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Got this awesome illusion in my mailbox recently, and boy was surprised when I realized how I could actually read those strange symbols! Give it a try and report your findings. What I’m more interested in, is how the hell can our brain decrypt this!? Is it the negative spaces? If someone is more knowledgeable regarding this topic, would be nice to hear your idea… Those of you still struggling, here is a little hint.

Got Time To Decipher This?

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461 Responses
  1. That says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  2. Antione says:

    HAAA! I got it instantaneously!

  3. tyrone says:

    ironically proven wrong, it took me about 5 seconds to decipher.

  4. raey says:

    this is great
    answer
    You have too much time on Your hands

    correct me if i’m wrong.thenx.

  5. Derek Paris says:

    Done. Took about 20 seconds. It would have taken me FAR longer had I not kept the nature of the site in mind.

  6. amy kay says:

    it says “you have too much time on your hands”

  7. Luver.of.Pie says:

    Oh, I could read it. And yes, yes I do. I won’t say anything, because I don’t want to give away this wonderful illusion!

    Maybe it is kind of like the spelling illusion.

    Ins’t it azamnig how you can raed tihs?

    The human mind is amazing.

  8. devin says:

    i think i figured it out

  9. Dave Haslett says:

    “You have too much time on your hands.” No idea how I can read it. Something to do with negative space, I would guess, but I think there’s more too it in this example. I think perhaps some sort of pattern recognition is also involved, like seeing faces (in clouds, wallpaper, etc) that aren’t really there – our brains are trained to recognise certain patterns and shapes and find meaning in them.

  10. chris says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  11. tim says:

    i do not. i just read it. not hard

  12. Bill Martin says:

    I do have too much time on my hands but then, I’m retired :)

  13. Brad says:

    no YOU have too much time on your hands!

  14. RKCrystalSoul says:

    its right i do

  15. sara says:

    ohh I got it right away, is that bad? lol
    “you have too much time on your hands”

  16. Janelle says:

    You have too much time on your hands. It was quick and easy for me.

  17. You’ve Too Much Time On Your Hands

  18. Margo Roth Spiegleman says:

    I didn’t click the hint before looking at it, and I finished with “You have too much time on your hands” The lowercase “t” kept throwing me off.

  19. Diff says:

    Of course I don’t have too much time on my hands. =]
    That was incredibly easy to decipher, strange how it worked. In the thumbnail I thought it said “volume” though.

  20. Sarah says:

    you have too much time on your hands?

  21. you have too much time on your hands…….I think that is what I see. I went by the shapes, and this is what I saw.

  22. Jarve says:

    No I don’t :P
    Well maybe some.

  23. jon says:

    OMG!! ok it took me like 15 minutes to figure this out. I won’t spoil it for everybody else, but when I did finally get it, I realized how true the statement is.
    this was a really good one

  24. Elevown says:

    Actualy I couldnt see it for several minutes- and No I dont have too much of that – wish I had more lol.

  25. anon. says:

    surprisingly, i could actually read this very quickly. it says “you have too much time on your hands”
    maybe I’ve been reading too many of these…

  26. Ms.Observant says:

    It was hard at first but when I just sat and looked at it, i automatically re it without trouble… “You have too much timeon your hands.”

  27. Gregory Padilla says:

    You have too much time on your hands.

    About 8 seconds.

  28. Marinna says:

    you have too much time on your…?
    cant read the last part of the word :(

  29. muffin says:

    “You have too much time on your hands ” ?? but I’m really not sure …

  30. casey says:

    YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS!!!

  31. xTHATxDUDEx says:

    took me about 5 minutes but i think i got it xD

    *******SPOILER ALERT*********
    V
    V
    V
    you have to much time on your hands

  32. jf says:

    you have too much time in your hands

  33. Barbarella says:

    Whoever came up with this has way too much time on their hands. LOL

  34. peace-angel says:

    Wow I actually got that fairly quickly, kinda like those ones. Actually I like most of the illusions that you use, good stuff :)

  35. jarjis says:

    you have too much time on your hands…..
    it was a hard one to figure out though…

  36. Glo says:

    Yes I have it, right here, haha, nice one, wish I could write the answer. Cool encryption.

  37. Chris O'Bray says:

    Should be even more cryptic, somehow. Got that in about 2.6 seconds… :( Cool idea though.

  38. hmm, maybe i do have too much time on my hands, lol

  39. jrc says:

    saw it instantly. don’t know how-it’s somewhat very clear.

  40. Imma Winner says:

    You have too much time on your hands.

  41. Robin says:

    Perchance is it “You have too much time on your hands…”

  42. bleu says:

    Got it! Pretty tricky!

  43. Rawr says:

    Tehe. Took me a minute or so but I got it. The statement of course is true. :P

  44. anonymus says:

    you have too much time on your hands :)

  45. Brooks says:

    Hard to find a “rule” or “criterion” that fits the translation for all letters. Looks like nearly the center portion of all lettes is “white” unless a line goes throug the middle. You would have too much time on your hands if you could figure it out completely.

  46. Chris says:

    This is a great example of Gestaltism. Gestalt theory began around 1910 with three psychologists named Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Kohler. Artists like Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers were influenced by Gestalt theory, as were others at the famous Bauhaus design school.

    According to Gestalt theory, when we look at anything we immediately organize it into a pattern or shape that our mind is familiar with rather than seeing it as a bunch of individual random shapes.

  47. mark says:

    I am sorry, I don not see it.

  48. Remo says:

    “YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS”

  49. Bry says:

    *You have too much time on your hands*

  50. KRKR says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  51. i guess it is — you have too much time on your hands…… but didn’t rlly take toooo long……….

  52. jusin says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  53. koala says:

    took me about 2 minutes to figure it out. KEWL!

  54. Milly says:

    i know what it says [:

  55. Stig says:

    I, strangely, immediately saw “You have too much time on your hands.” OK, I’m sorry, I ruined it.

  56. troll says:

    YOU my friend have too much time on your hands…

  57. zumbi says:

    kool
    I do have too much time on my hands to comment in here…

  58. KKA says:

    “You have too much time on your hands.”
    Haha

  59. sal5000 says:

    i’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing but i saw it right away. and yes i do apparently.

  60. Chad says:

    I read it the first time. But I do alot of art and draw in the negative sometimes. So maybe that was why i could see it the first time.

  61. Jeanette says:

    Wow, what really surprised me was that when i took 2 seconds to look at this i could actually figure it out… And yes maybe i do have slightly to much time on my hands..

  62. mcon1964 says:

    You have too much time on your hands.

  63. patch says:

    You have too much time on your hands.
    Styks song title.

  64. Hi says:

    I think the reason I can read it is because some of the letters are easy to guess, and those letters give you hints to the other letters.

    Your brain does this fast so you might feel like something amazing happened although it hasn’t really.

  65. Care Bear says:

    No one has more time than anyone else. There are 24 hours in every day. Time is the great equalizer. It’s how you spend it that matters.

  66. Felix says:

    you have too much time on “YOUR” hands!haha cwutididthar?

  67. Me says:

    Yay i got it, took me a little bit though =P

  68. George Jacob says:

    It says:
    you have too much time on your hands
    nice illusion-keep up the good work!!!

  69. sunny says:

    I think that this has something to do with gestalt principle of closure…

  70. ht says:

    You have too much time on your hands!

  71. Nathan says:

    haha if you can read that you have too much time on your hands…

  72. Allison says:

    You have too much time on your hands. =)

  73. Arhana says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  74. Georgiana says:

    you live too much time on your…?

  75. Riccardo says:

    I got it and it took me only a few seconds to read it

  76. Fred says:

    You have too much time on your hands. I got it the first time I read it on the full screen view. The widget only showed a partial view.

  77. zeocide says:

    It look me a little time to realize that some of the symbols stand for more than one letter. “you have too much time on your hands”

  78. Tonya says:

    this one actually took me a bit…
    You have too much time on your hands.

  79. Bobina says:

    Yeahhh, I do have too much… =[

  80. Karen McRae says:

    I do believe that I have too much time on my hands.

  81. Cherry Blossom says:

    Huh?

  82. sharon says:

    wow that is excellent …… i saw it straight away ive showed my family and they cant get it ….

  83. david says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  84. sharon says:

    ive got too much time on my hands looking at optical illusions hahahaha

  85. Hapolo says:

    It reads “you have too much time on your hands”,not really… took at least 15 secs

  86. qwertyuiop says:

    i already know i have too much time on my hands ;)

  87. mike says:

    You have to much time on your hands? EPIC

  88. Giblet says:

    I wish I had…!

  89. Lord Kap says:

    I think the phrase is: ‘you have too much time on your hands’. ;)

  90. A Snail says:

    Finally worked it out. The word at the top right gave me the most trouble. Strange how some of it is negative and some not. Its a bit like playing hangman trying to work out the words from the letters you can work out.

  91. Robert Lee Salazar says:

    got it in like 10 seconds….i guess i didnt much of it then huh

  92. Josh says:

    I get as far as “You have”

  93. Josh says:

    Now I get it, but most of it is just guessing and not “reading”… Probably has to do something with the fact dat you actually expect real words there…

  94. Sarah Smith says:

    Haha… how on earth can I read this?

  95. MickeyXD says:

    Lolwut, i just read through it, took me like 10 seconds… i think its the negative spaces.

  96. anon says:

    “you have too much time on your hands”

  97. Eddie says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  98. Hiwelt says:

    My solution after painting outlines around the symbols:

    “You have too much time on your hands”

    whereupon the letter “T” is tricky, it seems to be a capital “T”, all the other letters are at lower caps.

  99. Tanis says:

    Even went to the hint and still doesn’t appear to be anything coherent to me >.<

  100. Ooiyabukshui says:

    i agree, Bob-whatever DOES have too much…

  101. ninja says:

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    you have too much time on your hands :(

  102. Matt Hodgkins says:

    I see what it says. Of Course, I don’t want to give it away to anyone that doesn’t know, but if you’ve spent more than 5 minutes trying to figure it out, you’re probably close to seeing the truth.

  103. mrboma says:

    If only this were true… you can never have too much time on your hands, in your pockets, or anywhere else.

  104. dr. retarded says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  105. Azmi says:

    You have too much time on you ..what is that? HAHCS or NANCS???

    can’t quite get the last word…

  106. jenni says:

    omg that was so easy. i just read it as if it was plain text.

  107. Jimmy Lopez says:

    i have no idea why i can read it but thats pretty impressive. took me a minute but i got it.

  108. jordan says:

    you have too much time on your hands?

  109. Billy Jones says:

    you have to much time on your hands

  110. smartest person alive says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  111. peraltr says:

    so do you.

  112. tooom says:

    this took me ages to get…

    “you have too much time on your hands”

  113. Tonya LaVette Spanks says:

    No, I do not. Identify a few letters and the rest falls into place. Good job.

  114. what's in a name? says:

    ‘you have too much time on your hands’?

  115. Digit says:

    “You have too much time on your hands” …. title gives it away a bit …. but this did not take me much time to work it out as I have been playing with this type of “illusion” myself lately …

  116. hole says:

    you have too much time on your hands.

    didn’t take too long to read that..

  117. Dale Alberto says:

    hahah i got it… it took me 5 minutes to figure out the last word and 1 minute to figure out the first 7 words… i was about to post a comment asking what the last word was ( and so i scrolled up again) and kind of skimmed through the last set of shapes for half a second and started typing again… then i realized that the word was “hands”. i dont know how i did it but i guess skimming through it helps… for me :)

  118. Courtney Rafter says:

    haha i go itt lol

  119. Kimon says:

    Wow, I read that almost immediately. The brain’s capacity for filling in missing information is amazing!

  120. Aeqel says:

    You have too much time on your hands?

  121. JCAN says:

    I don’t have too much time in my hands. I just have too little work to be done. :D

  122. The Ultimate Illusion says:

    it says: YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS.
    hahahahah funny one ;)

  123. Priya says:

    I read it as “You Have too much time on your…..” Last word could not figure out.

  124. Whatcamallit says:

    It says “You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands” isn’t it?

  125. Vera says:

    “You have too much time on your hands” is what it says. Some of the symbols are pretty much identical with the corresponding letters, though most of them aren’t… But as they say, “the human mind abhors a vacuum of sense; when faced with absurdity it would strain its interpretative faculty to the utmost to make the meaningless meaningful”. I guess this principle does come into play here.

  126. Yay says:

    That took me like a second. The statement lies. :(

  127. popcorn says:

    haha funny!! did it easily!! :)

  128. carm says:

    “you have too much time on your hands”

  129. That man there says:

    the t’s look weird

  130. Cat says:

    I got it! :D
    This is good!
    Thank you for the great illusions :)

  131. edthedish says:

    You have too much time on your hands :)

  132. abc says:

    It says “You have too mch time on your hands”

  133. feces says:

    This is hard :@

  134. Mikael says:

    “You have too much time on your hands”
    Once you see that the first word is “You” it’s not hard at all to tell what the rest says. It has a little to do with the negative spaces, but not that much seeing as how there is no negative space around the letters, just the “inside” of them. Once your brain figures out that a certain white “character” corresponds to a certain letter you can put everything together quite easily.

  135. Jessie says:

    Wow, I can read it. It says “You have too much time on your hands”
    I wonder how I knew that, how interesting (:

  136. Simon says:

    Oooo i got it! :P Don’t know if I want to spoil it for others yet. You can figure it out if you have too much time on your hands ;)

  137. Satyan Basavanahalli Ramamurthy says:

    You have too much time on your hands!!!

  138. qk says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  139. Frost says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  140. Vendula says:

    …you have too much time on your ………, hm I don´t know what is the last word, but the rest of words is easy to recognize

  141. W@RF says:

    I would agree if I had 10 watches on (joke spoiler).

    Took a couple of minutes before I discovered how to read it, v.good.

  142. Sam2P says:

    not that difficult, but i do wonder how the brain relates these signs to actual letters… weird. I guess since we can read one or two letters of a word, the rest is suggested by our brains.

  143. VictoriaP says:

    Hello! Great post, I managed reading it quite easily. As soon as you spot the way the letters are introduced, the words become obvious!

  144. Xaver says:

    Wow that’s amazing… The letters h, m, n and r have almost the same symbol and c and d are very similar, too. But because you know the words
    I can read it:
    You have too much Time on your hands.

  145. Nomis says:

    You have to much time on your hands ?

    Its lkie tpynig lkie tihs? You can siltl udnretsnad it, we hvae srmat biarn, huh?

  146. fred says:

    You have to much time on your ????

    I just can’t read the last word……

  147. Mario Rosario says:

    you have too much time on your hands
    yea thats wat i think woot woot
    n yea i do lol

  148. Jane says:

    I found it hard to decipher this. The ‘C’ and the ‘T’ took me some time to figure out.
    It says: you have too much time on your hands

  149. zyphr says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  150. JOON says:

    YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS

    Thats cool!!!!

  151. Latisha says:

    I like it a lot . . . great illusion :D

  152. hugo says:

    1st comment

    pretty easy that one!

  153. Scott says:

    You Have Too Much
    Time On Your Hands

  154. sharpercheese says:

    Wow, human brains are amazing. That’s all I’ve got to say.

  155. essayn says:

    Hm, dont really can see it, but i guess its called: You have to much time on your…the last word I dont get it. But it looks fpor me like an h a h c…neverless funny picture actually…BTW_ 1st ;P

  156. BusyBody says:

    I’ll love to give the solution – But unfortunately I do not have ENOUGH time on my hands…sorry guys
    :-)

  157. Mike says:

    “you have too much time on your hands”

    well not as much as the guy who made it.

  158. Zoe says:

    you have too much on your mind. that was east to read i just looked at it! :)

  159. Ken says:

    It says: “You have too much time on your hands”

  160. Mark Bowen says:

    Yep I most definitely do (answer to the image ;-) ).

    Nice one that. Definitely something to do with the negative space that one.

    Best wishes,

    Mark

  161. somebody says:

    yay 1st comment! i think it says…

    you have too much time on your hands

  162. Jess1998Angel says:

    You have too muan time on your nanas? Thats what i think it says,but im not sure.I figured out in paint.

  163. carli ii says:

    i think it says ‘you have too much time on your hands’ . the title was a clue. no idea how i did it, though.

  164. Cheadle says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  165. Rachael says:

    You have too much time on your hands!!!

  166. Camika says:

    SPOILER!!!

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    It reads: “You have too much time on your hands”

  167. Dana says:

    does it say “you have too much time on your hands”? I’m not a native speaker, so I don’t quite understand…

  168. No One says:

    Easy. Got it first try.

  169. Palmino says:

    Just can’t get it -.-

  170. Nikolai Scheel says:

    I just said what i saw immediatly:

    You have too much time on your back.

    Great illusion!

  171. Sierra says:

    if you can decipher this You have too much time on your hands XD

  172. viv says:

    I read it immediately O.O

  173. Pie says:

    you have too much time on your hands.

  174. Roslanata says:

    you have ?oo much time on your hands
    is that it??? hahahahaha

  175. Daniel Khodadadian says:

    I love it! …and yes, it is TRUE! :)

  176. AliceIgnis says:

    I cannot figure out every single word… but may be because english is not my mother tongue and I don’t know some of these words…

    I read: “You have too —- —- on your —–”
    the fourth word is may be “time” ?

  177. Nosa says:

    you have too much xxxx on your xxxx

  178. maria says:

    I cannot figure this out

  179. lilly says:

    ‘you have too much time on your hands’ i think???

  180. rray says:

    dude, even if i could read “you have too much time on your hands”..such an interpretation is very subjective, subjective to me being already aware of the saying. The upshot is such an interpretation lacks uniformity between letters like h and n. There are many others.

  181. Peder Maas-Olsen says:

    WOW!!!

    Totally amazing!

    Also have no idea how a person can even read this.

  182. Jacob says:

    I think its
    You Have Too Much
    Time On Your Hahas

  183. Craig says:

    Haha, good one today! It’s too early on a Monday to really know for sure.

  184. Saiful says:

    You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands??

  185. JP Pinto says:

    It takes me a minute to decipher this as it is read “You have too much time on your hands”

  186. Bean says:

    I don’t have enough time on my hand to decipher it… ;)

  187. Pamela Fontaine says:

    I DO have too much time on my hands! :)

  188. antou says:

    I can read : You have too much ulme on your hands

    But i’m not really sure about “ulme” ^^’ maybe time instead of ulme .

  189. Kathy says:

    Pretty good, except for the t’s.

  190. Mike says:

    You have too much time on your hands!

  191. JMAN12 says:

    You have too much time on your hands to look at this illusion!!! Get it?!?

  192. Kat Stuart says:

    This was a good one :) and yes i do

  193. alpoole says:

    I really don’t, I shouldn’t even really reply to this I’m so busy. LOL

  194. n17ment says:

    lol very true

  195. dizzyfish says:

    wish i did….

  196. Gahh! says:

    You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands…!!!!!!!!!!
    Took me a while, couldn’t see the “Too” and “Much” Hahahaha nice. I like it :D

  197. psb says:

    This I read in an instant. So I tried it on my 19 y.o. and my 10 y.o. 18 y.o. got it immediately. With just a little assist 10 y.o. got it…I figure he hasn’t heard the quote too often, so knowledge of this phrase must play a part in how quickly you can read it.

  198. nestro says:

    lol wow i have too much time on my hands

  199. whatever says:

    hahaha!! i get it!!

  200. Sebasu says:

    For the ones who cant decipher this.
    You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands

  201. manzy says:

    YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HEANDS

  202. Peter H says:

    Too easy… you can just read it normally

  203. You have too much time on your hands!

  204. bas says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  205. Janice says:

    Wow!! it only took me a couple of seconds to read this and I am passing it on.

  206. dan says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  207. johnny D says:

    I definately have too much time onmy hands if I was able to decipher this. Nice title.

  208. Siona says:

    I was able to read this instantly! Cool! It says: You have too much time on your hands!

  209. jude says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  210. Tracey Lee says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  211. Bob says:

    It says “You have too much time on your hands” hahahah!

  212. al says:

    i do have too much time on my hands

  213. Arnaldo says:

    you have too much time on your hands? isn’t?

  214. Drs. Dem says:

    I think “you have too much time on your hands” :p

  215. Sebastian says:

    You have too much time on your hands!!!!!

  216. You have too much time on your hands

  217. Fay says:

    answer; you have too much time on your hands

  218. ann says:

    kewl. im first! Well, i saw this and i got stuck in the end of the first line, but then i came back and I read the whole sentence. :D not a bad illusion, but its a bit obvious.

  219. Eric says:

    I guess I do!

  220. Georgiana says:

    ok, forget about the first one…
    you have too much time on your hands
    is this it? this is it, rite?

  221. Ryan says:

    This one came to me pretty quick. “You have too much time on your hands”.

  222. Albert says:

    Jejeje.
    You haVe too much time on your hands

  223. redxian says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  224. BrainStorm_wf says:

    You have too much time on your… hahcs? nancs?

    Sorry, I couldn’t decrypt the last word lol… my english not so good :P

  225. UNKNOWN says:

    YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS!!

    good one!!!!

  226. Jace says:

    “you have too much time on your hands”

  227. av says:

    It says:

    “You have too much time on your hands”

  228. Myles says:

    got it in 2 seconds

  229. me says:

    It says ” You have too much time on your
    ?hahs? ” (Sorry, I couldn’t figure out the last one)

  230. Talis Pähn says:

    SPOILER ALARM!

    You have got too much time on your hands

    Pretty awesome. :D it helps if you jack your head back and forth when reading it

  231. Dave Swan says:

    Easy peasey. And no I don’t.

  232. Blobby says:

    You have too much time on your hands – I can see it after a little staring.

  233. Marc says:

    buddy “you have too much time on your hands”

    :)

  234. eXo says:

    “You have too much time on your hands”

    the last word is hard im from germany…

  235. Lacy says:

    “You have too much time on your hands”

    Hahahaha!!! I have solved it! It took me about five minutes.

    I was able to decipher “you,” “too,the ‘m’ in “much,” “on,” the ‘you’ in “your,” and the ‘s’ in “hands.” Then I somehow concluded that it said, “You have too much time on your hands,” considering the blog title and everything. :)

    Cool.

  236. BrainStorm_wf says:

    Ok i got it now…

    You have too much time on your hands.

    Good illusion, make me think a lot.

  237. Rob says:

    Its readable without decrypting…

  238. James Barron says:

    “You have too much time on your hands”. Your title for today’s illusion was too much of a give away.

  239. maddie says:

    its “you have to much time on your hands”

  240. Joe Od says:

    i didn’t get that :S

  241. joe says:

    most people looking at this site have too much time on their hands

  242. Mant says:

    You have too much time on your hah*s

  243. T says:

    Yeah, that’s true

  244. Ryan says:

    1st. Any, I think it said “you have too much time on your hands”.

    Sorry for spoiler.

  245. zach says:

    i dont have to much time on my hands >:(

  246. Donny says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  247. JOKER49022 says:

    WE ALL HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON OUR HANDS

  248. melody says:

    It really didnt take too much time! It helps to lean back from the moniter a little, and stop focusing on the white area.

  249. bob says:

    you have to much time on your hands…..thats what it says

  250. Dan says:

    That’s an odd one — at first I thought it would be trickier than it is, but if you just go through it quickly, your brain may sort it out without waiting for you to make sure it makes sense. Pretty nifty.

  251. toodle pip says:

    I’m honestly baffled.
    I seem to make out the words “you”, “have”, and “your”. All generic words, and it’s probably just my mind trying to make sense out of abstract symbols (which I’ve got the feeling is the point of the whole illusion) – if I really let my imagination loose I can make out words like “volume”, “sound”, “head” to name a few… these may all just come from my own cognitive bias, though.
    I guess I’ll feel like a fool when I see it; I just know it’s staring me in the face.

    Awesome illusion nonetheless.
    If anyone could point me in the right direction..? ;)

  252. Josh says:

    you have too much time on your hands 3 seconds

  253. Lizzie says:

    SPOILER!!!!!!!
    - You have too much time on your hands.
    Thats funny. It took me a while to figure this out :D

  254. “You have too much time on your hands”? I’m strictly guessing….I paint negative space in pictures but this one alludes me completely. Come on people, get those brains working and tell me what it says…..I’m waiting….;<)

  255. Zac Girvan says:

    I do not… Well I am a University student :).

  256. Matze says:

    You have too much time on your hands.
    Too easy 8)

  257. Trancis says:

    you have too much time on your hands… it took me a few seconds…

  258. Fer says:

    I have it.

    .

    .

    .

    .

    .

    You have too much time on your hands.

  259. Nick says:

    I cant figure it out :|

  260. Vurdlak………Once again I’m left “awaiting moderation”. Is there something wrong? If there is let me know, please.

  261. ccd_luna says:

    Ŧook me about 2 seconds to decipher! Funny

  262. Facebook User says:

    How amazing, i was quite eas to read once you got the first word
    gracymac

  263. Aestolia says:

    Well we know that the mind tries to make order from chaos by use of learned memory. Which is why we’re able to understand and largely over look typo’s, and also one of the things that helps you understand things like text speech.

    For me, I couldn’t decipher all of the individual letters, I still can’t. But when I could recognize 2/3 characters of a word, my mind is able to fill in the remainder, and once I understood the first line I only had to barely look at the second line before i knew what it said.

    It’s like a cell phones auto-complete feature.. you recognize the first part and the context, it fills in the rest… I love my brain

  264. No one says:

    OHHHHH Hahaha! That took me a while, I was starring at it, so I asked someone for help, and right away I found it! That’s great :)

  265. francesco says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  266. Lia says:

    HAHAHA that’s brilliant!
    I think my brain knows that the written part is true already so it’s easier for it to read it :D

  267. Jhack says:

    It seems something like “You have too much time on your hands”.

  268. Midget says:

    “you have too much time on your hands”

    that was easy but at the same time it was kinda kwl

  269. Trevor says:

    You have too much time on your hands.

  270. photobug says:

    It doesn’t ever take me long to read any kind of word illusions…my eyes usually see it right away. Then I see friends try to do it and it blows my mind how long it takes them! I guess some people can see things like that easier but it makes me wonder why…is it a left brain right brain thing???

  271. nicole says:

    i figured this out!! its quite easy once you got a good look at it!

  272. Marcus says:

    lol, not too hard… :D
    I just tried to read it fast…

  273. john lennon says:

    it says:
    “you have toommuch time on your hands”
    it took me about 15 minutes to solve it

  274. john lennon says:

    *too much*
    my mistake XD

  275. thepuzzlemaster says:

    i really do

  276. Nn says:

    yeahh

    SPOILER!!!

    you have too much time on your hands :D

  277. Emily says:

    you have too much time on your hands! HA! it took me like 2 seconds.

  278. A says:

    Don’t know how, but I could read it in less than a minute.

  279. moses says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  280. Alison says:

    I think i have.

  281. Alison says:

    Too Much Time On My Hands

  282. Sara Williams says:

    i know i have too much time on my hands no need to rub it in hehehe

  283. popesantaxiv says:

    I suppose I do have too much time on my hands.

  284. Spoiler says:

    *Spoiler*

    You have too much time on your hands.

    *Spoiler*

  285. Manuel says:

    solved: youhave too much time on your hand.

  286. edgar says:

    you have too much on your… hands?
    I don’t understand very good the last word

  287. Vizard says:

    YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS.

  288. Jason says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  289. justin says:

    you have to much time on your hands… FIRST!!!

  290. Stephen says:

    Took me a while. But after I see it, it’s so obvious. I think it helps that it’s a common phrase. If it’s a more obscure phrase, it would have taken a lot longer to figure it out, I am sure.

  291. Hedgeh says:

    “You have too much time on your hands.”

  292. You have too much time on your nancs? Whats nancs?

  293. Tracy O Bryan Murray says:

    That’s a good one.

  294. Koesper says:

    I dont have time for this…

  295. Rosary says:

    “You have too much
    time on your hands”

  296. Samantha says:

    “You have too much time on your hands”

  297. Zach K says:

    SPOILER ALERT
    You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands

  298. Jeroen says:

    “You have too much time on your..” erm.. can’t read that last word :S
    Great illusion, though!

  299. whocareswatmynameis says:

    i know what it says!it took me about 40-45 seconds. and its true though, what this says. at least for me.haha. am i first comment?

  300. Million says:

    I like this optical illusions website, however what I DON’T like about it is sometimes the writer does not give an answer to the optical illusion. For example, “Got Time to Decipher This?”. My answer is “No I do not have time to devote every second of the rest of my life to figure out the answer!” The answer is not “in-your-face” obvious, nor does the link to the “little hint” help in giving a clue to the answer!” The “little hint” link is about Arabic writing, the above is NOT Arabic writing, so the writer is comparing oranges to spinach!

  301. “you have too much time on your hands”? That was easy one… i saw it pretty clearly from the start…

  302. Joel Corless says:

    I don’t know how this works but i know what it says, funny message.

  303. Sally says:

    No I don’t!

  304. Joel Corless says:

    i think it might be something to do with the fact that some letters just look similar when writen in ‘negative’ and out brain just fills in the gaps.

  305. colin says:

    i got it! yessssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

  306. monkeyflesh says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  307. Zoas says:

    You have too much time on your hands. At least that is what I think it says.

  308. Emmmmmmma says:

    Sadly, this statement is too true…

  309. jbaby says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  310. Des says:

    You have too much time on your hands?

  311. David says:

    The brain recognizes the shapes/negative shapes, and their relative positions on the page and next to each other.

  312. Olga says:

    You have too much time on your hands.

    So have I.

  313. Fady says:

    Took ‘too much time’ to get it. Good thing I had free time on my ‘hands’

  314. A fan says:

    Yes…. people who make this illusions have indeed ( something something something figure the solution out :))

  315. ali says:

    I got the first word, thought the second was “never” for a second, got confused… and then realized it was “have” and then easily read the rest without effort after that.

  316. D_rules says:

    “you have too much time on your hands” is what i got out of that

  317. chris says:

    I got this right away ,

  318. Poppy says:

    Hmm, it only took me about five seconds. I don’t agree with it – I think I’m permitted five seconds.
    :D

  319. duggm says:

    I do not!

  320. A bit knowledgeable says:

    Yes, that largely is because of the negative spaces. Our brain often doesn’t even read single letters, but it reads a combination of letters (which makes us read sentences quicker, but also sometimes causes us to misread things). It recognizes patterns, which can also be found in negative spaces. For example the U/N/Ms have a very distinctive negative space and the S is just easy. So our brain recognizes that this is the kind of pattern it needs to decipher, it would actually have more difficulty if some of the letters were normal. You probably also unconsciously went searching for a couple of letters that were less obvious to you, just because the pattern was obvious. It would be much more difficult if it was less obvious that the brain has to look for one certain “language”, for example if the image was highly cluttered.

  321. Snowman25 says:

    Seen it on first sight. Needed around 2-3 seconds. Last Word was a bit hard to read though.

  322. twitch says:

    It says you Have Too Much Time On Your Hands.
    I pretty much got it straight away from the negative spaces as you mentioned.

  323. Anomo says:

    Does it say; You have to much time on your hands?

  324. Paul Ferrar says:

    I’m not sure why I can read it I just can it came to me right away. It would be great if someone could tell us why. Have a great day all.

  325. KOkili says:

    “You have too much time on your hands”?

  326. Lorelei Shark says:

    I don’t know how it’s done – but I see “you have too much time on your hands”. I guess I do if I have the time to focus on this.

  327. Michael Gilmore says:

    You have too much time on your hands

    Great post

  328. AJ says:

    I do have too much time on my hands

  329. Gman says:

    You have too much time on your hands.

  330. Olivia says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  331. Jay says:

    I don’t get it…

  332. you have too much time on your hands

  333. Tom says:

    This puzzle is very interesting and is not that simple to solve. If you can figure out the first two words, the phase will come out easily.
    This puzzle is an interpretation puzzle. “Is the glass half full or half empty?” Our mind doesn’t always pick up on the most obvious clues so we have to look at the shapes or characters presented.
    If I have too much time on my hands, then the person that created this has twice as much time on theirs. lol

  334. JC says:

    you have too much time on your hands, right?

  335. osckilo says:

    I haven’t got enough time on my hands to solve this one…. :)

  336. andrew says:

    no you do

  337. RoystonBob says:

    “You have too much time on your hands” not even hard.

  338. That’s not hard, but…
    Why I have too much volume on my hands?

  339. boa aesn says:

    i have no idea what this means!….someone help!

  340. Leah says:

    you have too much time on your hands?

  341. TOny says:

    Read it straight off as well! Impressive demo of some type of basic symbol/word recognition.

  342. Sarah says:

    You have too much time on your hands!

  343. scotto says:

    First?

    You have got too much time on your hands

    I’m not sure why I got that so soon.

  344. Tammy says:

    You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands

  345. Cindy B. says:

    Does it say: ”You have too much time on your hands” ?

  346. ELC says:

    i got to: you have to _____ _____ on your _-___

  347. Anon11 says:

    hmm, good illusion :D its alot different then whats been on here lately

  348. illusionist says:

    I wish I did…

  349. dee says:

    haha….It’s not that I have too much time on my hands, it’s just that I know how to waste it!

  350. someone says:

    you have too much time on your hands!

  351. Bryan says:

    I guess I do have too much time on my hands… Still don’t get how the T and I negatives make any sense…

  352. cranky says:

    I don’t have as much time on my hands as I would like, but it is a pretty cool illusion.

  353. anon says:

    I got this right away!

  354. Whitney N. Ollivierre says:

    “You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands” ?
    did it w/o the hint! realli kool… would like to know how ur brain does it fuh real. =S

  355. It took me ten minutes to decode this, with my sister’s help. Don’t read this if you want to keep it a secret.********hvae*********mcuh********tmie**********hdnas*******************

  356. Voigt says:

    I (don’t) have too much time on my hands. I need more time time to enjoy stuff like this!

  357. emil says:

    “you have too much time on your hands” :D

  358. Pepe says:

    First comment,

    “You have too much time on your hands”

  359. veronica says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  360. Niz says:

    ….. @_@ i’m…. honestly stumped. I can’t see it. Mighty illusions, I bow to thee as I have met my match.

  361. hmmm? i think its ” you have too much time on your hands” does neone see the same?

  362. Leo says:

    “You have to many time on your hands” ?
    I’m french, and if this is an idiom or something like that, i didn’t know it before.
    The power of mind, :D

  363. emil says:

    yes, it is the negative spaces of lowercase letters

  364. Trevor says:

    I think it’s just shape recognition, which makes the message of “You have too much time on your hands” amusing, because I imagine most people would recognize the message faster than they realize. unless it’s a comment on too much time spent surfing the web.

  365. edgar says:

    YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME IN YOUR.. HANDS

  366. Mylena says:

    you have too much time on your hands… wow !!!

  367. ollo says:

    You’d have to have too much time on your hands to try soliving this…

  368. Leo says:

    I must have written too fast, “too many time” instead of “too much time” in my first post.
    But that’s what I’ve read at the first time, just stop paying attention when I wrote the first one.
    Still power of mind ^^

  369. Anoymous says:

    I don;t have enough time on my hands to decipher this.

  370. bboy bouda says:

    you have too much time on yours hands

    1st

  371. bboy bouda says:

    you have too much time on your hands

    :p

  372. Falon says:

    Normally, I’d solve this, but now I just have a really short attention span.

  373. Marcio says:

    You have too much time on your hands.

  374. fallenthorn says:

    Some days I do. took me a moment to read the text.

  375. John says:

    You have too much time on your hands

  376. EricD says:

    not true it only took me a few seconds

  377. maria says:

    YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS! that is ssssoooo awesome! i love it

  378. sienna says:

    you have too much time on your hands…. took me literally 5 seconds to read. We are able read it so fast because the shapes depict actual letters and our brain already often overlooks things, therefore it it human nature to be able to read this phrase.

  379. Peter Gorham says:

    That’s wierd that we can read it – and its not all negative spaces. The T’s are not in negative space (or maybe only partly). Now I gotta spend some time working.

  380. Danny(; says:

    omg omg!!! it took me like 8 minutes probably but i got it lol. . . great illusion(:

  381. Lauren Berezowsky says:

    this is very easy to solve if u know the T looks like this “t”

  382. José Alberto Polanco Candelario says:

    Pretty nice one, a little difficult at first glance… but yeah i have a lot of time jeje

  383. corrado mattioli says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  384. butch says:

    you have too much time on your hands

  385. Chuckalakala says:

    Nope… I can see many letters forming as spaces inbetween the white blocks but I’m not able to comprehend them. Help, guys?

  386. Sharon Padron says:

    HAHA, FIRST :D

    IT says:

    You have too much time on your hands.

  387. Blee says:

    I don’t know, but when I looked at this picture, I saw the message immdiately. Actually, I’ve been surfing the site for a while, and it keeps happening, when I’m supposed to not possess a quick enough mind to get in until after a minute… Though, as I type this, my keyboard looks funny, and if I look around my room, it looks distorted.

  388. Roberto Martinez says:

    SPOILER!!!!!!

    you have too much time on your hands

  389. lol says:

    your right i do have too much time on my hands

  390. Bowser says:

    dam it all i no is at bottom is an s

  391. Fess says:

    WOW ! I find it unreal that I can read this.

  392. lew says:

    1st and it says ”you have too much time on your hands”i think lol!!

  393. Jessica Bowman says:

    you have too much time on ur hands

  394. NickNPJ says:

    Hahaha you’re right. I really DO have too much time :-P

  395. Juanchi says:

    * spoiler *
    * spoiler *
    * spoiler *
    * spoiler *
    * spoiler *
    * spoiler *

    “You have too much time on your hands”

  396. Jessica Ann Bowman says:

    you have too much time on your hands :)

  397. Jacques Kuun says:

    What?

  398. bramlet says:

    I could actually read that nearly as fast as regular text. maybe 85% speed the first time through it.

  399. Gman says:

    I think we all know that the answer is you have too much time on your hands. STOP POSTING THE ANSWER!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Umm you literally just did. yours was the first one that i saw that had the answer posted in it. dont be a hypocrite

  400. person says:

    wow…that was easy…took me 2 seconds… literally…

  401. Azmi says:

    Ahhh…thanks guys..
    Last time can’t quite get the last word…

    HANDS…the last word is tricky…:D

  402. piyush koshiya says:

    you have….

  403. Artimid says:

    I haven’t really run across one yet where I couldn’t see what it was.. but I also could only make out “You have” as piyush did.

  404. Moosh says:

    lol, its you have too much time on your hands!…
    (=.=”) im such a spoiler XD

  405. Nick says:

    OOOOHHH!!!! HAHA I GET IT!!

  406. Steve W says:

    I love this one! I have to admit that I first had to look at the hint, which was also a fun trip – But I was able to read that which is a true fact concerning my life…And it only took a few seconds: “I have too much time on my hands” LOL! I had a stroke last year which left me disabled and I spend every day, at home, alone, goofing around with the Internet. Keep them coming! I haven’t been able to solve all of them but, it’s good exercise for my brain after brain surgery. :)

  407. ruby says:

    to gman, actually, you are the only person here that has posted the answer.

  408. whizz says:

    it says “you hav too many time on your hands” HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  409. WP says:

    Good one :D

  410. Kiffe says:

    “You have too mouch time in your… Nanas?”

  411. Sebastian says:

    YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS

  412. Ember Mclain Fan says:

    I want to control time suddenly… o.e

  413. Unicorn Cheeks says:

    i read: you have bloo volume on mulan volumatics… any one else confused???

  414. Marci says:

    I got it in less than 30 seconds. the “much” threw me for a few seconds, but after that it was simple.

  415. brianna says:

    i dont see how that reads as a “t”, but could read the rest

  416. whitney says:

    i have no idea what it says…cant read any of these illusions

  417. Cherry Blossom says:

    yeah, I think I have it now….

  418. you have too…..
    it was difficult, but if you see to the comments, you can know the answer…you have too much time on your hands.!

  419. Jortecus says:

    i speak spanish and at the beggining i couldn’t do it, but i was seeing again and i see: “you have…”

  420. Softbollchik says:

    i do not… that is mean of you to say… i am bored and i love illusions… also that was really fast… easy… and obvious to read… so shut up FATA$$

  421. Rosendo says:

    hahahaha it took me a while, but good one though

  422. Innuendo says:

    I took about a second to find that so- I do NOT have too much of it!

  423. raaa says:

    You Have To Much Time On Your Hands

  424. Tornike Bakuradze says:

    პერფეცტ ონე perfect one :))

  425. Mandy says:

    You Have too much time on your hands.

    got that super quick.

    Amazing!!

  426. Someone says:

    You have too much time on your hands. I got it in ten seconds.

  427. Manu Don says:

    Nice illusion..though i am sure it would be a lot tougher to decipher if it was some arcane text. Shows how our brain wants to fit everything according to what it knows (well, which every optical illusion does) XD

  428. HaZe says:

    wow that took me about 3 seconds. and actually i do not have too much.

  429. Jam says:

    I used to be a master at these optical illusions when I was a child, but for some reason, I still cannot read the entire message (of course I know what it says b/c everyone posted the answer). Maybe it has something to do with my eyes? I have astigmatism in both. It really pisses me off, though ;-/

  430. Aisling Eileen O Carroll says:

    whats the answer?
    can not c anything!

  431. Manny says:

    Not sure if anyone’s said this yet or not, but I’m pretty sleepy and don’t want to read all the comments XD; I think the reason our brains can read this message so easily is because of closure. If you don’t know what closure is, it’s our brains filling in missing spaces to form something that we’re familiar with. A lot of illusions work this way. I think because the shapes of the empty spaces slightly resemble the actual letters, our brains are able to piece the puzzle together and make sense out of what we’re seeing. Also, once we get the first few words, it’s much easier to figure out the rest because of the context it’s in.

  432. Brennah says:

    i must be alot smarter then i thought…i got that QUICKLY haha

  433. charley says:

    Manny is 100 percent correct. That is why we use camo in the military and when hunting. It breaks up the lines our brains want to see.

  434. Karen says:

    I actually got it! You have too much time on your hands

  435. IAMCHEESE says:

    You have too much lime on your heads
    That’s what I thought the first time, but I figured out it was
    You have too much time on your hands

  436. Maxie says:

    Is it bad that I can never read these? I have no clue!

  437. Bob the wezel says:

    you have too much time on your hands wow that was esey!!!

  438. LightofDeath says:

    i thought the first 2 words was “Volume 100″ in a few seconds but in a sec i knew it was you have too much time on your hands easy

  439. PedoBear says:

    YOUHAVE TO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS

  440. Anonymus says:

    YOu haVe ToO mUch TiMe oN YoUr hAnDs
    thats what i saw.. and i can read that 99% faster than regular text O_o

  441. elmer says:

    YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS

  442. cheekydanchex says:

    you guys have way too much time on your hands

  443. James says:

    Is six seconds too much time?

  444. puppyrocker says:

    Styx sings that! but its I have too much time on my hands

  445. Cleo Rhea says:

    We had to do this in Psychology. It’s to do with how your brain interpets words. If you wrote a sentence but mixed up the independant letters in the words, keeping only the first and last letter then you can read it the same. Your brain doesn’t actually look at the individual letters just the shape of the word, length and predicts it too.

    Hpoe eervonye enjoys otpcial ilulisnos as mcuh as i do! :D

  446. Annie says:

    I read it pretty much at once, but I am noit sure how or why !

  447. Annie says:

    I read it pretty much at once, but I am not sure how or why !

  448. Grace says:

    You have too much time on your hands…………………………..*faint*. Where am I who am I what am I

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