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Dunno whether you’ve heard of Frazz or not (I haven’t), but I guess it’s a popular comic in western hemisphere. From what I’ve learned, the comic regularly appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide, including the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune and Detroit News. Invented by Jef Mallett, it follows the adventures of an unexpected role model – an elementary-school janitor who’s also a Renaissance man. While he’s sweeping the hall, he’s whistling Beethoven. Or Lyle Lovett. He paints the woodwork in the classrooms; he paints a Da Vinci on the cafeteria wall. He’s a trusted authority figure who is every kid’s buddy. One such recent comic, included an optical illusion I thought you might like. How long does it take before you see it? Enjoy!

Frazz Optical Illusion Oak Tree


102 Responses
  1. jacob says:

    hahaaa the leaves make the hair of the old gray haired man. but i’m not sure if the lower part is his mustache or his eyes???

  2. z2d4th says:

    i can not notice anything, it’s just a regular view.

  3. Jens says:

    Absolutely worth the time. Online at http://www.gocomics.com/frazz

  4. Roosie says:

    I don’t get it…Is it the man made of leaves lying in the tree…

  5. eee efff geee says:

    OK I give What is it?

  6. Josh says:

    Looks like Calvin’s aged a bit…

  7. lolek says:

    Don’t read if you want to find it yourself.

    If you almost close your eyes, you’ll see a famous duck, where an oak tree was before.

  8. o'domhnaill says:

    a goat it!!! tuik mi a quhi3l,thon trees luik juist like thon folks heids!

  9. Joanne says:

    Love Frazz. Loved this when I saw it, and still love it. I have a sneaking suspicion that Caulfield had something to do with it – Frazz only protests his own innocence.

  10. Tonatiuht says:

    I don’t see it

  11. Gabe Elsinga says:

    Omg, the leaves appear to fly away so randomly!

  12. Billie says:

    Maybe I am just tired but I don’t know what is so funny about the references to the hair or lack of hair on the characters. I see the mustache and hair is at the same place on the tree, I get the porcupine reference, and I get the smooth round stones reference, but I don’t really know why it supposed to be funny?

  13. Eliza says:

    what the illusion i dont see one

  14. David says:

    The clump of leaves on the tree at far left matches the mustache and hair of the fellow on the left. Not really an illusion, though, is it?

  15. JLan says:

    All I see is a tree with a moustache and a receding hairline

  16. Doax says:

    I dont get it…
    help plz :S

  17. jess says:

    it looks like a face

  18. Jacky says:

    Hint: Look at the man with the glasses, then look at the tree. REPEAT until the answer is found.

  19. nogenius says:

    I dont see it? Is it suppose to be the old guy?

  20. Steven says:

    I can’t see it. I’ve been looking with no luck, how about a hint..

  21. Cheddar says:

    The tree looks like the hair and mustache on the man next to the kid? Is that right?

  22. Peter says:

    Ahh, good one. The trick is to figure out why the guy on the right is upset about smooth, round stones.

  23. Jim says:

    No. I don’t see it.

  24. Sergio says:

    No fricking idea, other than that the leaves on the tree match the hair and mustache of the guy on the left, but that would be pretty weak. So what if it does? Am I any close?

  25. Joey says:

    I don’t see it. It’s probably something in the leaves though.

  26. Lucas says:

    Oh, that… Took some time to figure it out. It’s not one of the greatest illusions I’ve seen.

  27. hilomaron says:

    wowza man!

  28. Emma says:

    Dont get it… 1ST COMMENT!!!

  29. popesantaxiv says:

    Well, the hair and mustache on the old dude mirror the leaves on the tree in the background. You can’t quite make out a face in the tree though.

  30. Chell says:

    I have been looking at this all night and still can’t see anything. Help please

  31. tyler k says:

    Dang no one got this one

  32. Ivan Moraes says:


    Nothing unusual here!

  33. Dart says:

    It looks like the General

  34. Sapoferoz says:

    what are we supposed to be seeing here. I still see nothing.

  35. don says:

    Wow, Calvin got old.

  36. Beverly says:

    I dont get it. I see no playground or stones. Does anyone get it?

  37. antou says:

    Is that tree imitating the left guy’s hair ?

  38. Trini Bwoy says:

    I’m pretty sure the tree in the background looks like the guy walking to the left.

  39. Sergio Ramos says:

    the hair? O.o

  40. Lulahoop says:

    I’m stumped :( :P

  41. NeeL says:

    The dialog is a nice hint. And if you still don’t get it, they are referring to the hair on their heads. It took me a minute or so. :)

  42. lyly says:

    i cant seeeee ittttttt D:

  43. Rick says:

    The lower right area of the oak tree looks like a bust of Frazz.

  44. Ribber says:

    Ha! I had to come back to this one quite a few times before it finally clicked, even with all the obvious clues in the dialogue.

  45. Joe Ninety says:

    Well, all I see is that the leaves left on the tree echo the hair left on the head of the man on the left… is that really it?

  46. Chris L says:

    Not much of an illusion, but think I got it … the pattern of the leaves match something else you can see!

  47. Tim says:

    The oak tree with the leaves creates an image resembling the man on the left.

  48. zack says:

    I can’t tell if i see the image or not, is it that the tree resembles the old mans hair loss? Is that what the kids are poking fun at?? Post something and let me know thank you.

  49. martype says:

    Is it the clumps of leaves that look like a bird flying from its nest?

  50. DudeMan says:

    I don’t see it. This angers me..

  51. st.graham says:

    I guess the tree is supposed to look like the man. Not much of an illusion. What’s more interesting is the teenage Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes) look-a-like.

  52. Bob says:

    haha, the oak tree leaves are shaped like the old guys hair and mustache.

  53. Matjl says:

    the leaves areshaped like a bird and a cloud

  54. Bob the wezel says:

    HA HA HA IT IS A FACE!!!!! with like a beard ya know.

  55. Brad says:

    Give me a clue

  56. john says:

    not too long… the oak tree’s leaves are in the same place as the facial hair of the guy on the left

  57. Andrea says:

    I can’t see the illusion . Can somebody help me ?

  58. Katherine says:


  59. Esteban says:

    I wouldn’t call it an “optical illusion”, but it’s pretty funny. Very clever.

  60. eric says:

    well the text isnt funny – until you realize the optical illusion… just under 3 minutes

  61. Jim says:

    Where are the answers?

  62. Todd D says:

    Is the tree also the older guy?

  63. anthony22 tj says:


  64. krystin says:

    i don’t get it

  65. russell says:

    i dont see it

  66. lolly xx says:

    I’m not sure I got it, but I think the leaves on the tree look like they are in the shape of a bird flying from its nest?

  67. Kevin says:

    It looks like the leaves in the tree are forming a bird and the leaves to the lower right of the tree are forming a nest for the bird to land in.

  68. kray says:

    What am is it that that iam missing?

  69. lalee says:

    I dont get it!!!!????

  70. Anne Marie says:

    I see the leaves forming the hair and mustache of a man, like the man on the left.

  71. Eliza says:


  72. Dreamz says:

    Old guy don’t like the oak tree cuz it resembles him….. Guy in the middle (Calvin look-a-like) says he didn’t want them to cut the grass that looked like a porcupine (like his hair)… and the guy on the right wants the smooth river stones removed because of his smooth bald head…

  73. Iain says:

    Aaah. Good one. The leaves look like the fellow on the left’s hair and mustache. Other clues are the kid referring to cutting porcupine grass, which probably look like his hair. And the bald guy wanting the smooth stones removed. All references to top of heads.

  74. Stevin says:

    I see it! It looks just like the guy. The hair and the mustache of the guy with his arm cross is like the leaves on the oak tree.

  75. Dennis Abramsohn says:

    Did NOONE catch the fact that the entire comic is based on the look alike tree to the old man. Note the porcupine hair of the boy and the discussion that he didn’t offer to cut down the porcupine grass, just like the old man didn’t like the tree mocking him with the hair and mustache

  76. Jess says:

    I see a skeleton…

  77. Ari says:

    Oh I get it! It’s the older guy! That’s why he looks nervous, and the comment about the porcupine grass and the smooth rocks proves it.

  78. coolcat says:

    He’s talking to the man about his random hair loss.What bothers me is him not wanting to trim his porcupine grass in his play area!:~)

  79. Louie says:

    The big oak tree has the old guy’s hair and moustache while the clump of trees to the right of that tree are in the shape of the kid with the spiky hair.

  80. Why Me?! says:

    I see a bird and a nest. I kind of see the man, but I think it’s a bird

  81. Tom says:

    is it me or is this guy a grown-up Calvin?

  82. Jesse says:

    Pretty good comic in my opinion! Gave me a chuckle once I saw it.

  83. marcy says:

    tree leaves are in the same place as the hair of dude on the left.

  84. marcy says:

    tree leaves are in the same place as the hair of dude on the left.

    the second tree kind of looks like the kids hair and since the last dude is bald we cant see individual leaves of the third tree

  85. aahok says:

    oak tree looks like the old man there

  86. Hannatu says:

    i just don’t see it. may be there isn’t anything!

  87. thebrainster says:

    looks like Mr. Spazzete’s hair and mustache (the guy on the left)

  88. Lance Christian De Castro says:

    I think it’s Flanders.

  89. cupcake says:

    dont get it at all

  90. Mohzee says:

    It looks like the man on the far right has a nose piercing perhaps? Lol

  91. Tim says:

    I think it looks like Abe Lincoln.

  92. jennifer says:

    the tree resembles the man on the left, hence the remarks by the kid in the middle about the porcupine grass(notice his hair), and the bald man regarding the smooth round stones.

  93. caitlin says:

    i see a umbrella and boobs. or the guys hair or a birs fly from its nest other then that i just dont see it.

  94. leanne says:

    lol! The first guy is scared about the tree that resembles his hair.
    Second guy (grown up Clavin) talks about cutting the porcupine grass… resembling his hair
    The bald guy wants all the rounded smooth stones removed from the creek… resembling his bald head

  95. Anoushka says:

    They are talking about their hair!!!!!

  96. dodi says:

    …is that supposed to be Calvin as a teen, or something…?

  97. Red says:

    I see hair, a beard, and an ear, but no other facial features

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