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By on February 21, 2011, with 27 Comments

There is this guy on Flickr… he recreates strange things using nothing but Lego. Remember the little mushroom-fellow from Super Mario Bros? He seems to be his favorite! But one of his works fully captured my attention. Check out the checkerboard below! In the beginning of this site we’ve introduced Seemingly Bent category (one that holds all those vertical lines that seem bent, but aren’t), and there were bunch of illusions posted under the wing category. The only problem with those is that they start repeating themselves very quickly, so imagine my joy when I visited andy_0306uk’s gallery! For those of you lacking experience, all of the lines and checkers below are perfectly parallel. It’s those darn cogs that make the imaginary bulge! If you don’t trust me, just check this vid!

  • Anonymous

    awesome illusion! Puts a nice twist to an old favorite. :)

    By the way, it looks like I have 1st comment!

    • .

      its not an old favorite… it is sooooooooooo boring… seen it sooooooo many times………………………………….

  • annomounious

    sooo coool

  • NeeL

    It’s also nice to see what a small error does:
    in the center of the lower left corner, there is a white space, missing 1 black keg.
    It makes the white square looks straight in that corner, as it actually is ofcourse.

    Also, I thought to see in the widget that it was build as a heap for a small moment!

    • Scott McNay

      Which square is it that is missing a black dot? Can you tell us how many over and how many down? All appear to be accounted for in the lower left, unless I managed to miss one.

    • TooSharp

      actually, the missing blocks are on the right hand side, counting from black centre square;

      3 right, 2 down
      6 right , 1 down

    • fiona

      Acually that error is not an error. if you look closely, there is no white peg on any of those places.

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

    Well I’ll be damned what a great illusion!!! (I knew those blocks were good for something)………

  • Dolphin

    Awesome!I wish my brother still had his legos so I could try it myself…he had a bunch…most are lost now.

  • nonya

    yay second comment! 1st is the worst second is the best third is the one with the hairy chest.

    • fossda

      actually your sixth, so your the one with the DOUBLE hairy chest.

    • ZL123

      You’re not the second, ha ha.
      But a great way to show an old favourite!

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  • Grace

    cool. btw, the mushroom dude’s name is toad.

  • ali

    It’s not an illusion, they’re NOT straight. Scroll your screen so that one of the lines is just at the very top of your window…. it’s a curved line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Gorham/1046321338 Peter Gorham

    I am always amazed at how my brain sees this illusion. You’d think it could be trained.

  • Livier

    wow Q GeniiaaL…!! es esoombroosoo noo taantoo asi pero sii

  • t

    Beautiful illusion today. Makes me think LEGO should sell special ‘Illusion LEGO Sets’.

  • Dbabycakes

    This iz off the hizzle

  • ramiro

    wow a piramid so amazing sarcazime

  • Orack Bobama

    I like it.

    I think that what adds to the illusion is that
    the pegs are not centered in all the pegs.

    ie at the top the inner circle is closer to each pegs perimeter. and the bottom, the inner circle seems to be at the bottom.

    This is what you would expect if a fisheye or there was actually all the pegs on a sphere. etc.

    subtle.. but it really adds to it.

  • Bryce

    Best version of this classic illusion I’ve ever seen.

  • Grace

    Livier, use proper English! Or at least use any sane language…


    I am stunned by this illusion!
    It is so cool!!!!!

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  • nico

    i just found a way to see it unbent but hmm looks like nt the whole its the only group u are looking try looking at one of the columns from up to down(or vice versa)TADAH!!!!
    u can do it diagagonally too

    • annaj:)

      lol good job i found tht out 2:) good job kiddo!!!!