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So the picture below supposedly came from an old book: The Intelligent Eye, written by Gregory R. Unless you already saw this flick before, in all likelihood it won’t make much sense. It seems as if we are only seeing hundreds of black patches on a white background. But once you spot the illusion, you can’t go back. This example demonstrates the amazing capability of our visual system to organize visual input into interpretable shape. If you still can’t see it, the only hint I can give you, is to check these two articles about Sheldrake first. I’m not sure if this one was already posted sometime in the past, but if it was – my mistake!

After checking the results of our previous poll, I’m happy to learn that most of you do like my personal, offtopic touch. However, 30% of you dislike my unrelated comments, and since this number is too high to ignore, I’m proposing the following… From now on, I’ll give my best to divide the article in two paragraphs. First one referring to the illusion and it’s background story, while the other one (much like what I’m writing today) will contain unrelated babbling. Will this make both sides equally happy?

Mysterious Dots Optical Illusion


74 Responses
  1. egdirbr says:

    I immediately see a Dalmatian sniffing the ground.

    Write what you want, man, it’s your site. If people don’t want to read the things you write then they don’t have to. I do think it’s a good idea to talk about the illusion first, and then babble about unrelated subjects.

  2. MTSzabo says:

    I’ve seen this one before so I spotted it straight away. But I remember the first time I saw this it took me about 30 minutes to see anything but splotches.

  3. MiniP2hn says:

    I see truckloads of cows eating grass… Impressive. :D

  4. Wayne T says:

    This is a Dalmatian dog with its nose to the ground.

  5. anonymous says:

    i think i already saw this one…

  6. joe says:

    i see a dog.. a dalmatian sniffing the ground..
    great work

  7. MTSzabo says:

    Hey Vurdlak,

    I couldn’t find a way to submit an illusion, but I know you moderate all of the comments. SO, check this link out:


    It’s photo-edited, but cool nonetheless.

  8. steve says:

    hey this is my first comment and i love this website and i check it 2 times a day and i see a dog drinking out of a gutter

  9. MG-Speed says:

    I see a dalmata (dog) in a garden o in the park…

    very impressive.

  10. Gina says:

    If people don’t want to read what you’ve written, then they can stop. I visit this site every day. Sometimes I read what you’ve written, sometimes I don’t.

    Carry on doing what you’re doing. It works well. x

  11. GreenGirl13 says:

    I see the delmatian but the background doesn’t make cense

  12. T.J says:

    in the vista gadget, it looks like a snake slithering along some flagstones.

  13. Bill Martin says:

    Forget the dog. I’m still looking for those cows :))

  14. wasnt this already on this site

  15. It’s been said before. If people don’t like what you write, they can choose not to read it.

    I love your site, and I hope you keep up all the brilliant work you do!

  16. nysro says:

    or start a second site for your musing…

  17. Landy says:

    It’s not a dalmation sitting, it’s a hyena standing – short back legs, longer front legs. Spotted it almost immediately in the smaller size version in google gadgets.

  18. Rob says:

    I saw the illusion very quickly, but I’ve never seen it before…maybe it’s because I was thinking it was like some sort of “rigged rorshcach test” that has a hidden illusion.

    I really like your idea of dividing the text into two paragraphs! It makes reading the descriptions so much clearer, and then we can read the second paragraph knowing that there was a subject change. Great idea! Keep up the awesome work!

  19. Ajidicia says:

    This is a classical illusion indeed, but the most amazing here is not the ability of our brain to organise the dots, but the unability to not see the dog after seeing it. If you see it once, you’ll see it forever !

    About the offtopic touch, a clear division is the perfect answer for me :D
    thx again.

  20. Billy says:

    I see the dog sniffing – but I see a greave with some human remains in the pit ahead of him as well.

  21. Lucas says:

    I like the two paragraph idea a lot. You’re a great compromiser! Even though I generally like reading your off-topic narrative, some days I have less time and just want to read about the illusion.

  22. Katrina Vassallo says:

    I like this.

  23. Ian says:

    i see a dog geting grass.
    and no cows

  24. The Techno Girl says:

    Haha it its the Rochhenors test, AKA the Inkblot test.
    I see a Dalmation lying in the sun under a tree on a roof in a meadow.

  25. p3ps1 says:

    i see a swimming dog, an island, sometimes a fish and a half human-half dog

  26. Terra Wah says:

    I’d like to note that only two people felt strongly enough about you only posting about the illusions to comment ;)

    As for the illusion, I see a dalmatian sniffing the ground… with some sort of garden plot in the background…?

  27. Facebook User says:

    The dog’s ear gave the illusion away right away for me. Is that a tree and its shadow in teh backgound?

    ps. blab all you want :) Noone has to like it or agree with it, and I enjoy reading some comments.

  28. i see a dalmation with its nose to the ground but also an aireal shot of islands surruonded by water

  29. Futz says:

    Actually I first saw this very nice illusion here on this very page:


    One of my favourites.

  30. aszolina says:

    I can’t see his back paws… I see a lion face instead.

  31. Linda says:

    I personally love all the extraneous yabberring in addition to finding out what you think of the sometimes very tricky illusions. Two paragraphs will make it easy to work out which comments to attend to!

  32. NeeL says:

    I first saw a face on the dog’s behind and made a head of the rest of the dog. Since a sinister looking head on a concrete floor doesn’t make sense, I looked further and saw the head was a dog. After reading the comments, I am seeing a curb which means there is a street and a side-walk and a gutter he is sniffing or drinking from. :)

    For the offtopic stuff, I’m glad you are taking my advise. :D

  33. Simon Woolcott says:

    Heres a link to the full story and answer!!!


  34. Fred Schlonz says:

    A dog sniffing the ground towards a tree. I’ve never theen this before.

  35. mitch says:

    dalmatian sniffing ground partly covered with snow. There is a small tree trunck in background. the ground beneath it is bare.
    the more linear rectangular features are walkways with foot prints

  36. Weedji says:

    You posted this before on may 26 2006.

  37. Puppy love says:

    I see a Dalmation sniffing the ground

  38. katwoman says:

    I finally saw what it was!! I like your comments. I just wish you would tell us what is for those of us who can’t see the real picture. That really bugs me when I can’t understand the picture!!!

  39. Person says:

    i see a horse with a dog’s head!….and there’s a tree in the background, i think.

  40. I see the dog, but am I the only person who sees two faces also? There is a face where the dog’s right hind leg is and a face on the ground a little south west of the dog’s left front leg.

    As far as your commentary……keep up the good words. I personally want to hear anything and everything you have to say about everything.

  41. Dusty says:

    you know if you see that its a dog, you can never see it as slopches again. EVER! even in 20 years of not seeing this pic, u can still tell it is a dog.

  42. Falon says:

    Ahhh, i used to have that book back when I was little! It wasn’t until I was six that I actually saw the dalmation, but since then, I’ve never seen anything else while looking at this illusion. I love it.

  43. Facebook User says:

    I see a dalmation sniffing on the ground and a face

  44. i see…. absolutely nothing :\

  45. P says:

    If u see carefully u will find the face of a lion with its eyes near the right hind leg of the dog and down , slightly tilted is its nose and mouth also.

    Although the sniffing dog is more prominent one

  46. CRAZY says:

    It was hard for me not to notice. I mean, its so obvious! Its black dots on a white background. You do you miss something like that! Come on people get it together. Just kidding. Seriously though, I saw a dalmatian almost instantly.

  47. Felix says:

    Didn’t see anything until I read that it may have been a Dalmatian. I see a fat arsed Dalmatian but I’m sure with the power of suggestion we could see whatever we’re told is there.

  48. Detective Kitty says:

    i guess i’m not theonly one to see it right away…I liked this illsuion but this, to me, was too obvious…

  49. Nicholas says:

    I see a dog and I also see a sideways lady’s face near the top and that large black spot is her hair

  50. Ali says:

    i see the dog.


    ok i will tell every one what it is 1 ,a dalmation dog sniffing the ground. Pretty ordinay.Not rellay convincing though, it is a dog ,sniffing,sniffing the ground.2th ground. ok it it like a street corner or a corner of a school play ground grass.3it must be playground grass considering there is a tree there. that is what i see every time i see the picture. WARNING: the tree up above,the do next to it, and the playground grass below it. Whe you see it, youll belive it.

  52. Special ED says:

    I see a a dog. Dalmation! (I think thats how you spell it)

  53. petting a dragon says:

    i see a tree and a river, and in the river i see a cute sad face

  54. FrankandJoe3 says:

    I see the dog. He is sniffing a sidewalk that leads to some small tree. Maybe a cherry blossom tree

  55. elli says:

    all I see is ariver with a whole bunch of ink bloches on the side

  56. erica says:

    Looks like an atomic bomb, with a guy getting blown over.

  57. Gregor says:

    This is from a Salvador Dali painting called the Hallucinogenic Toreador circa 1969-70, and it is a charging bull. (http://www.artchive.com/artchive/d/dali/toreador.jpg for example.) I don’t know when this book by Gregory R was published, but I don’t know if Dali would have stolen it from there.

  58. sponkymonkey93467 says:

    Now i see the dalmation. the part that i thought was his head was actually his rear end! HA!

  59. Anonymous says:

    it looks more like a bull

  60. trithucnuamua says:

    The animal look like a pig

  61. Some One says:

    At first I saw a bear walking through the woods, but then I read the comments about the dalmation and now I see it. Haha.

  62. McFly says:

    I see the tree and the pond, the dog and underneath the dog i see a sad face.

  63. haleyliz613 says:

    My Psychology teacher has this picture on the wall in her room. First day, she told us to figure out what it was.

  64. happydoodle says:

    I have a wild imagination, so you may not have a clue how I see what I see. I see three islands and water, with palm trees. And there are hidden faces all throughout the whole picture. Really, it’s just your own perspective of how you look at different images. It could just be a bunch of dots in a non-specific order. It might have no right or wrong solution whatsoever. It’s just how far your mind decides to wander, and what your mind wants to see.

    • Abob says:

      Yeh, there are lots of hidden faces,but i think the pic is MADE of faces. Anyway, I see a dog sniffing the ground whos legs turn into a HUGE horese’s head that is very cartoony looking

  65. Abob says:

    Wait, no, ITS A CHARGING BULL!!!! ok, if u can find the dog, ur close. follow the dogs back, were the hind legs r. They kind of resemble a horses or bulls face, do they not? Thats wut ive got.

  66. bob says:

    i see a horse

  67. The answer Pic says:

    It’s a dalmaton! For those who just CAN’T find it,look here:1771144edb34e08m3.jpg

  68. shandon says:

    i see a bear.. and there is blood everywhere with a small tree and a puddle of blood below it


    *little boy on couch bored* DAD I’M BORED!!!!!CAN I GET A SHEET OF PAPER……….AND BLACK PAINT!!!!!*SPLAT SPLAT SPLAT*!!!!!!!!MY CREATION

  70. Anand Ghurye says:

    This is an experiment in visual memory and pattern recognition which is used in training and development . We learn by recognizing patterns and imbibing these patterns in our memory . When we see anything our patterns are immediately superimposed on the picture to recognize and understand it . A good trainer creates long lasting easily recognizable patterns . The blotches are blotches individually . Once the picture is seen it gets committed to the memory and will always be recalled first thing when you see this kind of picture again . Wonderful !

  71. Etan says:

    Someone spilled some ink

  72. SuperWyattGuy says:

    I see a dog sniffing the ground, Cool! :)

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