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By on June 3, 2013, with 38 Comments

Here’s an easy one for Monday afternoon: can you make sense of those strange tetris-like symbols filling the screen? They hide more than meets the eye. Those of you staying updated via “Optical Illusion of The Day” widgets, have a slight advantage in solving the “mystery”. After you’re finished with this one, make sure you haven’t missed this, this, this, this and this!

Tetris Optical Illusion


38 Responses
  1. Paula says:


  2. LIL BIT says:


  3. LIL BIT says:


  4. clay lister says:

    is the hidden part supposed to say “bet this has you baffled at first?”

  5. James Howde says:

    Had a slightly odd experience with this one.

    As I scrolled the image up the first line was the message. To the extent that I was thinking what shapes? Once the whole image was on screen then I could just see shapes but, since I’d seen the first line was able to ‘force’ myself to see the message instead.

    Nice illusion though.

  6. Anonymous Pagan says:

    No, it didn’t leave me baffled.

    Woohoo, first comment!

  7. Stawolf1001 says:

    weird, at first I could read it fine and then I couldn’t see it

  8. Mikael says:

    So….is there more to the image than the phrase the pieces spell out? I saw the words as soon as I saw the picture.

  9. Steve says:

    This illusion only works when looking at it full-size. When this popped up as a small image on my igoogle, I immediately was able to read it and thought ‘What the hell?’. once I enlarged it, though, it made sense.

  10. PRMan says:

    High school art class. Was taught to see “negative space”…

  11. Gemma says:

    It’s really good. Bet this has you baffled at first ;)

  12. Annie says:

    You lose !

    I had no trouble reading it, especially in the little version.

    One has to look at it from the right angle. We have a little wooden sign done like this, and if it’s seen from the wrong angle, it’s meaningless. It’s funny when a group of people look at it and some can see what it is and others just see meaningkess shapes.

    It needs a little lateral thinking-one has to look at it, well, in a lateral way.

  13. Kiwibot says:

    Saw this on my desktop widget first and, it was unmistakable what it said. On the full website I struggled initially; it was helpful to step away from the monitor, which I guess gives you the same sort of perspective as looking at the widget. Cheers.

  14. Mike Affronte says:

    nope too easy.

  15. Poyteroy says:

    It did not baffle me unfortunately, however I tried to look at it so that it would look baffling but I just keep seeing the letters! I can’t see the shapes!!!

  16. minecaricature says:

    haha. cute

  17. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, I saw it immediately.

  18. Bet this has you baffled at first.

  19. Wess says:

    Unfortunately it was spoiled for me since it first showed up in a very small image.

  20. MM says:

    This is the message: BET THIS HAS YOU BAFFLED AT FIRST
    My opinion: HA! wrong!

  21. Josh says:

    Probably because I’ve seen those type of things often, but I have a very hard time actually not seeing the ‘hidden’ message…

  22. Janice says:

    Bet this has you baffled at first

  23. jaxxm says:

    No it hasn’t..lol. I like these.

  24. Anonymous Girl says:

    It didn’t fool me.

  25. J says:

    I saw it immediatley, too bad vurdlak :P

  26. Onyxbutterfly says:

    Nice, The smaller you make it the easier it is to read. Cheating I know but it is 12.30 am here.:)

  27. Stupidis says:

    the thumbnail was clear, but the full size is more distorted.

  28. Grenchlok says:

    It was hard to see once opened, but looking at the desktop widget gave it away. Very easy to see when it was small

  29. Mitchell Silverman says:

    Sometimes you just have to step back and look at the big picture. In life as well as Illusions. (or is life an illusion?)

  30. Mitchell Silverman says:

    My post at 9:35pm (EST) comes out as 2:25 am. So you are 5 hrs ahead. Never noticed this before. Not exactly an illusion, but clearly overlooked this in past

  31. Penguin says:

    I’ve seen to many of these for them to baffle me.

  32. suor de sapo says:

    Steve is right, it doesn’t work well in the widget mode.

  33. Melissa says:

    I don’t mean to cheat but if you make it smaller you can see it.

  34. Melissa says:

    And the answer is (BET THIS HAS YOU BAFFLED AT FIRST)

  35. Georgia says:

    Btw… you need to squint if you cant get it.

  36. Akire says:

    This totally failed. I saw the message before I saw the shape. Nice try though

  37. Asi Cruz says:

    If you scroll up & down slightly you will see the wavy blocks/letters seem to wave left & right.

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