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By on July 21, 2006, with 132 Comments

What does this old, vintage photo show? Can you see it? Open the picture in full-size for more details. It was shot by Brown, Barnes & Bell Photo Agency, in Liverpool. The answer is quite simple, but if you still don’t see it, jump inside this article for the solution!

What Is It?

Eventhough it looks like it’s a portrait of some terribly deformed man, actually the solution is much nicer than that. If you flip the photo, the solution will stand bare before you. You will see a nice little puppy taking a nap! Cool Illusion!
What Is It?


132 Responses
  1. paul says:

    i see the puppy but still keep seeing the man

  2. MARIANNA says:


  3. Emrikol says:

    It’s a cow! I can see it now! ;)

  4. Deb says:

    Cool….just love pics like that!

  5. CHIC says:

    that is too weird

  6. Leo says:

    Awesome. I’m amazed. So cool.

  7. niki says:

    The puppy is really cute. I didn’t get it right away, even when I when i saw the solution. Really cool!

  8. niki says:

    The puppy is really cute. I didn’t get it right away, even when I when i saw the solution. Really cool!

  9. Prasad says:

    Its a Dog sleeping. Turn it 90degrees to right.

  10. nYn says:

    Nice!! Reminds me of Norman Bates

  11. Debizzle says:


  12. Cameron says:

    I got this one as soon as I saw it. Nice :)

  13. kel says:

    very nice!!! it took a while for me to see it… but i really like it ’cause i love dogs

  14. Eshita says:

    Gosh! I would have never guessed it! This is a cool website. I’ve been following it for a week. Keep it up. :)

  15. Pandarian says:

    nice 1

  16. RAMV says:


  17. Phil says:

    i am having a problem loading all of your pictures through the gmail plug in.

  18. ana says:

    a dog sleeping

  19. Ben says:

    I thought it was an ear, personally…

  20. E.D.B says:

    Wow, that’s a tricky one! You have to look close if you really want to see the dog! I love this kind of illusions. Keep it up!

  21. Lily says:

    this was a pretty pimpin illusion!!!

  22. Caroline says:

    what is the thing next the head of the dog?
    the collar of the “man”

  23. Samantha says:

    actually, i thought it was some sort of womb [spelling?] in an egg.

  24. mina says:

    before i went into the article i was feeling awfully sorry for that poor man…

  25. mina says:

    after i found out the truth i felt awfully sorry for the poor puppy who happened to look like a sad deformed man…

  26. chocolate O.o says:

    icouldn’t see it at first……my friend had to help me…..i also had to go to the article to see it flipped….that doesn’t say much for me does it??????O_o

  27. pat says:

    omg! thats totally awesome!

  28. Moo-cow says:

    Cool. Oh, and FIRST POST!!! (I know, I’m a geek!)

  29. Rayne says:

    Awwwww! How cute!

  30. Rayne says:

    Oh, and BTW, I didn’t think it was a man, I thought it was a seals head! And Vurdlak, not to be rude, but it’s “Terribly”. :)

  31. Ruth says:


  32. Petoria says:

    ….wow…. … … amazing…

  33. somebumpkin says:

    That’s really neat. I must say, I really enjoy your site. I couldn’t figure out what that was, till I saw it side view… really wierd… Yet cool.

  34. lsdjfals says:


  35. blah says:


  36. ishbu says:

    wow. doggy.

  37. Postmaster says:


  38. reba says:

    poor guy. why call him a dog? from the age of the photo he is probably dead by now and i’m sue life was hard. and just because you turn a photo doesn’t make the subject go to sleep.
    i don’t think this is a good illusion.

  39. Dan says:


  40. sarah says:

    I see the dog but i have to look hard not to see the jacked up man.

  41. njambi says:

    wow…amazing…lol!~ i really thought it was some guys face gone real bad!!!…ITS A PUUPPYY!!! :D

  42. HAHA says:

    IT”S A POTATO!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Ashley Tisdale says:

    That’s so cool, I love illusions like that!!

  44. Ron says:

    neat illusion!
    and to reba,stay away from the drugs.

  45. alex says:

    I saw a potato too. Oh well. I guess it’s time for dinner.

  46. purple21 says:

    Reba, thats not a real person… its just a drawing. as of the photo I think that was really cool! A friend had to help me even after flipping it. Neato!!!!

  47. alex says:

    quite possibly the most disturbing visual, yet alone illusion i have ever seen in my life.

  48. alexander guarino says:

    it’s a dog

  49. monica says:

    thats like the most creepy looking man i eever seen and then its like the cutest puppy!!!!!! but theres still like that mmans shoulders errrrrrrrrr

  50. david says:

    wow thts wierd it took me alittle to see but now its ruff ruff


    it is a puppy but the man keeps showing up

    and it looks scary for a little bit lol

  52. Barb says:

    The elephant puppy!!

  53. MIller-Time says:

    Its crazy how many calculations the human brain does when trying to figure out what something is. We involuntarily calculate things like eye location and the distances between features of the face. My brain automatically assumed it was a human, I had to wait til the solution was provided to see the dog. Crazy ass shit.

  54. SHART says:

    riiiiiight… BIG WHOOP! a puppy on its side… just what i need.

  55. Fudgy says:

    Nice Illusion, it took me a while 2 get it an’ i had to outline it with my finger for my bro,
    Nice site


  56. debbie says:


  57. Alan L says:

    Mars landscape

  58. EAZY says:


  59. aaaw! says:

    so cute!!!! love this illusion, and i’m sure many other dog-lovers do as well.

  60. j@j.com says:

    It’s a pot roast!

  61. JB says:


  62. nic says:


  63. DANNY D says:


  64. rgthr says:

    thats a scary thing bro

  65. koizumi says:

    do do do do dooog

  66. Fredrick says:

    O..My GOD!!!!!!!!!!
    it’s a Puppy!!
    but damn that was a bit scary you know the (MAN)

  67. eri says:

    weird illusions. yet cool and freaky.

  68. samba says:

    so cool..!!! i’m always amazed by that kind of illusion…..but all i can say is it is soooooooooooo COOL!!!!!

  69. Ang says:

    Whoa really weird but I keep seeing the man.

  70. belle says:

    wow thats so cool
    i thought it looked like a seal too
    o well cute puppy tho

  71. sachin says:

    first comes in mind is man with worst face
    then realize that this is dog

  72. tab-sempai says:

    It looks like an ear and a puppy to me.

  73. M 2 the H O says:

    same as paul see both at the same time lol

  74. M 2 the H O says:

    looks like a dog i named bo bo on nintendogs!

  75. Dave L says:

    Anyone notice that their interpretation keeps switching back and forth, from man’s face to dog and back?

  76. mark says:

    EMRIKOL,,,,,,,,,,,,,what are you smoking ???

  77. tinkerbrat says:

    i was rite a dog!!!wel its a puppy but i was close!

  78. kelly says:

    that was neat

  79. loser says:

    hee hee hee
    dog face

  80. Rona says:

    what the hell???
    I thought it was the mask from Phantom of the Opera. Then I remembered that this is a vintage picture. A puppy sleeping. Who would have guessed?

  81. Anonymous says:

    its a cute little puppy

  82. Rose says:

    hahaha the man just blew a huge bubble^^

  83. Anonymous says:

    h wrote bear or $$in so…. ya.

  84. qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm says:

    Emrikol, are u getting mixed up with old black and white photo illusion?

  85. Anonymous says:


  86. Anonymous says:

    yeh I see it.. its a goat.. yes thats right, thats a goat.. somebody say its a cow but its a goat..

  87. musiclvr says:

    Awwwwww! at first i thought it was a deformed man

  88. Tony says:

    At first I thought it was a mutant. But, of course, not everything is what they seem so before looking at the real answer, I tried looking at it at different angles and I saw that son of a bitch.

  89. Zen Master says:

    At first I thought it was a mutant too!!! So nice illusion, thanks! :o)

  90. Anonymous says:

    if you lookat the first picture it kinda looks like a pigs face

  91. Samantha J says:

    lmao, a cow…

  92. Anonymous says:


  93. Cait says:

    omg that “man” is creepy.
    hes like….ahh. D:

  94. Jocelynn says:

    Wow. I thought it was a deformed man at first.Shocker

  95. Tammy says:

    Loved it, I love the illusions that make you think and your WRONG, lol.

  96. michael says:

    nice illusion!!

  97. PaperMoon says:

    Aaawwwww a sleeping puppy! Atfirst it did look like a deformed face. LOL!

  98. Jen-A says:

    well i didn’t look at the “face” at all, because i knew it wasn’t a man. but at first i saw a picture of two people kissing. but then i looked closer and saw closed eyes. scrolling down to realize it was a sideways picture of a puppy ^^ very cute. great illusion

  99. hello peeps says:

    that was wierd! @ first i thought it was a man with a jackd up face but then i saw the puppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. !!me!! says:

    yeah ok well first the man freaked me out! nobody knows that the man is dead until they read it . i could not see the dog until… i found his head. i agree with all of u .. he is freaky but still,it is a cool illusion after ALL.

  101. !!me!! says:

    sorry for doble comment but this first time me ever been first!!

  102. Anonymous says:

    aww, the pup is cute!!!!

  103. frostclaw21 says:

    to tell truth i thot it waz a deformed bunny…

  104. Jez says:

    lol, would’ve never guessed that.

  105. Johnny says:

    how its show:GOOD GOD!! WTF?!
    on its side:aaaawww how cute. XD

  106. Pei Wen Lin says:

    Was a creepy man. T.T

  107. kev says:

    its a puppy. :D

  108. Someone says:

    Cool Illusion Man

  109. Sugar Rush says:

    Aww That Puppy Is Adoorable!!

  110. Ashley B says:

    kinda scared me at first!

  111. goblin says:

    awwwww look at the wittle puppyyyyy

  112. Monique says:

    i still don’t see the puppy help plz

    • kacie124578 says:

      see that long thing? its the tail…it took me awhile to see it too…dnt think of it as a deformed man, think of it as a puppy taking a nap, curled up

  113. kaitlyn says:

    I saw the puppy at first sight anyways.
    I’m not joking. I looked at it and I saw its head, its cute little paws its tail and grass behind him.

  114. Anonymous says:

    At first: EWWWWWWW
    After: Awww!!! *gooey eyes* It’s so cute!

    Really cool! And adorable!

  115. tommy says:

    its jonny griffis

  116. BOOMboom! says:

    at first, i thought woooaaah thats awful! because i thought it was a deformed man, but as soon as i saw some of these comments, and i worked out where the puppy was. i went awwhh cutie!:)

  117. sherry says:

    if u look closely ulll strat to see a booldhouds face

  118. keira says:

    ooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that puppy is ssssoooooo cute -.-

  119. inmyshoes says:

    Cool.What we thought was ugly was really cute.

  120. Sapphy says:

    awwwwwwww! the pup’s so cute!

  121. Zaz says:

    :3 awwwwwww! that’s a pretty kool illosion(speeling?)

  122. caleb says:


  123. Anna says:

    Hahaha, awwww how sweet :}

  124. Zahir says:

    I see an baby Elephant..just keep the photo as it is..:)

  125. sam says:

    its a dog

  126. Dustin says:

    It actually looked like one of those deformed people from Bioshock…. from a distance anyway.

  127. STR e t C H says:

    see you all over the place

  128. stardragon says:

    I thought the picture was of a dolphin at first.

  129. Derpy says:

    I love puppies!!

  130. avapuppy123 says:

    i dont see it help

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