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By on June 9, 2012, with 89 Comments

I’ve just received this photo from my brother and few others (simultaneously), so I guess it’s important we feature it. It took me few moments to spot the illusion, yet I still haven’t managed to decode it. What I’m certain, is there were no digital manipulations nor photoshopping involved. So, can you help me understand how their legs managed to pull this off? Strange, indeed…

Whats With Them Legs?


89 Responses
  1. Lorri says:

    Very good one! I wonder, was this planned or accidental?

  2. gill says:

    the trousers are 2 tone ‘stripy’ blue and white .. the person further from the camera has no trousers that are lower than the trousers of the person closer to the camera

  3. kira says:

    the guy with his back facing us is wearing two tone colored shorts. it just so happens the second persons legs are positioned right where it looks like they could be wearing the white part of the shorts.

  4. Roxas Strife says:

    I think its the shorts, look at them

  5. Carmen says:

    The man, with his back to us, is wearing black and white pants (black on the sides and white in the center) which are covering the woman’s legs from the knees up. She is wearing a short, dark blue print skirt that is visible on the left side.

  6. Matt Sparks says:

    two-toned baggy shorts on the man. grey with thick blue strips on the sides.
    the bottom of his shorts hangs down and obscures the top of her legs resulting in the illusion

  7. Spi says:

    The guy’s pants are white on the inside and blue on the outside.

  8. Enitnaira says:

    I see it now, that guy’s pants has 2 colors. You don’t see the girls pants or skirt at all.

    • WCG105 says:

      You actually see her skirt/dress if you look closer to the left of his waist up to he bottom of her arm. It looks like blue with small polka dots or flowers. Really good illusion.

  9. Rich says:

    The guy’s pants are white and are split on the outside for about 6 inches up from the hems. The girl’s pants are baggy and blue. The inside parts are hidden by the man’s legs.

  10. Rich says:

    It’s easier to see if you cover the middle two legs with your finger.

  11. glittergirl says:

    the guy has 2 colours on his pants!!!!!!!
    the girls feet are in the exact right place!!!!!!! WIERD!!!!!!!!!!!:D

  12. Kesta says:

    The man is wearing blue and white shorts, and the woman is wearing either a skirt or a dress that is shorter than the length of the man’s shorts. His shorts are at just the right angle to where her legs are, giving the appearance that she is wearing white pants/shorts. Therefore, their legs are pointing exactly where they are supposed to be.

  13. sasostojki says:

    Since everyone before me has ”decoded” the illusion, i would just say that this is fantastic illusion.One of the best i’ve seen for i long time. Great job, and thank you VURDLAK for posting it!

    • saso says:

      sasostojki you are a great man and you absolutely nailed this illusion.You ARE THE MAN!!!

  14. sasostojki says:

    Since everyone before me has ”decoded” the illusion, i would just say that this is fantastic illusion.One of the best i’ve seen for a long time. Great job, and thank you VURDLAK for posting it!

  15. Mark McIntire says:

    Look at the color of their skin it gives it away very easily

  16. blayne says:

    two-toned baggy shorts on the man. grey with thick blue strips on the sides.
    the bottom of his shorts hangs down and obscures the top of her legs resulting in the illusion

  17. my balls itch, it feels good rubbing them

  18. Nosa says:

    no need to all that explanations it obvious and funny and i think its accedental

  19. Andy smells like post op. balls

  20. hollabi says:

    hey, please help me to understand what or why you didn’t understand that thing. as it is totally obvious.

    nothing against the illusíon. its a nice one

  21. Diane says:

    Nice one I like this type of illusions

  22. Judy says:

    The girl is wearing a dark blue print dress or skirt. The guy is wearing blue shorts with a pair of white pants positioned on his back so that it looks like she is wearing the pants.

  23. Mike says:

    very good photo well captured.

  24. mel says:

    its the shorts, on the outside its blue, and on the inside its white, so cool

  25. aNN says:

    You’re all only partially right. Yes, his pants are dark on the outside and white on the inside, but if you blow up this picture, you’ll see that she is also wearing knee-length white shorts of a diffenrent fabric, so their two fabrics blend together, thus making it appear really strange, until you study it and find she is wearing shorts that are the same length as his. Nice.

  26. Ann says:

    If you look closely at the picture, you can see the demarcation line, where the white (off-white) on his shorts stops and the whiter white of her shorts, begins.

  27. Mark Sowards says:

    Yes, he has two toned shorts. That is the initial setup for the optical illusion, but what really causes our minds to create the illusion that her legs are in white Capri pants(behind him) is the curving line of the white inner part of his left side shorts leg and her right lower leg. They are in perfect alignment; creating an automatic assumption that she is wearing a pair of white pants. I guess a picture may be worth a 1000 words, but are they telling the truth.

  28. Goodwife says:

    She has on a black dress with tiny light spots in it, he has on two tone dark and white shorts.

  29. Tracy says:

    That’s a good one!

  30. My Opinion says:


  31. jon says:

    It’s clear- you don’t have to all explain it

  32. AmetuerAspirant says:

    this was planned.
    doesn’t mean it’s any less brilliant.

  33. plethora says:

    This WAS photoshopped. It is very apparent in the legs.

  34. Random Guy says:

    It’s simple. There witches. Trolololololol

  35. eee efff geee says:

    Ah… I get it ahaha

  36. Kai says:

    In addition to the two tone pants, the man and the woman COULD possibly be wearing the same pair of pants together so that her legs almost definitely line up

  37. AB says:

    I agree with the two toned shorts but its still a cool illusion and you have to look at it for a while!

  38. laura says:

    the guy’s baggy shorts are two-toned and you can see she’s wearing a blue skirt

  39. allie says:

    I agree with all above, but what the heck is hanging out of his waist band.

  40. Josh says:

    He has wide pants so you don’t see hers. So her legs seem to stick out of his pants…

  41. ruxy says:

    great one :)

  42. Marcos says:

    He’s using a white bluse tied to his belly, and its white sleeves are coincidentally over his girlfriend’s legs

  43. donna says:

    that really is brilliant, looks so strange but it is just the mans shorts that makes this illusion so good :)

  44. DW says:

    If you look on the left you can actually see what looks to be part of a dress as well. That almost makes me lean towards this was accidental not setup. If it was setup they would have covered for that.

  45. Care Bear says:

    Whatever the explanation, they look happy.

  46. John Schnall says:

    Clearly, the guy with his back to us is an Absorber; he’s in the process of engulfing his prey.

  47. Joe Black says:

    It does appear that the trick is in the guys shorts. No pun intended. The seem in his shots at the very bottom carries across in line. He shorts are two tone and because the girl’s blue dress is not lower than his crotch, where you can see through, it appears the the White peddle pushers belong to the girl, but they couldn’t. It would mean she is in front of the guy. His arms are folded in front of himself, otherwise that would spoil the effect. I don’t this was accidental, but a smart deception.

  48. Joe Black says:

    Actually, he could be hugging her up high. I see a bit of what may be his arm on the right side.

  49. Fred Schlonz says:

    That is easy. All clothes you see are his. The trousers are two – colored. Her Legs look like they are extensions from the white part oft his trousers. Great illusion !

  50. mikaa says:

    the black guys pants are lue and white. the girl is just standing there perfectly in the middle so it looks that way. and he is hugging himself to make his hands look like that.

  51. RN says:

    Yeah, it’s good, but it’s the guys shorts of a different color

  52. Denise says:

    Finally, an easy one! There are three people. A woman is hugging the man but there is a person in between them.

  53. Denise says:

    I think I jumped to conclusions. I agree with Carmen.

  54. svensti says:

    If you put your finger over the white legs it all becomes clear.

  55. bawse says:

    He just rockin some blue n white baller shorts, he ballin.

  56. Why not says:

    The girl has her white pants hanging on the back of him.

  57. David Berron says:

    What a lucky and curious coincidence!

  58. Robert says:

    Very clever. The reality is that the guys shorts are blue and white. The colors separate at the right place to make you think the person behind is wearing white trousers. Actually they’re wide shorts and you can’t see the person behind’s attire at all. This is what tricks the eye and make the illusion work.

  59. Julien2512 says:

    Can it be perfect matching white sleeves falling from the pull-over around his waist ?

  60. Stef says:

    Magnify your screen to 400% and you see it right away :-)

  61. MIntee says:

    I got the illusien right away, but my question is this, does the guy have diapers on over his swim shorts?

  62. Maakus says:

    You spin me right round …. right round, like a record…. . Fun.

  63. karpinskijd says:

    His shorts are white with black stripes on the side. The white part looks like the other person’s legs.

  64. NikolasTheFinder says:

    It’s the shorts who make the illusion.If you beleve this explanation is wrong,look…,the women is white and the men is black.

  65. karan says:

    simply cover the upper half (up to neck)by your hand & view the lower portion of man for some time, assuming his short in two tone, half black & half white. you will find the illusion.

  66. luis says:

    hes wearing wide shorts, what seems to be her legs is actually his

  67. Eddie says:

    It’s the boy’s shorts. His basketball shorts are white and the sides are the blue-ish green color. And the girl’s legs happen to look like they’re coming out the holes of his shorts.

  68. Dave says:

    I think the two toned shorts is the right answer. But it would also work if he had just white shorts on, and her skirt was being blown by the wind, so it wrapped around his legs a bit.

  69. adumbkid says:

    The weirdo in the front has shorts that are white on the inside and blue on the outside. the white part was what’s supposed to look like the weirdo’s pants and the blue part is the idiot that weirdo is hugging’s pants. Or the idiot that’s hugging weirdo.

  70. Chelsea says:

    She is wearing a dark blue skirt, you can see it a little on the left. He is wearing shorts that are blue along the outside of his legs, and white along the inside. He also has a white shirt or something on underneath the t-shirt and the bottom of it is sticking out into a weird point. Either that or something is tied around his waist.

  71. Daniel Martin says:

    His shorts are black and white. Her dress is blue as you can notice at his left hip. The shorts are baggy to appear as if her legs come out.

  72. ppjai says:

    The guy wearing two tones shorts,the girl waring skirt.

  73. Dave Van says:

    I know this has been up a while, but I feel the need to clarify something. The guy is not wearing two tone shorts. He has a sweatshirt tied around his waist with both arms hanging behind him. Her legs match up perfectly with the sleeves. Mystery solved

  74. James says:

    It’s an easy one. 2 people, 1 pair of shorts. The shorts are made up of 2 colors which helps to create the illusion.

  75. Sandra Lynne Kiger says:

    it is the black and white color of the 1 guys shorts, it makes it look like a person hugging him is in white shorts.

  76. kiana says:

    dude its the over lap thing the white person is wareing the white pants but its lapped over the black person

  77. kiana says:

    look at the skin on the face and the feet then u will het my last comment

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