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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?

  • SteveRiese

    Nicely done!

  • ZL123

    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.

  • SDER

    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…”

  • WD3k

    Wow. That is truly amazing! I fooled my whole family!

  • Jupiter

    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.

    • ohmygosh

      that’s what i did

  • http://www.AllForYourWedding.com allforyourwedding

    Well this would be true only if you knew the exact words of the speech right?

  • layne

    wow thats awesome!!! the last word in each row is repeated againg as the first word in each row

  • Rahowa

    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 ?


      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

  • bluepool

    that’s one slippery text!

  • Buckyball

    easily fooled, nicely done

    I see another illusion, seems like the people are pooring from his sleeve :-)

    • Proudmmy777

      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.

  • Martijn

    This one did not work for me, maybe it’s because I am not an American.

  • josephine

    the slight clue really helped!

  • Proudmmy777

    Woops, I meant to say “pouring”.

  • Alex

    Well if you take out the double words it illustrates a whole diffrent message

  • Froscas

    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?

  • http://facebook.com/tianna T.storey

    maybe the mike is echoing.lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jens-Hykkelbjerg/100000809227264 Jens Hykkelbjerg

    Unknown by most people Martin Luther King had a had a slight stutter :-))

    • a person

      haha ya :)

  • Phillip

    I got it right off the bat.

  • obamas butt wipe

    it took me about 5 mins

  • rad

    I thought that the illusion is about him releasing some gases (trees) from his sleeve ;D

  • a person

    thats so cool

  • Menno

    You cought me there!
    I started to read the comments to find out what the illusion was and then I saw the double words indeed.

  • OvExX

    got all the double words in the first read.. but the first.. day day…

  • Courtney Rafter

    damn it! lol I did it again!

  • Selma Cahtarevic

    Day.Day..human mind doesn’t recognise the double word??

  • Brandy Espy

    huh I didn’t see it the first time I read it. Seems like it should have been easy to spot

  • maddie

    niiiceee i like it

  • Goeny

    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.

  • skylark

    can you tell us why film-production creed rules in China must change?

  • Kathy McCormick

    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.

  • Slammer

    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!

  • Marcelo GONZALEZ

    Lachman (1984) and Miles (1991):


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

    Sorry my english…!

  • Janelle McDermott

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

  • John H Hinckley

    a bit of bottom feeding using this very old, old, trick if you ask me.

  • Kelsey Thornton

    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? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marion-Black/100001832138436 Marion Black

    At first I only noticed the last pair of double words. I had to look again to see that they occurred on every line.

  • ohmygosh

    you know, if you read this out loud you’ll notice immediately

  • zak

    this is easy

  • William

    Thank you MOIllusions, now I got an excuse for when I accidentally make a double-word mistake in my homework…

  • Mark P

    Once I saw that there were words, I knew exactly what to look for.

  • Jessica

    Even when I am looking out for the double word, I still miss it- always a great illusion

  • Barbarella

    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.

  • KHN

    I find things that play with your head, like this one, to be quite fascinating.

  • Bryce

    As a copy editor, I saw this in a fraction of a second.

  • Voigt_Meister

    Am I getting too old? How could I have missed the double words??

  • ali

    I have fallen for these sorts before, but stumbled on “day day” immediately and was not fooled by the rest.

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

    Amazing illusion, but what else could we expect from such a great man?……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Walton/100000028347891 Mark Walton

    Cool, the clue is what told me, I had no idea until I was told -__-

  • Jaryd Cool Cat Taylor

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

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  • The Thinker

    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…

  • sem

    … but some men created more equal than other

    • AJ

      nice. animal farm is
      is a real work of
      of art!

  • Sean

    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.

  • anthony

    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 polished.as someone who reads a lot on many varied subjects, mistake’s or incongruities tend to stick out like a sore thumb.

  • Mary

    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.

  • Angelgirl

    that is SO obvious! i saw it the minute i read it

    • anthony

      so obvious it took you a minute?

  • nonya

    i see it now

  • Franco Miranda

    I had to read the clue to get it. VERY GOOD ILLUSION.


  • http://www.moillusions.com me123987645

    I’m kinda laughing at myself for not realizing some words are doubled I normally spot that kind of thing out!

  • Chris

    This is like the “Birds and the Bees” puzzle.

  • Shriya

    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!!

    • Detective Kitty

      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.

  • debolina mukherjee

    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

  • puniser

    aha ! got it

  • Antonio

    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.

  • Antonio
  • Mario_C.

    on the first time I read it, I spotted it out, its similiar to one that says “paris in the spring”

  • Grace

    in the
    the spring

  • Nikolaki8


  • mini_2

    I love
    Paris in the
    the spring

  • Moo

    There are 2 ” of ” in the text!

  • Alli

    of,day,and,to, are are repeated twice in this phrase

    i had to read it a couple times to notice that

    kewl illusion

  • Eliza

    you dare make fun of martin luther king jr.he changed the world.

  • SmartGirl

    You are wrong!
    1. Day, day
    2. And, and
    3. Of, of
    4. To, to
    5. Are, are

    • STR e t C H

      know I now wy thae cal
      cal u smartgirl smartGirl!

  • froggy

    i saw the doubles very quickly.

    so, to some people i am not a human.

    but i am human.

  • Kingston

    Wow, I didn’t notice it at all! (until the slight clue, that is)