Best 7 optical illusions of 2015


#1

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#2

That cat one got me thinking: is it an optical illusion if there’s just not enough information to tell what something is, either way?

In the cat one, I think there are enough cues that you could reasonably tell, but what about something like a really up-close shot of a few tiles? “Floor or ceiling? You won’t believe the CRAZY optical illusion that’s stumping the internet.”


#3

“Optical illusion”, oh yeah it is!


#4

The cat/stairs one is easy: it’s going down stairs. You can tell because the treads are plainly visible.


#5

And the mortar in the wall above each tread.


#6

The “field of sheep” one infuriates me. It’s just a low-res and/or blurry image, then a detail/enlargement of the full picture. Like saying:

This was painted by a famous artist! Who it is may shock you!


#7

Rothko?


#8

An Alaskan optometrist – now that’s an optical Aleutian.


#9

Well played.


#10

See, every UK reader looked at that picture of the woman with the glass and went “holy shit, it’s the chuckle brothers!”.
I had to read the article to find out that it kinda, sorta looks like there’s a penis sticking out of the glass.
No I’m not going to explain the chuckle brothers to you. Some kinds of national shame shouldn’t be shared.


#11

Jimmy Durante seems especially impressed with the lady’s libation.


#12

Do government and corporate transparency count as optical illusions?


#13

the trick is that the cat is not alive, but the house is!


#14

Best 7, as judged by whom?


#15

The headline says 7 illusions, but I only see two. Is that supposed to be an illusion in itself?


#16

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