Disappearing Colors Optical Illusion

Color 10 April 2018 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This image recently showed up on Reddit and gained a lot of attention (and comments).  If you stare at the center of the picture of blurry colors below, the colors will slowly start to fade away and seem to disappear.  If you break the stare, the colors will again reappear.

This visual phenomenon is very interesting, but it is nothing new.  It was originally discovered by Swiss physician Ignaz Troxler way back in 1804.  As such, it is commonly referred to as the Troxler effect or Troxler’s fading.  It is nice to see that people are still fascinated by this visual effect more than two centuries after it was first documented.

(via NightBreeze13/Reddit)

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Survivor Ghost Island

Skull 26 February 2018 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Maybe I’m dating myself, but I remember being obsessed with the first and original season of the realty TV show Survivor.  I followed it pretty closely for a few more seasons before losing interest in the franchise.  In my opinion, it just got really repetitive.  My interest was piqued again when I saw a recent commercial for the new season that featured an illustration with a hidden skull.  Survivor: Ghost Island is set to premiere on February 28, 2018 and will be the 36th season of the Survivor franchise!  This is the fifth time that the show will film on the island of Fiji and I’m sure CBS (and host Jeff Probst) is hoping that the ratings will be strong enough to warrant a 37th season.

Here is a screenshot of the skull logo from a recent television commercial:

People must sill be watching this show, as it is in its 36th season.  Is anyone actually looking forward to Ghost Island?

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Partial Disappearance Illusion

Anamorphosis, Video 16 January 2018 1 Comment

This video optical illusion was another finalist for the 2017 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.  It was created by Kokichi Sugihara from Meiji University in Japan.

Three objects that appear to be identical, are reflected in a mirror.  Oddly enough, different parts of each of the three objects disappear.  For the first object (on the far left), the rooster at the bottom disappears in the reflection.   For the middle object, the entire upper half of the structure disappears, and for the third object (located on the far right), the entire lower half disappears.   When the objects are rotated and the backs are shown, it is revealed that each object is built differently.  From one fixed angle they all look the same, but this is not the case at all.

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Picture Perfect by Leon Keer

Anamorphosis, Video 19 December 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Street painter Leon Keer painted this 3D anamorphic work at Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida.  The painting features an old Polaroid instant camera with a picture coming out of it that says ME representing someone talking a selfie.  It also features an oversized Barbie Doll.  When discussing the meaning of the painting, Keer noted that:

The forced selfies will consume the unique identity you have and blur upon the existence of the person you are.  Humanity and kindness does not arise from selfishness.

Watch the video located below the picture for some additional angles which show exactly how this installation came together.

(via Street Painting 3D)

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A CHEAP Ambigram

Ambigrams 22 November 2017 2 Comments

Here is a ambigram with a simple and clean design.  It was featured in Ambigram Showcase section of the book Ambigrams Revealed by Nikita Prokhorov published by New Riders in 2013.  It clearly spells out the word CHEAP and is designed in such a way that it could be rotated 180 degrees and still spell the word CHEAP.  My favorite part about this particular ambigram is the way that the H and the E come together to form a well-defined lower case A when rotated.

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Hallway Optical Illusion

Miscellaneous 14 November 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

How would you like to walk down this hallway?  It is made entirely out of tiles and while it looks like it is sinking on the right side, it is a perfectly flat surface.   This bizarre hallway can be found at the Casa Ceramica (a tile company, of course) showroom in Manchester, England.  It took a total of 400 porcelain tiles to complete this warped checkerboard design that doubles as the showroom entrance.

 

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Walking on Air

Trompe L'oeil 9 November 2017 2 Comments

In an effort to get drivers to slow down at an intersection, the city of Ísafjörður, Iceland, decided to use a trompe l’oeil painting to potentially fool drivers behind the wheel.  The painting of a pedestrian crossing area was designed so that it appears to be floating a few inches over the pavement.  The “trick” only works when viewed from this angle, but I wonder how many drivers have pumped their brakes as they approach this unique intersection?

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