Popcorn/Ice-Cream Optical Illusion


Apologizes for skipping Tuesday (illusion wise)! Something technical came up, which asked for immediate attention. No need to go into much detail, but it was an issue I believe had something to do with our bandwidth. Anyway, let me share these two posters to make up for it. When I first saw them, I remember they both managed to trick me. Now that some time has gone, I can’t recall what was their original intention. Dunno, were popcorns only intended to resemble a skull pile, or was it the other way around. Similar goes for the second photo. Be sure to share your opinion. Anyone knows what was this campaign for?

  • Dew Silverdrop

    no.1: popstuff looking like skulls. rate: **
    no.2: frozen cow stuff looking like explosion. rate: *****
    both very convincing
    don’t know what there from tho’…

    • Dew Silverdrop

      ps I GET FIRST COMMENT! :):)

  • U.N. Owen

    The 1st image (popcorn), I initially saw small-sized, on my iGoolge page.

    Even at that size, I thought it was a pile of skulls.

    The 2nd (mushroom cloud) – I don’t see nearly as clear as the first.

  • Amber

    these are both really amazing!! the second one took me a long time to see anything other than ice cream haha but again, these both blow my mind at how creative people can be!

  • Care Bear

    Campaign? Had to be something about the Holocaust and Hiroshima I betcha. I see skulls and an nuclear bomb. But that’s okay. I don’t like popcorn and, as a diabetic, I stay away from ice cream anyway.

  • Dolphin

    I can definitely see the illusions. I think the popcorn was meant to be like the skulls,or the popcorn is mixed with the skulls.

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  • Jerome

    I’d have to know what the small print says to know what the point is. Looks like they could just be an ad for an illusion show or site. Maybe they were created for an anti-obesity ad campaign, the point being that junk food kills. The thing is, popcorn is one of the least junky of the junk foods, and is often encouraged by nutritionists as a replacement for things like potato chips.

    • Maggie

      The small print says,,, ” seeing is not believing”

    • May

      He meant the even smaller print I think. Or maybe he didn’t mean it literally…

  • ghislaine

    the second one looks kinda like a glass with an explosion coming out of the top, but I’m not sure

  • AmyThaShyzz

    FIRST! And i dont get the second one its dumb. the firs one is like that mirror optical illusion with the woman.

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  • Rob

    Both of these look more like the actual, not the illusion.

    The images would be much more effective if the skulls were in an actual popcorn bucket and the explosion was on an actual ice cream cone.

    Just a helpful tip for all you aspiring optical illusionists out there!

  • Gaby

    is it a totally weird icecream!?

  • ASA

    It doesn’t look like an ice cream cone to me. It looks more like a mushroom cloud from an explosion!

  • Blob the Builder

    Nice images. It’s a shame you didn’t use the heading: “Skullpile / Explosion” or similar, because if you had, it would have taken me AGES to work out what I was looking at!

  • whatisV

    EPIC i like the Ice cream in the glass one! bravo!

  • josephine

    I don’t see the second one…

  • Kewll!! this is berry aweSumm

  • jp

    #2: Clearly an ostrich’s head-like atomic mushroom thingy. Not sure what the campain is for though

  • Theresa Moss Currier

    I may never be able to eat popcorn again! :)

  • Alex

    First! First one is obvious: Skull pit
    Second one: explosion with a skull at the bottom of the cloud.

  • Adam

    lol I like the first one. The second one however just looks like a piece of popcorn to me for some reason. I’m trying to make out a skull but just can’t see it. hmm…

  • that is so cool!!
    ice cream and popcorn look gross though

  • Dang! Those are both awesome!

  • terrific t

    hmmmmm i like it … but i also liked back in the day when it was alot more than just illusions… i liked the funky stuff he would ust ot make our minds think.. now it’s just pix of stuff… curses to whomever thought that thinking was not all it is cracked up to be… it is what it is…

  • Both are very creative, especially the ice cream mushroom cloud.

  • Kimon Frousios

    Wow, the popcorn looks insane! In all fairness I think there is at least one real skull, scaled to the same size as the popcorn. Look to the left of the text, halfway between the text and the edge. I’ve held skulls in my undergrad and I’m fairly sure this is one. I think the brain registers its presence and interprets the rest based on this info.

    As for the flame/explosion thing. I don’t see anything. It looks like cauliflower or icecream.

    • Jeremy

      1. It is popcorn that looked like a pile of skulls.
      2. It is soda/cola/coke that is overflowing or fizzing too much.

  • jenny

    wuw.. :o .

  • chris

    scary skulls

  • The longer you look at them the more they look like the real thing; popcorn and ice cream cone………:)

  • Amy Baby

    In # 2, Hey, isnt that one of the Beetles Face on the left side? look @ it zoomed!

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  • Grace

    Either way, its yummy!

  • Theresa Moss-Currier

    I many never be able to eat popcorn again. :)

  • Bruce

    Very nice. They are both popcorn right? Popcorn that looks like skull pile and one kernel popping in oil that looks like atomic explosion. No icecream in sight. The wording makes me think it is for some sort of illusion as it says “seeing is not believing” with the word illusion in the cubes.

  • dicko

    I would love to see the campain that goes with the ice cream. Very nicely done.

  • hw

    from http://illusion.co.th/

    the skull-illusion seems to have won an award.

  • Cuthbert

    Actually, the top one is an old WW2 propoganda from the Nazis looking for people to enroll in their “popcorn cooking school”.

    I hear it was quite successful.

  • Brooke

    All of you who dont get it or dont see it are retarded. Yes that is a nuclear bomb blast. The small print says seeing is not believing. and The popcorn up top is photoshopped. the skulls were merged into popcorn. the person probably made a total of 4-5 and duplicated it.onto the top of a bowl of popcorn. cause there are obviously a few real popcorns in the picture. Plus they needed a background.

    i also think they kinda did the same thing with the nuclear bomb blast. just edited it a little but it could be the original picture.

  • robert

    If you Google the “Seeing is not Believing” you will find a website that is a guy and a magic show. I would guess that these are posters made to advertise the show when he goes somewhere, they just don’t have an address of a show.

  • diane

    some one went through a lot of work creating that popcorn picture .

  • Rick

    both pictures r 4 a campaign of DEATH !.. 1st pic-[skulls](popcorn); 2nd pic-[mushroom cloud/explosion](ice-cream)

  • Padma

    Im with you it looks like skulls.

  • masnick

    try ‘seeingisnotbelieving.com’

    It’s a Christian campaign

  • Jess

    these both work very well, amazing illusions!

  • andrea walker

    “seeing is not believing”

  • Cyphis

    I really like both of these. It’s hard to tell the difference between a pile of skulls and popcorn. That’s something that never crossed my mind before. lol and the ice cream certainly is clear but at first glance it def looks like a mushroom cloud!
    On another note, maybe they should change the iGoogle widget name from “Daily OP Illusion” to “Every so often Op Illusion.” If it’s called daily, it would be nice if it actually was daily….

  • Mike

    I like the second pic … looks like ice cream in a glass cup then secondly it looks like a nuclear explosion.

  • MeEgAn GaLaNtE

    I feel like eating it if it was popcorn but if it was skulls I would be freaked out and what is it. Popcorn or skulls?

  • MeEgAn GaLaNtE

    The other picture is basically the same as the first one because if it was food you would want to eat it but if it was the other meaning it would freak people out

  • ZL123

    Nice. I ‘skipped’ yesterday too, commenting-wise. Lol.

    1st: I saw both the first second.
    2nd: I saw both the first second.

  • PurpleButtons

    I saw the skulls first, then the popcorn. The ice-cream fools me a little, some one help me.

    • Abrc11

      the second pic looks like ice cream in a glass cup.

  • Finkle

    the ice-cream is a nuke bomb

  • Johnny Jack Pompolla

    I can’t really get what the second one is supposed to be apart from the explosion

  • Morgen

    The top one looks like blueberries, then popcorn, then skulls.

    The bottom one looks like ice cream, then a mushroom cloud, then popcorn on top of glass.

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  • herky stubby

    The first picture I saw skulls!
    The second I saw not an ice cream! but a nuclear bomb that exploded! A mushroom figure!

  • Kai

    The first one was stunning!!!

  • f

    Seems like a wonderful healthy food campaign against fatty and surgary foods?

  • Rada

    I also see an ostrich head in the second one. Does that mean I’m crazy? :P

    • Cat

      I see an ostrich head in the 2nd one too!

  • I didn’t see the popcorn at all, or the ice cream. Looks like a pile of skulls and a nuke to me. I’ll bet these ads were put out by those Food Police types who try to tell us that everything that tastes good will kill us. Kinda creepy and Orwellian to me.

  • its kinda cool

  • superlegion

    heheh. popcorn skulls and an ice cream explosion.

  • Abbey

    i see a human man in the top left of the ice-cream, is that weird or not?

  • Kat

    I see a face in the Icecream too on the lefthand side wit the mouth open

  • the bottom 1 looks like a rootbeer flote!

  • kennt—

    It’s more great if you’ll eat the pop corn in the cinema while watching horror movie,,, lol

  • The popcorn looks like lightly-Photoshopped skull images. Still creepy though.

  • Betsy

    I think this was a campaign for the apocalypse or something like that.

  • drew

    i see a backwards teddybear on the icecream … just the head of it

  • GenCat

    1st- skulls
    2nd- Mushroom cloud explosion

  • Vulcan


  • The Doctor

    theres only one picture idiots

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