in bewildering and sometimes funny situations to surprises found in the weirdest of places.

Luckily, the takers of these photos had their cameras, or phones, ready when it really mattered. Here are some photos by people who noticed something strange and were able to get the perfect photo.