Optical illusions (sometimes called also visual illusions) are cool images perceived in a manner that differs from objective reality. What the human eye sees is interpreted by the brain in a way that contradicts physical measurement of the source image.
Here are some several types of cool optical illusions photos that you won’t believe your eyes.
While out shopping, YouTuber Holly McKee discovered a real-life optical illusion. Nestled away in the children’s clothing section she discovered an aisle of black and white clothes that made the photo look like a filter had been applied.
White and gold or black and blue?
Back in the hazy days of 2015, a certain dress took the internet by storm and had everyone debating about whether it was white and gold or black and blue. The simple garment was the perfect example of an optical illusion that was no illusion at all. It was, in fact, just a scientific demonstration of how the eye sees things differently in varying light sources and how our brains all handle this interpretation in ways that are unique to us.
Pigeons looking for their car:
This image was taken showing two pigeons perching on the edge of a ledge of a building, but it ends up looking like two massive birds looking to see where they parked their car.
The unnaturally long train track:
My toddler’s train track is freaking me out right now. What is going on here?! pic.twitter.com/9o8bVWF5KO
— Marc Blank-Settle (@MarcSettle) April 6, 2016
Neck or back?
In 2018, Twitter user @LilMaarty posted this image, apparently confused over whether the photo showed a woman’s back or just her neck. The Tweet was the subject of much debate and was retweeted over 30,000 times. It turns out it is her back, in case you’re wondering.
A simple photo of a mountainside that shows a man’s head apparently cast across the snow. A shadow creating a brilliant illusion that we love.
Another brilliant optical illusion created simply by the sun being at a specific place in the sky. This one seems to show oddities in the windows caused by their shadows which makes the building look like it belongs in Inception.
The broken bike:
This image of a bike sitting with its wheel in a puddle really wreaks havoc on the brain. The reflection appears to show a perfectly formed wheel, while the actual wheel seems bent and contorted in unpleasant ways. Which is the reality?
The four-eyed man:
As far as optical illusions go, this one is both simple and painful. Whoever thought two pairs of eyes and two mouths would be enough to break your brain and make it painful to focus?
You would be forgiven for thinking this image is just a really bad Photoshopping, but it isn’t. As one Redditor suggested, it’s likely the result of a Fata Morgana mirage. A visual illusion caused by rays of light being bent as they pass through different temperature plains. The difference in air temperature acts as a lens – refracting light and distorting images as we see them.
Glasses have eyes:
This simple illusion is created by having a reflection of a nearby lamp showing in the lenses of a pair of spectacles. The resulting photo seems to show eyeballs staring back at the viewer from the glass.
The revolving snakes:
This one is a simple trick of the eye. This is not an animated picture; it’s a static file that shows a mass of intertwined snakes. But if you stare at different sections you’ll see the snakes writhing and squirming.
The infinite chocolate bar:
This photograph taken on the beach seems to show the speaker on a floating platform. No doubt down to our brain interpreting the shadow of the flag blowing in the wind as the shadow of the speaker’s platform and microphone instead.
Common sense crossing:
Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer and a whizz with Photoshop who likes to take real photographs and turn them into surreal optical illusions.
Log or dog?
A simply perfect timed photo of a pooch having rest near a felled log. The result is a mild optical illusion which makes it look like the dog has either been sawed in half or is a break in the make-up of reality. Barking mad.
The bridge to nowhere:
The Storseisundet bridge is one of the largest bridges in Norway and photograph from the right angle it gives the impression of being a bit of road that comes to an abrupt and dangerous end some 75 feet above the ground.
This is a Munker illusion, the combination of colours confusing your brain and tricking your eye to see something you know can’t be right. These tennis balls appear to be different colours – pink, green, white and yellow. They’re actually all the same colour, but the addition of the coloured dots confuses your brain into seeing other colours.
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