Everyone loves a good optical illusion. We look at what seems like reality and enjoy discovering that, nope, that’s not reality at all. But usually, the “reveal” doesn’t involve an image completely disappearing.
Thats’s exactly what happens, however, with Troxler’s fading, a phenomena that occurs with certain images when you stare at just one point. As you stare, other parts of the image — sometimes the entirety of the image — completely fade away.
Trick your brain by checking out these examples of this illusion…
Stare at the black cross and the pink dots fade away
A blue-green spot may replace the empty spot in the circle. Moving your eyes away from the image may result in a circle of green spots appearing out of thin air as well…
Stare in the middle and the entire picture disappears
It turns out that they are full of terrifying ghouls and goblins…if you hold mirrors up to them in the right spots. And photographer Elido Turco is an expert in finding where on a tree these hair-raisingly awesome faces will emerge.
For a series entitled “Dream Creatures,” he photographed trees during his walks in the woods, and then mirrored the photos on his computer bringing the trees to life — fascinatingly frightening life.
Most of us can name the largest cities in our state and the capital city, of course, but what about the richest city? Based on the data from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey, here is a map featuring each state’s wealthiest town based on median income…
When Ben McMahon woke from a coma two years ago, he was just happy to be alive. Speaking fluent Mandarin was just a bonus..
I wasn’t consciously thinking I was speaking Mandarin, it was what just came out and it was what was most natural to me.
The strange part? Ben wasn’t fluent in Mandarin before the car accident that put him in the coma. He had studied Mandarin and French in high school, but he says it never really “clicked.” Most of us who took a foreign language in school can relate. Studying it and knowing it are completely different.
But once awoken from his coma, he was able to speak and write Mandarin with near-native fluency.
Russian photographer Oleg Grigoryev’s inspirational travel series, Morning Views from the Tent, captures a unique glimpse of various locations across the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan…
In his compositions, Grigoryev’s tent frames the view, his outstretched legs leading towards the stunning mountains. He skillfully captures the undisturbed, natural beauty of the landscape in the background, while the supplies, backpacks, shoes and other tents in the foreground offer an invitation to join his mornings at campsites over 4,700 meters above sea level.
German pilot Birk Möbius was snapping a few photographs of an incoming Boeing 777 near Leipzig on Sunday when a spectacular rainbow appeared. Möbius asked a colleague to help him count down to when the plane crossed the path of the rainbow and at that moment, he took a photo.
Capturing a plane crossing the path of a rainbow would have been a great photo on its own, but Möbius told a German newspaper, “I looked at the screen and immediately got goose bumps.”
The amateur photographer realized he had captured a bolt of lightning that he didn’t even noticed occurring when he took the photo…
Incredibly, not only had the bolt of lightning run exactly in line with the rainbow, it actually struck the plane.