King Kong Optical Illusion

Ellen (erwtj3 from previous post) pointed me to another funny optical illusion. I definitely agree with her evaluation how this probably isn’t the best illusion around, and even though quite obvious, it’s still one in a million shot. What it depicts is a gigantic baboon bearing down on the packed car, angrily pounding his clenched furry fist on the roof. Daily Mail characterized it as a scene from a spin-off version of King Kong. The photo was taken at Knowsley Safari Park, in Merseyside, and the baboon was perched on the windscreen of photographer Chez Owen’s car with its arm out. What you already guessed, split-second timing and the angle of the shot make it seem many times bigger than it is… still funny though!

22 Replies to “King Kong Optical Illusion”

  1. As simple and uncontrived as it is I believe this to be one of the better illusions. Much better than paintings that are drawn to look like two things at once.

  2. It would be a much better illusion if somebody would cut the bottom part of it (the dashboard and wipers). when i saw it on the widget, the dashboard wasn’t so obvious and it made quite an impression.

  3. Even though you might not consider this to be a “real” optical illusion, I enjoy this sort of image because of its accidental nature. Consider adding a new category (at least in your own thought process) for “accidental illusions” or “found illusions” (as in found art). Thanks for the variety you provide to show us something that appeals to everyone. I suppose all of your visitors have one or more types of illusion they don’t care for, but we keep coming back for more. (I personally don’t care for “How many horses/zebras/tigers/monkeys can you spot in this picture, but that’s just me.)
    Cheers.

  4. it took me 15 seconds to get how they made this (thanks descriptions!) i wish they removed the thingys in a car (photoshop?), but it’ll ruin. king baboon rulez!

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