While there are many optical illusions around, this one really has baffled both young and old.
A simple photo of a woman that was shared to Twitter in early October has sparked debate as people try to figure out whether it shows the woman’s head or back. The photo has received thousands of comments and shares with most people utterly confused by what they do or don’t see in the photograph.
Some people see a head of short curly hair on a long neck, others are convinced it’s long hair flowing down the woman’s back. Although the majority are in favour of the first option, it turns out they are wrong.
It may take a few moments to realise, but if you look closely you will see the woman sitting cross-legged, leaning forwards with her long hair draped down her back. What looks like an ear on the left side of the photo is actually the woman’s arm and shoulder. Most were in utter shock to learn the truth, taking to Twitter to share their confusion.
“Been staring for 5 minutes and if it’s not a neck I’m stupid,” one person wrote.
A second comment read: “Took a good 30 seconds to realise it was a back now I’m trying to see how I seen a neck in the first place.”
There have been many other optical illusions over the years that have divided the internet, including the photo of the mysterious shoes that went viral recently.
Some people saw the vintage pair of Vans sneakers as pink with white laces, while others saw a grey pair of shoes with teal laces.
The image quickly went viral and left many people with more questions than answers. Some people were even convinced that they saw the shoes in one colour, but that it changed when they looked at it again.
Eventually, the owner of the shoes posted a follow-up message explaining what colour the shoes really were. Twitter user @DolansMailk posted a new picture with the caption: “THE REAL SHOE IS PINK & WHITE OKAY?
It’s not just modern illusions that have confused the masses. Earlier this year, the iconic My Wife and My Mother-in-Law image went viral again, with science claiming a person’s interpretation of the cartoon actually says a lot about their age.
For some, the image depicts a young woman with cheek bones and a fancy hat. For others, they see an old woman with black hair wearing a head scarf. Following a study of 400 adults aged 18 to 70, ABC said older people who were more likely to see the old woman in the image, while younger people were more likely to see the young lass.