Note: Must watch video for the effect, this picture ain't gonna cut it.
If you haven't already seen this, it's a freaky-deaky video of a bunch of women's faces that, when viewed out of your peripheral by only staring at the cross in the middle, TURN INTO UGLY-ASS MUTANT QUASIMODO FACES. God, I still have the chill-bumps. An explanation:
The Flashed Face Distortion Effect is a visual quirk that a team from The University of Queensland's School of Psychology discovered by accident while preparing for an identification experiment.
"By aligning the faces at the eyes and presenting them quickly, it becomes much easier to compare them, so the differences between the faces are more extreme," he said.
"If someone has a large jaw normally, it now looks almost ogre-like. If they have an especially large forehead, then it looks particularly bulbous.
Admittedly, after going back and viewing the faces with the video paused, a lot of them are still pretty booboo looking. But not nearly as burn-it-with-fire as they are when actually watching the video. When I first saw it prior to reading the explanation, my guess was that your brain was trying to combine the two faces into one, and that's why they were so terrifying. But I guess I was wrong. Or was I? Always.
Hit the jump to get your freaky-deak on.
Thanks to mark, who insists making love to a lady with your eyes crossed is just like having a mÃ©nage Ã trois. Wait -- just like or nothing like?