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By on September 25, 2006, with 71 Comments

This one’s neat! Here’s what I want you to do: simply stare at the black cross in the center of this picture for 30 seconds or more. Then quickly look at some white surface like pice of paper, your wall or something else. Try blinking while starring and you’ll get even stronger effect! What did you see?

  • Mike b

    wow… maybe the best one yet!

  • Anne

    Very Cool, the middle spins around. Awesome :)

  • mary


  • Max91

    if i did it right then its cool if not i dont get ir

  • fab

    nothing much….. the same thing in colour i think
    but while staring at it it looked pretty cool: kinda 3D

  • Haywood Jablome

    Vanna White??

  • Lea

    wow, you don’t even have to look at paper, you can just close your eyes, it looks kind of like an eye burned into my vision.

  • RKC

    Wow – cool.
    When I looked at the wall, I got a slightly pulsing after-image.
    But – when looking at the image on my monitor – if I looked at it obliquely, or via peripheal vision – the cross in the center would pulse.
    Thanks, by the way, for one of my favorite sites on the Web – and a place I visit to de-stress.


  • Ted

    A sunflower….

  • jjones

    I don’t get it
    I see a shadow-ish image of the same shape … what should I see?

  • Me


  • moi

    i think i c a japanese flag

  • emily

    i got nothing

  • ahmed

    when i was staring at it on the screen, it appeared to be fluctuating in diameter. that’s cooler than when i saw the negative against my white wall.

  • wow….

    um…. I saw a roulette wheel. And it was spinning.

  • Pandas

    it was spinning?

  • killer bees

    i agree with ahmed it was cooler on the screen when i was just staring at it

  • The dark lord

    I saw the face of satan instructing me to eradicate his enemies systematically. weird.

  • want 2 know

    wow! cool!but……………how does it work?

  • -J-

    I interpreted it as a sunflower. “After Image” illusions are my favorite. Cheers!


  • iamme

    Weird. The “flower” itself in the image doesn’t spin, but in the background I could see a very faint thin reddish-purplish spiral forming. And once I switched to a white background, I saw the negative for a split second, followed again by an image of a spiral or little concentric circles (again, very faint).

  • Vlasdorian

    I saw a total of 3 things actually…

    1. as I stared at the image, it seemed to turn into a tunnel or “worm hole” kind of. Very 3D-ish

    2. when I looked at a white surface without blinking, the after image appeared to be a large circle (the outer edge of the original) with the inner part of te circle sorta spinning real fast.

    3. when I blinked, the after image was made much stronger and it looked more like a sunflower (yellow reverse of the original patern).

    this is the coolest one I’ve seen so far :)

  • NotTellingYou

    Accually it looks kind of cool if you move your haed back from the screen: it looks like it moves or changes sizes.

  • BillyB

    It also looks like it’s ‘bending’ when you have it in the middle of your monitor and scroll up and down slightly. Pretty cool.

  • Merlijn

    Also, before you stared at it, if you move your head closer to the screen, it will grow.

  • no likey name

    response guy, i posted replies on alot of these but they dont get on rrr

  • Anonymous

    I saw it spinning at a very high rate of speed when I closed my eyes and concentrated.

  • Frito(Ashley)

    i sawed a snowflake : – )

  • bob

    it spins very fast

  • Anonymous

    its well buzzin :)

  • reeding

    i saw the flag of japan


    OMG! It is so scary i can see the scarlec pit off of star wars!!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    i don’t get it. mabe im just 2 blonde.

  • Alex

    I noticed that the white outer part disappeared when looked at long enough.

  • Shru

    I looked at it, looked at a wall leaned my head back close my eyes and I saw Mona Lisa staring at me! Weird!

  • Cal

    its following me everywhere i look !!! arrrrrgh get it away !

    stare directly at the cross in the middle for a long time…. then look away anywhere….it follows you

  • Anonymous

    that is soooo cool, i can still see the image while im typing this comment!!!!!!

  • Cornelius

    It’s a wheel with magic spokes people! Well, the afterimage that is. It consists of appearing/disappearing spokes that give out a spinning illusion. Neato!

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap I won’t do that again I feel so sick I almost barfed.

  • Anonymous

    i just like staring at it!

  • Anonymous

    try staring at the center then moving your head back and forth to produce a movement affect…’


  • Me, Myself, and iPod

    i did it for a minute… sooooooooooooo kewl!

  • Anonymous

    it kinda looks like an eye

  • MOO_MOO_123

    i saw the RAF sign or a bow and arrow target lol

  • Hubert lupalopagus

    I find it cool when you stare at it but scroll the page up and down quickly. :)

  • My Mouth

    When you look at it for 30 seconds and SLIGHTLY move your eyes around the center the cross folows your eyes o_o

  • niesa

    it is like , wow ,

  • Marie

    also stupid, it does absolutly nothing, i tryed 3 times T_T

  • Amy

    Its weird i will stare at the image for awhile and when i look at my wall it was like the image but the image was darkish spinning

  • rachel

    didnt work for me :(

  • Vanth

    …a white dot :-)

  • Vanth

    a white dot inside a square, inside the dot a ray pattern.

  • Kelly

    Woooow, this was truly awesome. It worked for me!
    When I looked at a white paper, it looked like a vortex or something, with a hole in it that went from being a point to have almost the same diameter of the vortex!

  • Captain Pasty

    Starts as a donut, then does the weird vortex in the middle, then becomes a spikey donut…

  • jacinda


  • Simp

    It looks like an eye for me! Nice one

  • happydoodle

    OMG idk if i was supposed 2 c this but i saw the wheel of fortune frum the show!

  • gir

    I saw a circle and when I blinked I saw the spike pattern!

  • bob

    i saw the same thing i was staring at… is that what i was supposed to see?

  • LuvyLu-Lu

    DAMN! i lookd at the paper nd it was just the same thing on the screen but now i cant get the pic out of my eyes! it was so bright!

  • funki

    wooooooo! thats cool, nd it took ages for it to go away :D

  • Grace

    It became inverted when I looked at it but nothing happened when I looked at paper…

  • Win Dee

    i saw the same pic i was staring at..cant get it off my eyes

  • Kara

    It started spinning. Blinking just revealed the spikes.

  • Christine D

    circle in a squaer with a giant asterisk in the circle like a cart wheel

  • Christine D

    i still see it and its gettin bigger lol wtf

  • Bladladladlisaword

    A snowflake…

  • Aqash

    It worked :D
    if you stare at it for 30 secconds and then see at a white thing with rapidly blinking you’ll clearly see this diagram…

    wish i had something like this for Preparing my exams :P lol…

  • ChunkyMonkey

    -. Wow that was cool

  • Moonlight

    I Think My Life Just Flashed Through My Eyes… I Saw A Bright Moving Light Coming Towards Me! This Is Genius.