Here’s what you get when you combine an ad agency, #Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s famous illusory “moving snakes pattern” and home-delivery service provider. I can’t seem to ignore the irony behind this advertising message, but it’s better for me to let you decide on it yourselves. Meals on Wheels!
Some of the best illusions on this site can be found categorised inside #sexy hashtag. It’s not that I’m such fond of provocative content, it’s because illusions such as this one have to pass some extra filters in order to qualify for our homepage. I have to be extra careful with these, as there are youngsters among us, where it’s really important for me that they immediately understand the joke - Even when they mistake the content for what it appears to be, the end-result shouldn’t appear distasteful. Having said that, these sofas have really fooled me first time I laid my eyes over them! They still makes me laugh today…
It’s been a long time since last time we featured one our “Spot the animal” puzzles. At one point in time, Gardner’s hidden animals over-populated this blog so much, they started popping out with each “Random illusion” button click. I swore to myself then, I’m done with them forever. Don’t get me wrong – there were some really marvellous puzzles showcased back then, it’s just that I haven’t had the feeling when to stop posting them. I think it’s safe to break my pledge now, after so many years where I stood true to my promise. Here’s a very similar jigsaw puzzle produced by Currier & Ives. It appears our little fox is alone in the woods, but why is he so puzzled then (or is it she?)…
More often than not, I receive emails from fans all over the world. While most of them are complimentary, thanking me for maintaining this site and expressing gratuity for regular content, I also receive a complaint here and then (mostly addressing my English). Questions and suggestions fly in as well. One that stood out lately was a complimentary email from Agnes, where she also expressed her disappointment regarding solutions often not being included inside the articles. I have to acknowledge this, yet I’ve always felt the solution shouldn’t be handed out on a plate. In my view easy answer degrades the value of a question (or illusion in our case). Somehow I always disliked shortcuts in life. Perhaps this Spartan approach doesn’t work for some, but it certainly helps starting the conversation (comments section!). This also forces you to stop and think about the illusion for a second. After all, isn’t the feeling when you come up with the solution yourself – rewarding by itself?! Having said that, I have to admit many illusions I posted are still a mystery to me. They may appear beautiful or simple, but sometimes even I can’t see the answer. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy reading your comments so much! It’s one of the things that keep me going… Here’s a solution animation that may help with one of our latest posts ;)
I just had to share this sweet chocolate animation with you guys! I know that missing piece puzzle was recycled so many times by now, but I’m sure you’ll admit it’s fun to see something so simple yet so amazing.
If I were a food company, I’d apply this principle immediately to generate some extra profit! What do you say? I can’t seem to pinpoint the answer, yet I’m perfectly aware you can’t generate matter out of nothing!
You may accuse me of recycling some already-seen ideas, but I felt obligated to share Jason’s recent submission – one featuring beautiful impossible figures made out of wood. I haven’t had the chance to ask Jason if he made or photographed these himself, but the outcome is either-way perfect! Not sure about you, but I’d be delighted if we could obtain photos of these figures photographed from different, illusion-revealing angle. Let’s see if craftsmen among you are able to replicate these in wood or some other material…?
Perfectly Timed Photos, also known as Photos Taken at Just Right Moment are often to be found floating around the net. I tend to ignore them, until I’m able to collect enough qualifying samples, ones I can feature inside my #galleries. Even though most of them involve sun or a moon, there are other extraordinary examples featuring funny, puzzling, sexy or artistic moment. I’ve included some more popular ones, and you be the judge which of them features most of the mentioned attributes!
Since this “Jazz Musician” optical illusion was one of the earliest attempts of me trying to blog, where since then it has long been buried deep inside our web archives, it made me very happy when I found out it wasn’t forgotten and was used as a print for a very popular T-Shirt brand!
Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not the original creator behind this illusion: I even suspect it belongs to the early days of the internet, where its author never came out and claimed it. Still, it brings very nice memories, and I’m particularly fond of the simplicity behind it.