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Josue Diaz has subscribed to our website long time ago, and apparently “…really likes what he has seen by now”. Josue wrote: “Attached is an image that I just saw yesterday and I immediately thought this was Optical Illusion material. At first you may think that it is an abstract image. My friends and I stared at this for about 10 minutes with no results. We really thought this was someone trying to pull a joke on us, but then later that day we were told what the illusion was. I was so amazed, I mean, it really really is a good illusion. It’s just like they said to me. Once you know what it is, you won’t be able to see anything but that. Thanks! I hope you can use this on your website!!! The answer to this illusion is that it is a XYWZGF. A real life picture, not a cartoon.”

What does this picture show? Once you see it, there's no going back!

What does this picture show? Once you see it, there's no going back!

  • Mister Man

    Is that MICKEY MOUSE!?!?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Playfair/1231397727 James Playfair

    is it a person????

  • Someone

    I *think* I’ve seen this before…

    Ah. I see it.

  • Liam

    I see a baby

  • Jimmy

    It’s a cow

  • vanessa

    wow, that is amazing. i cant believe i still cant find it! well cool website! 1st comment

  • nortok01

    uhh i see a guys head and shoulders like a chalk out line

  • danny

    Some leaves ?? im really puzzled :P

  • Mike

    An aerial Photgraph?

  • Takkuso

    Holy Cow!

  • jake

    i see nothing

  • JS

    Haha, I got it. Won’t tell yet, but let me say that I didn’t see it until I put it into Photoshop and did an operation on it. And I’ll add that it’s a partial crop, not the whole thing.

  • Nebbit

    AAAH! I see it! And i cant stop looking at it! I cant see anything else but this bovine beast! (Hint Hint). I cant get the solution file to work, but i got it when i saw the title of it… Am i first?, because i really dont care and i wish everyone would stop saying “am i first”. I bet that after me, there will be people that clearly are not first, saying “am i first?”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fernando-Siu/723659941 Fernando Siu

    I see nothing… i feel like it would be really cool if i could though

  • Mike

    its that cow again

  • Banksy

    i got shown this in an RE class when we were being taught about enlightenment. our teacher said that once u r enlightened, u cannot see with unenlightened eyes, like this photo. onc you see it u cant not see it. v cool illusion, and enlightening :).

  • goiaingeru

    But what is thaT???

  • G

    Its a cow

  • Facebook User

    I have no idea what that is, after 10 minutes of watching.. I just see a guy on the left, looking away with his hand in front of him like she/he is asking for something?

  • http://musikislife.tumblr.com Yessica

    What it’s supposed to be?

  • Cex

    Its a cow?
    i saw in 1 min

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Fox/1588453303 Carol Fox

    Is it a map? A Cow? It’s making me crazy!

  • http://www.allox.fr Allopass

    It’s a caw’s head !!
    Really nice one !

  • http://www.allox.fr Allopass

    It’s a cow’s head !
    Really nice one !

  • Bella

    i can see one person…

  • Ben

    I see a wolf on the right. the grey is the head with the teeth on the left side and the moon (while circle) above the head.

    I dont know if this is what I am ‘supposed to see’ but thats what I see.

  • Bella

    wait… now i see a cow… o.O
    ^^ really great…

  • Keanna

    THAT TOOK ME AN HOUR TO FIGURE OUT!!!

  • Tim

    Mooo!

  • Terry

    It’s a cows head looking straight at you.Good illusion

  • Dawn

    So, has anyone figured this out, I work in a garden centern, and have showed several co-workers this image, and so far many have said it is a plant of some sort….I told them they are crazy and have been lookin at plants too long

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colin-Hoult/1173532912 Colin Hoult

    I first saw this illusion many years ago so I already knew what is was, but it is a great illusion. Brilliant site – keep up the good work.

  • Brewmeister

    Oh WOW! it literally jumped out at me once I saw it . . . freeky

  • Marrah

    I don’t see it, where is it? :(

  • Aaron

    Is it just me or is it a close up of earth, from the moon, is it from the moon landing?

  • Richard

    Nice Cow ;-)

  • Mr Dr Professor Dude

    I saw it instantly, but I think I’ve seen it somewhere before. really awesome illusion though

  • sherry

    ohmy!! this is the best one i’ve seen in awhile really great i couldnt get the pig/shark picture 4 awhile now everytime i look at that i can see it, same 4 this one

  • Steve

    WTF IS THIS????

  • Aldo

    I can’t get it at all, but I can see one thing like a monster face in the middle of the picture and some other figures.

  • kenny

    cant see a thing

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Santora/1345321255 Michelle Santora

    I give up….

  • tj

    lol what is it?

  • Aldo

    A COW!

  • Ruud

    moooohh! mooooooooohh!

  • http://noone.com nobody

    I don’t get it.

  • MIA!

    I think I need help with this…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-Kiilerich/742482478 Lasse Kiilerich

    WHAT IS IT?!?!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-Kiilerich/742482478 Lasse Kiilerich

    I can not see what it is, and I am lookingvery much forward to read other posts, hoping they will see what it is…
    Is it optic or haptic – near or far, is it vertical og horisontically…? I can not see it! And it buggers me!

    Please enlighten me!

    ;)

  • samantha

    i see a cow! i saw it in the first 2 seconds of looking at it… i dont know if its right but that’s what i see!! :)

  • Marcanus

    It’s a cow!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeannie-Lilley/1624935105 Jeannie Lilley

    What a “Moo-velous” illusion! Don’t be too distracted by the white in the center. Just sit back and gaze at the whole of it and it will hit you like a stampede! Way to go Josue Diaz!

  • samantha

    haha never mind i think its a deer not a cow :p whoops

  • josh

    man im so lost: the middle thing kinda looks like a head looking right but thats the only thing i can distinguish.

  • ryan

    at first i thought it was an arial of a continent or some part of the world, but now it looks like a cow or a horse taken by an early 1900s camera

  • joost

    moooooohh

  • Ed

    Looks like a cow to me … thanks Bessie

  • Maxxx

    Mooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • brittany-bella

    a face or a person or something

  • brittany-bella

    ohhhhhh its a cow that was easy after 10 sec.

  • Uncle_Jasper

    Lions with night vision? I think I see one large on the lower right and ‘saw’ one in the upper left corner but I can’t see it now! Arrrgggg . . . What is it???

  • kara

    So what is it then??

  • Tom

    SPOILER BELOW!

    I see it! It’s a cow’s head!

  • Bob Benson

    It’s a cow, wow.

  • morgan

    I can’t see a thing, just maybe a lions head on the lower right.

  • Regina

    Please tell me what this picture is cause I have been looking forever and do not see it

  • Bri

    I don’t get it… :(

  • Tre

    i see a cow! w00t w00t! first!

  • http://eutocomasa.blogspot.com HighLevel

    A cow?

  • zzembower

    kinda looks like a pic from an electron microscope or some other camera that sees other parts of the EM spectrum, but as for the image im not sure. Maybe some landform taken from space.

  • Eks

    I see it! Think farms …. :)

  • laila

    AAHHHHHHH!!! i dont get it!

  • a

    moo.

  • artur

    satellite image? i saw that immediately

  • Gouri

    wat is it?

  • The Roc

    Moo…

  • Matt Lueck

    Im going to guess a garden gnome on the left and a rabbit on the right… very hard to tell…

  • channing

    A cat? on the left….

  • channing

    a cat on the left?

  • blerga

    cow!

  • morgan

    Another look an hour later and I see a cows head

  • Ally

    it’s a cow or the close up of the face of a cat!

  • Rachael

    What?

  • mike

    What the hell am I looking at? I don’t see anything

  • tara

    Is it a cow?

  • Spider

    Nope! This is (in my opinion) as bogus as the girl with the cello.

    I wouldn’t waste more than ten minutes staring at any optical illusion. And after ten minutes of staring (and flipping, rotating, zooming in and out and a bunch of other effort:) nothing!

    Remember what I said about frustratingly annoying illusions that I couldn’t get after minutes of staring? Well, this is one of them. Either that or it really is a bogus.

    Here’s a suggestion, Vurdlak: if after a few days nobody comes up with a definitive answer that everyone could clearly see (and I don’t mean some unclear ambiguous kind-of-like-this kind-of-like-that answer, as Josue said, once you know, you can see nothing but that) then perhaps you (or Josue) could post in this comment section the real answer. People who don’t get it would be very grateful for that =D

    In the mean time, I’ll reserve my vote until then. I don’t want to vote 1 star for what actually IS a good illusion image.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a cow

  • Eacaw

    I remember when I first saw this one, it took me forever to work it out, but you’re right, after you see it, you can’t not see it.

    Showed it to a few of my college teachers, and it took them longer than me, I actually had to point it out before they saw it. lol.

  • sena

    is it a man?? or I am just seeing things??
    lol

  • CAM

    i have no idea what is going on here… Has anyone figured it out?????

  • d

    Ultrasound.

  • Steven

    what is it exactly?? =/

  • Mastmark1

    Turn your head left, it looks like a person whos back/neck joint is impaled by a huge spear/stalagmite/stlactite/rock formaion thing

  • Filipe

    Is it an old man ?

  • Mandy

    It’s an old picture made from an airplane or another flying device. You see some meadows or farmland or whatever. Maybe some clouds too (upper left). The picture is old, so there are some scratches on it.
    So what am I supposed to see – will you ever tell??? You didn’t put a solution, that’s frustrating – now I will go throught the day and wonder and will be even more frustrated when there is no solution. ;)

  • EvilJef

    cow

  • Some One

    well i see a cow

  • ThunderBunny

    A cow.

  • krishna

    No clue!

  • wade

    i think it is a mapp and some clouds! yes i so solved it
    ha

  • jack
  • Shannon

    Hey, I’ve seen this before :D!
    mooo

  • tsgeoman

    Possible construction worker or soldier

  • Emma

    Hmm…not sure, but it looks like a cow’s head to me.

  • Ivo

    It’s the same cow! :)

  • Pankaj

    This seems to be like
    1. A flying bat
    2. Some part of earth from a plane
    3. A silhoutte of a boy with a hat.

    -Pankaj

  • Pankaj

    And the real answer seems to be a COW

  • lisa

    what is it?

  • http://www.gregc.co.uk Greg

    I see a lion in the bottom right corner growling at a zebra with it’s head bowed in the bottom left. Mind you, it could be anything!

  • Paco

    it’s a cow!!!!!!!!!

  • wendy

    it’s a picture made from the air?

  • Izamabob

    OH! It’s a COW!!!

    Wowowow! That’s so cool! I thought it was some person from the shape or some aerial view of some country ><;
    Haha, finally saw what it was!

  • mr. anonymous

    at first sight i didnt saw anything special.. but i came back 30 minutes later and i clearly sawed an lod man with a few hairs on the head and he seems to be real bored..

  • Dathomir

    Holy Cow! Took me a while but I got it!

  • Joanna

    I love that I can’t get it.

  • Joanna

    Hey, I just got it! I squnited my eyes

  • AliciaJade

    its a cow!! lol

  • Joanna

    Hey, I just got it! I squinted my eyes A LOT and the picture became clear. (Bessie with scars?)

  • Christian

    In the beginning I had problems figuring out what’s behind this illusion. But after I have reopend my firefox I was just able to see half of the picture and that was the key to the secret. If you mask the right third of the picture you will see the head of a cow. And as already said afterwards you can’t see anything else than the head of a cow.

  • demon

    woaa thats amazing

  • kt

    So, I’m new to the site, and love it. But, is there a spot on the website that tells you what the mage is? I can’t seem to find it, also there is no place indicating where I send an e-mail to get the answers, little frustrating..Well, does anyone see what this is?

  • Nancy Servant

    I see an old man ???

  • http://www.youtube.com/moeskate86 dude

    a cow =)

  • Chuwaka

    It took me about 10s. to see a cow…

  • scykes

    . .what is it anyway? i cant seem to see the image your talking about..x.x

  • Facebook User

    Cool illusion. Took me a minute but wow. Small pic helped me out. Keep up the good work!

  • Ann Reid

    I finally saw a cow. It’s looking right at you.

  • Hades

    Ok first :D
    after staring at the picture still nothing i see, someone hint :D

  • ScumBagJoeys

    I cant see it

  • ScumBagJoeys

    LOL

  • Sergio

    It’s a cow head :p

  • lou

    i stared at this for 20 minutes, cant figure it out. Waiting for spoilers :-) Love this site.

  • Starbreezer

    Looks like a cow

  • teabaggs

    i dont see it. >:\

  • Rachael Simpson

    It’s a cow! Took me ages but your right, now i can’t see anything else but a cow!

  • Rachael Simpson

    ** ‘you’re’ sorry

  • sam

    MOOOOOOOOO!!!! :-)

  • Mojo

    A cow

  • Thøm

    It seems like a baby

  • Samantha

    I DONT GET IT!!!

  • Melissa

    I don’t see it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-Collins/707518225 Timothy Collins

    I need a hint!

  • Ben

    Its a cow.

  • ???

    Just thought sum1 should know, if u click the “what the illusion was” link, then on that page click the “here” link, to reveal the pic on that page, it brings you to a porn site. Not even joking.

  • Rafa

    Smoking man?

  • Maurizio

    I see a cow head.

  • Alice Lewin

    It looks like a cow, or a deer? It’s shoulder area and body are off to the right. Looks like some sort of wire fence behind it’s head on the left lower corner.

  • Bryan Riney

    ?

  • Bobby

    What is it then?

  • Lisa

    Hmm…

  • Facebook User

    no idea..

  • Sentinal58

    No idea what it could be… some sort of silhouette?

  • http://www.quality-schnallity.com John Schnall

    Wow, I was staring at it for a long time, didn’t see a thing. Then I suddenly saw it, now it’s all I can see. Good one!

  • http://www.quality-schnallity.com John Schnall

    Oh, and the illusion really MOOved me!

  • jona

    I don’t understand…what is?

  • Klaus Seydlitz

    cow is looking at me

  • Marc

    It’s a Cow.
    Took me quite a while to figure that out…

    great illusion

  • Facebook User

    XYWZGF ?

  • larze

    a cow!! thats clear. saw it on the first glimpse.

  • Carole

    Anyone got any ideas? I’m completly perplexed

  • http://tattoosfromgrease.com Grease

    COW – A – Bunga

  • Jen

    birds eye of a person…….first? weeee

  • max

    i don’t get it.

  • Nielojram Marjolein

    i don’t know what to see..
    first thing that jumped to mind was a person leaning against something else.. but since this is a real life picture i guess it is not.
    i pictured white being clouds or chalk and black being wall or sky, but i don’t get much further than that..

  • Tom

    OK, I don’t see it.

  • ???

    what is an xywzgf?? i dont see anything.

  • http://www.test.com Dalwinder

    Its a cow.

  • http://cosmiczines.blogspot.com Neuronaut

    To me, it looks like just a bad xerox copy of a photograph. Yes, it’s hard at first to make out the picture, but does this qualify as an illusion?

  • Joe

    I see the head of a cow. But did anyone notice in the upper left hand corner the image of what appears to be the skull of a child?

  • mathieu

    damned i don t get it! what s that?

  • Facebook User

    I wish someone would hurry up and write something because I can’t see what it is and it is really bugging me

  • Facebook User

    OMG I can see the cow, that took me ages really good

  • Carole

    Still can’t see the cow. Never mind!

  • mathieu

    is that a bear eating a man’s head?

  • dylan

    I finally see the cow, now it just jumps off the page!

  • Rob

    OMG this is really great. I coudn’t see it either, until I read it was a cow. And now I see it looking right at me: the face of a cow. This is cool!

  • cy
  • Mike

    Looks like a picture of the side of a cow hide that’s all…if you were to zoom out you would see the whole ow…not really an illusion…correct me if I’m wrong…

  • C3

    It´s easy, is a hand, if you dont think so. just press your hand to a glass and then check the result

  • needs help

    I can’t see the cow, can somebody help me?

  • dylangibbs

    Can someone say where the cow is? All i can see is a weird skull thing in top left corner…

  • waterfeller

    I saw this image more than 30 years ago in a problem solving seminar. I could not recognize anything in the image for several minutes.

    I have not seen it since. However, I instantly recognized it …

  • dylangibbs

    Seen it now! Thats well cool!

    And if anyone was like me and couldnt see it, heres where it is…

    Big black shape on right is one of its ears, and the little black shape off the bottom of it is one of its eyes. Bottom centre shape is the cows nose and big white upper centre circle is the cows forehead. It is looking straight at you.

    Hopefully you can see it now!

  • Sandie Fawcett

    It’s a cow !!

  • PWNbear

    First i thought it was darth vader in the left.
    But then i saw the cows head
    its really good OMG

  • Bobby

    How is this an illusion? For those of you that can’t see it, put your hand over the right 40% of the picture.

  • sitroentje

    I see a face in that white area, but I think it isn’t that

  • Doug

    I know its a cow, but huh? I cant see it at all… This is the first time i havent been able to see one of these… Can someone please explain?

  • delia

    it took me a while to figure out it`s a cow:D i was seeing things like a man looking over his shoulder, a ship, a horse, a skull… but not a cow! xD

  • http://www.alphaomega-tremblant.com Marc

    jeeze i’ve been looking at it all morning here and there and never saw it, i now see the cow!!!

    Hint: see the kind of X in the white, well the white is the forehead!

  • Barefootin

    It looks like a lion in the bottom right corner with it’s mouth open.

  • nicole

    i thought at first it was a bear eating a baby but now i see a cow lol how stupid am i

  • smeyer

    haha it is a cow!!
    i was looking at it for a while, and then my dad came over, and poi nted it right out!

    **spoiler link**
    its too hard to describe :P
    so you can read my attempt to tell you where the cow is, or you can just click on the link, to my edit of it ;)

    http://picasaweb.google.com/x0x.bears.4.ever.x0x/Illusions#5364687247127533346

    *spoiler*
    the little black area with the white dot in it, along the bottom, in the middle, is its nose, (the black
    the bottom left corner of the big black area on the top left of the page is his eye. (you should see it going into a littler circley thing)

  • popesantaxiv

    Oh! There’s a similar illusion I remember seeing once!

    http://www.naute.com/images/cow.gif

  • Rhianan

    Can someone please explain to me how its a cow?

  • Facebook User

    Ok I get it. It is a cow’s head. If you can’t see it, focus on the black sections : there is the eyes, one ear (partially cut because touching the left side of the picture) and a mussel (touching the bottom of the picture). The fore head is in the white section and the cheeks are of two different shade of grey. The body/shoulder is grey too. If you can only see a white baby crying with an open mouth, that mouth is actually an eye. What looks like a tunnel is the other eye. It’s a terribly bad quality for a picture. Like someon had folded the paper a lot before photocopying the photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy.

  • Jason

    Saved it, viewed it with 3 different programs, inverted it, shrunk it, blew it up, changed it back and finally printed it. Nothing! It must be quite a stretch of the imagination because I’m normally very good at these things but still haven’t found it. More clues please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa-Hofner-Kaupke/508207804 Melissa ‘Hofner’ Kaupke

    I stared and stared and could not see anything (even after reading the comments!), but then stopped and wondered which side of my brain was dominating making me not be able to see it. I closed one eye and saw it instantly.

  • David

    WOW A COW

  • Martin Giroux

    Exactly what it says above! Once you see it you can’t not see it anymore!

  • Mr. Funny

    IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE THE PREVIOUSLY UNIDENTIFYABLE IMAGE, ONCE REVEALED ITS TRUE MEANING, BECOMES ABRUPTLY SELF-EVIDENT, ONCE AND FOR ALL REPLACING ANY POSSIBLE FORMER OWN’S MENTAL REPRESENTATION OF THE UNKNOWN PICTURE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ellen-Roberts-Chance/566508841 Ellen Roberts Chance

    It is a cow looking right at you with a big white forehead and black ears! It’s nose and mouth are dead center bottom edge.

  • Hal

    I see a boy (like Calvin) facing to the right, kneeling, with his arms out (almost as if praying).

    And ok, now I see the cow. He beat me in a blinking contest.

  • Fruckert

    I see a skull.
    I must be weird, I guess…

  • Anthony

    I thought it looked like a man lying down…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lori-Weaver-Smitrovich/1159464316 Lori Weaver Smitrovich

    can someone be more specific?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lori-Weaver-Smitrovich/1159464316 Lori Weaver Smitrovich

    ok…i walked away, and when I came back there it was! Moo!

  • I SEE

    well i didn’t get it right away, but on the black and white version, i got it instantly

  • Jessica

    This is a good one. I had someone help me and then got it.
    ***spolier*** It is a cow. The head is looking directly at you and the head blends into the body. The nose is the black oval at bottom left. The ear on the right blends into the black background but the ear on the left is visible. I hope that helps some people.

  • thomas707

    Looks like an untrasound of a fetus.

  • Jack

    My first thought was a high altitude, maybe satalite, photo. Then I thought maybe a photo of the ground with a puddle reflecting a cloudy sky. I can’t see a cow at all and now I’m just…..lost.

  • sergiu

    holy COW! it is really a COW! :) how cute…i love cows..:)thanks a bunch

  • fairanrein

    Eurekow, I see the cow!!! But I see too, in the right side of cow face -the shadow one-, some armed men…they look like mexicians of Pancho Villa. There are four of them.

  • Jack

    OMG!!!!! The cow just jumped out at me….not lost anymore. VERY COOL!!!

  • No one,

    what direction are you supposed to look at it? I still can’t see it!!!

  • Victor

    Maybe it’s cowhide…

  • Henry

    a bear and lion about to fight, the bear bottom left and the lion just in front of him. or maybe i should up my medication, might see more then lol

  • Henry

    man i just got it forget the bearr and lion close one eye the squint and the cow is just staring you in your face with its cute nose. nose bottom center ear top left and go from there. One of the best so far i’m thinking keep up the great work

  • Pyco

    We saw it too. it is a cow head!!!!
    really hard to find.

  • http://www.fourtwoseven.com mike

    took me forever. finally saw it. very cool.

    here it is revealed:
    http://pics.livejournal.com/427/pic/00p5eacc

  • No one,

    I SEE IT NOW!!!! WAHOO!!!! I took a really long time but I finally saw it! I also see a buffalo!!! lol

  • Rose

    My four year old spotted it in 2 seconds. I was sitting here trying to figure it out forever. I have been having him look at stuff on this site as an educational exercise. He is getting good. I called him over and asked him if he saw anything and he said, “yeah, a head with a face,” and pointed it out. I felt stupid.

  • Rose

    Take the picture in as a whole. Don’t look for small things. Remember it is black and white. You will see the cow then. Yes, it took my son pointing it out but now I don’t know how I missed it.

  • Richard
  • Maurice Reyes

    First post !!

    Really… i see… A COW !??
    I can’t see anything else… well, thats odd

  • Oversword

    wow that’s really good.
    For the first time in a long while on this site i’ve had to take more than 2 looks to figure it.
    i actually saw it as i was scrolling the page, it just popped out at me.
    very good image, looks a lot like what it’s supposed to.

  • Facebook User

    Good catch, Jack!

    It was easier to se in the earlier one because there was less hatching, more b&w.

  • Michael

    SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

    As said before, it’s a cow.
    It is a head of a cow looking at you.

    If you still cannot see it, go to the link in the description “what the illusion was” which is a better copy (contrast) than this one and much easier to see.

  • egdirbr

    Very nice.

    I was guessing that it was a satellite image or an extreme close-up. I had no idea, but now that I know, I can’t not see it.

  • no.johnny5

    The dark area bottom center is the cow’s nose. Took me a long time! [O-O]

  • Marrah

    It took me all day to find it XD
    I found it about 5 minutes ago. Then showed my family no1 got it.
    P.S. it only took all day because I kept coming back. So it kinda only took about 39 minutes.

  • Dave

    Okay, I’ll try to describe it. Cow face, with black nose at the bottom, white forehead. Prominent left eye just to the right of center. See it?

  • Facebook User

    This is an old Optical Illusion, I was surprised so many had never seen it. Still it is a very cool optical illusion. For those who can’t see it, the illusion is on the left 2/3rds of the pic and is the cows head.

  • Katie

    I saw it better on the widget.
    Couldn’t get it at all from on here!
    Amazing!

  • hello

    in the middle at the bottom
    is the nose.

    it’s looking right at you

  • wendy

    I still don’t see it

  • Louigi

    I can see above the cow, in the right side, a gorila’s head with the eyes closed.

  • jimbo

    after half an hour its the head of a cow.
    very good.

  • http://www.esades.deviantart.com Reid

    I’m fairly certain that it is either a photograph of an explosion; Possibly a zeppelin or a hot air balloon of some kind; or a satellite photo from back in the day. Although, I’m not sure which country.

  • Samantha

    OH OOOH OOOH! I GET IT! ITS A COW!

  • Sara

    haha, yep, at first i thought it was a map… but then i saw it! damn, this is a good one, sure!! ^^

  • Mandy

    I don’t see no freakin’ cow – am frustrated! THX!!!!

  • StenC

    Ok, it’s a cow’s head.
    But it still is also a mans head the white that in the middle, he looks right in the picture.
    The grey to the lower right looks like a lions head sneering to the left.

  • Marco

    First I saw a puma (or lion) head with open mouth, viewed from left (look at the lower right corner of the picture).
    After reading your comments I see the cow head.

  • Detective Kitty

    oh it’s a cow…i saw a human like right a way but then i stared at it some more and i saw a cow.

  • ¬¬´

    i don’t see the cow I see the lion and a dragon and a men face. Where is the cow?

  • ¬¬´

    I SEE A FOX! :D AND MANY MAN TOO
    BUT I CAN’T SEE THE COW :(

  • anonymous

    i cant see a cow! i can see a guy in the white spot though…

  • Pattie Roberts

    All I saw at first was the face of a cow. It was so apparent that I could not find anything else. Of course I am a farm lady so this one was a breeze for me. Pattie

  • phil

    Oh wow! I’ve been getting so frustrated with this one, and then suddenly it just popped out at me. Once it does it’s so damned obvious! And yes, now it simply won’t merge back into the background.
    Incredible. One of the best I’ve seen on this website.

  • http://www.rainbowbomb.com Jason

    Yes its a cows face, I remember this one from an old buddhism book I read years ago.
    its true that once you know what it is, theres no mistaking it ever again.

  • RB

    Look at the white area in the upper center of the pick. On the rightside of the white area right at the center of the picture is a bay openning into a sea of black. That bay is the cows left eye.

  • mw

    it looks like an x-ray to me… am i missing something?

  • Def

    I suddenly got it. It’s a cow staring at you.
    The bottom black part (in the center) with the white spot (almost bean-shaped) is the cow’s nose.
    The black area on the top left (about 1/5 down from the top) is the ear

  • Flor

    It looks like snow on the street.

  • Richard

    I’ve been trying to put comment on this website several time, and it never worked.
    It’s the last time I’ll ever come here.

  • Dayalan

    At first i thought it was a satellite image…

  • Asia

    WOW! Thank you RB for pointing out what the pic really is. Would never have guessed that is would be a cow. But then what the gigantic blob of white in the bottom left corner. Is that the body?

  • Marie

    LOL Oh wow, to me it looked liek Mr. Magoo with a hard hat on, but now I can really see the cow… what a great illusion! I love your posts and really enjoy opening my yahoo and checking out what you have! The posts are as much fun as the pictures :) Keep up the great work!

  • Fred Pena

    Thank you RB, now I see it!

  • NKM

    You are right. Once you see the cow you dont see anything else. Funtastic.

  • me

    i see it! it’s a cow. it took me a couple minutes. cute! I <3 cows.

  • Zarah

    I see a fetus in an ultrasound like photo. The big white spot is the head and it’s facing to the right. There is some land that comes out a bit into the black water that is it’s hand. I can’t see anything else.

  • http://@aol.com alex

    the entire thing is a cows head

  • Lily

    Oh, jeez. The quality of that thing makes it two steps from impossible to see. It was annoyingly familiar, but I just couldn’t see it. Thanks RB!

  • Mandy

    JUST SAW IT; JUST SAW IT – not frustrated anymore!!! ;)

  • Spider

    Okay, so I was wrong. It is NOT a bogus (like the girl with the cello.) It actually IS a very good illusion. Thanks for the answer, guys! And yeah, I got it right away the instant I know what to look.

    Good thing I did reserve my vote. Now I can vote a bunch of stars for this illusion =P

  • bub

    is it meant to be like those inkblot things? coz i see a lot of things. the center white spot looks like a head from side on. the black part in the bottom left looks like teeth, the part right next to that on the left hand side looks like someone screaming or crying. (eyes closed mouth wide open) the edge of the black spot on the top right corner looks like an elephant and there’s lots of other pics but less prominent.

    can you see these or am i crazy? lol

  • kkb

    this is an awesome illusion… just saw the cow… and yes its true once you see the cow, there is no going back…

  • Tiago

    I can see the cow,that’s for sure, but my first impression was the face of a cat.
    Two eyes above, a small nose in the center, below.
    Witch one is it?

  • Sammy

    i saw it right away ;)

  • Ana-maria

    GRRRR I DONT SEE IT

  • Ana-maria

    oh wait i see something with an eye at the corner

  • Ana-maria

    oh oh oh oh i see it i see it
    it is a cow!

  • Kaytlynne

    It looks more like a deer than a cow… >.>

  • jominy

    move back a couple of feet and blink rapidly if you can’t see it. That made it jump out immediatly for me.

    Before that i saw the fetus thing someone mentioned but it wasn’t very strong so didn’t think that was it.

  • Gabby

    the white part looked like a baby with its arm up… and then i saw the cow lol

  • alexis

    thats a pretty B.A.M.F illusion but it took me a couple of tries…..and richard is stupid…dont get mad just cuz you cant post a comment!

  • Tobe

    wow people, the cow (or calf)’s head is an eye-opener, thanks!
    But this stays in my vision; there is a mummy ! or some kind of egyptian sacrogaaf (coffin) in the picture.
    the head is right from the cow’s head, the nose sticks in the (left)eye of the cow,
    I can see clearly mouth, nose, eyes, an ear and some kind of big hat or crown
    Also a shoulder (right of the cow’s nose). Its almost if the cow rests its chin on the coffin.

  • Eli

    Still, I don’t see it… Could anyone help me please???

  • andy

    I see a Tintin (belgian comics) head

  • Alycia

    I FINNNAALLY GOT IT THANKS TO jominy. haha (: and its true, i tried to NOT see the cows face but i just kept seeing it!

  • mats karlsen

    it`s an radar picture of Saturn’s Moon Titan

  • mats karlsen

    it`s a face of a cow

  • Ella

    I see a face in the bottom left corner- its eyes are open.

    Though I cannot see the cow

  • Ella

    Oh I see it. It honstly took me about `15 minutes. OOPS

    Its good though. It’s true now that I’ve seen it, I’ll never mistake it again.

  • jonathan

    more of a pig to..not a cow..LOL

  • ex

    i think it’s a phantom
    it’s it’s …….
    yeah it’s fantastic

  • Grand Dizzy

    It’s a really grainy, terrible quality old black and white photo. I think the description should say that. I was assuming it was a normal photo. This has more in common with an abstract painting than a photo.

  • Anonymous

    I think I see the cow, but what is the giant white area that is under the big blank black space on the top right of the picture?

    If the white area is part of the cow, that I am probably wrong, but am seeing a very good image of a cow too.

  • Marsmellow

    I’m trying really hard to see the cow… but i just can’t.. and its getting really frustrating…
    all i see is a soldiers head and no cow….

    help!!

  • Bookie

    Took me a few comments and hints to get it – simply amazing.

  • Bookie

    Very rough red outline of the cow on top of the illusion image – this will definitely help all of you who can’t see the cow. Look at the outline, remember it, and then look back at the original illusion image above.

    http://shrinkd.com/images/sketch.png

  • venner

    its amazingley true how couldnt seee a thing just thought it was a mess then saw the cow now cant see anything but the cow

  • Rosy and Roly

    ppl look at the pic from far away but don’t jump cause once you see the cow its kind a creepy no joke

  • Julian

    Holy crap man
    finally i see it
    thnx RB

  • Monxy

    Well, i saw this when i was watching it from distance

  • Anonymous

    OH MY GOD ITS A GUY WITH A POLE THROUGH HIS CHEST (HES DEAD) IT MAY SOUND SICK BUT THERE ARE TWO CROSSES (X’S) FOR HIS EYES! THAT IS HORRIBLE! I AM CORRUPTED D=

  • nobody

    if you highlight it by pressing ctrl A then you can see it better

  • zeljko

    I see a child moving his hand up. Am i right?

  • zeljko

    A wolf is in the top-left corner!!!

  • Molly

    I dont see it :C

  • Nora

    Its a cow.

  • Sly

    yup, definitely a cow.

  • Xu

    what is XYWZGF, I don’t understand this picture… Help !!!

  • illusionist

    vurdlak, please please help…i cant see it but i really want to!

  • googy

    lost help

  • batts

    looks kinda like a skyview

  • mikes

    scare my self see creepy things

  • Jake Karpinski

    It’s a cow. The black dot near the center is actually the eye.

  • Jaded

    I’m so lost! Where is the cow??

  • wala

    A COW ;D

  • some guy

    its a very clear cow or an ultrasound of a baby

  • Orshina

    ITS IS A COW!!! the big black areas are the ears. and the black area at the bottom is the nose =D

  • Oliver

    Really good.. a Cow!!!!!
    black dot in the top left is a ear…
    black dot in the bottom the nose…
    black dot in near in the center the eye…

  • Kirstin ♥♥

    It is a… (anagram) of a baby in his or her mum’s tummy. its obvious.

  • Hot Stuff

    I don’t see a cow, I don’t see a mammogram, I don’t see an XYWZGF or whatever. WHAT IS IT?!

  • Hot Stuff

    Wait, Now I see it! It IS a cow! The big black areas at the top are the ears and the big black area at the bottom is the nose! If you can see that, everything else kinda pulls together!

  • Soundwave217

    omg its true! once you see it you cant go back! its a calf! (cow)

  • !!me!!

    i cant see it!

  • Bob

    Kristin, where do you see a baby in its mommy’s tummy? It’s not there. Can’t you see the cow?

  • http://fandrey.lucidrine.com/ haha

    Why did i see a baby crying? Left eye of “the cow” is the mouth of baby.

    creepy.

  • lolipop101

    i dont see anything HEEELLLLLPPPPP!

  • nobody

    i see a persons head

  • Firestar8125

    In the middle i see a person screaming and running it look like a kid. Probaly running away from the wolf. LOL

  • ian

    yup!!! it’s a head of a cow…

  • Curtis

    I dunno, I see the cow but I also see a human head facing right (it’s the white part)

  • God

    It’s not a cow stop all agreeing that it is so as to confuse other people.
    What the hell does ‘XYWZGF’ mean?
    I hate this illusion!
    ha.

  • God

    I see the cow now

  • http://mugnasabadlis.blogspot.com/ ruben

    dot on center is the left eye of the cow. dark below is the nose.

  • Ramdon Freak

    I see a baby

  • Jez

    omfg! that took forever to find even with the help of comments. lol. all i could see was a baby.

  • lolz

    i don’t see it

  • Slyk

    Not sure if what i see is correct but i’ll attempt to describe it. The upper area has the letter “M”; that would be the forehead. Go south from the tip of the middle of the “M” and you get the nose(or the two nostrils). Then take the tip of the right side of the letter “M” and go south east( following the trajectory closely) for the right eye. Then the image should come together, i hope.

  • Andrew

    All you can see in the image is the cow’s head, the rest of the image you can’t make anything out.

    The cow is facing toward us and slightly to the right.
    The bright white roundish part in the middle is the cow’s forehead.
    The little round black bit on the bottom right of that is the cows eye, which continues as the cow’s ear, and then more black which is nothing

  • Kim

    Hi, i’m new and I know for a fact that its a freakin skull guys! Common!

  • Kim

    click the link at the top of the page that says ‘what the illusion was.’ It’s a skull!
    Try shrinking the image!

  • http://japaneseclass.jp noob

    A COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Valerie

    With help from the comments (thanks) and staring for a few minutes yeah finally saw it, A COWS HEAD AND SHOULDERS!!!! Staring right at me.

  • http://www.moillusion.com Patrick

    its a Cow..

  • Cathleen

    If it’s a cow, then what is the big white thing that looks like a head? I don’t see anything. Can someone who knows what it is tell me where all the features are? it is REALLY frustrating.

  • Tobe

    Coming back at this (fascinating ain’t it), I’ve copied the picture on my pc, did a mirror-action on it, took a distance, or make the pic smaller and my conclusion;
    a young cow standing in front of a brick wall (vertical bricks) but the foto is damaged or very old. ;)

  • edu

    I see a skull. In te top/left, in te white area xDDD cool

  • bob

    shut up you nerds it is a fish not a cow wahawahawaha

  • bob

    fish will one day rule the world

  • Bowser

    the white part looks like michael jackson mayb?

  • Lisa

    OMG NOW I C IT!! hahaha…i needed 2 c da comments 2 figure it out… :P ur rite now dat ik wot it is i cant enithing else!! (:

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ibrahim-A-Rahim/577124041 Ibrahim A. Rahim

    ITS A COW

  • hi

    *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*SPOILER*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
    a cow :D

  • codered434

    i see demonic things in this 0.o i see da cow but if you look in the top left corner and focus on both the black and white, youll shit bricks.

  • javacuzi

    i see a skull but i dont see a cow OR a baby

    • shirlee

      Don’t make too much out of it. It’s simply 3 leaves and their tattered edges make them look like other things. Your mind is making more out of it than it is.

    • http://facebook.com.au Josh

      i see a rabit with a big ear

    • brook

      It IS a cow looking right at you over a barbed wire fence.

  • Rachael

    I see both a cow and a baby, but what’s the answer? Is it a cow?

  • Robert Moore

    ahhhhh!now i see it!

  • Feli

    I see it! if you look a lot you’ll see that the clearer parts in the middle there are trees, the grass, the sky, and some branches come from the upper part. and the black thing i believe are leaves or something

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nigel-Otto/100000223508880 Nigel Otto

    Took a while to find, but when i found it it was a RELIEF! if u want to find it out on your own then dnt read this. (It’s A Cow)

  • Toffee

    Cow

  • http://www.chamkani.net Sanaullah

    its a cow

  • Claude

    I see a leaf on the ground.

  • Claude

    Now I see the cow and the skull, but I still don’t see the baby.

  • WP

    Obviously a cow. Took me about 2 seconds to see it. Still a cool pic.

  • pppp

    a leaf,scull,tiger’s face…
    where is cow someone will tell me

  • Unicorn Face

    i see a sick chinese man P;

  • ABE

    its a bird its a plane no wait a minuite it aint shit crazy ass nucca.

  • Donna

    I see a scared little kid in the lower left corner and a tiger or lion about to atatck on the right lower corner. I don’t see a cow anywhere.

  • Donna

    Oh, wait now I see the cow’s big face directly in the middle!

  • Ashley B

    i see a wolf or sum biting a little boy’s hand!

  • not a one

    a cow

  • COWBOY

    it´s a cow face
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  • jsld

    “We really thought this was someone trying to pull a joke on us, but then later that day we were told what the illusion was.”

    Let me get this straight. You couldn’t see what it was until you were told what it was and you want us to see what you had to told to see and you don’t provide the answer?

    Golly, you’re so much smarter than all of us.

  • jsld

    And the link you provided as a ‘hint’, does that mean we’re looking for a two headed cow?

  • superman

    its a human charile brown mexican jjajaja

  • Cisco

    Scene 3 of two girls one cup

  • Anonymous

    It’s a cow ya dummies

  • EagleEye

    I saw this when I was 15. Seriously, I don’t get how people don’t see it. its a picture of a cow’s head. It took me less than a second to see it. whats so hard to see?

  • http://www.facebook.com HeiwaZeT

    i cant see even a single thing!
    please, somebody help me!

  • none of your damn business

    i see the skull and the baby but not the cow

  • Baboon

    I see a lioness roaring with the huge sun in the background, appearing to just touch the edge of her nose..
    I can see the cow but it doesn’t appear as obvious to me XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/ani-unphy/530718021 Ðani Ðunphy

    Took a while but then suddenly i seen the cow…lol this is a good one!

  • Abob

    Its a cow. The large white area at the top is its head and the small black area near the bottom in the center is its nose

  • starlightbabi

    i see a dead guy with his eyes out and him bleeding ….

  • LAUREN

    I CANT SEE IT!

  • temerity92

    osama bin laden and a dead guy..

  • temerity92

    and a cow..

  • Bandit

    looks like aerial photo to me. the dark on the right looks like trees… the black is water…. could be snow on the ground….

    that’s all i can see…
    i can make out figures in that…. but it’s just my mind looking to make sense…

  • Meliss

    It’s a baby cow :D to the left. If you dont really stare at it but just lean backwards alil bit you’l see a BIG baby cow face.

    • justine

      ahhh, i saw it when i took “Meliss says:
      May 30, 2011 at 10:54 am
      It’s a baby cow :D to the left. If you dont really stare at it but just lean backwards alil bit you’l see a BIG baby cow face.” that advise thought i was going crazy haha

  • Jonathan

    I agree with Bandit. I don’t see any animals in this image either. The image itself is an aerial reconnaissance photograph from WWII. Most interesting to know the cordinates. I do have an inkling though. Would Josue Diaz please email me.

  • Wiz Khalifa

    this hurts my brains.

  • Nick

    I think I see Bin Laden in the bottom left, where the photo is not as black. Please someone tell me that they see him also.

  • http://amberlover.webs.com Amber

    I can see the baby,but wheres the cow???

  • Eric

    Yeah! I see the cow! lol

  • becky

    Where is this baby everyone speaks of — i found the cow with in 5 seconds (although at quick look at thought horse…until i delved into the photo completely. But a baby? a lion?

  • http://lemonsaregreat123.deviantart.com kat

    i dun see the famous cow!! can anyone indicate it to me plz? ^^

  • everything

    i see an elephant calf, top right,a man with a goaty inthe middle a skull in the top left a tiger in the bottom right and the dinosaur with the sail in the bottom left

  • MikanXL

    This thing made me shit bricks.
    It is a cow’s head with a tree(on the lower right corner) and some barbed fence.

    Just step back from the computer and you’ll see it.

  • mary

    a Soldier.!

  • http://sub4all.blogspot.com Subzero

    I see a cow face at the first time I saw this pic.
    how could it couldn’t be seen by some of u ???

    the white area (area with X- mark) upper center is it forehead, the dark at bottom center is it nose)… both dark area in upper right and upper left is it ear …

    see ..

  • Kitty

    I see: Chinese man in the center, dog on the right turned over, jaguar at bottom, and kneeling Pope at left.

  • Suor de Sapo

    Again the cow??!!! At least I can see a kid in this one (looks like Calvin)… Ah, and that “rotated to lef’t” cat.

  • mason

    this is ridiculous. it took me my whole biology class to figure it out.

  • Jessa

    all I see is a man with vertical slits for his eys. No nose, no mouth with his head tilted to the side close to his shoulders. He appears to be bald. That’s all in the white area. I dont see a skull, tiger, baby or cow! Help please?! If the cow is so obvious…I’ve read all the comments but I just cant find the cow!

  • shane

    two heads on her head

    • Sbtier

      That took forever to see, but once you realize the white thing you think is the head is the forehead and top of nose, and the black oval at the bottom is the end of the snout, it’s easy.

  • Jacqui

    Ha ha I see the cow!! great

    • joni

      thanks Jacqui…. it is a cow… well the other guys were wrong… if u dont mention it, it took forever to find…

  • livi

    Now i see it! Its a cow!

  • Gordy La Roux

    Am I the only 1 who sees a lions head on the right? I do see the cow too!

  • chelsy

    i see a persons head blowing a bubble!

  • Mike

    Try this. I see a construction worker wearing a hardhat with his left arm up and out, and his right arm coming toward you wearing a glove. Also he is holding some kind of tarp in front of him. His shirt is darker than his head.

  • tanya

    argh what is it?

  • Super Mario

    cool!

  • amy

    it looks like baby 2 me.

  • http://moillusions.com bookgurl

    i see a zombie baby!

  • GJD

    From distance i see a cat`s head
    Looking nearer i see a cow`s head too.

  • DFG

    its a cow, teenage cow. the other side is just a background somekind of mountain an grass field.

    • Ly

      Ok people are saying it’s a cow i mean I can see it but it looks deformed as hell -.-

  • Isaac

    OMG its just a bull looking at you on the right to the bottom dont you see ive seen this one before

  • Annie

    It’s leaves !!!

  • carzy chick

    it a cowwwwwwwwwwww!

  • Ajit

    i see head of rihno

  • Sasha

    What is it

  • Jman

    theres a man on the bottom left of the screen….kinda looks a bit like osama bin laden…… his eyes are looking to the right….. pretty darn cool!!!

  • ViniSocram

    It is a face, or maybe someone been smashed…
    I can see a panda too. And a man’s face with long beard on the left, tryin to strangle the write figure in the centre

  • Guesty

    I never saw the cow at first if u look at the whole thing it looks like an angel with a crown on top 2 slashes for the eyes and on left and right wings spread out wide

  • CJ

    I see a grizzly bear on the left butting heads with a polar bear on the right.

  • bernaaa

    its……a skull

  • bernaaa

    its…..a skull. close up view

  • joe

    there’s nothing on this picture…just time wasting…it would nice if there is an answer, if ever people here can’t find it…

  • jj

    theres the face of the ape on the right. it looks JUST LIKE AN APE. look closely. you see the side of the side of its face. pretty cool. i also see a cow sort of. i’m surprised nobody pointed out the monkey/ape face in the middle on the right

  • jj

    and a goat

  • An

    Does anyone else see the baby elephant reaching out to her mother?

  • stormpebbles

    its a cute wee calf head

  • stormpebbles

    about 60%-70% of this piture is a calf head , stand back from your pc , and look again , its big and bold !!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think it looks like a elephant and a dead guy… No wait that cant be right!

  • Jeffery Mass

    For those who still can’t see the cow, I outlined the illusion so you can see it.
    7sCF7.jpg
    ( url: http://puu.sh/7sCF7.jpg )

  • colin

    well,wot is it,all i can c is a ‘kin cow

  • SC

    I see a dead person covered in blood…

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