Just because you live in a cramped downtown apartment doesn’t mean you don’t want to entertain. So here’s a brilliant way to keep some extra seating around, without wasting precious floor space once all your guests have left.
If this feels like an optical illusion, your Saturn sense is dead on. The gas giant’s rings don’t crisscross at 90 degree angles. They do, however, cast shadows, a fact which the latest shot from the Cassini spacecraft illustrates beautifully.
In every one of these side-by-sides from artist Howard Lee (and there are ten of them), one is the real object and the other is just a hyperrealistic drawing. Some of these drawings look so real that it’s hard to tell what’s art and what’s not. It’s especially great because after we get fooled, we get to see how the…
It’s all about the perspective. Well, it’s also a little about how easily our eyes can be tricked. Here’s optical illusion expert BrussPup pulling the old perspective trick on us by making us think something is real when it’s not and making us believe something is fake when it’s actually the real object. It’s a fun…
Two well-documented sensory biases enter. One entirely new sensory bias leaves. This is what happens when researchers pit your eyes against your ears to see which one you’ll believe.
Human wetware is astonishingly good at pattern recognition and interpreting complex, noisy data, but it’s also painfully buggy. Mars is the red planet, except it really isn’t.
Want to see a gender-neutral face turn masculine? How about a neutral face turn friendly, or a sharp picture turn fuzzy? This brief video will take you through all the ways your brain adapts to a stimulus, until you see things that simply aren’t there.
This extraordinary image of an apparent floating city has created a stir among conspiracy theorists, but a well-known optical illusion is the likely explanation for the phenomenon.
Some of these optical illusions from Quirkology are totally silly but there are others that are genuinely fun to do, especially to kids and/or drunk people. It’s like explaining how to perform magic tricks or also how to exploit the weakness that is the human eyeball.
Using the same science that makes fiber optics and modern communications possible, these ultra-flat LED lamps look like they’ve each got a shade attached to them, but it’s all just an optical illusion.
Super photorealistic drawings are always fun to see because they tickle your brain into thinking things that you know are fake could possibly maybe be real because they just look so similar. Here’s a drawing from Dino Tomic showing a leaf drawing with a pile of other leaves. It’s hard to tell which one is fake!
Hidden in the vast majority of typefaces is one of the most well-known optical illusions in the world. Can you spot the illusion, and can you identify the famous illustration that demonstrates its power over human perception?
There's a hill in New Brunswick, Canada, where something extraordinary happens. If you park your car at the foot of it, and throw it into neutral, your car seemingly starts to roll (completely unassisted!) uphill. Yes, it's real, and, no, it's not for the reason many people think.
I don't know where this image originates from but it's around the Internet right now and it shows a picture of a dress that is so very clearly white and gold to me but is black and blue to so many other people. It's black and blue to Google Image Search. Photoshop's eyedropper tool says it's black and blue. But I only…
I never get tired of Brusspup's Amazing Animated Optical Illusions series because I love making my eyes feel dumb and in turn making myself feel even dumber. It's always good to humble yourself with optical illusions. Especially optical illusions that seem to be animated to move but are actually just well designed…
You can opt for healthier food choices all you want, but if your dinner plate is towering with over-generous portions, you're probably still going to put on weight. So if you're struggling with portion control, these amusing optical illusion placemats from Japan's A.P. Works might provide some subliminal encouragement.
Invisibility is perhaps the most ubiquitous of sci-fi dreams: Spy movies, video games, and classic cartoons all tantalize us with this trick. Researchers at the University of Rochester still haven't unlocked the secret to that elusive invisibility cloak either, I'm afraid. But they made a very cool optical illusion…
So, it turns out the human brain is incredibly easy to fool. All you need is a clever illustration, or a few wonky lines, or in this case a mirror that makes your mind think the arrow hands on this sleek clock are floating in mid-air.