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Can you guess what does this image show? No? Don’t worry, it isn’t one of those Sigmund Freud testing cards. I can assure you it is actually an original (old) photograph, made in black and white technique, and wasn’t digitally tempered in any way. The solution is quite simple, in fact.
What Does This Black & White Photo Show?


215 Responses
  1. Andy says:

    i really dont have a clue!
    I initially thought that it was an elephant on its side.
    Then i thought it was a birdcage, but i really cant see anything!

  2. Gabriel says:

    Turn the photo 90° clockwise, that larger black spot on the right is someone wearing an eskimo hood. Well, it looks likt it.

  3. Sexton Lovecraft says:

    I see a cow’s head. It’s eye is that dot in the middle, it’s nostrils are at the bottom just left of centre.

  4. chromeangel says:


  5. Zli says:

    Looks like an old x-ray of a skull viewed from the side.

    Oh, and a big hello from Serbia. Great blog!

  6. mayank says:

    i too see a cows head and i saw ir before reading the posts

  7. Andy says:

    AH yeah – can see the cows head now!

  8. Lynchmob says:

    Its a cow – looking at you

  9. Alex says:

    I can see the cow head now but I saw the skull the first time I looked at it.

  10. Ocean says:

    I see a turtle on the left and little bear on the right.
    Nope I still don’t see a cow’s head.

  11. Mike says:

    It looks like an old x-ray.

  12. ian says:

    the hindenburgh

  13. otear says:

    It’s a cow

  14. guimi says:

    I have no idea about the photo.
    I tought it was a *Rorschard* testing card ;-)
    (Did Freud had any testing card like that?)

  15. Chris says:

    This is an x-ray of a profile (teeth on left) of someones head who was possibly shot in the face and the pack off the skull is blown out. Maybe JFK.

  16. vurdlak says:

    It’s a COW for god’s ske :)

    here’s the solution.

  17. Mike says:

    I’m stickin’ with the x-ray!!!!!!

  18. Archie411 says:

    Wow so its a Cow
    I would have never guesses that

  19. avenger13 says:

    from the first time i saw the pic i knew it was a cow…… weird how you cant see it :)

  20. H.J.Punk says:

    LOL At first I thought it was an evil demented pig. Now that I found out its a cow, I’m speachless. I’m NEVER WRONG ABOUT ILLUSIONS!!!

  21. Daniel says:

    It’s a cow. But I could swear it’s a skull from the side.

  22. Justin Bell says:

    Well, at first glance it looks like a skull, but on closer inspection it looked like a lady shopping for bras: The lower left is the wire shopping trolly, the upper left is the lady with possibly a fur coat, and on the upper right is a bra.

    Of course, the cow makes more sense, now.

  23. Lea says:

    i saw a cow clearly, and then found the skull (because I’ve learned by adding this widget that you should never look only once!). Is there anything on the right side?

  24. zerocoolz says:

    lol i have the original cards. the ans is a cow.

  25. Barbara says:

    Duh, its a cow

  26. Tammy says:

    it’s a cow….saw it strait away

  27. tessavanessa says:

    Its a COW

  28. Obvious says:

    its a x-ray of a human skull you dumbos!!!!!

  29. flozza says:


  30. me says:

    well i see a cow but it looks deformed. so what is it?

  31. Anonymous says:

    its a side ways under water picture of a turtle duh < (^_^)> lol

  32. Anonymous says:

    Sam Cassell.

  33. lunty says:

    is it a skull???

  34. Anonymous says:

    vier…OMG!! its me naked! >.< … tss of course it’s a cow

  35. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I stared at it for about 3 minutes and then my 5 year old daughter came up and looked at the computer screen and said “It’s a cow”. Then I could totally see it.

  36. Rona says:

    It looks like a skull AND a cow. Nice one.

  37. Anonymous says:

    i cant see the skull but i can see the cow when i first looked at it i saw grenade like the green day thingy (lower left) and a cat sideways (upper right) and some random trees (lower right) but i guess my imagination was at work

  38. seba079 says:

    a cow

  39. Rose says:

    at first it reminded me of the cover of Led Zeppelin I, the Hindenburgh.. but after i read the comment about the cow i see that too =D

  40. Gonzo says:

    The first thing I saw was a skull…and thats the ONLY thing I see.

  41. molly says:

    i saw a cows head in a second. i guess my brain is good then

  42. patricia says:

    at first time a saw a cow… tell if it´s anythingelse… please dont let me die curious…


  43. flip82 says:

    ITS A COW!!!!!!!!!!!!! its not dat hard 2 see!!!! really!!!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Its A COW!!!!!! but then uit is a skull no matter who cares!!

  45. Bob The Illusionist says:

    Eskimo (90 degree)
    Puddle of a tree? bottom corner =\

  46. heather says:

    i see a womans facein the upper left hand corner i can see her eye nose and mouth


  47. Anonymous says:


    WHERE ARE U GUYS GETTING SKULL FROM??????????????????????


  48. Anonymous says:

    i can see loads of different things on this picture:
    the cow
    a fat man with a bag on his head
    A womans face
    a bear
    a teddy bear
    a little girl
    a little boy working
    an angel
    i cant understand how u people cant see these things!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Anonymous says:

    I see half of a skull on the left of the picture too…the scribbly bit is the mouth and the kinda roundish black blob above it is the eye. I couldn’t see the cow until I looked at the solution!

  50. Anonymous says:

    its a cow!!!

  51. Anonymous says:

    Holy cow!

  52. Anonymous says:

    its a zoom in of a map of canada…you can see hudson’s bay to the left — look in an atlas

  53. Anonymous says:

    I see a COW I mean It IS A COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. Erin says:

    oh I thought it looked like a chupacabra

  55. Anonymous says:

    pretty obvious, it’s the head of a cow spotted it in a second

  56. Anonymous says:

    its a cow

  57. Jacque says:

    thats coool. yeah at first i didn’t have a clue. but now i see the cow.

  58. Anonymous says:

    its dolphins dudes

  59. Joel says:

    On the left of this pic there is an x-ray of the side of a skull.

  60. Liz says:

    Its a cow in grass

  61. Sarah says:

    Awwwww, it’s a cute little cow!
    It kinda looks like a hockey mask though……kool…..
    …aid. :D

  62. Anonymous says:


  63. Anonymous says:

    its a skull…

  64. Anonymous says:

    is it the zeppeliner ?

  65. Noah says:

    At first I saw in the picture as a whole a face that sort of resembles Jason’s face with the mask on and then I saw the cow.

  66. testes says:

    its a footprints on the left of the picture.. its a ground picture in black and white mode

  67. Gill says:

    i see a grenade on the left :p

  68. Fabulous! I don’t think I ever would have seen it until someone said it was a cow…..am I blind or what? LOL

  69. Coty West says:

    This photo has been traveling around for years, my mother started carrying a 1″ x 1″ copy in her billfold in 1952 to show people “her cow”, 90% couldn’t see it. Actually the one I have is not quite so obvious, but it is the same photo.

  70. i dont have a clue what it is

  71. Mr. Funny says:


  72. NO fail says:

    wtf at first is saw a skull,……. like i could see the teeth and everything. Now i see the cows head, but i also still see the skull, its not a full skull just kind of cut in half…. well a little less then half its to the top left going down ¬¬

    dang cow! couldnt see it…….

  73. Melissa says:

    OMG, I finally got it, even after some pointed it out me I couldn’t see it. Owesome

  74. almere says:

    at first i saw on the left a kind of reptile. But after a while i saw the head of a deer or a young cow. Very nice!!

  75. KAREN says:


  76. Emmy says:

    First it looked like the skull of mickey mouse.

  77. steve says:

    I finally got it! I’ve been looking at this picture for ages and suddenly, after reading all these responses, it just appeared in a flash. Very cool…

  78. Daniel H. says:

    If you turn it to the right, it is looks like a turtle at the top and a cat on the bottom. But I do NOT see any cow anywhere!!

  79. Monxy says:

    I see it, it was realy hard, but now i see 2 cows, second is water on upper right. (Sorry for bad english)

  80. a--liing says:

    looks like bambi

  81. Rastafarii says:

    hmm.. i see naked woman

  82. N E says:

    geisha (left) staring at a flying cow (right up)

  83. vickers says:

    i still cant see the cow!!! :P

  84. alexis says:


  85. you could start saying what some illusions are. :(

  86. haha, when i leaned my head to the right i saw it… :F

  87. Hot Stuff says:

    It’s a cow. There’s another one of these. They’re exactly the same. COW!


    its a cow indeed. you can tell since at the bottom of pic,it tells what pic is. WARNIG all pics have them

  89. nathanale says:

    i thought it looket like the persons skull, with the top right splotch as his/her ear, and the top left splotch as his/her eye

  90. Anonymous says:

    All I see is a skull

  91. misiu says:

    um, this is a skull, you guys :D

  92. seth says:

    am i the only one that sees a turtle on the left side of the pidture. It looks like the picture is on its side and the turtle is just standing there. But i also see the cow. I just wanted to point it out

  93. David says:

    Its a turtle and a chicken.

  94. John says:

    I very clearly see a cow. I also very clearly see a left-facing human skull. Both are plain as day.

  95. ITS A COW!!! says:

    omg i can finally see it, I spent hours trying to find that it been haunting me constantly.

  96. Renuka says:

    it looks like a donkey face to me

  97. Anonymous [i did this name on purpose] says:

    its a
    - crazy dog

    not quite sure which are correct

  98. Someone says:

    i only see the skull, but a cow? where is it?

  99. Matt says:

    i see a man looking up a mountain. i see a cow aswell. the man is on the left and mountain on the right.

  100. BMW says:

    It is a baby. Maybe a baby angel, there is also a wold at the top left cornor trying to attack the child.

  101. Sarr says:

    A cow?

  102. mary says:

    it’s a cow

  103. Natasha says:

    Is it a man fishing?

  104. MVP says:

    I see a bear

  105. Donald says:

    lol, its obviously a skull looking to the left eye socket and teeth give it away

  106. Vagina says:

    i see a skull

  107. Deborra says:

    This looks like George Washington…

  108. Kidsrock12347 says:

    i see a cow first and then i see a skull on the left hand side of the cow

  109. Deborah Natale says:

    I see George Washington Portrait.

  110. Holly says:

    I see the cow!! Never would’ve found that on my own… Now it’s so obvious! Lol

  111. Adam says:

    I don’t get it, i see a skull on the left though. How is it supposed to be a cow?

  112. Skull'n'bones says:

    i dont see a cow but i totally see a skull

  113. Quiana says:

    i don’t get it

  114. Quiana says:

    omg! it is a cow!…
    how the hell did you get a baby angel out of that?!

  115. christina says:

    definately a cow, i’ve seen this before and i cant go back to seeing random patches now<!!, it's a giant cow face looking strait at you

  116. nica says:

    i dont see anything

  117. blogatoy says:

    i don’t see anything.. have i gone blind?

  118. Yzzy says:

    It’s a cow the nose and the black circles bare the ears

  119. Carissa Morse says:

    I see a skull

  120. Jade says:

    It’s a cow. Looking head on into the camera. No question about it.

  121. Michele says:

    i think it’s a skull

  122. yo mamma says:

    its a fish- skull-bird with helmet and a hand…
    and i

  123. BARBARA says:

    turn your head to the left and you will see a silhouette of a woman in 1900′s hat in a barn’s doorway with snow outside.

  124. person guy says:

    its a man with a beard

  125. Heyys says:

    its a cow. i totally see it now the two massive big patches are its ears and its eyes are under that the the long hi-lighted shadow part is the nose/snout.

  126. Whatcamallit says:

    I see a close-up face of a cat.

  127. cera says:

    i see a cow.
    at first i thought it was a skull but after looking at the comments and asking a family member what they saw i realized its a cow.

    what drugs are some of you guys on?

  128. Someone says:

    Looks Like A Man With A Coat

  129. gt says:

    hey does this work?

  130. Ashlry says:

    Seriously, it’s a cow

  131. Lint_Licker says:

    It’s a cow

  132. brian says:

    hahahaha its a cow

  133. AvRobert says:

    its a person looking up at tyhe sky on the left but on the right its just a tree

  134. e216 says:

    it’s a man who commited suicide by hanging?

  135. deanna says:

    haha on the left bottom corner there is a child.. the 2 big black spots are the cows ears on the left and right side the black on the bottom is its nose/mouth.. the child is FACING the cow for a kiss or some sort


  136. RYTHM says:

    a skull

  137. Leon says:

    I do see the cow, the “teeth” are fence boards wired together. its the left side of a cow looking right at you. legs and tail not showing. my god that took hours, OH the shame of it!

  138. Desu~~~~ says:

    i see a turtle and a cow :)

  139. Desu~~~~ says:

    i mean cat

  140. tove says:

    It’s a cow, obviously, and nothing else. A white cow, and behind it an old-fashioned fence. Simple as that.

  141. chris says:

    i see a turtle if you will rotate your head 90deg counterclockwise

  142. deebo says:

    Scary! it looks like my ex-girlfriend?!!

  143. heyoren says:

    i saw the cow at last!!! god it took like forever…it’s easier to see it if you squint your eyes though…

  144. Shriya says:

    What you guys see a cow? I see an elephant! Seriously!

    And yes I know the difference between the two!

  145. prakas says:

    its a baby cow,,, and i see half skull too

  146. Michael says:

    it’s a skull you can see the teeth on the left

  147. Ethan says:

    It looks like a couple of dancers on the left.

  148. Madelon says:

    Pfft, it’s so funny to read all these weird answers… <3

    It's obivous it's a cow though, I mean, I saw it even while I was looking at the thumb.

  149. art says:

    I see the cows face and side. It also looks like an old topography photo from spy plane fly overs.

  150. Adam says:

    i see a faded grenade on the left side

  151. Ricky says:

    Thats a fence, not a grenade.

  152. minoru says:

    Obviously, a cow. Cannot see much else.

  153. Kulio says:

    It is clouds….you can tell by the tree in the bottom right corner

  154. Nobody says:

    Firstly I thought it’s a face… When I looked closer it’s a cow

  155. courtney says:

    lmao. guys. look at the tags. its a cow :p

  156. your mom says:

    i csnt see a cow i only see a face and a grenade i know its taged as a cow but kuilo is rught i think its a sky and the black stuff are clouds beacuse of the trees in the bottom right corner

  157. LaLaLoo says:

    You guys its a skull can’t you see it on the left side of the photo! Seriously does anyone else see it?

  158. Ivy says:

    I see a cow. The faded grenade. Also the clouds with a tree in the bottom right corner.
    But I originally saw a teenage boy from behind, in a cloth jacket from the 80′s looking up while blowing out cigarette smoke. He’s holding the cig in his right hand which is slightly extended.
    However many interpretations there are, there is only one ‘correct’ one because it is in fact an actual photo. I’m not saying mine is right or wrong, just pointing out a fact. (: Curious..

    • screeching weasel says:

      I also see the boy looking up, but I first saw the skull. I don’t see a cow. Most of you guys are just saying you see a cow because its in the tags.

    • me says:

      It is a cow u just cant c it every 1 else can

  159. Ramyak says:

    I say it’s a cow.

  160. Lissa says:

    Clouds. I’m sayin clouds.

  161. oa65 says:

    It’s definitely a skull. Sideview, with the teeth and eyes facing to our left. The best way to view it is to use a photo imaging program and turn the image into a negative.

  162. victoria says:

    i see a turtle

  163. Ticklezzz says:

    I see a skull.. No cow in sight, where is it?!

  164. Magic man says:

    I see dead people **Pulls up covers**

  165. SwishSwishStab says:

    Caboose-I see a room.
    Sarge-And? What’s in the room?
    Caboose-There are some walls, and some ceilings. Wait! Just one ceiling.

    Okay, but really I saw two people facing each other one with like a plaid jacket or something. The jacket is the fence/grenade.

  166. Justy says:

    Wheres the cow?

  167. Salman says:

    Its a deer !

  168. AOI says:

    I got no imagination , i don´t see nothing

  169. David Kohnert says:

    It is a cat

  170. Dan says:

    WHERE IS THE COW????????????????????????????????????

    • Suor de Sapo says:

      I JUST see the cow…;) Unable to see anything else (at least so clear!) The dark spot at upper left is it’s right ear, lower spots it’s nose (forget the ‘grenade’ shit at left) and it’s left eye is coincident with left ear of that grotesc rotated to left cat (the bigger dark spot at upper right corner). It’s mainly the HEAD of a cow staring in our direction and a bit of it’s body

  171. James Tanaka says:

    This was another of the old illusions I used in my brain’s perception section of my class. It was from “Psychology and Life” 1959 coyright date.

  172. marcelienerox says:

    anyone else notice that in the tags it says cow? its really a giveaway

  173. Joe Baby says:

    It’s the crash of the Hindenburg.

  174. Tha Hobo Down The Street says:

    look at the tags its a cow

  175. Anonymus says:

    First a skull…
    Then a cloud…
    Then, FINALLY, (with help from the comments), a cow…
    Then a boy smoking a cigarette…
    Wow, this is one cool optical illusion.

  176. mittens says:

    hahahahahaha some of these replys are sdooooooooooo funny

  177. Joe says:

    ok the whole picture is a cow on the left that is in a fence with the holes of the fence are 1×4 inches each. On the right is a man that has his right arm reaching out and on the cow’s ear. The “trees” that are seen are just part of his jacket or something. So now you all can relax, that is what is in this picture =)

  178. Joy says:

    It’s a cow.. . :-)

  179. OMAR.G says:

    it’s a rock

  180. Kris says:

    First I saw a scull… but then the cute cow appeared, haha! :D

  181. Kaitlyn says:

    There’s definitely a tree. I think the black is smoke.. Then either people or a building..?

  182. Era says:

    I see a skull. I dun have any ideas about this thing :P

  183. READTHIS says:

    turn it90 degrees clockwise,its the hare and the tortoise…

  184. Maxshuggah says:

    A cow is the first thing I saw, literally within about half a second of seeing the picture. Don’t understand how people aren’t seeing this?

  185. Saeed Yaqoob says:

    its a very old picture of a cow… and nothing else is there.. becoz of the oldness the picture is not so clear… thats y ppl see different things there.. but believe me nothing else is there but a COW!!

  186. david says:

    yo i see a cow and it is at the mid bottom area, almost a profile of it’s front right.

  187. Julie says:

    Wow! I see a pig. If you go far enough from your monitor you can see a the face of a pig looking up to the camera.

  188. Julie says:

    … no my bad. it’s a cow! :PP

  189. steeve says:

    yeah it looks like a pig!
    A pig with a cow nose!

  190. CJ says:

    I believe it is a country like a globe. The black is water and the white is land. I used the Solarize effect on my phone camera and held it up to the picture and it looks like a country.

  191. Jon says:

    I’d say skull left, landscape right side. OR… If the tilt your head to the right, the gap between the “teeth” of the skull is a tree, looks like a mountainish landscape.

  192. Jon says:

    Oh and to help see it better ideways, on the bottom right, or top right if you are leaning right. it looks like over hanging branches of a tree. just hanging barely in view.

  193. VSGK Vasanth says:

    i saw a tree like structure in the down-right corner

  194. Piggy says:

    I see a person being lynched….

  195. deranged says:

    I see a pretty calf.

  196. dumbarse says:

    i see martha stewart

  197. Wayne says:

    I studied this and couldn’t see most of what people were throwing out there. Then I shrunk the picture (CTRL-mouse scroll) almost as far as I could and I immediately saw the cow. With a fence that runs behind his head.


  198. Kiringo says:

    I’m only going to comment when I see the boy…

  199. Maria says:

    dead people….and a turtle

  200. awesome says:

    i couldnt see anything until someone said cow

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