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By on May 29, 2015, with 1 Comment  

I’m always a little in awe when I see amazing graffiti murals. They just take so much time and talent that I can’t help but stop and stare most of the time, whether it’s legal graffiti or otherwise.

It’s no surprise that this graffiti mural optical illusion caught my eye this morning.

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I wonder if they had problems with people trying to walk on the graffiti “road”; take note of the orange and white traffic marker.

Here’s the same graffiti optical illusion, but slightly closer…

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I don’t know much about this graffiti optical illusion, but I don know it’s located in Pointe-Saint-Charles, a neighborhood in Montreal. My French is a little rusty these days, but according to this story, this graffiti optical illusion has something to do with making the local bike paths safer. I think?

Okay – busted. My French isn’t rusty; I don’t speak French at all and Google translate doesn’t always do the best job. So, if there’s anyone out there that really does speak or read French, maybe you can shed a little light on this subject? I’m really interested in finding out more about this graffiti optical illusion!

This graffiti optical illusion really reminds me of something, but I can’t quite ut my finger on it! Roger Rabbit’s Tunnel to Toontown maybe? Or, possibly one of Wile E. Coyote’s amzing creations?

What does this graffiti optical illusion remind you of? While you ponder it, check out this awesome moving tunnel optical illusion!

By on May 28, 2015, with 0 Comments  

 

 

Today’s addition to Mighty Optical Illusions is actually a series of fun animal optical illusions.

As I was poking around looking at some neat animal optical illusions, I ran across a series of clever ad campaigns run by the Buenos Aires zoo a while back. From what I can tell, this ad campaign was the brainchild of the Argentina office of Saatchi and Saatchi, a global communications and advertising agency network.

Each image uses positive and negative space to create two different animals in one. The slogan of the ad campaign, “Animales Juntos,”, translates to “Discover Animals”, and that’s exactly what we are able to do with these animal optical illusions. No matter which part of the image jumps out at you first, there’s still more to discover in each image.

I have to admire whoever created these wonderful and powerful animal optical illusions. As standalone works of art alone, they’re absolutely brilliant and beautiful. As a collective ad campaign, they are also extremely clever and memorable.

Let’s see if you can tell which animals are in each image…

First up, we have the monkeys, always a favorite at the zoo. Can you see the second animal in the image?

Next, we have a couple of alligators. (Or are they crocodiles…?) Do you see the other animal hidden between their jaws, though?

There are two different species of animals in this image. I’ll give you a hint—it’s a snake optical illusion.

 

Aw…a couple of seahorses! But, what else…?

These next animals look like falcons or hawks to me. The negative space in their mouths and between their bodies forms another animal, though.

Whooooo….is in this animal optical illusion?

 

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A couple of vigilant squirrels grace this animal optical illusion. But, I wonder if they’re aware of the little guy between their tails.
These were definitely some fun animal optical illusions and some great advertising! Were you able to see all of the animal optical illusions for what they were?

Love animal optical illusions? Head over and check out this find the animals optical illusion, the hidden jungle animal optical illusion, and the rainforest of hidden animals optical illusion!

By on May 27, 2015, with 2 Comments  

Today, I have a bowl of vegetables for you!

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Just a painting of a bowl of veggies… Looks like an onion, some parsnips, a couple of mushrooms. Yummy! Time to make dinner!

But, do you really want to cook this guy?

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Eek!

This is actually an interesting Giuseppe Arcimboldo painting optical illusion. Dali was a Spanish surrealist painter and sculptor. Throughout the course of his career, he created several amazing works of art.

Many of his paintings are also optical illusion paintings. Giuseppe Arcimboldo painting optical illusions can often be seen as two different things, depending on how you look at them. This painting optical illusion, for instance, changes from a bowl of vegetables to a funky looking man when you look at it upside down.

So, what did you think of today’s Salvador Dali painting optical illusion? Check out more of his works here, here, and here!

By on May 26, 2015, with 0 Comments  

Good morning, all! Hopefully everyone had a fun and safe Memorial Day yesterday!

I thought I’d share a fun mirror house illusion with you today…

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This is the Izabelin House, a two story structure in the middle of the forest. As you can see, it blends right in, with the help of a few mirrors. Okay, witht he help of a LOT of mirrors!

From this angle, it looks like a room with no walls surrounding it. Like it’s sinking into another dimension. Definitely freaky!

Now, let’s take a look at it from another angle…

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From this angle, it looks like the second story is just floating above the ground.

This mirror house illusion is definitely pretty cool. The mirrors reflect the trees and forest floor around it, which helps it blend almost completely in and make it almost invisible.

A couple of thoughts on this, though. A mirror house optical illusion is pretty awesome, but how much time and money do you think they spend to keep the mirrors on the outside clean and clear? Or do you think they just let it get dirty until it’s time for a photo?

Also, what about animals? If the mirror house illusion is difficult for us to see, wouldn’t it be extremely difficult for wildlife to see as well? I can just picture little Bambi bounding through the forest, and — BAM! — running right into the side of the mirror house. Like a bird into a picture window, but on a much larger scale.

And what about the animals that can see themselves in the mirror house? If they’re territorial, wouldn’t they want to fight their reflections? Then you’d have all sorts of animals, like bears and mountain goats, trying to beat up your house.

My final thought? Living in a mirror house would be pretty cool and definitely a conversation starter. (“So, yeah—I live in a house of mirrors…”) But, I don’t think it would be worth it!

What about you? Would you live in a mirror house? Or would you prefer to live in something like this funky hotel building?

By on May 25, 2015, with 0 Comments  

It’s Memorial Day here in the United States. For many, it’s a day that marks the official start of summer. A day for picnics and barbecues, family and friends.

However, Memorial Day has a much deeper meaning. It’s a day to remember and honor the fallen soldiers who have fought and died protecting our freedom. A day to remember those that never made it home. For some, its a very bittersweet day and emotional day. The soldiers who made it home and the families the fallen soldiers left behind may spend at least part of today graveside or at war memorials, laying flowers and speaking to loved ones who are no longer with us.

It’s days like today, that a simple flag illusion can be so powerful, moving, and overwhelmingly emotional. I actually ran across this flag illusion some time ago, but I’ve been saving it for today…

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This flag illusion photograph was taken by Chicago photographer Jeff Lewis a few years ago. While it’s not the perfect likeness of the American flag, I can definitely see why many saw it as a flag illusion at the time.

The blue clouds in the upper left corner look like the blue portion of the American flag. The setting sun is also hitting the lower clouds in such a way that they look like the red and white stripes of the flag.

Not a super crazy flag illusion today, but definitely a striking one. Hopefully, you’ll take a moment to appreciate this flag illusion and take a moment to appreciate what it represents—our freedom and the brave men and women who died protecting it.

If you liked this flag illusion, check out this other American flag optical illusion.

By on May 24, 2015, with 0 Comments  

 

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and I’m sure some of you will be hitting the lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams to get a little fishing in during the holiday. Today’s illusion fits perfectly with the summer fishing season. It’s a fun little fisherman optical illusion!

So, let’s get right down to it. Can you find the fisherman in the optical illusion below?

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If you said he’s in the giant bird’s mouth, you’re right. Sort of.

As always, there’s actually a little more to this picture than meets the eye. For instance, not only is there a giant bird, but there’s also a whopper of a fish hidden in this fisherman optical illusion. Can you find the fish?

Maybe it’ll help if you look at it a different way.

Still can’t see it? I’ll give you a hint—try standing on your head. Or, turn your monitor upside down.

Or, I suppose I could just turn the image upside down for you… Isn’t that just sweet of me?

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Now you can see that there actually is no giant bird in this fisherman optical illusion. When you turn it upside down, the bird’s head becomes the giant fish we were searching for just a moment ago, the bird’s body becomes an island, and the legs become trees.

The fisherman is now safe and no longer being devoured by the giant bird. Now he’s rowing around in his canoe, which was formerly the giant bird’s beak. It looks like he’s trying to figure out how to snag that giant fish. Waves become sky, birds become waves, and the whole word is topsy turvey in this fun little fisherman optical illusion!

Have a safe, fun, and happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! Before you go, make sure you take a look at some of our other optical illusions, like this American flag optical illusion and this 3D fish optical illusion! Or, check out this impolite fish optical illusion

 

 

By on May 23, 2015, with 0 Comments  

I don’t know if it’s just me, or what, but something seems a little off about this car…

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I can’t tell if it’s coming or going! When you first look at this car optical illusion, you immediately think that it’s parked at an angle, with the front end facing to the left. Upon closer inspection, however, you’ll notice that the wheels…well, the wheels just aren’t quite right!

They’re sideways, which makes this car optical illusion just blow your mind! If you focus on the wheels and fenders, it seems like the car if actually parked at an angle, facing away from you. Crazy, I tell ya!

Not surprisingly, this car optical illusion is a Photoshop job. (Shocking, I know.) You can actually see where the front fenders have been edited above the car’s right front wheel. (Or is it the car’s left rear wheel…?) But, you have to look pretty closely to see it.

Even if it’s a clever Photoshop job, this car optical illusion gets an A in my book! I stared at this image for several moments trying to figure it out. It’s just such a fun illusion!

If you liked this car optical illusion, we have lots more! Check out yesterday’s upside down truck, or this car riding a skateboard!

By on May 22, 2015, with 1 Comment  

Whoa! Check out this sweet ride!

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It might look like a flipped truck that wrecked in the parking lot, but if you look a little closer. If the guy sitting behind the windshield isn’t a dead giveaway that this upside down truck isn’t what it seems, then the wheels under the truck on the pavement might help convince you. If you’re being really stubborn and still don’t see that this upside down truck is actually right side up, meet Rick Sullivan…

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Sullivan is a collision center and auto body shop owner in Clinton, Illinois. He got the strange idea to build his upside down truck when he was called to tow a flipped over Ford F-150. With help from a couple of co-workers, this amazing vehicle only took 6 months to build. The wheels on the top actually spin with the aid of electric motors, and it’s street legal. It even has an interesting vanity plate…

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Sullivan has stated that the attention that his flipped over truck has been astounding and humbling. He became a hit on social media, and he’s even been pulled over by police…just so they could take pictures!

This upside down truck isn’t Sullivan’s only creation either. Before he started driving around in his upside down truck, he also build and drove a giant replica of a Radio Flyer wagon.

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If you’re wondering about the furry passenger, that’s Murray!

What did you think of this upside down truck? Would you drive it? (Of course you would! Who wouldn’t?!) If you liked this upside down truck, make sure you check out these cars and trucks optical illusions!