In Auckland City, over 70% of road crashes involving pedestrians occur on main roads. At least the official statistics state so. So the Auckland City Council (Pedestrian Safety) decided to take precaution measures, and used attractive 3D Chalk drawings to warn their citizens of the danger that lurks them on every step. The campaign involves Fire, Sharks and Snakes, and is titled “Don’t step into danger”. This decision greatly reminds me of Philadelphia’s effort to slowdown speedy drivers using fake 3D speed-bumps. Remember that one? Be also sure to check 3D Chalk Drawings and Billboards category for more optical illusions like this one! The advertising agency responsible: Ogilvy, New Zealand.
Whoa! Look at this spooky and blurry image below. Can you tell in which direction the female is looking at? Most of you would normally believe that the girl’s eyes are directed towards the right. I have shared the same delusion. But you have benefit of knowing that if this photo is presented here, it must have something to do with optical illusions, so probably you will opt in for the opposite direction. Yes, you chose wisely. If we defocus the picture, as a result we get a nice n’ sharp image of a young normal person – with eyes directed towards left. If noticed the resemblance – yes, this optical illusion was also created by Rob Jenkins, the author of Ghostly Gaze. Another day, and another illusion explained… Btw. have you noticed a little re-design in the comments section? Do you like the new grayish comments? How about the website’s new background color? Any advices for tweaking the website? I’m listening!
Some time ago I have received these 3 photos. It took me a day or two before I even figured what is so special about them. As you see, all three represent old architecture. But wait, something strange is going on. Are all those pillars where they normally should be? How about the horizontal post they hold? Can you spot the illusion in each photo? They have much to do with impossible objects. I’m not positively absolutely sure, but these images may have been manipulated digitally. What is your impression? Are we talking about some exotic shooting angle, or simply Photoshop job? You tell me…
Each day before publishing fresh optical illusion, and writing according article, I go through the process of allowing/rejecting previous day’s comments. When I see my last post receiving 60 or more comments, I feel great and get highly motivated in creating new material. Yesterday’s post received an interesting and simple comment I’d like to point out. User called Dantheman wrote: “Great site. You keep up the good work, and I’ll keep telling everyone I know about it.” Hey, this in praxis could be applied generally – I’ll make sure to post regular, fresh and interesting illusions, and you keep sharing this site with your closest friends. Do we have a deal, or not? The easiest way to share this site with your friends is through the “Members” section. You login (bottom of the sidebar), and invite your friends. You select which email contacts you want to include, and send invitations. Simple as that. And now for my part, new optical illusion:
The Black Lips band (which I never heard of…) engaged in the magic-eye thing (I pity the fool who doesn’t call them stereograms… in fact this isn’t stereogram at all!) for the cover of their new album. Below is the cover for their 200 Million Thousand, which features the hidden face hidden in vertical lines. The optical illusion should be easier to see if the cover shrinks (widget thumbnail!), but when it is viewed in full-size, you have to force yourself to go cross-eyed to see the face.
I can’t believe we still haven’t discussed one of the most common optical illusions that we see almost each day. I’m talking about Moon Optical Illusion. The short intro would go something like this: The Moon illusion is an optical illusion in which the Moon appears larger near the horizon than it does while higher up in the sky. This illusion also occurs with the sun and star constellations. It has been known since ancient times, and recorded by numerous different cultures. There have been numerous tries to figure out why this phenomenon occurs (check Wikipedia), and the closest one in my belief would be “Relative Sizes” explanation – something we explained in the Ebbinghaus article and the Ponzo Collection. What do you think about it? What is your explanation? Have you noticed this illusion as well?
Last two days I was over my head with work, and missed updating MOIllusions. Still, my work involved some “soon-to-be-announced” gifts for you – just in time for Christmas. Stay tuned and expect something big really soon! In the mean time, I give you Guido Daniele’s new Handimals! Before you check these, make sure you’re already familiar with his work. Browse Hand Painted Animals Part I and Part II before you proceed. This time Guido painted more animals, and I must agree they look incredibly real. There are so many to choose from, I still haven’t managed to publish them all. Be sure to visit the artist’s website for more. Here is a short bio of Guido:
“Guido Daniele started working as hyper-realistic illustrator, in co-operation with major editing and advertising companies, using and testing different painting techniques. In 1990 he added a new artistic experience to his previous ones: using the body painting technique, he creates and paints models bodies for different situations such as advertising pictures, commercials, fashion events and exhibitions. Guido is most famous for his “Handimals”, created by secret body painting methods.”
I thinks we had some pretty quality optical illusions lately. Do you share my opinion? As you probably noticed, Mighty Illusions has always been up to date with world news and politics. Those of you who follow this blog more deeply, remember my reflection on current economic crisis and USA Presidential Elections. Few weeks ago we presented you with brand new Barack Obama afterimage, but this wasn’t our last Presidential illusion – No Sir! Today we bring you another awesome Obama animation. This Scheibe Illusion was first conceived as the Margaret Thatcher Illusion, then updated to George Bush illusion, and finally updated to Barack Obama version. Barack states he is “pro-science”, so he probably won’t mind this.
The explanation of the image should go something like this: “Vestibular Correction keeps the image on your visual cortex steady even though your eyes are moving around wildly. But the vestibular correction system has its limits. What you see below is an animated GIF image which flips every five seconds. First look at the upside down image. Both faces look normal, but when they flip you will see how weird one of the faces really is. We have no trouble recognizing the person, but since we recognize facial features with a whole other part of the brain, the vestibular thing got garbled in part”.
Hy there, it’s your old faithful again. Remember the classic “Young Woman or an Old Hag” post we did few years ago? Apparently not, but you had the chance to see it all over the web. It can be found below the first image inside this article as well. I just re-posted it for you to refresh your memory. Anyhow, we got this new 3D version for you to enjoy. Can you force yourself to see both figures inside these paintings? An old witch, and a young beautiful woman. Both should be visible to you in each picture. Let’s socialize! I just figured that now FriendConnect by Google allows me to implement ANY OpenSocial widget I wish inside my website… If you know any that could be useful, feel free to advice me.