Optical Illusion of the Year

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

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These images are identical. Cool explanation here.

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6 Responses to “Optical Illusion of the Year”

  1. #1 |  de stijl | 

    I was so ready to declare shenanigans on you and say that the second picture is obviously different until I measured the margins to the tower and the angle of the tower. Fuck, that is freaky.

    Stupid brain, shut up or I’ll stab you with a Q-Tip!

  2. #2 |  Tim C | 

    “Next, on World of the Pyschic – gimme Ira – hairless pets. Weird.”

  3. #3 |  mark r | 

    if you really wanna freak yourself out…..

    put your fingers on each picture to line up against the edge of the tower like little backslashes. \ \

    your fingers will very obviously be parallel, the images will still appear to be on an intercept course.

    eerie.

  4. #4 |  Tim C | 

    While we’re at it, this is my favorite illusion page:
    http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/index-e.html

  5. #5 |  jahigginbotham | 

    Do the floor tiles here (in this article on doctored images) do the same thing?

    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/08/23/weekinreview/20090823_FAKE_SS_2.html

  6. #6 |  db | 

    I’m not sure I entirely buy the explanation (that the brain’s vision center considers the images as a part of a single scene, and because the towers are parallel, that the brain interprets their non convergence as a divergence).

    That may be the underlying reason, however, I think that the fact that the towers themselves appear to have converging sides due to perspective (and, probably, a wide-angle camera lens) is important. The right edge of the left tower and the left edge of the right tower are clearly not parallel, and that is a major contributor to the illusion.

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