Martin Luther King’s Speech

Martin Luther King once said: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” As Deceptology blog mentioned, the problem is that too many people think his words are an illusion. Unless we look deeper, we may find that much of what we think is true is not true. For instance, the words in the photograph above are not the exact words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. You may only think they are his exact words. Can you determine why is his text another optical illusion featured on this site? How about if I give you a slight clue?

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  1. I have a dream that one day day this nation will rise up and and live out the true meaning of of its creed: “We hold these truths to to be self-evident, that all men are are created equal.”

    What I wrote.

  2. It’s pretty obvious, the last word of each line is repeated in the next line. “I have a dream that one day day this nation…”

  3. Its amazing how the brain will skip over double words like that. Took me a moment to realize it and actually read each word to see the last word of each sentence is doubled again at the beginning of the next sentence.

  4. That is about the dumbest thing I have seen on here . I love this site but , the wordplay doubles thing is a bit elementary for the level of optical illusion normally seen on here . Were you just trying that hard to find something for James Earl Ray day ?

    1. Not only is Rahowa’s post insulting, it is revealing of the fact this person is:
      A.- Bigoted
      B.- Racist
      C. Even more ignorant than he accuses our host of being.

      It is further revealing of the fact this nations still has very far to go in regards to treating everyone equal

    1. Wow, Buckyball,

      It really does look like the people are pooling from his arm. In fact, once I saw it, it took me a moment to realize what was actually going on. Thanks for pointing that out.

  5. I can’t understand why people don’t notice the double words at once… I guess it is because my native language is not English… or maybe because I didn’t live the war for american civil rights?

  6. Quite annoying imo.
    I noticed the double words immediatly. Was very annoying to read.
    I actually clicked the picture in the iGoogle page to see what was the illusion. I just thought it was a silly text with double words.

  7. I must just weird because I noticed the double words right off and was initially confused by it thinking that somebody made a a mistake.

  8. Ha I really like this this illusion. The cool thing is is it does’t even have to be in in that paragraph form, just normal sentences seem to to work fine. I wonder if if it works with any words, or just simple, short, everyday words. It’s be an interesting interesting thing to do a study on on or something. BTW your site has had a vast vast number of vistitors! Awesome!

  9. Lachman (1984) and Miles (1991):


    Not an illusion, but short words skipped from fixation analysis while reading.

    Sorry my english…!

  10. didn’t notice the double in the small window, thought the optical illusion was the trees and people sprouting from his shirt sleeve!

  11. Nice one.
    I think for non-native English speakers it may have been easier to spot, as they may actually read every word, but us native speakers don’t read the words.
    This is shown by research at Cambridge University (the original one) where tehy sohw taht as lnog as the frist and lsat lteter of a wrod are crorcet and all the rgiht letetrs are trehe we wlil be albe to raed and udnesrntad waht is wtrtien.

    It was also suggested that being “not American” or “didn’t live the war for american civil rights” might have made a difference.
    I am neither American nor lived through the “war” mentioned, but know the illusion.

    I wonder if it works in other languages too? It has been suggested that the scrambled letters does. Maybe I should try something similar on my Dutch colleagues? :)

  12. I hate this stuff and I always notice it. Remember those tests to count the occurrence of the letter “f” in a paragraph? Same sort of thing…your mind notices or doesn’t notice certain aspects of written language.

  13. i just checked the slight hint link, then i come back here and now i notice…….THE DOUBLES! that is so cool!

  14. Actually, I must admit, it did take me quite a few times reading it to figure out what was wrong. Should I be ashamed that I failed to notice something so glaringly obvious or proud that my brain is skilled in self-correcting mistakes in writing, thus quickly understanding it as the writer intended (present situation excluded) it to be to communicated? Hmmmmm…

  15. Our brain skip words that are the same. I couldn’t read the double words at first. after I reread, I realize the double words.

    bird in the
    the bush.

  16. it was a very obvious use of words being doubled you’ll have to try harder. what people forget is that like any skill it can be trained and someone who reads a lot on many varied subjects, mistake’s or incongruities tend to stick out like a sore thumb.

  17. I have used the ‘slight clue’, and some similar examples, when working with parents who want to learn how to help their children to read. It is used to point out that good readers do not read every word, especially at the end of the line.

  18. quite obvious for me…the word day is repeated:) it’s funny coz a while back I came across something similar but missed the repition!!

    1. When I read this, it reminded me of the if, trick…the how many F’s are in this sentence…and so I was able to read that instantly, noticing what was wrong.

  19. I got it right the first time. Because the words are associated with Martin luther King, whom I admire a lot , I was extra careful to read it right

  20. Maybe for strangers which have native language other than English is not so hard. I realize double words instantly.

    Instead, I remember another words joke which asks the reader to count the number of “f” inside a three lines sentence. Most people (and I) find three occurrences, while indeed they are six: three instances of “of” at the end of lines were unsighted.
    Could someone retrieve the exact details of such game? Thanks.

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