Wonderland Ambigram by John Langdon

Ambigrams 10 November 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

John Langdon just e-mailed me a new brand new ambigram that he created for a project that he is currently working on.  The ambigram features the word “Wonderland” and reads exactly the same if you flip the image upside down.  I particularly like the way that the W forms the N & D when inverted.

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As you might imagine from the ambigram, the project John is working on relates to a modern day retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland.  His version is titled Alice and the Graceful White Rabbit and is filled with puns, wordplay, and hidden Rock and Roll references just waiting to be discovered.

You can support this project and reserve a copy of the book for yourself by visiting John’s Kickstarter campaign.  The funds raised from this campaign will be used for costs associated with printing the book and compensating the illustrator who will be creating 12 full-page illustrations and a lot of smaller drawings scattered throughout the book.  As a long-time admirer of John’s art, I have backed this Kickstarter campaign and I hope that you will consider it as well.  Click here to learn more about this exciting and ambitious project.

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Donald Trump Optical Illusion

Miscellaneous 3 November 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

While searching for some political optical illusions with the upcoming presidential election in the United States, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I ran across this one.  Someone was clever enough to draw out the head of Republican presidential candidate (and billionaire) Donald Trump.  Then they got their cat to lay directly on the top of the image representing his unusually furry and orange hair.

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Bravo!  Will this man be elected with the newly-released information about the FBI opening the email investigation on the Democratic candidate?  If anyone has any good Hillary-related optical illusions, please let me know and I will get it posted before election day.  Whatever your views, make sure you get out and vote!

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Disturbing Eye Painting

Miscellaneous 31 October 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In honor of Halloween, I thought I would post up something that I find to be a little bit on the creepy side.  Some artist (if you know who did this, please let me know and I can add a credit at the bottom of the post) decided to paint a full eye on the mouth of this woman.  There is something that is very peculiar and disturbing about this body painting.  I can’t look at it for very long with getting a little spooked.

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Have a fun and safe Halloween, I hope all the kids get lots and lots of candy!

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Two Red Snakes

Motion 29 October 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The two snakes appear to be in motion even though this image is completely static.  This another terrific example of an anomalous motion illusion created by Professor Akiyosh Kitaoka.  His illusions are very popular on this site, primarily because he creates some of the best motion illusions in the business.

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(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Find 11 Trout

Hidden Objects 18 October 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Try to find 11 trout in this hidden image wildlife painting by artist Steven Michael Gardner.  Look carefully as some are very easy to find while others are quite obscure.

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If you get stuck, you can find the answer to this puzzle by clicking here.

You can also order a limited edition Giclee print of this painting (as well as others by Steven Gardner) by visiting his site below.   Each order comes with a certificate of authenticity.

(via Gardner Gallery)

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Silhouette Zoetrope

Video 11 October 2016 2 Comments

This video, created by Christine Veras of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, pays homage to the early zoetropes from the 19th century.  The zoetrope consists of a cylinder with slits cut vertically in the sides.  When the cylinder in the middle of the contraption in this video is rotated, the slots strobe behind the cutout images, making the cutouts appear to be animated inside the empty slotted cylinder.  This ultimately ends up creating the illusion of moving silhouettes floating in space.

This video was a top 10 finalist for the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

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Hurricane Matthew Satellite Skull

Skull 6 October 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit the eastern coast of Florida today.  It is expected to be a Category 4 storm which could make it one of the strongest storms in decades.  I hope that everyone in harm’s way is able to evacuate ahead of the storm.  Stay safe!  Recently, a weather satellite captured a real creepy image of the storm as it landed in Haiti.  The storm, which resembles a skull, has an extremely eerie red eye.  According to a NASA scientist, the “teeth” of the skull are made from cold convective clouds.

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