Oculus Used These Optical Illusions to Prove Everything We Know Is Wrong

Virtual reality isn't ready yet. Oh, it's damn good—but it can't quite fully convince you that you are someplace you're not. But how sure are you of the "real world," anyhow? Today, Oculus guru Michael Abrash used these kickass optical illusions to show how fake our reality can be. » 3/27/15 9:46am 3/27/15 9:46am

No, This Hill In Canada Isn't Using Magnetic Force To Pull Cars Uphill

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. » 3/26/15 2:30am 3/26/15 2:30am

Some people see this dress as white & gold while others see black & blue

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… » 2/26/15 8:26pm 2/26/15 8:26pm

This Entire Website Is One Fascinating And Dead Simple Optical Illusion 

Ah the power of simple black lines. When a sheet of black lines is dragged over a still image, the images will suddenly appear to move: Pac-Man opens his mouth, gears turn, balls fall. Slow Scroll → Have Fun is a single brilliant site that harnesses the power of your mouse to tickle your eyeballs. » 1/09/15 1:17pm 1/09/15 1:17pm

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 12/16/14 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