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Got this item through an email message. Not much to be said about it. If you open the article, you’ll see another photo that explains the illusion. It’s really simple! An ambigram, AKA an inversion or flipscript is a graphical figure that spells out a word, not only in its form as presented, but also in another direction or orientation. Text can consist of a few words, and the text spelled out in the other direction or orientation is often the same, but can also be different. Now to give you all some short history lesson! (I copy pasted this from Wikipedia) – The term “ambigram” was first used to mean “ambiguous anagram” by Judith E. Bagai, a former editor of The Enigma, the official organ of The National Puzzlers’ League. According to John Langdon, ambigrams were independently invented by himself and by Scott Kim in the 1970s. Kim used the name Inversions as the title of his first collection in 1981. I have linked some words in this text with appropriate ambigram examples. Check them if you wish!

Love Ambigram Optical Illusion
Love Ambigram Optical Illusion

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75 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    woooow it’so cool!!! XD first comment

    • NoName says:

      an illusion
      mirrors
      another mirror illusion
      zap the arrow
      into the words
      never say no to love
      gosh there is a hidden word along my comment
      It was an amazing one

  2. Anonymous says:

    Really cool

    Am I first?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know how to “open the article for an explaination” I cannot see this one…need help. Email me at cobrar97@hotmail.com
    Thanks

  4. Debolina Mukherjee says:

    the second one reads love . what is the first one trying to say??

  5. slimc says:

    cool… what.

  6. darkmove says:

    SHUT OP WITH YEA 1e AND STUFF
    oya nice i want it for my room
    ebay :P

    *yea 3e* XD

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t that make a great brooch or pendant? Love it

  8. lucas says:

    Best smbigram i ever seen:)

  9. I Luv The Teen Titans! says:

    the first one says amor (spanish for love)

  10. Anonymous says:

    What’s a LOWE?

    It could be German LÖWE (lion) if they could include two floating dots somewhere.

  11. vince says:

    what is amot?

  12. Anonymous says:

    It’s Love -.-

    Can not you see that up writes “amor”?, Amor in spanish, love in English.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Amor means love in portuguese, lol. That was well-made.

  14. Anonymous says:

    1st 1 says: amor (french, means love)
    2nd says love, not lowe or löwe

  15. Anonymous says:

    amor means love in spanish
    cool!

  16. PoianaNana says:

    Amor is also the italian name for love…

  17. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous said…
    1st 1 says: amor (french, means love)

    sorry but you are mistaking, in french it’s Amour for love.

    En français c’est amour pour dire Love.

    just to prove that I speak french ..not to show off ;op

  18. Spanish girl says:

    AMOR is NOT french!!!!
    AMOR is spanish
    AMOUR is french
    Beautiful words…
    Learn languages, dude!

  19. laffernandes says:

    Amor means love in portuguese, too.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Amor is a portuguese word motherfuckers!!!!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Two photographs are both the same figure

  22. Sorkiz says:

    Amor means love in latin, spanish, portuguese and also in poetical italian.

  23. Anonymous says:

    amor is love in Latin actually, the base of all those romantic languages (portuguese, french, italian, spanish).

  24. Theresa says:

    it looks soooooo great!!
    i would buy it! =)

  25. Anonymous says:

    anot and jowe?

  26. Anonymous says:

    amor – love in Portuguese and Spanish

  27. Anonymous says:

    Sometime you just need a creative eye to see these things. Neither way round says amot or lowe, it’s a shame some can’t see this very well crafted design. It brilliant

  28. Strawberry says:

    Should have waited till Valentine’s Day. I would want something like that with my name.

  29. jmfranco says:

    A nice ambigram but little forced. I think that is why some people reads it as lowe or amot…

    The first one I see in two languages. By the way, love is amor in spanish and portuguese but in french is amour…

  30. Anonymous says:

    Look it says amor its cute and amor means love in a lot of launguages…just not english WHY MUST WE BE DIFFERENT?

  31. Kleetus7 says:

    John Langdon was one of the men who signed the constitution. I don’t think he was alive in 1980… Cool illusion though!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Lol the first one says Amor which means cupid. here : Amor is Latin, Galician, Catalan, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish for love

    Amor is an alternative name for Cupid, the Roman god of love. His equivalent is Eros in Greek mythology.

    Cupid = Little angle of love me thinks its right…

  33. Federico says:

    Have you see this one too?

    http://vuong.free.fr/images/blogs/LoveHate_13CE/hate_love4.jpg

    that’s very cool as well!

  34. Kevin says:

    first one says amor(español) the second one says love(english) i hope you stand with this

  35. Kevin says:

    I didn’t even know what amor meant and i could read what the letters meant.

    Very well done and clear

  36. Erik says:

    “amor” means “love” in Spanish and Portugese. This is cool.

  37. Anonymous says:

    The second one is Love upside down and backwards

  38. MaCaVeLLi says:

    Im Mexican… First one reads AMOR that means LOVE in english! not portuguese, french, german…. SPANISH!! Best Regards

  39. Anonymous says:

    lol according to all of you guys amor means love in french spanish AND portuguese? D:
    which issit?!

    COOL AMBIGRAM (:

  40. Anonymous says:

    AND YOU CAN ALSO READ “ROMA”!!!

  41. Anonymous says:

    haha!
    idiots

  42. Zebra_94 says:

    Amor is the Greece god of love, called Cupido in Latin. He is marked by his arrows which he fires at people to let them fall in love. Nice ambigram.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Nella prima immagine è comunque possibile leggere “amor”

  44. Don Loope says:

    hahaha…

    “whats a lowe?”
    “whats amot?”

    hahaha, you dont know read!

  45. Anonymous says:

    amor isn’t a french word – amour is love in french

  46. A says:

    its amor as in amore u clowns

    latin first language love

    duh

  47. Anonymous says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amor
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love

    And here is one to really bake your noodle… What is the true illusion in here?

  48. Anonymous says:

    JOWE? She didn’t look Jowish …

  49. Anonymous says:

    cool. nz

  50. Anonymous says:

    some of u guys are really dumb, its not AMOT its AMOR(spanish for love) and its not LOWE its LOVE

    oh yea and it could be french for love(amour) but its missing the u

  51. Anonymous says:

    Amor is love in Spanish and Portuguese, not in French (it is amour)

  52. Anonymous says:

    i don’t really get it but whatever

  53. aroyy says:

    the first one says AMOR which means love in spanish and the second one says LOVE

  54. Anonymous says:

    WHAT IS LOVE?
    BABY DONT HURT ME…

  55. mac13 says:

    its not an Illusion i dont get whats so good just because it spells 2 words wtf

  56. Anonymous says:

    “Amor” means “love” in Latin, and by that it means “love” in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian and a couple of other Roman languages

  57. Anonymous says:

    Amor is Latin, Galician, Catalan, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish for love.

  58. Anonymous says:

    some people are so stupid…!!!!!!!

  59. DIVA says:

    just so everyone knows amor is spanish

    the french is “amour”

    nice illusion though

  60. Anonymous says:

    cool :D

  61. Debolina Mukherjee says:

    wow. you need to be a linguist to understand this.

  62. Anonymous says:

    i dont what language its in or means in other languages I STILL LOVE IT!!!!! XD love it. its says love. XD

    <3 lo lo

  63. Anonymous says:

    im guessing amor is love in some other language
    ’tis good though

  64. Anonymous says:

    it says “amor” on the first one and then “love” on the second one

  65. Anonymous says:

    This sculpture is creation of Francis TABARY.

    His website …

    http://francistabary.com/

    …where you can find this sculpture and many others.

  66. Ryan says:

    Lol… if you flip the first sculpture upside down it spells love

  67. Sophie says:

    No, you don’t have to be a linguist to understand this. I am brazilian and I’m pretty sure that a lot of people – at least here – know that “amor” means love in Spanish, too.
    Btw, I speak portuguese, and yes, it IS amor.
    Don’t know about Romanian, but in Latin is amor, too. French is amour.
    Now, am I a linguist just because I know a basic word in a few languages?

  68. Rug says:

    This one is some what simple but i can see in it the illusion

  69. Rani says:

    Well, Amor does mean love, but that’s not the illusion…

    If you turn the picture around it will say ”Love”. ”Amor” when turned upside-down, will spell ”Love”

  70. Ace says:

    People don’t know “amor” means love? That’s common knowledge.

  71. you can put the first on as amor or amos. amor is love and amos is the mythycal greek god of love, aphrodites son AKA cupid. If your bored continue if your not im ganna make you be bored. (dont ask how i know this all)Amos in greek mytholigy is a troubesome charactor he is known for shooting people with his golden arrows which make them fall in love. One time apollo, god of sun and music, insulted amos that he could play the flute (that Athena, goddess of war and knowledge, made) better then any god or goddess in the world. while the rest of the gods and goddess’s of olympus knew he was kidding, Amos took it seriously. Apollo said that because he was in love with this beautiful river nymph (or a nereid)named calypso. but calypso didnt like Apollo. one morning Apollo was watching Calypso from behind a bush, nearby amos was watching. He had a plan to shoot calypso with one of his Anti-love arrows, and he did. Calypso noticed Apollo when she got shot with the magic arrow. She started running and appolo chased her until she came upon a river. Then she prayed to her father, the god Posiedon to help her, so Posiedon did… by turning her into a lemon tree. When apollo saw he was defastated. Thats why we have Calypso lemonade and why Apollo wore a wreath on his head. i told you i’d bore you to death…

  72. jjj says:

    just flip love around sideways then up so flip it twice two diffrent ways

  73. Gigi says:

    They both say Love. The first picture is just upside down and looks lika Amor. Lol. Y’all missed that 1 huh.

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