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10 Cool Optical Illusions, Includes Train Tracks

I often get lost on a tangent while surfing the web. Here are a few cool things I've found.

1. The Black Dot

Stare at the black dot, and the grey haze will shrink and disappear.

black dot optical illusion

black dot optical illusion

2. Are the dots black or white?

I can't tell.

sparkling dots optical illusion

sparkling dots optical illusion

3. The bulging squares

This grid appears to bulge outwards, but it's made up entirely of perfect squares.

bulging squares optical illusion

bulging squares optical illusion

4. Cultural Illusion

This one is really interesting. To someone from a developed country who is used to being indoors, this picture shows a family sitting in the corner of a room with a window leading outside. To someone from a less developed African country, the corner of the room looks like a tree and the window appears to be an object balanced on the woman's head.

Cultural illusion

Cultural illusion

5. Fish or Girl?

Is this a plate with a fish on it, or a girl winking at you?

fish or girl optical illusion

fish or girl optical illusion

6. Man or Mermaid?

Is this a man with a moustache or a mermaid at the bottom of the ocean?

Man or mermaid optical illusion

Man or mermaid optical illusion

7. Fraser Spiral

This was developed by psychologist James Fraser in 1908. It appears to be a spiral pattern, but follow one of them with your mouse and you will find that the spirals are actually cocentric circles. The background gives the illusion that the circles are spiraled.

Fraser spiral optical illusion

Fraser spiral optical illusion

8. Striped Circles

Stare at the dot in the center of these two rings and they will appear to be rotating.

striped circles optical illusion

striped circles optical illusion

9. Mirror Carrying

This man is carrying a mirror on his shoulder with the reflective side toward the camera. Looks like he has no head.

mirror carrying optical illusion

mirror carrying optical illusion

10. Train Tracks

Which horizontal bar in longer? The top one appears to be longer, but they are actually the same length. The image of the tracks disappearing in the distance leads your brain to believe that the object that is further away is larger than the one close by.

train tracks optical illusion

train tracks optical illusion

Comments

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on December 01, 2011:

@icountthetimes- I'm glad you liked them! They are fun for me to come back to and look at again and again. Thanks for commenting!

icountthetimes on November 23, 2011:

I love so many of these mind bending optical illusions. Great hub. Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on September 26, 2011:

Yea, I love them. I think my favorite is the cultural illusion of the family sitting together. Thanks for the comment.

cheerfulnuts from Manila, Philippines on September 26, 2011:

I have seen some of these optical illusions for the first time. Cool pictures!:)

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