What Does This Black & White Photo Show?


Can you guess what does this image show? No? Don’t worry, it isn’t one of those Sigmund Freud testing cards. I can assure you it is actually an original (old) photograph, made in black and white technique, and wasn’t digitally tempered in any way. The solution is quite simple, in fact.

  • Andy

    i really dont have a clue!
    I initially thought that it was an elephant on its side.
    Then i thought it was a birdcage, but i really cant see anything!

  • Gabriel

    Turn the photo 90° clockwise, that larger black spot on the right is someone wearing an eskimo hood. Well, it looks likt it.

  • Sexton Lovecraft

    I see a cow’s head. It’s eye is that dot in the middle, it’s nostrils are at the bottom just left of centre.

  • chromeangel


  • Zli

    Looks like an old x-ray of a skull viewed from the side.

    Oh, and a big hello from Serbia. Great blog!

  • mayank

    i too see a cows head and i saw ir before reading the posts

  • Andy

    AH yeah – can see the cows head now!

  • Lynchmob

    Its a cow – looking at you

  • Alex

    I can see the cow head now but I saw the skull the first time I looked at it.

  • Ocean

    I see a turtle on the left and little bear on the right.
    Nope I still don’t see a cow’s head.

  • Mike

    It looks like an old x-ray.

  • ian

    the hindenburgh

  • otear

    It’s a cow

  • guimi

    I have no idea about the photo.
    I tought it was a *Rorschard* testing card ;-)
    (Did Freud had any testing card like that?)

  • Chris

    This is an x-ray of a profile (teeth on left) of someones head who was possibly shot in the face and the pack off the skull is blown out. Maybe JFK.

  • vurdlak

    It’s a COW for god’s ske :)

    here’s the solution.

  • Mike

    I’m stickin’ with the x-ray!!!!!!

  • Archie411

    Wow so its a Cow
    I would have never guesses that

  • avenger13

    from the first time i saw the pic i knew it was a cow…… weird how you cant see it :)

  • H.J.Punk

    LOL At first I thought it was an evil demented pig. Now that I found out its a cow, I’m speachless. I’m NEVER WRONG ABOUT ILLUSIONS!!!

  • Daniel

    It’s a cow. But I could swear it’s a skull from the side.

  • Justin Bell

    Well, at first glance it looks like a skull, but on closer inspection it looked like a lady shopping for bras: The lower left is the wire shopping trolly, the upper left is the lady with possibly a fur coat, and on the upper right is a bra.

    Of course, the cow makes more sense, now.

  • Lea

    i saw a cow clearly, and then found the skull (because I’ve learned by adding this widget that you should never look only once!). Is there anything on the right side?

  • zerocoolz

    lol i have the original cards. the ans is a cow.

  • Barbara

    Duh, its a cow

  • Tammy

    it’s a cow….saw it strait away

  • tessavanessa

    Its a COW

  • Obvious

    its a x-ray of a human skull you dumbos!!!!!

  • duh


  • flozza


  • me

    well i see a cow but it looks deformed. so what is it?

  • Anonymous

    its a side ways under water picture of a turtle duh < (^_^)> lol

  • Anonymous

    Sam Cassell.

  • lunty

    is it a skull???

  • Anonymous

    vier…OMG!! its me naked! >.< ... tss of course it's a cow

  • Anonymous

    Hi! I stared at it for about 3 minutes and then my 5 year old daughter came up and looked at the computer screen and said “It’s a cow”. Then I could totally see it.

  • Rona

    It looks like a skull AND a cow. Nice one.

  • Anonymous

    i cant see the skull but i can see the cow when i first looked at it i saw grenade like the green day thingy (lower left) and a cat sideways (upper right) and some random trees (lower right) but i guess my imagination was at work

  • seba079

    a cow

  • Rose

    at first it reminded me of the cover of Led Zeppelin I, the Hindenburgh.. but after i read the comment about the cow i see that too =D

  • Gonzo

    The first thing I saw was a skull…and thats the ONLY thing I see.

  • molly

    i saw a cows head in a second. i guess my brain is good then

  • patricia
  • flip82

    ITS A COW!!!!!!!!!!!!! its not dat hard 2 see!!!! really!!!

  • Anonymous

    Its A COW!!!!!! but then uit is a skull no matter who cares!!

  • Bob The Illusionist

    Eskimo (90 degree)
    Puddle of a tree? bottom corner =\

  • heather

    i see a womans facein the upper left hand corner i can see her eye nose and mouth


  • Anonymous


    WHERE ARE U GUYS GETTING SKULL FROM??????????????????????


  • Anonymous

    i can see loads of different things on this picture:
    the cow
    a fat man with a bag on his head
    A womans face
    a bear
    a teddy bear
    a little girl
    a little boy working
    an angel
    i cant understand how u people cant see these things!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I see half of a skull on the left of the picture too…the scribbly bit is the mouth and the kinda roundish black blob above it is the eye. I couldn’t see the cow until I looked at the solution!

  • Anonymous

    its a cow!!!

  • Anonymous

    Holy cow!

  • Anonymous

    its a zoom in of a map of canada…you can see hudson’s bay to the left — look in an atlas

  • Anonymous

    I see a COW I mean It IS A COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Erin

    oh I thought it looked like a chupacabra

  • Anonymous

    pretty obvious, it’s the head of a cow spotted it in a second

  • Anonymous

    its a cow

  • Jacque

    thats coool. yeah at first i didn’t have a clue. but now i see the cow.

  • Anonymous

    its dolphins dudes

  • Joel

    On the left of this pic there is an x-ray of the side of a skull.

  • Liz

    Its a cow in grass

  • Sarah

    Awwwww, it’s a cute little cow!
    It kinda looks like a hockey mask though……kool…..
    …aid. :D

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    its a skull…

  • Anonymous

    is it the zeppeliner ?

  • Noah

    At first I saw in the picture as a whole a face that sort of resembles Jason’s face with the mask on and then I saw the cow.

  • testes

    its a footprints on the left of the picture.. its a ground picture in black and white mode

  • Gill

    i see a grenade on the left :p

  • Fabulous! I don’t think I ever would have seen it until someone said it was a cow…..am I blind or what? LOL

  • Coty West

    This photo has been traveling around for years, my mother started carrying a 1″ x 1″ copy in her billfold in 1952 to show people “her cow”, 90% couldn’t see it. Actually the one I have is not quite so obvious, but it is the same photo.

  • i dont have a clue what it is

  • Mr. Funny


  • NO fail

    wtf at first is saw a skull,……. like i could see the teeth and everything. Now i see the cows head, but i also still see the skull, its not a full skull just kind of cut in half…. well a little less then half its to the top left going down ¬¬

    dang cow! couldnt see it…….

  • Melissa

    OMG, I finally got it, even after some pointed it out me I couldn’t see it. Owesome

  • almere

    at first i saw on the left a kind of reptile. But after a while i saw the head of a deer or a young cow. Very nice!!



  • Emmy

    First it looked like the skull of mickey mouse.

  • steve

    I finally got it! I’ve been looking at this picture for ages and suddenly, after reading all these responses, it just appeared in a flash. Very cool…

  • Daniel H.

    If you turn it to the right, it is looks like a turtle at the top and a cat on the bottom. But I do NOT see any cow anywhere!!

  • Monxy

    I see it, it was realy hard, but now i see 2 cows, second is water on upper right. (Sorry for bad english)

  • a–liing

    looks like bambi

  • Rastafarii

    hmm.. i see naked woman

  • N E

    geisha (left) staring at a flying cow (right up)

  • vickers

    i still cant see the cow!!! :P

  • alexis


  • you could start saying what some illusions are. :(

  • haha, when i leaned my head to the right i saw it… :F

  • Hot Stuff

    It’s a cow. There’s another one of these. They’re exactly the same. COW!


    its a cow indeed. you can tell since at the bottom of pic,it tells what pic is. WARNIG all pics have them

  • nathanale

    i thought it looket like the persons skull, with the top right splotch as his/her ear, and the top left splotch as his/her eye

  • Anonymous

    All I see is a skull

  • misiu

    um, this is a skull, you guys :D

  • seth

    am i the only one that sees a turtle on the left side of the pidture. It looks like the picture is on its side and the turtle is just standing there. But i also see the cow. I just wanted to point it out

  • David

    Its a turtle and a chicken.

  • John

    I very clearly see a cow. I also very clearly see a left-facing human skull. Both are plain as day.

  • ITS A COW!!!

    omg i can finally see it, I spent hours trying to find that it been haunting me constantly.

  • Renuka

    it looks like a donkey face to me

  • Anonymous [i did this name on purpose]

    its a
    – crazy dog

    not quite sure which are correct

  • Someone

    i only see the skull, but a cow? where is it?

  • Matt

    i see a man looking up a mountain. i see a cow aswell. the man is on the left and mountain on the right.

  • BMW

    It is a baby. Maybe a baby angel, there is also a wold at the top left cornor trying to attack the child.

  • Sarr

    A cow?

  • mary

    it’s a cow

    • ok?

    • its a cow thats the two ears and th nose theres no skull

  • Natasha

    Is it a man fishing?

    • YOUr a MORRON and it isnot a man fish

  • MVP

    I see a bear

  • Donald

    lol, its obviously a skull looking to the left eye socket and teeth give it away

  • Vagina

    i see a skull

  • This looks like George Washington…

  • Kidsrock12347

    i see a cow first and then i see a skull on the left hand side of the cow

  • Deborah Natale

    I see George Washington Portrait.

  • Holly

    I see the cow!! Never would’ve found that on my own… Now it’s so obvious! Lol

    • habahaba

      i finally see it!! it took forever! but its a cows face now thts all i see! it took so long!!

  • Adam

    I don’t get it, i see a skull on the left though. How is it supposed to be a cow?

  • Skull’n’bones

    i dont see a cow but i totally see a skull

  • Quiana

    i don’t get it

  • Quiana

    omg! it is a cow!…
    how the hell did you get a baby angel out of that?!

  • christina

    definately a cow, i’ve seen this before and i cant go back to seeing random patches now<!!, it's a giant cow face looking strait at you

  • nica

    i dont see anything

  • i don’t see anything.. have i gone blind?

  • It’s a cow the nose and the black circles bare the ears

  • Carissa Morse

    I see a skull

  • Jade

    It’s a cow. Looking head on into the camera. No question about it.

  • Michele

    i think it’s a skull

  • yo mamma

    its a fish- skull-bird with helmet and a hand…
    and i


    turn your head to the left and you will see a silhouette of a woman in 1900’s hat in a barn’s doorway with snow outside.

  • person guy

    its a man with a beard

  • Heyys

    its a cow. i totally see it now the two massive big patches are its ears and its eyes are under that the the long hi-lighted shadow part is the nose/snout.

  • Whatcamallit

    I see a close-up face of a cat.

  • cera

    i see a cow.
    at first i thought it was a skull but after looking at the comments and asking a family member what they saw i realized its a cow.

    what drugs are some of you guys on?

  • Someone

    Looks Like A Man With A Coat

  • hey does this work?

  • Ashlry

    Seriously, it’s a cow

  • Lint_Licker

    It’s a cow

  • brian

    hahahaha its a cow

  • AvRobert

    its a person looking up at tyhe sky on the left but on the right its just a tree

  • e216

    it’s a man who commited suicide by hanging?

  • deanna

    haha on the left bottom corner there is a child.. the 2 big black spots are the cows ears on the left and right side the black on the bottom is its nose/mouth.. the child is FACING the cow for a kiss or some sort



    a skull

  • Leon

    I do see the cow, the “teeth” are fence boards wired together. its the left side of a cow looking right at you. legs and tail not showing. my god that took hours, OH the shame of it!

  • Desu~~~~

    i see a turtle and a cow :)

  • Desu~~~~

    i mean cat

  • lena


  • tove

    It’s a cow, obviously, and nothing else. A white cow, and behind it an old-fashioned fence. Simple as that.

  • chris

    i see a turtle if you will rotate your head 90deg counterclockwise

  • deebo

    Scary! it looks like my ex-girlfriend?!!

  • heyoren

    i saw the cow at last!!! god it took like forever…it’s easier to see it if you squint your eyes though…

  • Shriya

    What you guys see a cow? I see an elephant! Seriously!

    And yes I know the difference between the two!

  • prakas

    its a baby cow,,, and i see half skull too

  • Michael

    it’s a skull you can see the teeth on the left

  • Ethan

    It looks like a couple of dancers on the left.

  • Pfft, it’s so funny to read all these weird answers… <3

    It's obivous it's a cow though, I mean, I saw it even while I was looking at the thumb.

  • art

    I see the cows face and side. It also looks like an old topography photo from spy plane fly overs.

    • Looks like Rocky Balboa going “F**k yeah” while a bear stares at him going “wtf?”

    • Anne

      Just stare at it for a few seconds, then you will see a cow

  • Adam

    i see a faded grenade on the left side

  • Ricky

    Thats a fence, not a grenade.

  • minoru

    Obviously, a cow. Cannot see much else.

  • Kulio

    It is clouds….you can tell by the tree in the bottom right corner

    • nonya

      Thx i didnt see that. I think ive seen it before but about 5 years ago.

  • Nobody

    Firstly I thought it’s a face… When I looked closer it’s a cow

  • courtney

    lmao. guys. look at the tags. its a cow :p

  • where is it?!

  • your mom

    i csnt see a cow i only see a face and a grenade i know its taged as a cow but kuilo is rught i think its a sky and the black stuff are clouds beacuse of the trees in the bottom right corner

  • LaLaLoo

    You guys its a skull can’t you see it on the left side of the photo! Seriously does anyone else see it?

  • Ivy

    I see a cow. The faded grenade. Also the clouds with a tree in the bottom right corner.
    But I originally saw a teenage boy from behind, in a cloth jacket from the 80’s looking up while blowing out cigarette smoke. He’s holding the cig in his right hand which is slightly extended.
    However many interpretations there are, there is only one ‘correct’ one because it is in fact an actual photo. I’m not saying mine is right or wrong, just pointing out a fact. (: Curious..

    • screeching weasel

      I also see the boy looking up, but I first saw the skull. I don’t see a cow. Most of you guys are just saying you see a cow because its in the tags.

    • me

      It is a cow u just cant c it every 1 else can

  • Ramyak

    I say it’s a cow.

  • Lissa

    Clouds. I’m sayin clouds.

  • oa65

    It’s definitely a skull. Sideview, with the teeth and eyes facing to our left. The best way to view it is to use a photo imaging program and turn the image into a negative.

  • victoria

    i see a turtle

    • i see a turtle with one foot

  • Ticklezzz

    I see a skull.. No cow in sight, where is it?!

  • Magic man

    I see dead people **Pulls up covers**

  • SwishSwishStab

    Caboose-I see a room.
    Sarge-And? What’s in the room?
    Caboose-There are some walls, and some ceilings. Wait! Just one ceiling.

    Okay, but really I saw two people facing each other one with like a plaid jacket or something. The jacket is the fence/grenade.

  • Justy

    Wheres the cow?

  • Salman

    Its a deer !

  • AOI

    I got no imagination , i don´t see nothing

  • David Kohnert

    It is a cat

  • Dan

    WHERE IS THE COW????????????????????????????????????

    • Suor de Sapo

      I JUST see the cow…;) Unable to see anything else (at least so clear!) The dark spot at upper left is it’s right ear, lower spots it’s nose (forget the ‘grenade’ shit at left) and it’s left eye is coincident with left ear of that grotesc rotated to left cat (the bigger dark spot at upper right corner). It’s mainly the HEAD of a cow staring in our direction and a bit of it’s body

  • James Tanaka

    This was another of the old illusions I used in my brain’s perception section of my class. It was from “Psychology and Life” 1959 coyright date.

  • marcelienerox

    anyone else notice that in the tags it says cow? its really a giveaway

  • Joe Baby

    It’s the crash of the Hindenburg.

  • Tha Hobo Down The Street

    look at the tags its a cow

  • Anonymus

    First a skull…
    Then a cloud…
    Then, FINALLY, (with help from the comments), a cow…
    Then a boy smoking a cigarette…
    Wow, this is one cool optical illusion.

  • mittens

    hahahahahaha some of these replys are sdooooooooooo funny

  • Joe

    ok the whole picture is a cow on the left that is in a fence with the holes of the fence are 1×4 inches each. On the right is a man that has his right arm reaching out and on the cow’s ear. The “trees” that are seen are just part of his jacket or something. So now you all can relax, that is what is in this picture =)

  • Joy

    It’s a cow.. . :-)

  • OMAR.G

    it’s a rock

  • Kris

    First I saw a scull… but then the cute cow appeared, haha! :D

  • Kaitlyn

    There’s definitely a tree. I think the black is smoke.. Then either people or a building..?

  • Era

    I see a skull. I dun have any ideas about this thing :P


    turn it90 degrees clockwise,its the hare and the tortoise…

  • Maxshuggah

    A cow is the first thing I saw, literally within about half a second of seeing the picture. Don’t understand how people aren’t seeing this?

  • Saeed Yaqoob

    its a very old picture of a cow… and nothing else is there.. becoz of the oldness the picture is not so clear… thats y ppl see different things there.. but believe me nothing else is there but a COW!!

  • david

    yo i see a cow and it is at the mid bottom area, almost a profile of it’s front right.

  • Julie

    Wow! I see a pig. If you go far enough from your monitor you can see a the face of a pig looking up to the camera.

  • Julie

    … no my bad. it’s a cow! :PP

  • steeve

    yeah it looks like a pig!
    A pig with a cow nose!

  • CJ

    I believe it is a country like a globe. The black is water and the white is land. I used the Solarize effect on my phone camera and held it up to the picture and it looks like a country.

  • Jon

    I’d say skull left, landscape right side. OR… If the tilt your head to the right, the gap between the “teeth” of the skull is a tree, looks like a mountainish landscape.

  • Jon

    Oh and to help see it better ideways, on the bottom right, or top right if you are leaning right. it looks like over hanging branches of a tree. just hanging barely in view.

  • VSGK Vasanth

    i saw a tree like structure in the down-right corner

  • Piggy

    I see a person being lynched….

  • deranged

    I see a pretty calf.

  • dumbarse

    i see martha stewart

  • Wayne

    I studied this and couldn’t see most of what people were throwing out there. Then I shrunk the picture (CTRL-mouse scroll) almost as far as I could and I immediately saw the cow. With a fence that runs behind his head.


  • Kiringo

    I’m only going to comment when I see the boy…

  • Maria

    dead people….and a turtle

  • awesome

    i couldnt see anything until someone said cow

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