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The Famous “Scheibe Illusion” is a perceptual illusion, similar to the “Margaret Thatcher Illusion”. Can you see what’s wrong with the picture of Professor Scheibe? If not, try viewing the screen while standing on your head…. and then comment.

Scheibe Illusion


106 Responses
  1. anonymous says:

    Didn’t quite stand on my head, I got the image onto my computer and flipped it, and you can see that the jaw and eyes are upside down or he is about to fall apart into a million pieces and reveal in his place a very angry inhuman being that is about to tear apart anything nearby. I think the former is unlikely and the latter is a result of flip of these features. When seen upside down the person looks happy and fine, more likely then not the features are flipped from the start via some sort of editing or this guy had been in extruciating pain at the time.

  2. Anthony says:

    Holy crap! The guy looks like an insane megalomaniac about to tear you to pieces and destroy the world. Almost like Bush/Chaney.

  3. monkeyman says:


  4. Jibby says:

    Gosh man this is bloody scary mehn.I got my hair on end man at the first sighting

  5. Annie says:

    i flipped over on my chair, fell onto the ground, cursed the evil little man, the chair, the hard ground, my stupid little head, then tried again :D. I fell over again… then cursed everything all over agiain… then finally suceeded and fell over because i was so surprised at the evilness, and this time i didnt even bother cursing, i just punched the monitor. BIG MISTAKE, i ended up sucking on my fist and mumbling curses for 5 minutes :D!! whew….

  6. isaac says:


  7. Farted says:

    I agree with Anthony and Jibby. THIS GUY IS WACK!!! But it is just computer animated…..or is it…….ugh!! I’m creeping myself out!!!

  8. eumorphapandorus says:

    haha he look slike a pervert, seriously.

  9. xiomara says:


  10. Bun-Bun says:

    Again it’s because our brain perceives faces in a special way. Like, babies at first can only focus on the eyes. There is a condition that destroys your hability to recognize faces. It’s called “prosopognosy” i think (can’t spell it in English)

  11. Ashley C. says:

    While the whole picture is flipped upside down, I think his eyes are right-side-up. I wonder why no one else has noticed that.

    I think his mouth is the same way, too.

  12. Chelsea says:

    this should be on Scary Illusions

  13. cubicles says:


  14. GreenDayGirl says:

    omg. hey!!! thats my friends grandfater!!! he never did get a job…wonder why and who would post him on. my friend is probably imbarrassed!! i feel her pain!!! lol…..

  15. Hai says:

    holy shit im gonna have nitemares!!!!!!!!

  16. Me says:

    anonymous dont double post!

  17. Lem says:

    scary illusion! maybe those kids outside are wondering why i was standing on my chair letting my head hang down this way… whatever, cool thing, this pic

  18. enigmas says:

    the condition that renders you incapable of recognizing faces is Age Related Macular Degeneration – ARMD

  19. jkbena621 says:

    That is the freakiest thing… I mean seriously! AAAAAAAHHHH!!

  20. loser says:

    see those eyes?…they will folow you for the rest of your life….remeber that…

  21. Anonymous says:

    The mouth is also right side up.

  22. Sinead says:


  23. Anonymous says:

    these people are called prosopagnosiacs and the disease is called pagnosia, has to do with receptors int he brain not functioning to be abe to recognize certain characteristics and rember them as ppls faces

  24. Anonymous says:

    God that scared the heck out of me.

  25. Anonymous says:

    this isn’t an illusion, this guy actually has a rare disease called thisreallyisanillusionia that makes his face look normal upside down and scare the crap out of people and make them curse their chairs normally.

  26. Anonymous says:


  27. Shelby says:

    That was scary, and I am only 12

  28. Anonymous says:


  29. abbierocks says:

    i think thats just plain creepy.even if ur upside down, right side up, side ways or backwords. its still creepy.

  30. abbie rocks says:


  31. Anonymous says:

    thats just plain creepy. it dosnt matter if ur up side down, rightside up, sideways, or backwords. its still creepy.

    my name is abigail, not anonymous!

  32. Anonymous says:

    wohh that is insanem in the craniam doug

  33. Shit My Pants says:

    Just like that.

  34. Anonymous says:


  35. n dubz says:

    freaking hell that scared me it is liek he is gonna blow up so god fuck

  36. Anonymous says:

    that illusion is so insane…..

  37. Anonymous says:

    omg omg omg
    this guy is like homicidal or something- he scares the s**t out of me

  38. Anonymous says:

    Totally freaked me out!!!

  39. ssuuok says:

    i dont get it… that sucks

  40. Rakhtael says:

    D***. that scared the living daylights out of me!!!

  41. Nimeru says:

    His mouth and eyes are “pasted” right side up when they should be upside down like the rest of the picture. I could see that right away. I don’t get what the illusion is supposed to be…

  42. Lejla says:

    Before I look at illusions, I look at the comments. Well, they weren’t that pleasant so I asked my dad to look at it then he laughed and then he said it wasn’t scary then he left. I went as far as I could from the computer, then looked at it upside-down. Well it’s not that scary if you’re far away!

  43. max says:

    upside down eyes and mouth SCARY

  44. Molly says:

    Whoa. Scary.

  45. ....someone? says:

    gunna have nightmares!!!

  46. CHLOE says:


  47. analia says:

    i don’t get this ths is dum really dum get more real stuff please

  48. analia says:

    okay i get it thats scary

  49. kayla says:

    the eyes.

  50. shit ma self says:

    lol thats wierd and scary

  51. nobody says:

    omg when i first looked at it it scared the crap out of me!!!

  52. eric says:

    all the facial features are upside down

  53. Great says:

    i thought he was smiling

  54. Josh says:

    his teeth are upside down

  55. Me, Myself, and iPod says:

    This is creepee………..

  56. rajesh says:

    eyes r same wether u look upside down or otherwise

  57. purplepeopleeater says:

    i didnt have to stand on my head to realize his mouth was upside down but for me the question is , are his eyes upside down to come on look at them they could be

  58. purplepeopleeater says:

    but when you do look udside down he is frowning creepy as heck

  59. hello peeps says:

    ok, that dood creeps me out!

  60. valkyrie says:

    he looks practically happy… then turn your head 180 degrees… HES EVILL!!!!!!!!!

  61. Sara says:

    I didn’t see it. So I copied the image, pasted it in Photoshop, Flipped the image, and then almost cried. Scary.

  62. cada says:

    i think it looks like walter the puppet from the jeff dunham show

  63. Wiggele says:

    at first i thought it was a crap illusion, i read scheisse illusion :$

  64. Someone says:

    everything is upside down, and when i turned it right it creeped me out
    Ive never really been fond of the Scheibe Illusion…

  65. ali says:

    His teeth are upside down and so are his eyes its easy dumbos

  66. Anna says:

    omg! it’s so scary upside down :(

  67. Jez says:

    O.O nightmares..

  68. ghjkil; says:

    i dont get the illusion. If the illusion is his mouth,how is it famous?

  69. cindy says:

    half the the face is up-side down

  70. Davo says:

    Looks like the human eye and/or brain can’t distinguish when a mouth is upside down or right way up. Simple yet effective.

  71. theEgg says:


  72. Whoa says:

    WHOA…dude he looks like like like a something! O.o i didnt really get it lol

  73. Klitch says:

    The dude is SO FREAKY.AH.

  74. frit. says:

    his whole face is upside down! :0

  75. bubbleh says:

    his eyes and his mouth r screwd up man, note 2 self never get plastic surgery

  76. Anonymous says:

    If you look at it, it’ll steal your soul!

    • Annie says:

      im eight and im too scared to go anywhere myself for a WEEK after i look at him upside down!!!! FYI i post my middle name as my name ;)

  77. oh my god…this is creepee…poor man:)))))

  78. McFly says:

    His eyes are upside down!!!!!!

  79. Hi says:

    omgggg!!! me scared now!!!!!

  80. ed says:

    creeeeeeppy old guy

  81. anno-mus says:

    Aggghhhhh creepy but he looks like he is smiling!

  82. mmuz says:

    I’m going to have nightmares.

  83. Someone2 says:

    as soon as i looked at him upsidedown and rightside up i noticed: he is freaking creepy and almost all his facial features are upside down. one more word to the face upsidedown: CREEEEEPY!!!

  84. KaL says:

    dem… onios…
    que miedo!!!

  85. blabla says:

    he’s freddy kruger

  86. MSN says:


  87. redja says:

    JESUS. Why is it so creepy? I don’t think it’s the face itself; the changes are small and simple. Is it in realising that you thought something so OFF was perfectly fine?

  88. sdjkfhsv says:

    LOL, I nearly shat my self after seeing that and im 27, fucking hell

  89. Break says:

    Tht scared me!

  90. keira says:

    ha ha ha funny as it is a bit creepy but funny init!!

  91. leek leek says:


    • im cool like that says:

      im only eight and this freaked the poop out of me… btw i can do a headstand :D CREEPY !!!

  92. tatatata says:

    this picture is not scary
    this is a fuck

  93. hahaha says:

    oh I seen sth like this. The eyes and mouth are the wrong way up. It somehow looks creepy even on the most pretty person.

  94. gil says:

    they eyes are upside down

  95. LeechnLoad says:

    hmm.. i bet thats what a stroke victom looks like..

  96. alexia says:

    His facial features are upside down

  97. Anna S. says:

    Omg! I almost pissed myself!

  98. justin says:

    his eyes and mouth are upside down

  99. Kaos says:


  100. unanimous says:

    creepy!!! i just saw that when i stood on my head!!!

  101. Rob says:

    He looks a lot better upside down .. not so old

  102. kiana says:

    dude his mouth,the upside down way is normal the normal way is weird

  103. Vanessa says:

    smile is upside down

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