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How Can This Spinning Arrow That Always Points Right Actually Exist?

Mathematician Kokichi Sugihara, of Meiji University in Japan, once again proves he’s the greatest illusion inventor of our time. Instead of just creating mind-melting images, he creates real-life 3D objects that appear to ignore the laws of our universe. How can this arrow, that perpetually points right, no matter how…

This Optical Illusion of Multiplying Dogs Is a Crash Course In How Digital Image Editing Works

Slice up a photo of a dog and reassemble it, and you’ll be left with two images of the same pup. Slice those photos up again, and somehow you’ll then have four images of that doggo. It seems like an impossible optical illusion, but this neat trick is actually a very basic demonstration of how image editing apps work.

This Surprising Illusion Makes Two Copies of the Same Image Look Like Different Photos

There’s no shortage of meticulously crafted illustrations and animations out there if you’re looking to tax and perplex your brain, but sometimes optical illusions can happen naturally in the real world. Like when someone put two copies of this same photo side-by-side, resulting in a bizarre illusion where your brain…

Can You Find the Perfectly Camouflaged Snow Leopard Hidden on This Mountainside? Can You Find the Perfectly Camouflaged Snow Leopard Hidden on This Mountainside?

There’s a good reason it’s so difficult for photographers and film crews to capture the elusive snow leopard in the wild. The animal’s not only a master of stealth, it also sports a patterned fur coat that turns it nearly invisible in its natural habitat. Can you find the big cat sneaking up on its prey in this…

This Guy's Simple-Looking Camera Tricks Are Actually Pretty Amazing

Before Twitter killed it off, Kevin Parry was a Vine star (who has since jumped ship to Instagram) known for his simplistic yet mind-blowing optical illusions. He’s since compiled a few of them into a longer video that will have you spending the rest of the day trying to figure out how he made each one.

How to Build the Impossible

There are more optical illusions on the internet than stars in the sky, but not only does this seemingly impossible object exist in real life, YouTube’s Shopbuilt channel shows you how to build your own—without having to bend the laws of the universe. Deep down you always knew there was a good reason you took shop…

Can You See All 12 Black Dots At Once? Can You See All 12 Black Dots At Once?

It’s no dress, but this optical illusion will surely make your head hurt.

My Brain Can't Handle These Simple Optical Illusions

Professor Kokichi Sugihara is a wizard, but he doesn’t cast spells or pull rabbits out of hands. His brand of sorcery involves creating simple paper objects that look like they’re bending the fabric of space. In reality they’re just incredibly clever optical illusions, but it doesn’t take much to break the human brain.

How the Heck Does This Ball Not Roll Off This Roof?

If it looks like a roof and it’s sloped downward like a roof, it should act like a damn roof and have stuff freaking slide off it, right? Not when it comes to Kokichi Sugihara’s “Impossible Rooftop.” Even if you place a ball on top of this model house’s roof, it won’t roll off. Instead, the ball will break physics,…

These Amazing Trompe L'oeil Illusions Bring Drab City Buildings To Life These Amazing Trompe L'oeil Illusions Bring Drab City Buildings To Life

Trompe l’oeil (literally “to deceive the eye”) is an ancient technique whereby a painter creates a visual illusion via a trick of perspective. French street artist Patrick Commecy is a modern master of this art form, working with his team of artists at A-Fresco to create huge, hyper-realistic murals on otherwise drab…

Can You Find the iPhone on This Freaking Carpet? Can You Find the iPhone on This Freaking Carpet?

There’s an iPhone laying somewhere on this carpet. You have to stare really hard and probably scour every pixel of this picture and possibly stop blinking for at least four minutes in order to find it, but I promise you that it’s there. Jeya May Cruz dropped her iPhone onto this rug and basically saw her phone vanish…

The Lines in This Trippy Illusion Aren't Actually Moving Around

I’m not blind, I can totally see that the square is moving. First, it tilts to the right side and then it tilts to the left side, like a seesaw of sorts. But it’s actually a mind-bending illusion that makes you think it’s moving.

Crazy Illusion Somehow Transforms Rectangles Into Circles in the Mirror

What in the sorcerous hells is this? Kokichi Sugihara’s ‘Rectangles and Circles’ illusion is a mind-bending visual trip that turns squares into circles and circles into squares right in front of your face. Different shapes are placed at a mirror and what you see in front of you is totally different from what you see…

Furniture that Flattens Into Wall Art Is Perfect For Cramped Apartments

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.

Why on Earth Are Saturn’s Rings Crossing Each Other? Why on Earth Are Saturn’s Rings Crossing Each Other?

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.

10 Impressive Optical Illusion Drawings That Break What You Think Is Real

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…

In the Battle of Ears Vs. Eyes, Who Wins? In the Battle of Ears Vs. Eyes, Who Wins?

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.

Can you tell the difference between what's real and what's not in these amazing illusions?

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…

What Color is Mars? What Color is Mars?

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.

Here Are All The Ways Your Brain Can Be Tricked By Comparisons Here Are All The Ways Your Brain Can Be Tricked By Comparisons

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.

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