World’s Strangest

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Giant Spiders on the Roof

We’re going to need a bigger shoe. Thankfully, this is just an illusion. Marlin Peterson painted Daddy longlegs on the roof of the Seattle Center Armory. When viewed from the right perspective, they look like real life spiders. Artist’s Website -via Colossal

This Floor Is Flat

This tripped out floor illusion was discovered in a Paris video game store, and is probably used as a deterrent against drunken shoppers! I would have to repeat the mantra “this floor is flat” when walking around this store, or else my vertigo might kick in and send me to the ground reeling with dizziness… LinkĀ  –via [...]

Face of Paris Optical Illusion

I found this delightful "Face of Paris" optical illusion over at Mighty Optical Illusion. Does anyone know its origin?

Optical Illusion Art by Oleg Shuplyak

What do you see? A shepherd sleeping by the tree, with two nearby houses? Or do you see something else? Check out more of Ukrainian artist Oleg Shuplyak’s optical illusion paintings over at Mighty Optical Illusions: Link [...]

Kamigamo Shrine Distance Illusion

In this Kamigamo Shrine Distance Illusion, Ritsumeikan University professor of psychology (and master optical illusionist) Akiyoshi Kitaoka asks: what is the middle point between A and B? X, Y or Z? Link 

Checkers Optical Illusion Video

Checkers Optical Illusion on YouTube Using shadows to create an optical illusion, the video demonstrates how our brain compares and contrasts shadows. As explained by MIT: Just measuring the light coming from a surface (the luminance) is not enough: a cast shadow will dim a surface, so that a white surface in shadow may be reflecting less [...]

Hey, Grate Goat!

Hang this illusion plaque in your home and just go about your business. Sooner or later, a guest will freak out, and you’ll have a laugh that’s well worth the $30 this artwork cost. Designed by Brooklyn artist Dan Witz. Also available in human and Tazmanian Devil. Link -via Dangerous Minds

Indian Levitation Trick Revealed

Yogis have claimed for hundreds years to be able to levitate though through spiritual means. See the video at the link to see the trick used to create such an illusion. Link

Big Man on the Bridge

I know you are familiar with this picture of workers on the Brooklyn Bridge, taken in 1914 by Eugene de Salignac for the city of New York. But wait… why is the guy on the right so much bigger than the others? He’s not. Rob at the What Is It? Blog altered the picture to [...]

Mind Your Step

(YouTube link) Mind Your Step is an art installation in Stockholm, Sweden by artist Erik Johansson (previously at Neatorama). You know it’s an illusion, but you still cringe just a little as people walk right into the abyss. -via Geeks Are Sexy