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By on May 7, 2006, with 41 Comments

Edit: Here’s what was just sent in! Goeken helped with his explanation: “I could not get it to work under Firefox but once I loaded it in IE it worked”. So open Internet Explorer, load this website, click on the image below to open it full size, and then when you highlight it, PERFECT image of Bill Gates will accur! Thanks Goeken!

George Bush VS. Bill Gates Optical Illusion


41 Responses
  1. goeken says:

    I could not get it to work under Firefox but once I loaded it in IE it worked

  2. Johan says:

    That’s because IE has this grid-like selection thingy, while Firefox just places a 50% transparent layer over the picture.

  3. Squiggy says:

    seems kinda wierd… maybe its rigged? I have no idea

  4. Squiggy says:

    my goodness i think it IS rigged! try highlighting it while its loading. When its all finished, all of the sudden the picture changes!

  5. lulu says:

    all i see is george bush.

  6. Hai says:

    yea, i agree with lulu

  7. Chris says:

    it doesn’t work in either browser…

  8. hmmm says:

    can anyone else the the weird glasses shade and stuff on george bush’s face BEFORE it’s highlighted?

  9. Bravery Onions says:

    it’s rigged. its a gif and it mysteriously doesn’t work when not in fullsize.

  10. Rayne says:

    I could see it, and I’m using Mozilla Firefox. I didn’t even need to highlight it.

  11. Pandas says:

    what the heck? that is just creepy

  12. Maria says:

    it works perfect in firefox for me

  13. me says:

    someone take screenshot of image how its suppoed to look? please? doesnt work on a mac….

  14. Alf says:

    LOL!!!! Guys put it on full screen then it works…

  15. sam HOT SAM! says:

    yah. some1 take a screen shot plz. it dont work on my mac. YEA! i c the glasses on bushs face BEFORE highliting it

  16. Anonymous says:

    I can see the shading on his face before I highlight it.
    I don’t know how, but it sure is neat!

  17. 11111111111111111112 says:

    snapshot please. im also on a mac.

  18. Anonymous says:

    For all you Mac users (you rock!) i’ve uploaded a screenshot from my friend’s pc to my website, you can see the ‘after’ shot here.

  19. Rosina says:

    Ooooh! thanx for that after pic! it so awsome!!!

  20. Heather says:

    Im not sure if I can see it or not. I see the glasses, but they arnt exactly in the right spot.

  21. Anonymous says:

    This is freaky! Its not as good as the snow white one cuz u can see eye glasses in George Bush’s head!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Thanks alot for the after shot its soo kool in a weird and freaky way oh well

    still kool!! keep it up!

  23. Anonymous says:

    First off, it only works in fullsize because you are highlighting the picture, when its smaller like on the webpage it is an html code that you highlight. Second, yes it is a gif, but that is because there are two images superimposed on one another… Stop trying to sound smart you idiots.

    BTW nice job on this illusion!

    BTW I go by Steve O, i just didnt feel like making a profile considering all i wanted to do was show how ignorant you HATERS are that do nothing but “dis” everyones work… Like you have done anything as creative like this ever! besides the macaroni pictures you made in kindergarden!

    Oh and if it was rigged as a gif, it would work in any browser.

  24. crys says:

    pretty cool,just click on it and it works!

  25. Anonymous says:

    wow it works on ie but not firefox

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Maybe it’s because I’m using the Windows 7 Beta (IE 8), but this does NOT work.

  28. Anonymous says:

    i love it !!!!!!

  29. Lara says:

    I wounder how it works!~! but totally cool!~! *HEHE*

  30. Anonymous says:

    this stinks, since i have a mac i don’t have IE and i only work on firefox because safari is gibberish, culd someone post wat it looks like highlited??

  31. Helper says:

    hmm, you duck down and you see him darker and there will be no glasses. happy new year everey one!

  32. big fart says:

    i hav a mac and it works

  33. anthony says:

    NOT an illusion. Just a gif…gee almost like doing a mouseover on a webpage. 2 images that swap positions under highlighting.
    Every movie is an illusion. A bunch of still pictures yet you can see people ‘move’ WOW.

    It only works in IE because it was designed by someone that has IE/Microsoft mentality. MS/IE biggest illusion…we are a good operating system.

  34. Jack says:

    FYI, won’t work in IE8 either.

    The reason this works is because every other pixel is gates. Bush is more visible in the main picture because there’s a stronger red tone in his face, and gates is more of a blue tone. The common blue in the flag is the same.

    When you scale it down to 50%, the goal of this would be to cut out every other pixel, effectively removing the bush component of the image. Most newer browsers don’t just throw away every other pixel, but they perform a proper downsample which interpolates between nearby pixels, preventing any aliasing effects, this would negate the possibility of this ‘illusion’ to work.

  35. foomanshoo says:

    In IE, hit CTRL+A to select all. This will select the image and IE shades every other pixel, thus canceling out the prominent Bush.

  36. Lanney says:

    I’m using IE9. Is that why I can’t see it or is there no difference?

  37. David Blair says:

    IE9, I have… clicked on it to put it on full screen, Highlighted, Pushed Ctrl+A, and every other suggestion that ppl have posted and I get nothing but Bush!!!!!!! I’m over it and moving on…….

  38. cluck says:

    i kinda saw gates before i highlighted it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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