Nov 062017

When these seven young women shuffled onto the stage, we had no idea what to expect. Dressed in an odd half-white and half-black outfit, each of these women’s outfits seems meant to confuse the eye.

This optical illusion dance runs through the gambit of all sorts of popular songs. From MC Hammer’s “Can’t touch this” to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” these young ladies really know how to entertain a crowd.

While it may appear simple at first, the actual amount of time and effort that went into this little dance shouldn’t be taken lightly. Every single step and movement they take is so in-synch that the amount of work they put into this piece really comes through!

It’s really weird how the simple act of changing the colors of your clothes can really have a profound effect on how you actually view a human body. Even after being fully aware that there’s an illusion going on here; our eyes want to force our brains to think we’re seeing an all white suit or an all black suit.

Just like the women who formed a “thousand-armed dancer,” the human body is capable of some pretty amazing things when you put your mind to it!


Dot Illusion

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Dec 012016


You might be seeing dots in front of your eyes today. Chances are your friends on social media are sharing an optical illusion that challenges you to see 12 dots on one image, all at the same time. Good luck with that. What you’re seeing is a take on the classic Hermann-grid illusion that makes dark spots appear in the crosshatches of a black-and-white grid.

The 12-dots version of the illusion traces back to scientist and visual-illusions specialist Jacques Ninio, author of a paper on Hermann grid variations published in 2000 in the journal Perception. If the black-dots illusion isn’t enough for you, then check out Ninio’s reverse version in PDF format that has you searching for white dots against a black background. It’s just as illusive.

The illusion isn’t new, but the internet just recently discovered it and went bonkers over the illustration. An Imgur post of the picture has over 2.3 million views and gobs of Reddit users are commenting on the mind-boggling challenge. “It’s like playing whack-a-mole with your eyes,” notes Reddit user Ripsaw99, in reference to the arcade game that requires to you smack down toy moles that pop up out of holes.

You can chase the dots with your eyes, but you probably won’t ever be able to see all of them simultaneously. That’s both the fun and frustration of Ninio’s clever illusion.