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By on August 14, 2011, with 29 Comments  

The idea might be old, but the execution isn’t! Whether or not you had the privilege to see our ancient painted trucks (both fake and real ones), vans or buses – you have to admit that the illusion works. Perhaps in one of the best examples yet, company under the name of Liskey used this well known idea where they hyper realistically painted ______ car on-top of their _____ van. Now please be kind and fill the gaps with missing vehicle names and types as I was never good at recognizing them…

By on August 11, 2011, with 75 Comments  

After she saw our latest illusion, Judy decided to share this interesting poster with us. Although she originally showcased this in the comments section of “Rupert Murdoch’s True Form” article (using our relatively new image attachments), I believe it deserves its own moment.

The blood smear motif you see on your right was first used as a book cover for Charlaine Harris’ “Dead Reckoning” (check here for original book cover). As I haven’t read the book myself there isn’t much I can tell you about it, except there are vampires in it. But what I can tell you is that there is an interesting optical illusion hidden somewhere inside this poster. Go on – search for it!

Our regular fans will probably spot the hidden illusion almost immediately, while the rest will need to check some of our archives first to understand what they are supposed to be searching for. Perhaps starting with negative spaces illusions might help ;D

By on August 9, 2011, with 48 Comments  

Anyone who doesn’t take up residency under a rock has surely heard the news that Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid, News of the World, was recently accused of illegally tapping the phone lines of private citizens.

Well, whether or not you believe his story that says he was completely unaware of the hacking, and whether or not you believe he deserved getting hit by a pie during his testimony in the House of Commons, it’s hard to deny that there’s something a little mischievous about him. Fortunately, thanks to a specialized news camera that is designed to show people in their true form, we now know what Rupert Murdoch has been hiding for years -his demonic nature.

Ok, so maybe it’s just a strange camera angle that caught a humorous view of the media celebrity, but the horns illusion is still surprisingly fitting for the old man. What do you guys think, is the camera operator trying to tell us something?

By on August 7, 2011, with 28 Comments  

As a regular Mighty Optical Illusions reader, you’re all certainly familiar with what is undoubtedly one of M.C. Escher’s most famous works – Relativity. We’ve featured the piece recreated in LEGO, papercrafts, animated gifs, even in billboards, but this is undoubtedly the first time someone has been able to show us what the image looks like when shot through a drop of water!

Artist who goes under the nickname of “smsilton” captured this amazing image after about two hours of attempts. All in all, he said that it probably took him about 150 shots to get it right.

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By on August 5, 2011, with 29 Comments  

Robert T. Gonzalez of io9.com concluded there isn’t a person in this world who doesn’t love tree rings. This in itself should be reason enough to appreciate this beautiful poster created by Gary, Aaron & Khairul (degree°).

But there is much more to it than meets the eye – if look at the poster from up-close you’ll find an entirely new reason to love it! Originally titled Tree of Life, this unique poster aims to highlight the responsibility we have in letting animal species thrive in their natural environment. As authors have said themselves: “We have a choice whether or not to preserve nature and let it grow. Specially designed to assert this crucial message, it forms the basis of social attitudes towards Mother Nature for the many people out there who want to make a difference in our world..”

The lives of animals revolve around their living space, the rainforest. And since animals are not able to speak for themselves, the destruction of their habitat leaves them suffering in silence. 

By on August 2, 2011, with 17 Comments  

These Heads Up Juice Glasses (which can be found in our partner store) come with two glasses consisted of multiple meaning illusions, one featuring a boy and one featuring a girl, both of which transform into an older version of the same character when flipped upside down.

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By on July 31, 2011, with 48 Comments  

Pareidolia is what happens when someone sees the Virgin Mary in a piece of toast or Jesus in Google Earth. Essentially, it is the result of our minds taking a random image or sound and turning it in to something more significant. Some scientists, like Carl Sagan, speculate that this message is hard-wired into our minds to help us identify human faces as quickly as possible.

One of the most famous non-divine examples of this phenomenon was the Old Man of the Mountain located in The White Mountains of New Hampshire. If you were wondering why I chose to say “was” instead of “is,” it’s because the Old Man is no more after the face fell from the cliff side in May of 2003. Even so, the face is still remembered by all of the world and it was such a major part of New Hampshire’s identity that it was used as the image on their state quarters that were released in 2000.

Here’s a composite image of the Old Man of the Mountain before and after the rock face crumbled.

If you’re looking for a similar natural illusion that is still standing, you can always head to Ebihens, France and explore the much less famous Apache Head in the Rocks pictured here.

Do any of you guys know other places where you can find human faces in nature?

By on July 29, 2011, with 44 Comments  

In years of doing this what I do, I have come across various optical illusion patterns whose effect often can’t easily be explained. Still, them patterns provide very intensive results, most often having something to do with illusory movement of some sort. I have also learned how various patterns can cause nausea and make you feel quite uneasy. Just look at today’s illusion for example: not only will the water automatically begin pouring after some time, I bet it won’t take it long before you won’t be able to look at the given pattern no more. It somehow makes my head hurt, yet I can’t rationally explain why is this happening. If you feel masochistic feel free to use this picture for your desktop wallpaper. I dare you to try it :D Let’s see how long does it take before you go berserk!