Perspective matters. The angled lines in the animation presented below give the impression that the floor is sloping downward to the left. As such, the man standing on the left appears to be much shorter than the man standing on the right. As the man on the left walks up the incline to stand directly […]
Take a look at the spiral created by Gianni A. Sarcone below. Does it appear to be moving in a clockwise direction? Now start on the outside and follow the lines that make up the spiral around in a clockwise direction. Do they spiral to the middle? Or is this really made from a series […]
This figure looks like a warped spiral made up of white and black squares on a gray background. If you examine it more closely, however, you will find that it is actually made up of four concentric circles. This illusion was first described by Baingio Pinna and Richard L Gregory in a 2002 article titled […]
Have you ever looked up at the moon in the night sky only to think that it is bigger than normal? Is it possible that the moon is actually closer to the Earth on these nights? If you measure the size of the moon on any given night, it is always the same size. Our […]
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Do the two ends of the green line passing behind the gate appear offset or aligned?
Today’s video spotlights the Jastrow Illusion using a pair of identical toy train tracks. The two wooden train track pieces appear to be longer (or shorter) than the other when arranged one on top of the other. When one of the pieces is placed directly on top of the other, however, it is obvious that they […]