Restaurant Menu Optical Illusion

Can you read what it says in the newspaper headline below? Now try and move your head further away from you monitor. Did this help? This ad was recently placed in a publication that shows the best restaurants in the city (Veja Comer E Beber Magazine), and the idea was to simulate the difficultly people have when trying to read some restaurant menus. When they first look at the text from a standard distance, they can’t read the headline. But as soon as they stretch their arms, taking the magazine further away, the message can easily be read. Did this remind you of our Eye Examination Test, by any chance?

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48 Replies to “Restaurant Menu Optical Illusion”

  1. A good illusion and like so many rescent ones the size of the picture makes a huge difference to what you see first. My guess is that the picture needs to be the size of a newspaper or magazine to work properly, so anyone viewing this page is likely to see it at arms length size and be able to read it quite easily. To see it as intended you will need to zoom in a bit to get the text nice and big (CTRL = in InternetExplorer).

  2. I saw the small thumbnail through the iGoogle thing first, so it was very easy to read as it was already “far away”… but when I clicked in to get the description of what the illusion was I saw that it was hard to read.

    For ones like these where size/distance matters, are you able to put a different image out to iGoogle? Rather than a resized version of the entire image in this case perhaps a cropped corner of it at full size.

  3. Or, in the electronic world, simply shrink the image. I saw it instantly because I have the moillusions gadget running in a small window in my iGoogle page.

  4. I could read it right away, but I happen to be nearsighted. The problem is that as people get older, they often get farsighted (or need longer arms lol).I see this at work all the time. Whenever something needs to be read, everyone pulls out their glasses. for myself, I find it easier to read by taking off my glasses.

  5. I love these kind of illusions. Despite them being easy to spot once you’ve seen one, I’m always amazed at the messages between the symbols.

  6. i have this as my on my igoogle and since it was smaller, i could see it straight away, but when i saw the bigger picture, i couldnt read it any more!
    btw the message says:read the best menus without having to stretch your arms

  7. I saw it straight away too, although I appreciate the illusion when done WELL can work nicely. Perhaps the picture here is too small for it to be effective.

  8. This is one where “size matters”, I think.
    I saw it right away, but I think if it were a larger pic the illusion would work better. I can only imagine that I can’t read it. ;~D

  9. “READ THE BEST MENUS WITHOUT HAVING TO STRETCH YOUR ARMS”
    IT IS BEST OBSERVED WHEN YOU ARE AWAY FROM YOUR MONITOR ABOUT 5 FT AND FOCUS ON THE SPACES AND RELAX YOUR EYES AND FOCUS ABOUT 5 FT AWAY FROM YOUR MONITOR AND READ THE SPACES HAVE A NICE DAY EASY ONE CIAO NADIA
    GOOD MARKETING FOR THE OPTICAL COMPANY FOR THE ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT

  10. If you reduce the size of the screen to 50 % (is that zoom in or zoom out?), it becomes easy to read. But at 100%, it is very difficult. I’m impressed with the person who drew it — it’s an intricate design when you see it up close.

    Karen

  11. I saw nothing strange on it, it’s perfectly good to read

    Now I wander: Does that says something about my age….. ;-) I think so :D :D

  12. I found an illusion on the web that I thought was interesting. Your site has no contact that I could find to let you know about this. I think you need to make your site abit more user friendly

  13. illusion : something with deceptive appearance.
    even if you have trouble reading it I don’t think this qualifies as an illusion.

  14. Haha I read it right away, but then I thought there was another message. I kept zooming out, and standing back, and everything, then I just gave up with “READ THE BEST MENUS WITHOUT HAVING TO STRETCH YOUR ARMS” lol

  15. If you squint your eyes it clearly states “Read the best menus without having to stretch your arms”.

  16. I zoomed in, zoomed out, held it far away and put it right up to my face. It was extremely easy to read at any distance. I dont get what this was supposed to demonstrate.

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