hat would you do if you walked into an ordinary-looking record shop only to discover that something seriously crazy had happened to the floor? On September 20, a Twitter user posted a bizarre photo that the internet has been losing its collective mind over.
But the now-famous photo has a twist, and you may get a headache trying to figure out how it works.
Optical illusions, when done correctly, can be surprisingly effective.
Take this image, for example.
Is this a man with a pipe?
Or a horse?
And who can forget the infamous dress?
Was it blue and black for you?
Or cream and gold?
Team blue and black should feel extra-smart, since it turns out the dress was, in fact, blue and black.
We’re still scratching our heads over this one.
Remember those infuriating Magic Eye pictures everyone was obsessed with in the '90s?
Everyone’s favorite cool girl Blake Lively posted this throwback pic last year, giving us all instant nostalgia.
Raise your hand if you were never able to make one of these work.
We feel you. We never could either.
This mind-bending illusion seems like the work of witchcraft.
But it turns out that it’s actually just the work of the “Jastrow illusion.”
Although there are several theories as to why this occurs, the most common is that “the brain is confused by the difference in size between the large and the small radius. The short side makes the long side appear longer, and the long side makes the short side appear even shorter,” according to Wikipedia and studies on the topic.
And what about these oily legs?
How shocked were you when you realized that they’re not actually covered in oil, but simply have strategically placed paint streaks?
Once you see the paint, it’s pretty impossible to ever see the oil again.
But what happens when an optical illusion like this is actually incorporated into real-life environments? Especially in a way that might even make you sick? Keep reading to see the now-viral carpet that you should probably avoid if you suffer from vertigo.