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Charlie Brown Subliminal Optical IllusionHave you heard about subliminal messages, and methods big companies (or authors) do to insert them into their products? They were quite popular few decades ago, and you can still see number of instances where hidden stuff is implemented in such a way that not everyone will notice. One of the spoofs that references these was made by Brad Pitt in Fight Club blockbuster (when they’ve inserted a photo of male genitalia as a single frame into family movie screening).

Theory says that people unconsciously notice the subliminal message, which triggers an action desired it would by its author. For example, there is a legend theaters used to insert short frames of food and drinks into their movie rolls, hoping to awaken hunger and thirst among audience, eventually resulting with higher sales of their fast-food products. One such subliminal thing is supposedly hidden in Charlie Brown’s portrait. I’m not exactly sure where this came from, or whether it’s just a coincidence, but if you spot it – it should perfectly fit with the title of this article. Happy hunting!

  • orangeoz

    7e7, i think… (its a flight company)

  • Donald W

    LUCY. To his left.

  • Esem

    No, forehead. That’s a bad forehead.

  • Kimon

    Is it the hair? That is a bit stretched though.

  • Lily

    Charlie Brown just wants some…

    Orange juice ???

  • Bob

    Oh noes! His hair spells a word!

  • Peter

    I guess you could say he’s got it on his mind.

  • James

    I think this is a bit of a stretch. I’ll try to avoid a spoiler here, but Schulz has always drawn Charlie Brown in a similar fashion, and only with this particular expression does it look remotely like a message. I’m not buying the fact that every time Charlie Brown gives a ‘good grief’ expression like this that the cartoonist is trying to sneak a subliminal message in. I’m gonna have to side with it being a coincidence, although it’s still interesting to see.

    I imagine though, there is a different effect going on here than subliminal messaging. I’m sure there’s some psychological term for it, but it’s likely that if you have this on the brain, you have a better chance of finding the message!

    I was more impressed/shocked back in the day when I first learned that Disney movies like The Lion King had stuff like this drawn into them. The first time I went back and saw the subliminal messages drawn into those movies I was certainly surprised.

  • Art

    Is it 3 letter word ?
    Is it what 13 year olds sometimes do and experiment?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-Kiilerich/742482478 Lasse Kiilerich

    Can’t see it….but I’m thinkin it’s dirty…So for me, it is totally a Rorscach test :) And all I can see now is *****

  • Xii

    Why would he need a fez?

    Xot doesn’t make sense.

  • Kim

    Not seeing it…..

  • Bastian Fromherz

    subliminal messaging doesn’t work that well http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subliminal_stimuli#Effectiveness

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paco-Ramirez-de-Marbella/1615903788 Paco Ramirez de Marbella

    he wants more sex

  • LittleNYCgirl

    Kind of a stretch…yeah, it could say that. It could also say “cat” or “hex” or “get” or be a simple picture of something. People have active imaginations.

  • Davor

    I don’t see it either.

  • http://123.com 123

    IT SAYS SEX ON HIS FOREHEAD! Now everybody knows :p

  • http://BowlingTracker.com James Smith

    I think the right side of his head and ear looks like a breast and nipple.. see screenshot..


  • Tyler

    I think that his forehead creates the shape of a pretzel not a word.

  • Tracy

    I can see the image of a woman’s head and upper torso next to Charlie Brown’s left shoulder. I can make out the swept-up blond hairdo, a vague face, and certain parts of her upper body, which are covered by a white bikini-style top. Very hard to spot, but very interesting once found:)

  • edwin

    His hair says sex.
    the first curl is the s, the loop is the e, and the lat curl with the line through it the x.

    At least that’s what i reckon

  • Fehl-X

    He just want some SEX! Thats the word on his forehead…^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-OBray/737265592 Chris O’Bray

    Totally coincidence. Schulz was quite the Christian, until becoming a ‘secular humanist’ some time in the 80’s. ‘Peanuts’ often had some degree of religious undertones, but the messages were far more overt in his ‘Teen Charlie Brown’ series. Examples here: http://bit.ly/9RzQvc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-Kiilerich/742482478 Lasse Kiilerich

    Jim Costner: I Think you are right. I like that kind of thinking, like; “ghosts exists because some believe it exists”

  • diego

    i just see boobs that are lactating buahaha!!!

  • Mr hide

    His hair seems said “sex” ha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Barks/615586824 Andrew Barks

    i can see the e and the x as being possibly drawn for subliminal purposes but the s is looks nothing like an s so i dont think it would work
    i proberbly would work as subliminal messaging if the s looked like an s and not like a backwards 2
    or a 7

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phil-Goldwhite/742534216 Phil Goldwhite

    If I squint my eyes I can make his forehead read as “sex” but it’s a stretch.

  • suziee

    its actually an arrow on the right edge of the picture just a little more than 3 fothes of the way down pointing towards charlie
    but im sure that it only seems like that because the picture is cut, i dont think it was ment to be like that

  • Richard Brice

    Just coincidence in my opinion. Yes, a particular word does appear to be written on his forehead, but there’s the extra line between the ‘s’ and ‘e’. Seeing that word says more about the person viewing it than about the artist. Hold on a mo… ;)

  • Joe

    that is stupid. It’s a case of searching too closely for something. You could find “sex” written anywhere if you tried hard enough.

  • ky

    i see it…. its inda in cursive

  • Rage


  • R.

    The T-shirt Charlie is wearing is related to the pumpkins during Haloween.
    Also a Charlie Brown booklet is telling about the Great Pumpkins.

    I do not see any hidden object in the picture, it’s more the characteristics of a pumpkin on his shirt.

    However, the picture seems not to be the full picture, there is a lot missing around him.

  • Jason

    His forehead spells SEX

  • Jim Costner

    “It” can be found everywhere you want to look hard enough for it. I can look out my window and find it in the branches of any tree. Whether it’s in the branches, Chuck’s hairline or the clouds in a Disney flick, like so many other things, you will find what you are looking for regardless of it being there either randomly or intentionally.
    If I want to see UFO’s and ghosts, I can find them too.

  • Alberto Maria Franchi

    Nose+right eye=tit

  • bonster

    no no no, u guys r not seeing it.beside, on his left side in the flowers there is a male part and a flower making the girl’s part.

    so there.

  • Crystal

    It says “sex” on the left of charlie brown. The “s” is kind of choppy, but the “e” and the “x” are very clearly visible.

  • kelly

    his forehead hair spells out sex

  • PsychoDad

    I agree, anything in this is unintentional or more likely imaginary. BTW, excepting only one or two incidents which they acknowledge as true, all the Disney stuff is Rorschach pictures too. The couple bits they admit to are blamed on disgruntled employees working their last project before quitting or being fired. Come on guys, haven’t you heard of Snopes?

  • John

    If you see a word, you’re on drugs

  • Crystal

    Oh shoot, I didn’t even see it in the hair

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gonzlez/609257137 Daniel González

    Me neither…

  • John

    His forehead says sex.

  • anon

    well if the last letter is a x that makes the first letter a x to spell xex… then if you are trying to make a classic perverted and say sex then you must have issues… tired of looking at this site and its non optical illusions

  • Jesse Harmon

    His forehead says SEX.

  • anon

    his hair looks more like genitals(undeveloped though)

  • Peet

    Looks like a piece of Lucy’s ass to his left and Charlie’s hairline reacts, but regardless, I’m still not getting it.

  • http://AuburnNotRed.blogspot.com Taylor B.

    it’s just a “W” and then his eyebrows. It’s coincidence, not sex.

    • saul mendoza

      its sex u idot

  • Jef

    I can see what we’re suppose to notice, but also, his hair happens to be the Walgreens “W”

  • Pete

    Heheehe ..NOW quite with the 1st letter there .. the other 2 letters are OK… for people NOT spotting it … its a 3 letter word for nuptuals begginning with S and ending in X .. and if thats not a total giveaway now.. and look in his HAIR !

  • Helena

    I don’t see this one

    • Hannah

      Poor charlie brown. He needs a girlfriend, a bed and some manly parts down there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Haviland/100000657164709 Richard Haviland

    I think what’s in a picture,such as this one, leaves much to the imagination. One person will see one thing while the next will see nothing. As for Charlie Brown, one can only imagine what’s on his mind.

  • luis

    S E X

  • David


    lol. his hair says sex i think. charlie brown wants some sex. LOLLOLOL.

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  • bee

    hair = sex

  • stin@

    can’t see anything, WHAT IS IT?!?

  • cameron137

    it says sex on his fore head some people may not6 be able to read it but if you look closely

  • Martin

    ‘M’ in his jumper – Macdonalds! ‘Sex’ in his hair

  • JACK

    This isnt a optical illusion unless you know the answer

  • zena

    His forhead/hair spells SEX…

  • S

    on his forehead,,,ofcourse

  • frank

    Agree there is a tit in there. The picture is saying ‘milk’. Charlie’s facial impression is that of an infant wanting, usually, to be fed. The tit is located just below and out to his right ear. the flowers draw the tit shape.

    It’s milk.

  • frank

    correction…i meant his left ear

  • Chris

    I have no idea. I need the give away

  • Victor


  • mike

    his hair (which is the curly thing on his forehead) spells “Get” thats all i can find

  • C.C

    i saw the word on his forehead and the thing with his nose and eye, but i think this is a coincidence as he is usually drawn in a specific way.
    (if that makes sense…)

  • Friedeldietje

    Did you know that the theatre story is actually not true?
    Researchers in that time forgot to mention that visitors had nothing to drink on forehand, so they where actually thirsty :)
    On top of that, this study has been repeated a couple of times. And the effect of adding a ‘soda brand’ frame into a movie in order to increase sales of that specific soda is never found again!

  • SLU

    hehe its a set of boobies and nipples on his forehead

  • Pam

    take a gander from a few steps back… you’ll see it then!

  • Daisy

    Oh come on! It’s just Charlie Brown!!!

  • Barb

    You guys are all up in the night. It is just another ploy. There is the power of suggestion of something hidden. So, you all look to find something that isn’t really there. But you will keep looking until you can make something up.

  • Eddie

    Its extremly interesting

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hans-Burger/1550940180 Hans Burger

    some help ! his black bend in the t-shirt represent two lines of famelic teeth eating his hand

  • Kristin

    My comment is deletet.
    Was I right then?
    Is spoiler not allowed here? (every one seems to guess out loud)
    Just let me now – I luv the site :D

  • iriso

    SO he was a Washtington Nationals fan before they were a team. (same logo as walgreens pretty much) ..

    I think you try too hard to find illusions in stuff that arn’t. This wasn’t good at all.

  • http://jeveuxvous.roxer.com/ alexandre

    It’s not a W, people. His hair looks like testicles!

  • Earl

    an animal shape in the green flower stems behind Charlie Brown


    his nose and left eye look like a boob. lol

  • ms muppet

    i thought that his head loooked like hairy balls

  • adam

    It’s Dolly Madison. His hair makes the logo for D.M. Charlie Brown was in commercials for Zingers, made by…Dolly Madison

  • Vesvas

    It’s complicated and bunk. But i tell sex is hair for blind

  • duncan

    There’s way better examples in Disney’s movies. Some placed there by disgruntled employees, (Little Mermaid box cover) some just by wishful thinking if you ask me.

  • Ron Calhoun

    If you look at Charlie Brown and think of sex, you need a girlfriend.

    • CAT

      You, sir, made my day

  • Heli

    Ill i can see is McD’s fries…

  • ziff

    There is a dinosaur behind him milking a cow. look past the flower and stare into his eyes while ignoring the colors of this pic.

  • javonte

    ah thats kinda grosse but funny lol

  • awesom

    wow i couldnt see it until i read all the comments. uggh. i guess im just not an illusion expert.

  • Sophie

    If you look to his left, there a red circle and a orange circle, plus a green piece of grass inbetween him. Penis. I found that right away.

  • MB

    his hair looks more like goatse than “sex” to me o.o

  • md

    looks like its some balls

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerald-Lontayao/100001835420825 Gerald Lontayao

    for me it mean sex………coz 1st letter s..and ending x..so sex

  • KLB

    I think it’s an add for condoms:
    1. his hair says ‘sex’
    2. there’s a small black arrow at the side of the screen pointing at his dick
    3. if you squint his body comes of the background and looks like a penis
    what do you think?

  • tamia

    I looked at the comments so i figure that it is sex. 5 stars

  • Malik

    I see the word SEX on charlies top hair and that his left eye ball and his nose forms a tit.

  • chance


  • cool froggy

    his shirt.. its collors look like angry eyes and the zigzags look liike sharp teeth u ppl are just obbsessed with sex!!! =D

  • Mike

    Look at his hair, it says “sex” The twirl in the middle of both ends is a cursive e. And the one in both sides are “s” and “x”.

  • BerryArt02

    I think his hair is someone spreading butt cheeks