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What Is This Weird Bend in Saturn’s Rings?

Look closely at this photograph of Saturn. There, in the planet’s two outermost rings, is something very strange. Right where they pass behind the planet, those rings are bending. Read More >>

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An Optical Illusion Has Been Tricking Everyone About the Size of Saturn’s Rings for Centuries

Look at this picture of Saturn. Can you see the biggest ring? Are you sure? Read More >>

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Wait, is This River Floating?

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly just tweeted this photo, that he took from aboard the International Space Station. You can see the Bighorn River, which stretches through the states of Wyoming and Montana... and, wait, why does it look like it’s floating? Read More >>

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This Optical Illusion Will Have You Seeing Colours

You see that grey bar there? Yeah, it's definitely grey right? Now stare at the black dot in the right-hand corner. What colour does the bar turn? Oh brain, how you're confused by flashing GIFs. [Richard Wiseman via Buzz Feed] Read More >>

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This Optical Trick Is Annoying the Hell Out of Me

So, here are some lines moving like crazy. Stop moving like crazy, you lines! Oh, here are some squares. "Hello lines, let's all play nice together!" they say. Now everything makes sense. How did this happen? Eye witchcraft! Thank you for the squares, stupid! Read More >>

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This Optical Illusion Makes For the Best Floor Ever

This is a proper brain boggler. That floor up there is, of course, totally flat, but it sure as hell doesn't look like it. It's the floor of a French game store, but it deserves to be in my living room. Read More >>

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This Optical Illusion That Blends the Mona Lisa With Manga Will Blow Your Mind

We’ve seen some cracking optical illusions recently, but while this one won’t make you feel sick, take a step back (several metres) from your monitor and look at the Mona Lisa. On the right you have the original. Mirrored on the left you have Mona littered with a sticker from the 1990s. Can you still see the sticker though? Read More >>

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Tokyo Flash Finally Makes An Easy-to-Read Watch—Once You Figure It Out

I'll admit it, it's been nearly a month since I covered Tokyo Flash's Kisai Optical Illusion watch and I still can't read the damn thing (it's a schooner, I'm told). But the Japanese company's latest user-submitted design is actually quite easy to interpret (hint: it isn't Morse code). Read More >>

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This Optical Illusion Will Give You a Headache For the Next Two Hours

These are four perfectly round, concentric circles. Wait no, they aren't. Oh yes, they are. No, they are not. Are they? No. Yes. Would you please stop moving right now? Stupid circles made of stupid squares. [Thanks Karl!] Read More >>

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Shake Your Head Optical Illusion Will Require Aspirin Afterwards

If you look intensely at these black bars, you will just see black bars. But if you shake your head, you will see an image. See? No. Shake it again. Yes? OK. Have fun until you get a headache. Read More >>

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Look! It’s a Sailboat—Wait, No, It’s 4:15

You know what I hate? Glancing at my watch and actually reading the correct time. Thankfully, Kisai's new watch forces me to read it like I would a 1990's optical illusion poster. Read More >>

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This Isn’t an Animation

Have you ever wondered what the visuals look like on hallucinogens? This isn't far off (um, I've "read"). This is not an animated gif, and nothing is actually moving. It's all in your head. Your trippy, trippy head. Read More >>

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These Pictures of People with Half-Faced Illusions Are Twisting My Brain

This photography illusion, made with a Samsung L100 camera and Photoshop, turns half of a person's face into a picture of their profile too. Are they looking straight at you? Or looking to the side? I can't freaking tell and it's giving me brain sores. Read More >>