Here is another intriguing #test for the sharp minded. Check out the reading card below, and see if you can spot the illusion immediately. Actually it’s a very simple test, so no hints will be provided. When you’re finished, and think you got it – check the solution and see if you were right! BTW, am glad you liked our previous “Single Photo Illusion“, I think it was magnificent as well!
Can you believe this is a single photograph? Yeah, I know – it doesn’t appear so at first. It takes few moments before you see what’s actually going on, right? Here’s another interesting illusion that works in a similar fashion (solution animation included!).
Don’t know if anyone noticed this before, but there is a subtly hidden optical illusion on Justin Timberlake’s new album cover titled “Tunnel Vision“. At first look, it may just look like a strange cut-out revealing Justin’s face in the background. But at the second glance, it’s very clear the singer has turned his face into something, well…. #sexy. Now you will never think of Justin’s nose in the same way again. Let’s see if you can see it as well! Could it be that JT is an avid follower of Mighty Optical Illusions as well? Chances are slim, but hey – could be a possibility!
Just like the title says – go ahead and scroll this image up and down… or you can simply try moving your head up and down, or sideways and observe the magic as it happens right in front of you! This flying square is an alteration of an alteration of an illusion we’ve posted some time in the past, yet it still doesn’t stop to amaze us. Enjoy!
Gianni Sarcone’s “Breathing Hexagon” is an animated composition made of multiple frames, each one being the same in shape but different in color. As you can see, the end result is pretty amazing – It seems as if the hexagon slowly pulsates with each frame-change. Even though none of that is real, and each and every dot stands perfectly still, the shape still somehow manages to “breathe”! Amazing, isn’t it?
Here’s an illusion discovered and sent in by one of our fans from Croatia. As it appears both central squares are different in color, but are they really? Apparently, if you try with any other colour the results will appear the same. More similar stuff can be found inside our #color adapting category.
It seems that social medias users aren’t prone to pareidolia neither, as they recently “discovered” J.C. Penney tea kettle that apparently resembles Hitler! The kettle has sold out in record time, after social media users marveled at its likeness to the Führer. On top of that, after receiving some heated, unwanted media attention focused on the pot in question, the store chain removed references to the kettle on its website and removed the billboards in Los Angeles that advertised it! The kettle has also been pulled from retailers (where it had not already completely sold out).
I don’t know what to think of the story myself, whether I should see it as bizarre and funny, or plain sad. The kettle includes curvy handle which could represent recognisable haircut, a black knob could be seen as moustache and a spout to the side should represent “Heil Hitler” outstretched arm?! The stainless-steel teapot was designed by architect Michael Graves, who has also fashioned high-style products for Target and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It’s unclear whether it was a marketing mishap or an overactive imagination of certain individuals. So what do you think? I still preferrer them old-fashioned happy kettles we blogged about earlier ;)
Here’s an easy one for Monday afternoon: can you make sense of those strange tetris-like symbols filling the screen? They hide more than meets the eye. Those of you staying updated via “Optical Illusion of The Day” widgets, have a slight advantage in solving the “mystery”. After you’re finished with this one, make sure you haven’t missed this, this, this, this and this!
Remember the Cool Bro illusion from 2 years ago? This one’s very similar, in a way where street-painted arrow appears to levitate in mid-air. Caught by the sharp eye of Melissa, a reddit user who found it funny and decided to share her finding with our Mighty Optical Illusions community. If you come across similar interesting stuff, don’t be a stranger – submit them illusions using our email link in the footer of this site.
While ago, one of our fans who was obviously inspired by Atomium’s impossible structure, sent this in as a suggestion for our little’o website. I was distracted and couldn’t see it at first, but the photo below contains both the illusion and “spot the differences” game all wrapped into one single package! Can you see the illusion first? Now, how about finding all of the differences and then sharing them with
festivus rest of us? Let the hunt begin! P.S. Make sure to open the picture in full size, in order to see all of the tiny details! – via Deskarati
I hope you had a great time playing with our previous illusion, as I think it’s one of the best we’ve featured lately. Today I bring you this beautiful Peacock made by Cecelia Webber. Your assignment is to spot the illusion without me explaining any further. I will suppress myself from giving any clues, so no hints this time ;)
Michael caught a remarkable show on National Geographic the other day, featuring some of the most interesting optical illusions of our time. Most of them we have already featured on this site. One of the featured illusions that made him scratch his head were the spinning balls you can see in this animation below. This is how it works: both of the outer rims (made from spinning balls) rotate in counter-clockwise direction. But if you try and focus on one of the central dots (i.e. yellow one), the outer rim of another will seem to spin in opposite direction! This works vice-versa. To put it short – concentrating on the yellow ball will make it seem that the balls on the left are turning in opposite direction, while in fact they aren’t! Strange isn’t it?
This beautiful painting by Donald Rusty hides more than meets the eye! Check it out and see if you can spot all the animals hidden somewhere inside it. How many are there? Don’t forget the proper way to submit your findings is using the “submit illusion” email link that can be found at the very bottom of this site. You are also free to post your outlined solution pics using “add image” option underneath the comment box. Happy hunting!
In which direction does this #train move? From which end of the tunnel is it arriving from? It might be both! Check if you can “see” a different direction each time you look at it? If you stare long enough, you might even make the train change its course. Today’s illusion works in the same manner, our famous Spinning Girl does. After all, there is no definitive answer, since the animation loops through just a few frames. On the other hand, if you recognise the station, you just might know the true answer after all ;)
Newest addition to our #Seemingly Animated category depicts falling beans that aren’t. Another beautiful illusory pattern provided by great Gianni Sarcone. If you move your eyes around the picture while concentrating on each individual coffee bean, the rest of the beans in your peripheral vision will seem to move like crazy. I don’t know what’s with all of the coffee illusions that are popping like crazy lately, but they all turn-up awesome!
Here’s what you get when you combine an ad agency, #Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s famous illusory “moving snakes pattern” and home-delivery service provider. I can’t seem to ignore the irony behind this advertising message, but it’s better for me to let you decide on it yourselves. Meals on Wheels!
Some of the best illusions on this site can be found categorised inside #sexy hashtag. It’s not that I’m such fond of provocative content, it’s because illusions such as this one have to pass some extra filters in order to qualify for our homepage. I have to be extra careful with these, as there are youngsters among us, where it’s really important for me that they immediately understand the joke - Even when they mistake the content for what it appears to be, the end-result shouldn’t appear distasteful. Having said that, these sofas have really fooled me first time I laid my eyes over them! They still makes me laugh today…
It’s been a long time since last time we featured one our “Spot the animal” puzzles. At one point in time, Gardner’s hidden animals over-populated this blog so much, they started popping out with each “Random illusion” button click. I swore to myself then, I’m done with them forever. Don’t get me wrong – there were some really marvellous puzzles showcased back then, it’s just that I haven’t had the feeling when to stop posting them. I think it’s safe to break my pledge now, after so many years where I stood true to my promise. Here’s a very similar jigsaw puzzle produced by Currier & Ives. It appears our little fox is alone in the woods, but why is he so puzzled then (or is it she?)…
More often than not, I receive emails from fans all over the world. While most of them are complimentary, thanking me for maintaining this site and expressing gratuity for regular content, I also receive a complaint here and then (mostly addressing my English). Questions and suggestions fly in as well. One that stood out lately was a complimentary email from Agnes, where she also expressed her disappointment regarding solutions often not being included inside the articles. I have to acknowledge this, yet I’ve always felt the solution shouldn’t be handed out on a plate. In my view easy answer degrades the value of a question (or illusion in our case). Somehow I always disliked shortcuts in life. Perhaps this Spartan approach doesn’t work for some, but it certainly helps starting the conversation (comments section!). This also forces you to stop and think about the illusion for a second. After all, isn’t the feeling when you come up with the solution yourself – rewarding by itself?! Having said that, I have to admit many illusions I posted are still a mystery to me. They may appear beautiful or simple, but sometimes even I can’t see the answer. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy reading your comments so much! It’s one of the things that keep me going… Here’s a solution animation that may help with one of our latest posts ;)
I just had to share this sweet chocolate animation with you guys! I know that missing piece puzzle was recycled so many times by now, but I’m sure you’ll admit it’s fun to see something so simple yet so amazing.
If I were a food company, I’d apply this principle immediately to generate some extra profit! What do you say? I can’t seem to pinpoint the answer, yet I’m perfectly aware you can’t generate matter out of nothing!