Optical Illusion Makes Two Identical Side-By-Side Photos Look Different

February 7, 2018


This is an optical illusion that makes two identical, side-by-side photos of a road look like the roads are actually converging towards the bottom (and diverging at the top). *yelling at brain* I thought I told you to stop playing tricks on me!

In reality, all of the lines making up the complicated brick pattern on the roads in each photo all run perfectly parallel to each other, because they're the exact same photos. But as a result of the angle and perspective of the photo, the road appears to converge at the bottom, leaving your brain to assume that for this image to plausibly exist, the two paths must diverge off into the distance.

Personally, I didn't actually think the two roads looked like they were converging at the bottom, but that's just me and I have EXTREME VISION. "You have a wonk eye." I know, it's just part of what makes me, me. "And do you like all the parts that make you, you?" Nothing except for the wonk eye.

Thanks to Peter J, for reminding me to embrace my differences.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Anyone else perceive the bit of white car on the right side to be larger than on the left too?

  • Loftydreamer

    So when I use a straightedge to check lines, there is a mild height discrepancy between the two "identical" images.

  • MustacheHam

    Kind of helps to tilt your head, close one eye, do a little dance, and sing row row your boat. JK, this is pretty freaky stuff.

  • FearlessFarris

    Alternative headline: "Actual Photo of Real Mexican Street Perfectly Cropped to Exclude Horrific Scene of Cartel Violence."

  • The_Wretched

    Yes and all that Cartel Violence is just one street away from washing over you, killing you and poisioning your lawn! Won't someone please think of the grass.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Ooh, haven't thought about my grass in a while now, since it's covered in a foot of snow, but good reminder I'll fire up the lawnmower post haste!

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