Stereo Banana Optical Illusion


By now, you’re probably aware that I need to approve your comments first, in order for them to appear live on – I usually do this once a day. This is probably the sole reason why you see dozen of similar comments, trying to explain the illusion in similar manner, posted one next to another – which is good! I was just scrolling through what you’ve said about the Monkey’s Paw illusion, and boy you did more than great! My intention was to simply integrate the LEGO block on-top of the Fringe hand, to distract you from immediately noticing there are six fingers present. But as it turns out, I wasn’t aware there are bunch more interesting facts concerning my creation! Can’t believe the coincidence where I used some jumbled Chinese character to integrate the LEGO (remember, I don’t speak Chinese). As it turned out, the random sign I used means illusion/mystery. Spooky! Also, some of our visitors noticed there are faces hidden inside of each finger, and that you can get fingers to disappear if you concentrate on the central LEGO block strong enough! Oh, and the illusion: what is hidden inside this stereogram-banana below? This one was created by Gene Levine!

  • Apurva

    A BANANA is hidden in the banana. :P

    • It’s ME BANANA…Sooo cool…kinda hurts your eyes after a while…

  • Lily

    Looks like the words “Me Wanna” I love these types of illusions!

  • Morgan

    This is a hard one, but I think it says “ME BANANA”

  • Soumyee

    It says BANANA, as expected. :)

  • Soumyee

    Oh no! Before BANANA, there’s “RE” and another letter even before that which I can’t make out…

    • Soumyee

      Hmm, I think it the whole thing says THE BANANA (Got it on my third attempt…)

  • Slammer


  • Layne

    i can see on the top row panda bears… is it just me???

    • froggy

      i see them too.

  • kitia98

    The words “The Banana”

  • JMAN12

    I think I can either see; An army or tons of skulls or both!

  • Wow that is so cool!!!
    BANANA pops out!!!


  • Sahlholdt


  • Raicuparta

    I see it. It’s an army of giraffes.

  • Simon Jones

    Me Banana,very good and cool

  • It says Banana!

  • david

    i think its a man and a woman kissing

  • I love stereograms. It says “the banana”

  • Chelse

    It looks like a bunch of dancing people, except the top row looks more like someone taking his dinosaur on a walk.

  • Cyrah

    At the top I see lots of skulls. I don’t see any letter whatsoever…

  • anon.

    I can’t see anything. There might be a face, but it might just be me.

  • Mephisto

    Wrong, it says “ME BANANA”

  • fossda

    no, actually it says me banana, not the banana.

  • josephine

    Just FYI, it’s hard to see it on this site, make it bigger, or go to the Gene Levine site

  • James Smiths fan

    I’m usually good at these but I can’t see it at all :(

  • SnowBerey


  • Care Bear

    Looks diseased to me. The down side of blended bifocals I guess.

  • Jupiter

    I THINK it says “Banana” but cannot see the BA at the beginning. I love stereogrames but they are a little hard to see for me. It takes a while for my eyes to get focused right and they tend to “slip” out of the right focus needed to see the images.

  • May

    Well the banana part is pretty clear…I think it says “The” before that but I’m not quite sure…

  • cats14dog1

    I think it is a picture of meercats standing upright on their back legs.

  • Zade

    It says ME BANANA come on guys

  • zwerty

    It looks like a squiggle to me

  • Rachel

    Honestly this is too small for me to see anything and everything else on my screen is distracting- is it possible that when you click on it you can give us a bigger version? All mine looks like when you click on it is a pick of the same size now stuck at the top of he browser. makes it worse not better.

  • Jazagod


  • Profetone


    Try enlarging the image, if you can’t see well enough.

  • Linda Walter

    Could there be monkeys and apes in there? Perhaps looking for their bananas?

    • Linda Walter

      Ah, yes, I see The banana now. Took a while to concentrate on this small area.

  • Annishia

    i just see a bunch of random dots, can someone xplain IN DETAILS for ppl who just can’t see it??? like where does it start, etc.

  • Sv

    PLEASE help me! i dont see ANYTHING! what should i do? just look to the banana? how many seconds? or until i see something?

  • ohmygosh

    I dont really get these stereograms. Do you cross your eyes and you see something?

  • ohmygosh

    or is it just you have to focus and look for the words? Could someone please tell meeeeee…..

  • Cockney Cowboy

    Love theses it says “ME BANANA”

  • Braedon James Poole

    i see people in it most likly a man

  • Friedie

    In real life I can always figure out these kind of puzzles. But on a screen, it doesn’t seem to work for me! Too bad!
    But I’m not missing a great deal of fun, if it only says ‘the banana’ :) At least no cool monkey scene ;)

  • i think it shows monkeys paws !!

  • Michelle

    I wonder how you guys can see the hidden words quickly ! I have been struggling with my eyes crossed but I just saw the image’s shadow -___- How can you see it ?

  • Kisko

    Thats “ME BANANA”

  • Eric Starr

    It’s telling me to assassinate Curious George. Wait, is that right?

  • Erik

    Try blinking realy fast.

  • Typeaux

    The “T” is difficult to make out, but it is most definitely “THE BANANA” (which banana? Why, *THE* banana and no other, of course).

    • Helmut Lipsky

      Yes, I see THE BANANA

  • Phillip

    Is that a banana in your banana, or are you just glad to see me?

  • The banana looks like it’s starting to rot with all those nasty dark spots on the skin, so I bet what’s hidden in it are a bunch of fruit flies!

  • joao gon

    It says ME BANANA.
    explanation here:
    (with bigger picture)

    • Ezzaty

      PleonReally love the picture. It’s good to know all of this inoramftion about the fruits and their benefits to our healths ka. Please continue writing about this na ka. Looking forward for the next article ka. :)

  • Me Banana

  • Sharron

    Great one.. It says ME BANANA

  • SnowBerey

    ok so i took this pic i took not knowing how it looked. when i downloaded it to my computer i realized how confused my brain got when i looked at it. so the only reason this picture works is because i balanced the chair perfectly on two legs, i took a pic with my camera at its angle not knowing creating this illusion
    i hope you like it and i also hope you post it :)
    the link to the pic i took (i had to make a website to be able to show you) is…… thanks for your time

    • jim

      Awesome job!! ;-)

  • SnowBerey

    ps the picture was not photoshopped or anything just a normal picture

  • Cockney Cowboy

    I see these type of pic’s straight away, but I made a mistake in my last post it says……”THE not ME BANANA”

  • Chris

    I hate these illusions.

  • Natalie

    It says ME BANANA as in the Harry Belafonte “Banana Boat” song. “Come, Mr. Tallyman, tally me banana. Daylight come and me want to go home. Day-o! Me say Day-O!” He is from the Caribbean which is why he says “me banana” and not “my bananas”. .

    If you are having trouble seeing it, try this technique: Put your face right up against the monitor and look at the banana. Then very slowly move your face away from the monitor, stopping when the words come into focus. When you start seeing the words, keep your eyes still until it comes clearly into focus, then you can make your eyes scan the length of the banana. On this one, I think it is easiest to see the middle and right side of the banana.

    Another technique: Have you ever looked out a window or windshield when it’s raining? You can adjust your focus to look at the raindrops on the surface of the window (near) or you look past the raindrops at something outside the window (far). When you look at something far, you don’t really see the raindrops. In a stereogram, the scrambled design is the raindrops. You have to look through the design and past it. Imagine that you are focusing on the wall behind your computer monitor. That’s where the image is. I think this technique is harder.

    Stereograms work because your eye picks up subtle irregularities in the scrambled design. The design doesn’t match up exactly, and this forms the border that is the outline of the words.

    Be patient when trying to view these. It’s worth the wait!

  • Mark P

    It says “ME BANANA”

    I was trying to figure out if the word “TALLY” was hidden in the picture some other way that I hadn’t caught.

  • zysmith

    Me Banana

  • Neeraj

    I love stereograms, but its a tough one. It reads ‘The Banana’

  • jesuslovesyou

    oh wa oh…… i see a banana.. nothing else :/ real stupid optical illution… gee well pce stay golden all you motha fuckas haha lol

    • Lizzie

      Was that honestly necessary?

    • Thunder-Rose

      Jesus better be lovin you a whole lot due to your foul mouth (in this case, fingers)!! WOW!

      Some people’s children eh?

      As for the OI, I don’t see it. I tried all the suggestions and nada works. Oh well at least I did try. :-/ (<–disgruntled look–)

  • Jesse

    The Gene Levine link confirms that it is “ME BANANA”.

    And thanks, Natalie, for the tip about starting too close and then backing away until it comes into focus. Works great.

  • tickin ted

    OK I tried the close/far thing,windshield/raindrops -also unfocusing,blinking,and clicking my heels together…. Are U sure its not 500 pix of Elvis?

  • Sean

    I only see ‘Me’! Boo Hoo! I failed.


  • goblin

    ME BANANA!!!

  • jan

    I can’t see this for some reason.
    I can see the other stereograms, but not this one.

    • jan

      Oh, I can see it now.

  • E

    i used to be so good at these…arrgh my eyes refocus just as i see it

  • E

    i think that looking at these too much is bad for your eyes…never klook at these inside a car it makes you reeeeeaally dizzy.

  • rep

    dizzy….. damn hard… but managed to see it.

  • Sean

    It’s the crying of lost souls as they fade away slowly.

  • Coolio

    My whole extended family can’t see these. My father’s opinion is that most people can see them because they can focus on the whole image, which is how they work. However, for some people, their brains just wo’t let them do this and just lets them focus on one little section of pattern. Which, on this, looks like a meercat.

    Which, is wierd, because i get all other illusions instantly.

  • tasnuva

    i ♥ this things! it says me banana

  • khushi

    HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP ! plz do tell what is it ???????????/
    anxious !!

  • This reproduction is hard to read because it is so reduced in size. However, it says “ME BANANA” from the Banana Boat song by Harry Belafonte. Dayo

  • jdc

    pay close attention to the brown lines and the shadow disappers!

  • Chloelgracej

    what am I supposed to do?????

  • BigJ503

    I see nothing. RRRRRGGG!!!1!!!1!

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