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By on March 20, 2008, with 50 Comments

Is it just me, or has the quality of optical illusions I post to this site, lately gone way up? Maybe it’s only me bragging, but I like last few submissions very much. Anyway, I got my enthusiasm back, started making improvements to the category design, tightened my quality rules – resulting in improvements for you, our loyal fans. I also widened the width of the main page illusion images to match the width of the written text. Have you noticed this? Is it better this way? Would be thrilled if you appreciate all this, and shared your comments. Today’s illusion is a photo of a tree submitted by user called Darryl. The illusion is more than obvious, but still nothing less than an awesome multiple meaning illusion in it’s core.

This is what Darryl wrote: “Hi there, I’ve been using your iGoogle thingy for a good while now and some of the illusions on it have been amazing. Just like stumbleupon, I’ve often found myself on your site just endlessly clicking ‘Next Random Illusion’. Its a lot of fun :D Anyway, I thought its time to submit an ‘illusion’. I’ve had this one for a while and although it may not be much of an illusion i still think its pretty cool. I was in my back garden last summer and I noticed on the fence separating my garden from the neighbors there was a few knots in the wood which in my opinion looked like an animal anyone should recognize, the picture is attached to this email. I hope you enjoy it :D”

  • sarahbee

    It’s crazy how the grain of the wood looks like fur.

    • mavrick

      If you turn it 87 degrees to starboard and tilt 23 degrees to port, you get JESUS!!!

  • Williwa

    wow that was a little too easy :D

  • Anonymous

    It is really obvious it’s a bear. But it’s …like…so obvious….like…the fence knew….or someting…..

  • Brad

    now that IS pretty damn good!:)heh… nice

  • Felix

    lol.. it’s a bear with attitude.

  • loik

    Wow.. really nice and amazing because it’s nature.. really good one

  • Anonymous

    I love getting these every day on facebook – thanks for doing it!

  • =P

    wow! its amazing how real the bear looks

    i do think that what you did to the first category will be very usefull to everyone. all the other subtle changes are nice too. keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    wow that’s amazing. what are the chances?

  • Anonymous

    theres no question of where it is but there is the question how did they do it?

    photoshop? or did they actually have to make that

  • Anonymous


  • John

    Yes that was fairly obvious. I like the wider pictures, they flow better with the rest of the page.

    I’d be suprised if someone said this illusion isn’t obvious.

  • T

    Haha! That’s fantastic! Very cool :)

  • Sartiis

    Thats Pretty Neat!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Love this one!

    - Bas

  • jrlaff

    Site is becoming better and better. Continue this way!

  • Donika

    I like it :D

  • Keera Ann Fox

    Clever wood! Very good illusion since the direction of the wood mimics the direction of the fur on the animal.

  • Harley

    wow – it really does resemble a bear

    and great work on the site too!

  • Anonymous


  • Cel

    That’s awesome! I love the natural, untouched illusions. :-)

  • Anonymous

    how cool is that it sure does look like a bear

  • Alex

    Great illusions as always, yes the site displays much more nicely, thanks for you time and effort

  • Anonymous

    Pretty cute!!!! Now where’s tigger?!
    -Beverly Soto

  • Anonymous

    that’s cool!

  • Anonymous

    First Comment!!! jk guys. but really… cool illusion. is it a koala?

  • Anonymous

    That is SOOO easy! Oh well, it’s still pretty cool. 8D

  • kyoquadon

    Yea first post =D It’s a cute illusion

  • DejaMoo

    Neato :) Cute bear :)

  • Me

    That’s so awesome!! I should make my own illusion for you!!

  • Anonymous

    aww, thats cute :D

  • Lauren

    That is really cool, and kinda cute!

  • Anonymous

    that does indeed look like a bear!!
    funny =)

  • Anonymous

    *cough cough photoshop cough cough* I highly doubt that was just a piece of wood that just happened to catch the eye. Obviously photoshopped or something.

  • Kyle

    i think it looks like a koala bear more then a normal bear. and its jsut a coincidence its not photoshoped or made like that. if you want to see a freaky illusion go look at the bodyart illusions in the nature section.

  • plym

    It’s obviously obvious. Having said this, i say it is incredible. But we must admit that it’s not an illusion but simply something which by freak of nature happens to look like something else. But full marks to the submitter who with his sharp eye managed to find this in his garden!

  • Tin Soldier

    Site flows better. Keep up the good work. Love the Mac Widget I am using.

  • Anonymous

    Obvious and easy to spot it may be, but it’s still none the less a great illusion, how can it not be, carved out by Mother Nature herself.


  • Anonymous

    It’s crazy what people can do with Photoshop ….

  • Forrest

    aw the bear is frowning…
    how sad

  • Anonymous

    What bear??? Where????

    But seriously, why does everyone assume every picture ever has been photoshopped in some way?

    Things that are naturally occuring such as wood or rocks are entirely random in their growing/formation and as such may appear to us like something else. Whilst it’s unlikely that a perfect replica of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel will appear on a Giant Redwood, it’s easy to see objects in basic shapes and markings. Like objects in clouds. It is after all just our brain interpreting what we see as being similar to something we already know. And thats the very nature of optical illusions too.

  • Anonymous

    Where is the picture you’re all talking about? I can’t find it among the plethora of links in the text or below…

  • Anonymous

    if its obvious, then y is it hidden?

  • the technogirl

    it looks like a polar bear

  • Cainc

    Hi Darryl,

    Is it possible to contact you regarding your bear optical illusion photograph? I think it’s a wonderful image and I would love to have your permission to use it.

    (‘Cainc’ is a wood knot in Welsh)

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    is this picture for real or was it created that way in something like an image editor.

  • midurs

    thats WAY TO EASY

  • priya

    lolz………….der is nothin excitin bout dis at allllllll

  • http://gmail.com kat

    I <3 it!

    -kitty face :3