Closer Than You Think…


What surprised me the most while staying in NYC, is how liberal people behave there. It’s probably the only place where you can see a heavily bearded/mustached man wearing a skirt, top and female boots – while nobody even blinks! Another thing that surprised me was how normal it is for people there to drive their pets in a stroller. Is it that others just don’t care, have too much of their own problems, or simply encounter these kind of oddities daily? I would need much more than 10 days to figure that out… Perhaps some New Yorker will give us a clue.

While we’re in the Moon illusion atmosphere (or even better – lack of it), Xavier Kreiss sent me another related one. This is what Xavier wrote: “It’s been a long time since I last contacted you! Your blog is as fascinating as it always was. This evening I was looking at some French blog, when I saw this photo of a plane going behind the moon. Of course, the illusion is due to the fact that the vapor trail, which is white, can’t be seen when it goes past the moon, which is also white – so you get the impression that the vapor is behind it. I thought it might amuse you!

Could this plane really have passed behind the Moon?
Could this plane really have passed behind the Moon?
  • Blaitus

    yeah baby

  • I don’t see anything special here… O.O

    • Anonymous

      You don’t see anything because you’re either blind or an idiot.

  • I don’t care

    second :(

  • Hi, I really enjoy your optical illusions everyday! They keep me entertained at work, especially with your igoogle widget! However, I am slightly disappointed with this one :( Keep up the good work though

  • Care Bear

    The vapor trail does blend nicely with the edge of the moon. It’s fun to play “what if”, though. Keep ’em coming.

  • good illusion

  • Jasmine Meenu Renuga

    this is so lamee

  • Ell

    That’s boring.

    Did I miss something?

  • Pablo

    I dislike every person that has enough time on their hands to type “First” at the beginning of every comment section. Apparently they have nothing better to do. I think these people are the reason society is the way it is. Lazy people with nothing better to do. GET OUT AND GET A JOB AND DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL WITH YOUR LIFE. That’s my opinion, and i’m sticking to it !!!

  • Pete

    Not a great illusion. Maybe even photo shoped!

  • Ishimaru

    This is the worst optical illusion I’ve seen here so far x/

  • Lucas From Brazil

    i didn’t like :x

  • Leigh Ellis

    yes you are first, well done. Go engrave it on a plaque and phone your mum.

  • Bram

    proud to be last :P

    nice illusion btw

  • A. Nonny Moose

    Hahaha, cool.

    Second post for the win.

  • Thomas Gumm

    Hello everyone!! To help you out with the question about the New Yorkers. It’s not that they don’t care but that they have enough problem’s of their own and that they don’t want to add any more. LOL, that’s about the best excuse I could make up. Keep up the good work on the site, this is the BEST site on the web. From upstate New York.
    Sincerely, Tom

  • duncan

    That’s not bad. There seems to be a dark ring around the moon as well, that adds to this illusion. I think this is probably from the digital camera or the jpeg compression of putting it online.

    About NYC, I lived there for 5 years and know what your talking about. I loved it. Finally a place where people didn’t judge – they just let other people be other people.

  • serge

    wow 2nd? lol

  • Lucas Delfin

    Interesting… I thought it was photoshopped. It’s pretty nice anyway.

  • Melissa Burbey

    wow. first?

  • jon

    love it

  • Doug

    Funny that “Pablo” is bitching about someone having enough time to write “first”, yet he has enough time to bitch about it, and write a paragraph about it… Hmmmmm. I think that people that have nothing better to do and spend all their time bitching about stupid, pointless stuff is the reason society is the way it is.

    Wait… Thats what im doing. OH NOOOO! We are all DOOOOOOOMED!!!

  • Detective Kitty

    to anyone who doesn’t get it the trail of the plane makes it look like the plane was behind the moon….which is impossible…for a plane…
    I actually find this kind of boring to be honest…it’s not to the usual calibar of your illusions…

  • Crystal Xizzle

    As a New Yorker I find don’t find your examples (bearded cross-dresser, dog in stroller) to be that abnormal. That kind of thing is everyday stuff.

    The illusion is not the best, but it is pretty cool. Thanks anyway!

  • Lauren

    btw relax about people saying first for the first comment. It’s not as if it’s a crime. Stop being so hard on them for just wanting to have the first comment. It’s just a bit of fun

  • down with the nwo

    this is not a “vapour trail” it is a chemical trail you can tell the difference by the time it stays in the sky…if it were the normal vapour trail it would only stay in the sky for seconds…as you can see in this picture the exhaust is spreading out like a blanket

  • Jim

    Must have been that trip to NYC that threw Vurdlak for his (jet lag?) loop. Maybe we, his adoring fans, can forgive him this one clinker after all the great ones that have preceded it. I do~
    Get some rest Vurd, and try again tomorrow.

    …And you kiddies that get the thrill out of being first are just proving to the rest of the readers your real ignorance of how this whole thing works.
    These comments are “moderated” (look it up if you have to), so they are posted as a group. Think before you hit that “submit” button.

  • Dave

    I like the illusion :)
    Yeah, the USA in general has some strange sights. I’m not from NYC (KY actually), but I’m going to say it’s probably a mix of all 3 factors you mentioned.

  • gamerah

    i woulda been pissed if it was a chemtrail

  • Wise Person

    I have one thing to say, if you don’t like the site stop coming here and if ya think you can do better make a site of your own.

    as far as todays pic nice work

  • Iuthisaam Muhammad Saeed

    yeah your first

  • Suicidal ‘Ling

    Wowed at first, then i started to read the comments, and I didnt think it was amazing in the end

  • Jack

    first…second…last…who cares !!!
    I love this site but this has to be the worst attempt at passing a photo off as an illusion.
    Try Try Again. I’ll be waiting for the quality of which you are used to giving us.

  • wowaname

    Photoshopped? Really?
    It seems like everyone uses the iGoogle widget here…as well as me.

  • Gandalf

    OK, so this is not the most amazing photo we have ever seen, but it is interesting, and was worth posting. Give Verdlak a break!
    I love this site, and the fact that I never know from one day to the next the sort of illusion that will be posted.
    Keep up the excellent work!
    Not first – not last – and not sad enough to care!

  • BraDRoBBo

    Heh, nice

  • Georgia

    not the best illusion but ok, i also had a laugh at the dog strollers when i went to new york so your not the only person that finds it odd

  • Selv

    I just have to comment on NYC, as “probably the only place where you can see a heavily bearded/mustached man wearing a skirt, top and female boots – while nobody even blinks!”

    You need to visit Seattle… ;->

  • Nice Catsh

  • Alex Derby

    its because the smoke is the same colour as the moon

  • Someone

    Of course not, you stupid? Alex Derby’s right, that’s just what I thought.

  • kkk

    guys dont say this optical illusion is sucky… it makes who was it? anyways it makes the person who made this optical illusion sad… nd i like this one. :P maybe its a UFO… dundundun

  • the smart kid

    first question:how can the moon get there if it is still sun up? second an airplane doesn’t have that much fuel for a trip after the moon!! third
    you people are retarted if you think that is real!!! com on are you guys that dumb i am 9
    and i am smarter!

  • Justin Bieber

    Wow,great illusions!I wanna see more of these!Love it!

  • Janet

    I like it. A simple, every day kind of a photo that turned out to make an illusion. Thanx.

  • Angry Purple Unicorn

    the smart kid, sometimes the moon will stay up for a little while during the day.

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