These cool animated optical illusions never get old

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… » 12/16/14 12:04am Tuesday 12:04am

Optical Illusion Placemats Provide Subliminal Portion Control

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. » 12/11/14 11:18am 12/11/14 11:18am

Scientists Make Objects "Invisible" With a Tricky Optical Illusion

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… » 9/26/14 3:30pm 9/26/14 3:30pm

This colorful image disappears completely if you keep staring at it

It's always fun to play a trick on your eyes. They're so easily fooled! Take this illusion, for example. It's an old favorite. If you stare at the image long enough, the colors in the picture start fading away and eventually disappear. The colorful blobs shrink like evaporating water puddles » 6/09/14 8:46pm 6/09/14 8:46pm

The best optical illusions of 2014 are truly mind-bending stuff

Each year, the Neural Correlate Society holds a contest among experts on perception and visual illusions. The top ten entries get selected by a panel, and the three best are then picked in an international gathering that I imagine as some sort of wizards convention. Here are are the winners. » 5/20/14 12:45pm 5/20/14 12:45pm

These Cartoon Drawings Are Actual Pencil Cases

It might be hard to believe, but these colorful illustrations of 3D pencil cases are just an optical illusion. They're all actually real flat pencil cases that use bold lines and strategic angles to seem like they're 3D from the right angle. Don't believe us? Here's a shot of the purple one from another angle. » 3/27/14 10:20am 3/27/14 10:20am

This Ad's Amazing Optical Illusion Reveals the Hazards Of Driving

Audi's luxury vehicles include a neat night-vision system that will automatically warn drivers about hazards on the road. And to drive home just how life-saving it can be, the company's ad agency created a brilliant billboard in an airport with a secret hazard that was only revealed to passengers when they got closer… » 3/12/14 10:26am 3/12/14 10:26am

The images in this video can actually screw up your brain and vision

I squinted my eyes and covered the screen and looked away when I was watching this video by Tom Scott because I don't want to have colored vertical and horizontal lines ingrained in my vision because my brain got fried from staring too long at the images in the video. So I suggest you do the same and look away. No,… » 1/27/14 11:23pm 1/27/14 11:23pm

How did a toy car magically appear behind these two pieces of paper?

In this illusion, a toy car seemingly appears from no where. How is that possible? Well, the car was always there. Really. It's a simple but masterful trick, the toy car is programmed to travel along a designated route while the red cards are shown off as a distraction. As one card is shown to reveal nothing behind… » 12/27/13 6:44pm 12/27/13 6:44pm

This amazing T-rex illusion is somehow moving its head to follow you

As far as tyrannosaurus rex replicas go, this one seems pretty cheery. Sure, it has sharp teeth and claws but they look playfully toothy. One thing scary about it though: the head and eyes seems to follow you wherever you go. Like the paper T-Rex is watching your every move. What's scarier? It's not actually moving.… » 12/23/13 9:12pm 12/23/13 9:12pm

Even cats get fooled by these optical illusions that appear to move

It's okay to be fooled by these 'animated' optical illusions. They totally look like they're moving. Hell, the cat watching them was fooled too. But the truth is, they're all just a masterful visual trick. The image isn't actually moving, the special sheet in front of it just makes it seem that way. » 12/13/13 12:16am 12/13/13 12:16am

What kind of sorcery illusion lets these two blocks be the same color?

One is dark, one is light. One is gray, one is white. These are obviously two different blocks with two different colors right? Wrong. The two blocks are the same color. Seriously, they're the same shade of gray. Just place your finger across the seam (where the blocks meet in the middle) to reveal the illusion. Just… » 12/07/13 12:11am 12/07/13 12:11am