Kelly Ripa has been in the news quite a bit lately. It appears that there is a lot of drama between her and her former Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan. In what he called a “career move”, he abruptly quit the show (without telling her, which is why she is angry) and bolted for another full-time gig at Good Morning America. I don’t watch either of these shows, so none of this really impacts me. But, it seems that I can’t load up the Yahoo! or MSN homepage without seeing some new article about it.
I was looking through John Langdon’s site earlier today and saw that he had actually created a Kelly Ripa ambigram at some point in the past. Since she’s in the news, I figured this was a pretty timely addition to An Optical Illusion. You can see John’s creation below:
If you turn her name upside down, it reads exactly the same as what is seen above.
Leon Keer decided to paint some very large gummy bears on a sidewalk in Malta for the 2015 Malta Streetart Festival. This particular painting was created along the waterfront in Valetta, the capital of the Mediterranean island. To see this painting properly, you have to view it from this angle which is from an upper street located about 30 feet away.
View the rest of the post to see additional photographs from different angles.
Take a look at this twisted figure that its creator Andreas Aronsson calls an impossible worm. If you study the multi-colored shape in detail, you will notice that it is really just five interconnected impossible triangles. On his blog, Andreas notes:
I’m not sure why I like this one so much, it’s kind of simple while still having interesting relations between the different levels. A continuation of the basic tribar.
Today’s video is more of a magic trick than an optical illusion, but I think that you’ll enjoy it nonetheless. The best part about this trick is that Richard Wiseman shows you a behind-the-scenes look after he performs the trick. This way, you get to see exactly how he pulled it off. Watch as he holds a red ball in his right hand and then makes it vanish in thin air. Or does he?
Notice how this trick can really only be pulled off using a video camera? It would be difficult to perform something like this live since you would be able to see everything that is happening outside of the camera frame.
If you know of any other good magic tricks, please post them in the comments section!
Natalie Fletcher has a very interesting job… she paints bodies. The About Natalie section of her website indicates that:
A young Natalie realized, around the age of 5, that drawing was a lot more interesting than Math class, and so it started. Around the age of 15 she discovered paint. Little did she know her future and all of her clothes would be covered in it.
In the example below, Natalie has painted the back of a bald man to match the surrounding scenery with great success.
Notice the cell tower by the man’s left shoulder? This tower would be a good candidate for a disguise to make the tower look like a tree. This would help it blend in with the scenery and you likely wouldn’t even notice it at all from a distance.
Thanks to Gene Levine for sending over one of his latest 3D stereograms. It incorporates the face/vase ambiguous optical illusion in addition to the hidden image located in the pattern below it. Take a deep look inside the gray swirling pattern and see if you can get the hidden image to pop out at you.
Here is another motion optical illusion that will stress out your eyes (and brain). This one, created by Gianni Sarcone, features a blue, red, and yellow spiral that seems to flash or pulsate as you stare at it. Try staring at the absolute middle of the illusion for thirty seconds or so. When I do this, it makes my eyes go in and out of focus. At one point, the red portions of the image even disappeared for me.