Is what you see what you really get? Don’t be fooled, not everything is as it seems. Our senses have limitations and can be bent and twisted. This is especially true of our sense of sight. Pictures can mess with our perspective, making us see one thing over the other or causing immovable objects to move, messing with our head. Here are 25 Crazy Optical Illusions That Will Blow Your Mind.
Is it a chalice or two human faces?
While some people only see one object over the other, trying to focus on one is an all around struggle in and of itself.
Move the image back and forth.
Looking too long at this one might induce horrible headaches. Stare responsibly.
While it might look like the shapes are crooked and in every direction, all of the edges are perfectly straight, vertical, horizontal, or at a 45-degree angle.
Stare long enough and it’ll look like the circles are moving.
Crooked Red Lines
The red lines look crooked but then they don’t. Stop messing with our heads!
Black Tops, Black Bottoms
We’re pretty sure the black is on top of several pillars…wait.
This one is similar to the one we showed a little earlier except now there’s a bizarre, optical fork to throw us off even more.
Believe it or not, those yellow lines are the exact same length.
Stare at the black dot and move your head back and forth. It’ll look like the circles are moving.
This psychedelic picture might look like part of it is moving in the periphery of your eye.
While it might seem like the grey bar in the middle changes shade, it’s actually the same shade throughout. The only shade that changes is in the background.
We’re thinking the point of this one is to make us sick to our stomachs.
No, that’s not a GIF. Stare straight in the middle and the wavy leaves should slow down or stop moving entirely.
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Triangles and Lines
Those lines might look crooked but, of course, they’re actually totally horizontal.
It took us a while to figure this one out but after a second it finally clicked. Can you see the cow?
It might look like the floor is sinking in the middle, but all the squares are the same shape. The dots create the illusion.
Old Lady or Young Woman
Here’s a classic optical illusion that messes with perspective. Some people see an old lady in this picture, and others see a young lady. Can you spot both?
This optical illusion looks like black spots appear at the intersections of the white lines.
Whoa. It’s like we’re spinning into the quantum zone with Doctor Strange. This optical illusion should look like the vortex is moving.
Here’s a different and totally mind-bending variation of moving circles.
The key to the Poggendorf Illusion is the position of the black line. Looking at the left picture, it looks like the black line has shifted a little, but according to the right picture, that isn’t the case.
Stare long enough at these blue flowers and a few should spin and move.
In the Orbison Illusion, the red diamond over the radial lines should look distorted.
Move back from the screen.
The further you move back from this optical illusion, the more you’ll be able to see within the picture.
In the Zollner Illusion, the diagonal lines are parallel even if they don’t look that way.
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