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Optical Illusions

Do You Think This Water Is Flowing Up Or Down?

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts

Mathematically inspired, optical illusion-creating Dutch artist M.C. Escher would have celebrated a birthday on Wednesday, June 17. In honor of Es...

A Giant (Painted) Hole Has Taken Over A Highway In Paris

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts

When driving on Parisian highways, beware of vehicles stopped on the shoulder, unexpected weather delays and, of course, massive and hypnotic op...

Think You Have Good Eyesight? Take This Vision Test

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living

If you questioned your vision during the infamous dress fiasco, this video may bring some of those feelings back. ASAP Science, a YouTube channel ...

The Strange Science Behind #TheDress Debate

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.27.2015 | Science

What color is it? That question had just about everyone with a social media account scratching their heads on Thursday, when 21-year-old Scottish f...

17 Animal Photos That Will Make You Do A Double Take

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 02.24.2015 | Comedy

"Wait, what the ... ?" You're glancing around, mid-thought, when suddenly you see something that your brain doesn't quite understand. Wires are get...

Artist Transforms Nude Bodies Into Mesmerizing Living Sculptures (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts

Warning: This post contains lots of (painted) nudity. Read at your own risk. The human body is a work of art in itself. Few know this better than ...

WATCH: This Optical Illusion Will Make You Hallucinate

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts

Who said you need to be on drugs to hallucinate? Thanks to The Illusion Lab, a YouTube channel that puts together mind-bending optical illusions, y...

This Juggler Created An Utterly Mesmerizing Optical Illusion With Just Four Rings

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts

French juggler and illusionist Lindzee Poi has released this video titled "Amelymeloptical illusion" involving just four rings and a whole lot of visu...

What is this, Inception? City Landscapes with Only the Building Facades

VisualNews.com | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
VisualNews.com

Where one building could be an ugly apartment block -- telephone wires and stuck-on balconies included -- we now get to assess the structure free of its intended purpose.

Strange Illusion That Stumped Galileo Is Finally Solved

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science

A light-colored object on a dark background appears larger than a dark object on a light background, but until recently, no one knew why. Now, a stu...

Why Aren't Destinations Doing More of This?

Doug Lansky | Posted 04.02.2014 | Travel
Doug Lansky

It turns out that 42 percent of shared Facebook timeline content is travel. It also turns out that people listen to their FB "friends" more than advertisers. So why are destinations putting so much effort into curating content instead of letting their visitors do the heavy lifting?

Dizzying Op Art Made From -- Wait For It -- Dead Bees

Posted 01.24.2014 | Arts

Sarah Hatton, an artist and a beekeeper, has combined her two loves to create an unlikely yet enchanting concoction; a hypnotic series of artworks mad...

Paper Dragon Illusion: Mind-boggling

Bryan Farha | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
Bryan Farha

It is simply a paper cutout from complex angles that are joined together to create this wonderful sensory stimulation. Enjoy.

LOOK: This Is Not A Bookshelf

Posted 12.05.2013 | HuffPost Home

Though color trends may change, there isn't too much you can do to paint to make it...exciting. Wallpaper, however, is a canvas for really cool effect...

This Infinite Staircase Will Make You Believe In Miracles Art

Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts

On a good day, art can be a portal to another dimension. On a great day, it's a staircase to nowhere. Meet "Diminish and Ascend," or as we like to cal...

'Dolphins In The Sky' Makes All Your Worries Wash Away

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green

If you're looking for something soothing to see that happens to involve dolphins and a wonderful visual illusion caused by reflection, then you have c...

Street Art Optical Illusions Bring Mind-Bending To A Whole New Level

Posted 10.24.2013 | Arts

Why should an artist scavenge for empty canvases when the walls of abandoned buildings are calling their names? This is the mantra that guides Fre...

WATCH: This Will Hurt Your Brain, But You'll Like It

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.17.2013 | Business

In a new video beguiling the Internet, Ray-Ban uses an optical illusion to sell its sunglasses. Even if you're not in the market for the company's pr...

Street Art Turns Abandoned Buildings Into Optical Illusions

Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts

Street art, ruin porn and optical illusions are basically the holy trinity of democratized artworks. So when we laid our eyes upon Fanette Guilloud's ...

Can You Really Trust Your Eyes?

Posted 09.12.2013 | Arts

But really, can you trust your eyes? We can't be so sure after watching this short video from ASAP Science, which shows just how deceiving our vis...

10 Dizzying Photographs Of Empty Parisian Theaters

Posted 09.09.2013 | Arts

When we attend the thea-tah, we are usually too busy looking at what's on the stage to truly soak up our surroundings. Luckily for us French photograp...

LOOK: See Your Brain Waves In This Optical Illusion

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 08.22.2013 | Arts

Ever wonder what your brain waves look like? Thanks to two innovative neuroscientists, you don't have to undergo an electroencephalogram to see you...

More Trick Than Treat

Victor Stenger | Posted 08.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Victor Stenger

I suppose Keith Barry's magic show was entertaining, though far from exceptional. But TED audiences expect more for their money than to be simply entertained. They are expecting to learn something. What were they supposed to learn from Barry's performance?

The Neuroscientific Answer To 'How Did He Do That?'

Katja Brose | Posted 08.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Katja Brose

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe more interesting question is, if neuroscience can explain magic, can magic teach us anything about neuroscience?

WATCH: Trippy Optical Illusion Dance Plays With Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 06.20.2013 | Weird News

Just when you thought you could trust your eyes, this video had to come along. Complete with a polka-rock soundtrack, this crazy optical illusion d...