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eye trickery

October 18, 2009

i love optical illusions. i think its fascinating how a few cleverly placed lines, shapes and colors can play with my mind so easily. yah…it doesnt take much 😕 these 4 pics below are incredible! [pics found here]


These bright purple and green star-like shapes appear to be moving, which can be a little nauseating if you stare at it for too long. Photo courtesy of Angie Armstrong


If you stare at the center of the image, it looks as if the outer rings are rotating in alternating directions—an effect meant to mesmerize the viewer. Photo courtesy of Todd A. Carpenter


A collection of black, blue, green and white shapes appears to be five different kaleidoscope-type figures—each swirling toward their centers. Photo from Flickr


The brown leaf shapes against a green background make this look as if the entire group is flowing—making waves if you focus on the picture as a whole. Photo from Flickr

16 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2009 8:37 pm

    i love those too!!!! when i was little, i used to stare at them until i was literally sick. i never understood why some could look like it is moving, yet it isn’t. same thing freaks me out when you see cars driving on tv…. the wheels are always turning the wrong direction. why!?!

  2. bahava permalink
    October 18, 2009 9:20 pm

    Crazy! I haven’t looked at optical illusions in forever. I love the ones where you can see two different pictures too–like the old woman and the young.
    Can’t say I ever noticed that about the cars on tv thing…I’ll have to check that out 🙂

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  4. October 19, 2009 6:19 am

    Love these things.

  5. October 19, 2009 6:23 am

    ugghhh…. not feeling so great now.

  6. October 19, 2009 6:30 am

    Okay…not helping the veritgo!

    But, very cool. The last one amazes me the most.

  7. October 19, 2009 6:54 am

    wow, this reminds me of my pre-Christ days….. cool! 🙂

  8. October 19, 2009 9:21 am

    the last one is my favorite! so cool.

  9. October 19, 2009 9:44 am

    um… thanks. my eyes are trippin’ out now.

  10. October 19, 2009 3:07 pm

    Hey! I looked through all these on yahoo yesterday. LOL The story was a “top story” on the newspage. Hilarious.

  11. October 19, 2009 3:08 pm

    on the last one if you focus on ONE BEAN they all stop moving. 😉 I was looking at these for forever. Jake says NONE of them moved when he looked. Weirdo.

  12. October 20, 2009 4:00 am

    Wondering if I’m going to be able to sleep now….

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