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By on November 21, 2006, with 85 Comments

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know this guy. This photo took place during “America Votes” aftermath. Some sources say it was taken on Gov Mitt Romney’s “Homophobia Speech” rally at the statehouse yesterday. Yes, it’s an illusion, but I can’t help but see white pointy hats peeking out from the back row. Do those stupid three-K, white hooded fraternities still exist? I surely hope not! This gives a new meaning on “irony“. You can see another picture inside this post, it’s more detailed photo. For similar illusions check: Pope with horns, Chechen soldier, Bush/Gates illusion… in “Celebrities” section.




  • me

    ….nice. not. maybe a prank? i dont think theyd be let in to a press conference……….photoshop?

  • me

    note….closer inspection…..rips in fabric of flag?

  • Anonymous

    they look too tall and disproportioned to be kkk hats
    maybe the top of some flag that is mostly white?

  • Anonymous

    It looks like just a slopy paint job

  • Anonymous

    It looks like the flag is a backdrop curtain and those are slits to allow people through.

  • payam

    gpxikcohme is right, it does like like rips in the flag but y would their be ripps, probably photoshopped, cool nontheless

  • Big Shtank

    They aren’t rips, they’d catch way too much flack from “patriots” if the flag were ripped. Probably the Massachussets state flag since it’s mostly white.

    http://www.theodora.com/flags/state_flags/ma.gif

  • Zig

    Wait. What is the illusion here?

  • Anonymous

    It’s the kkk run for your life

  • no likey name

    that isn’t the kkk, I have no clue what it is but fyi the kkk still exist but in few numbers

  • Kayla Shay

    As anonymous said up above, it looks like the flag is a backdrop curtain and those are slits to allow people through.

    There’s another one just to the right of the podeum… (behind the head of the lady in white.

    In the close up, you can really tell that fabric is folded back to make an entry way for people to walk. We’re just seeing the partly overcast sky in the gap.

    No Photoshop required and no ripped flag either.

  • Anonymous

    The speaker is Mit Romney, governor of Massachusetts. The pointing things are the Massachusetts state flag. He is a republican. Is that why this nasty rumor is being started?

  • Anonymous

    Ha, looks more like rips in flag, if it were real it be purty messed up man…

  • Liberate

    This is stupid

  • 7aipan

    PRETTY MUCH the ripples on the flag to the left are sagging down… and the ripples on the right side are going up.. thats wat i thought this was about…

  • Anonymous

    it looks like a closed umbrella

  • Thomas Mann

    Guyz, it’s just a stupid rip in the flag.

    Is the optical illusion the table in front of him?

  • Anonymous

    Triple K does still exist. They had a rally in one of our towns a few years ago, and under “freedom of speech”, they were legally permitted to do so. The cops were on the scene in case of rioting or other mob violence, but there was nothing they could do to stop it.

  • Anonymous

    They are Massachussets State flags on poles.

  • Anonymous

    the guy is still an A$$hat…

  • Anonymous

    Notice the ripples in the flag…it is hanging from something to create a backdrop. I agree that they are slits in it, most likely to let people through or because the weight of the flag cannot be hanging there without something pulling away weight from it somewhere.

  • Anonymous

    Whatever it is, it’s still the perfect illusion behind one of this country’s foremost bigots.

    That’s what makes it so funny, anf fitting.

  • Anonymous

    I saw a clip on telly that reminded me of this pic. they are white flags hanging limp on their poles

  • Anonymous

    Notice that there apers to be no heads that we can see under those “hats”

  • Lindsey

    At first I thought the illusion was that the front of his podium is lined up with one of the white strips in the flag, making him look translucent

  • Anonymous

    no really bad work on paint anyone can do it.

    there’s no shading to make them look like real “KKK” hats

  • OddlyMyself

    kkk hats droop down, not stand straight up..

  • Anonymous

    They are flags. Good illusion though.

    The podium thing is weird too. Like someone said, it makes him look translucent.

  • Anonymous

    You know, the KKK has been illegal for a while now… you don’t think there’s a chance, therefore, that the “hoods” would have been in police custody before the picture was even taken (bear in mind this is a political event; there are bound to be police in the vicinity)?

  • Anonymous

    HEY DID U NOTICE THE THIRD HAT NEXT TO THE LADY IN THE WHITE COAT

  • Shauzia

    He was a crappy governer anyways, those are dunce hats, which represents what he is as a governer anyways, i would ttly h8 to see him a president :P

  • …I know this one!

    They no hat!
    They are rips!
    (Sry bout the wierd words me wnat to talk like taht :( )

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it’s a space in the flag for people to pass through.

  • Aurora101

    KKK!? I sure hope not!
    probably some kind of rip or a way for the audience to come in by.

  • JR

    You missed one, there is one by his left elbow!

  • Black Mamba

    BTW the kkk still exist, in fact in order to join, all you have to do is go online and enlist in their summer camp. Those wierdos are still surviving in huge numbers, it’s only that they don’t commit group murders and such. (KKK can go kill themselves, in my opinion)

  • Anonymous

    This is a simple illusion. It’s two mini versions of the Washington Monument. The point just looks like a hat.

  • Matt

    No, it’s not the KKK, no it’s not an illusion…

    It is a common practice (ok, maybe not too common), to put “U” shaped holes a flag to allow the wind to flow through. Otherwise the wind would just catch it and blow it up, down, and all over the place.

    Yes, some people hate seeing that and say it’s unpatriotic, but it’s no more dishonorable than burning a flag in a retirement ceremony when it gets very old… The common ground that they share is that some people do use those actions to disrespect the flag, but in these contexts they clearly serve a function.

  • CJ

    i thought it was rips too but the wavy texture lines of the flag doesnt match it it it was ripped the both sides of the point match perfectly

  • Anonymous

    I KNOW IT’S AN ILLUSION, BUT IT IS SCARY! JUST THINK IF A… R5498UEXZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Anonymous

    Definitely photoshopped. In the close up you can see some gray lines (the exact same color as the white stripes on the flag) where it didn’t get erased all the way. They aren’t shadowed enough to be anythin 3-D. What freaked me out more is the person’s face directly below the arrow in the close up.

  • Eye-vern

    I agree that it might be rips in fabric of the flag. Look closely and you’ll see that it’s possible.

  • Apiez

    ha ha… stupid

  • Sarah

    Ummmm……………Well maybe they’re rips in the flag, but if it was lots of people would be offended (I know I’m not, I’m Canadian)
    :):):):):):):)

  • Sarah

    Oh no, wait. Anonymous (5th person) is probably right. They’re probably slits to allow people through.

  • Suki

    Photoshop? Prank? Idiot Americans actually letting those guys in there? Hmm…guess we’ll never really know…

  • ria

    they are too evenly spaced out to be ripped

    if it was photo shopped, it would be right on someone’s head

    agree with #5

  • Anonymous

    uh-oh… yes, to answer your question, KKK does still exist

  • http://www.youtube.com The Lion king kid

    I dont think its an illuson.

  • Lucky

    By the guy there is another

  • me

    WTF

  • goots

    yeah thats really messed up

  • heehaw

    A tear in the flag???

  • http://www.moillusions.com/2009/07/um-it%E2%80%99s-just-paper-illusion.html lil dark angel boy

    Its a probably cutted of..

  • Helper

    it is probley a peice cut off considering wearing white hats ..ommm….lol in a thing with bush is DUMBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB!

  • lolipop101

    wow that i not an optical illusion! im so proud… NOT! seriously get better ones and at least make them ILLUSIONS my god

  • yunnf

    aren’t those cuts meant to stop the wind (if strong) from tearing it even more?

  • http://www.hotmail.com dragon rapter

    that is REALLY REALLY messed up… WTF

  • de santo

    actually the kkk does still exist.

  • David

    That’s look like parasol or flag… This is really confusing…

  • cindy

    WTF THATS MESSED UP

  • Az

    /facepalm

    Ok it’s not tears in the flag. The flag is fine. What those are are poles in front of the flag doing two things. One acting as a baricade, and secondly having a smaller “flag” (not the US flag, but either republican or democratic or something like “Pride” “Solidarity” etc) hanging off it.

    If you’ve ever been to a political rally type thing they have them everywhere.

  • Chuck Snow

    Those are the Mass. state flags. They are on poles(Pikes)and mounted upright. The Mass. state flag is mostly white.

  • bitty

    its a bend in the flag and light reflecting on it -.- not cuts

  • Bill

    The flag is cut so the wind would not blow it up but through it and the flag would stay flat!

  • john

    um there is three of them one near the guy podium on the right

  • andrew

    those r tears dumb ass

  • leo

    Omfg the Ku Klux Klan

  • (Anonymous)

    i think there are Four poles if you watch the formation of the other 3.. also you can see it’s a flag but it’s ”dead” ( no wind ”

  • miasaki

    OH MY GOD THE KU KLUX KLAN.

  • Lol

    That is not a tear on the flag. But probably another white flag

  • xd

    That’s a ku-klux-klan hat! LOL

  • weeee

    Hey, I have that same hat!

  • norm

    Theres another ‘Hat’ to your right when looking at the stand, right next to it. 3 of them. BASTARDS!

  • michael

    PHOTOSHOP-very very obvious and crap Photoshop at that

  • vinny

    i like it

  • Rob

    Wow. Liberals really do see racism everywhere. Liberalism truly is a mental disorder.

    Those are Massachusetts flags!

  • Anonymous

    Hate to break it to ya,Vurdlak, but they do still exist.

  • Molly

    does anyone else notice that the guy that is speaking almost sinks into the flag?

  • http://thecavyplace.webstarts.com/ Teaka

    lol thats where they walk through, dont you see when they come out from back stage?

  • andy k

    it’s f–king the kkk

  • Rose

    LOL! Its a dunce aka stupid person! DUH!!

  • inmyshoes

    You can see loose red threads on the one on the right.

  • awesome kid

    dont get it maybe cos im not american?

  • Has a brain

    Those are slits in the flag so wind can pass through…in the middle picture which is enlarges you can see the fields behind. KKK? Yeah Mitt Romney would support the KKK. Morons.

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