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Seems we got ourselves featured by the Yahoo front page yesterday! No wonder for all those hundreds of thousands of visitors coming in for the last few hours. Even our iPhone/iPad App got hundreds of downloads during the last 24h. Amazing… Anyway, here’s an illusion I wanted to show you for some time now, but never did. Perhaps it’s because once you see it, there’s no going back. And it seems I forgot if it was amazing enough, before I understood the illusion it hides. I better let you decide… So, can you guess what all those strange shapes stand for? If you have problems seeing it, I advise checking the illusion through one of our “Optical Illusion of The Day” widgets first, and if you still don’t get it – check this revealing article.

Mysterious Shapes Illusion


92 Responses
  1. T.J says:


    Is it hall box? seems like a weird thing for it to say though…

  2. Bellss says:

    hmmm…. I’m not gonna give it away, but i’ll give a hint:

    hmmm…. I wonder if I got my mail today.

  3. @DeirdreHolanda says:

    It took me a while to see it, but then I finally saw the “mail box” letters. :D

  4. Chris says:

    Same with me… the word is MAIL BOX

  5. Alice says:

    are you sure its not mail boy?

  6. Marci says:

    Took me a long time to get this one. I just couldn’t get the negative spaces to line up right. Now I should go downstairs and check the post… :-P

  7. Tamara says:

    I think it says Mail Boy. I think this one could have been done a tad clearer though.

  8. Jake O'Neill says:

    it helps to make your eyes like the chinese and it says mail box

  9. Bryce says:

    Very nice. I moved back from the screen and squinted my eyes and it jumped out right away.

  10. darkmantis says:

    it says MAIL BOX. I know it looks like mail boy, but it’s supposed to be an X

  11. popesantaxiv says:

    I had to blur my vision tremendously to see the two words.

  12. Techno Goth says:

    I know what it is. I’m not saying what, though. Here’s a tip…: squint and look at the purpleish-blueish “base” (or the base color) under the blue “blobs” of stuff, than, (still squinting) look at the blue “blobs”, than, (STILL squinting) look at the purpleish-blueish “base” again, this time tracing the letters with your eyes. (EYES ONLY OR THIS WON’T WORK!!!!) See it yet? If not, repeat this untill you do. Most people saw it on the first try.

    • Rhelyc says:

      OH Man! Most people got this on the first go??? I tried and tried, was sure it was a reverse space letter thing, thought of altering my point of view-and still couldn’t get it! And I’m usually pretty good at these things!

  13. Techno Goth says:

    Hint: this is one of those “Negitive Spaces” illusions. If you aren’t good at those, than you can train your eyes with this.

  14. brianna says:

    cant see it. tried everything

  15. mail box makes more sense, but it looks more like hail boy

  16. At first I thought it was Mail Box, but the X isn’t formed on the left, so it must be Mail Boy…?

  17. kullkull says:

    i convert my wife to your website : she said “WWouha ! mail box”…

    It is great, as usual !!

  18. whitney says:

    why cant i read any of these

  19. Cherry Blossom says:

    HMMMM, it was confusing at first, but then i saw it. Does it say mailbox?

  20. Terra Wah says:

    Quite an unspectacular choice of words.

  21. Voigt says:

    Mailboys deliver mail in large organizations. The term is used less often these days. Think “busboy”.

    • Voigt says:

      The last letter cannot be an X since as it is not connected like all the others. It should be a Y.

  22. Z2d4th says:

    stare away from the screen around 3 to 4 feet, you can view the message easily

  23. Geraldine F. Sides says:

    Mail Box definately

  24. Laura Ours says:

    I had to “step away from the keyboard” but once I did, I was able to see it and it was sooooo kewl!



  25. CourtneyyLauren says:

    It says MAIL BOX!! +)

  26. Annishia says:

    a mail boy is like a boy who delivers the mail for a little bit of money **old fashioned** but i think it says mail box

  27. Unicorn Cheeks says:

    run away from the screen. far away. it will say mail box -_-

  28. Lee says:

    we call him “Mail Man” in the states…

  29. MAIL BOX
    this is a good one

  30. tony says:

    Tamara – a mail boy is a person who delivers mail, in big offices, etc.

    Agree, it could be either – nice though, wasn’t obvious at first

  31. “MAIL BOX” I believe it says mail box. Good illution.

  32. Whoops, spelled illusion, sorry.

  33. Josh says:

    Some of the letters could be more readable. But it’s nice :)

  34. sherif says:

    guys ..after all these coments ..i still can’t see it.

  35. babai kimewan says:

    I see it as MAIL BOX

  36. qwertyuiop says:

    does it say mail boy?

  37. Barbarella says:

    I thought it was BAD BOY

  38. Franny says:

    It is definitely “mailbox” and not “mail boy.” Although there may indeed by a slight gap between the left side of the bottom of the “X”, the so called blobby “feet” of the bottom of the “X” on both sides are clearly present.

    The best way to see it for me is to push the PC or Laptop back away from your vision for several feet and then squint with only the left while keeping the right eye closed. It pops right out then immediately. Lots of luck.

    This was a good one…..

  39. Jenny says:

    Uhh I do not see it whatsoever. Maybe it’s me.

  40. aamb says:

    it says Mail Boy

  41. fred says:

    The second word was easier to read than the first ! Nice !

  42. Jim Anderson says:

    I see the “MAIL BOX”, however, being a golfer, I first saw 14 or 15 of the 18 holes for a golf course laid out. Keep up the good illusions Verdlak. Thanks. Bog, JA

  43. ali says:

    It’s supposed to be mail box I’m sure, but that X is deformed…. put a couple of lines on it and it jumps out as being mail boy.

  44. jasmine says:

    It say’s MAIL BOX!

  45. derrick says:


    just unfocus/make your eyes blurry

  46. paigee says:

    it says mail box

  47. Barbara Barron says:

    I got it when I squinted at it with my eyes half shut, a bit optically cryptic.

  48. Ron says:

    I thought it was Hail Box.

  49. Adam says:

    pretty sure it’s mail boy.

  50. damaja says:

    Whatever it is, it’s boring… -.-

  51. Someone says:

    No It Says Mall Boy

  52. Somebody Else says:

    Mail Boy

  53. taylor says:

    mail box?

  54. gggfefqgr says:

    mail box fool

  55. Louis says:

    It say’s “Mail Box,” just cover one of your eyes and you will be able to see it clearer.

  56. horse says:

    I honestly can not see a word. im really confused. :l

    • Zachary says:

      I’ll throw you a bone so you can see it a little easier: The blue parts are the surrounding area of the letters.

  57. To make it clear says:

    1.To user:Someone, it is not “Mall” it is “Mail.” Look at the L at the end, it has the line on the bottom going right, like an L.With the letter before the L, it is 2 small lines going left right, bottom and top like an I.

    And for those who say it is Mail Box, although I’m not completely sure, I would say that if it were an “X” then there wouldn’t be that little blotch of blue intercepting the letter, for no other letter did that. Because there is a blotch there and it messes up the X, I have to say it is “Mail Boy”

  58. maria says:

    mail boy

  59. FrankC says:

    Dont make the mistake of looking at the shapes. Its the ‘glow’ you should be looking at. The glow flows around the shapes to form a word/s. Not exactly clear though ! :)

  60. The Speaker says:

    it says hail boy!!! read in between the blue

  61. Justin says:

    the final letter in box throws a curveball. it does somewhat look like a Y.

  62. Softbollchik says:

    it looks like an L and a X at the end… there is a lil line of blue intercepting the “X”. i’m gonna have to say it says “MAIL BOY”. but you never know.=D

  63. mail box or mail boy i cnt tell wich iz it i think it iz mail box makes more sense i guess idk uh i think i want 2 say mail box!!!!

  64. princess suga puff says:

    OMG dat shit just POPPED out! lol i saw it i saw it!!!

  65. Lolzater=] says:

    Mail box?
    i swear its Mail BOY!

  66. xhanie says:

    for me that’s a MAIL BOX, it can’t be Y if you’ll use big letters.

  67. Abob says:


  68. E says:

    it could have been mail bag…uh oh i think i may have started a whole new debate hehehe

  69. illusions1 says:

    it say mall boy

  70. illusions1 says:

    its says hall boy

  71. aaa says:

    It’s MAIL BOX and BOY

  72. r says:

    if you save the image and open it with paint you can draw a box around the words and easily reveal MAIL BOX

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