Optical illusions aren't just found in magazines or optometry textbooks. The world around us is full of visual trickery. Color, shape, perspective, and shadow can confuse our brains and make us question our physical reality.
None of the photos on this list has been doctored or Photoshopped---any strange phenomena you perceive is a product of your own point of view. Read ahead for a seemingly twisted arch, an apparently floating man, and the whole world in a patch of grass.
On the right amount of mind-altering substances, this trippy hallway probably just looks like a normal hallway. Although the floor and all of the walls in this space are actually perfectly straight, it looks as though that girl is navigating a dangerously curvy pathway. Lines are amazing.
We wonder how many people can actually walk through this hall without stumbling. This optical illusion would definitely hinder your ability to walk normally.
This mountain range is not really next to a lake. That thing that looks like a lake is actually a concrete wall. The shadows perfect hit the wall making it's white paint appear to be the color of lake water. The sun directly hitting the top of the wall gives it the illusion that it's a sandy shore.
We hope any travelers that pass by this spot aren't hoping to go for a swim any time soon.
Obviously this elephant has four legs. Right? The real question is which for legs are real, and which are tricking us into thinking they're real. We just don't know! We might never know!
What do you think? Are you going as crazy trying to figure out this illusion as us? The trick here is that the elephants feet have been moved, so what actually looks like the elephant's legs really aren't. Or are they?
Also, which mouth does he speak out of? Is one for eating and the other for talking? We have so many questions, and really hope he has all the answers.
We love seeing how a small shift in perspective can make everything appear different. Not to mention, this is actually a great way to get motorists to slow down.
There's a whole bunch of science that explains why these straight lines look crooked something about retinas and contrast that we still don't fully understand. One this is for sure though, this makes our minds melt if we stare at it for too long.
Either that or somebody skipped leg day we weren't there, so we really can't say after all.
This illusion happens because light passes through oil at the same speed that it passes through glass. Light passes through water at a different speed, so the glass rod is visible at the bottom of the cup. Science is weird like that.
It's so much easier to pull off magic tricks in photographs than in person. We imagine this trick wouldn't be so impressive if we could just walk around the guy. Read ahead for the Ponzo illusion in action.
But we have to wonder has anyone ever walked or biked into this on accident? After all, it blends in perfectly.
Want proof? Tilt your head and look at the lines again, or whip out a ruler and measure those puppies. Is your mind blown yet?
Because of this, the shadow looks like it's at the top of the water, with the boat floating above it. We promise boats don't fly though. Just look at the person at the end of the boat dangling their legs in the water for proof!
Want proof? Tilt your head and look at the lines again, or whip out a ruler and measure those puppies. Is your mind blown yet?Your brain thinks the smaller one should be further away, which is why the whole thing looks cross-legged. This is all about perspective, but it sure does feel like our minds are playing tricks on us!
Look at the pink bag in the middle of the bottom row. You'll see the artists feet in the bag. Keep working your way up to see the rest of the body. Crazy, isn't
That brick isn't actually smaller. There is a cigar sticking out of the wall and the "rock" is actually the burnt end of the cigar. Trippy stuff.
Although it doesn't look that big from this angle, Qui Croire? is made from 3,500 square feet of turf, dirt, and straw. From any other angle, this grassy globe looks like a vast, irregular, weirdly shaped garden.
The building is triangular, so you can't see the sides of it from this viewpoint.
We now resort to tricking people into behaving. Read ahead for the illusion that gave us The Flying Dutchman.
If only all apartment buildings were this inviting. Leave it to Canada to produce street art this wholesome. We'd love to have a mural like this on the side of our home.
Some people believe that this effect gave rise to the myth of The Flying Dutchman.
That mailbox looks pretty jealous that an equally skilled street artist didn't give him a makeover.A Simple Circle
This railing is completely flat. If only all functional barriers looked this interesting. The world would be a trickier, more beautiful place.
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