This may fry your brain for good
You’ve probably been duped by an optical illusion before, but this simple and effective illusion may be the end of you. It’s a simple concept: two identical photos of a streetscape are placed side by side. However, your mind will make it look completely different. Can you reconcile the pictures, or are you just going to have to believe that they are exactly the same despite what you’re seeing?
A photo was posted to Reddit showing a simple street scene. The photo is actually two of the same pictures place side by side, and the result is somehow shocking. “The perspective of the photo makes the pictures look as if the road is at two different angles. Almost like they were two roads radiating out from the same intersection,” explained Redditor Tonamel.
Looking at the pictures, it seems as though the street on the right is at a more slanted angle than the street on the left. “This is super weird. I can tell that it’s the same picture, but something makes my brain not want to believe it. I wonder what specifically causes that to happen,” questioned Saberfox11.
The Exact Same
Firstly, Redditors with various sleuthing skills used image editing programs to confirm that the pictures were, in fact, the exact same. Redditor NinthFinger explained that he simply covered most of the picture and slowly revealed it to see if it was matching up. “It reached a point right around where the sidewalk reaches the edge of the picture and my brain flipped and saw them differently. Interestingly the difference stuck in my head as I started covering it back up, much farther up the picture than I would have expected,” they wrote.
Other users made gifs and photos showing the pictures laying on top of each other. They matched perfectly.
Now that it was proven that the pictures were the same, people tried to figure out why they were still seeing the streets differently.
Several people had plausible explanations. All-Cal said that our brains think that the roads converge at the bottom, so we believe “the picture on the left must be at a different angle than the picture on the right.”
Cloudcats’s elucidated that the illusion works because our brains are working hard to see where the end of the roads are, so it uses the information given in the pictures to make up the rest. You see the end of the road in the first picture at one perspective, but the second picture messes up that perspective, so your brain sees the second one as tilted.
“What’s happening is that your brain is trying to use the same ‘shortcut’ twice, but it gets different results. This means that it thinks something else weird is going on – like one of the images must be tilted,” they wrote. “Most optical illusions take advantage of these tricks that your brain uses – and use them against you! It’s pretty cool.”
Regardless of knowing that the pictures are identical and that their brains are playing tricks on them, people are still fascinated by the seemingly not-parallel roads. Did you rack your brain trying to figure out this tricky optical illusion? Tell us if you can see the pictures as identical.
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