25 Optical Illusions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt
From spinning circles to disappearing dots, these insane optical illusions aren’t what they appear to be. Are you ready to have your mind blown?
These lines appear to be angled up or down, but the horizontal lines are actually all parallel. Need proof? Try covering the top and bottom of one line of squares with a piece of paper. No slants to be found! Learn more about how this optical illusion works.
Lose your focus a bit (seriously—try to go a little cross-eyed) and you’ll spot a secret message hiding in the black dots. Take a closer look, though, and the words will disappear from sight. We bet you didn’t know that these famous paintings also had hidden messages.
All about perspective
Can you figure out which of these windows is bigger? Not only are they the exact same size, but their tops and bottoms are also directly in line with each other. Talk about a new perspective. Speaking of a new perspective, boggle your mind with these photos of everyday objects—taken from a side you rarely see.
Innie or outie?
Is the smallest point of this black and white illusion pointing in or sticking out? It’s anyone’s guess. Check out this other optical illusion that makes squiggles look straight.
An oldie but goodie. Your brain thinks there’s a black circle inside each white one—until you focus on that white circle. Then you realize it was never there at all.
When your eyes dart to one seemingly spinning circle, the others around them appear to start rotating. Your eyes don’t know where to look! For more pictures that bend your mind, see if you can guess what these everyday objects are based on close-up photos of them.
At first glance, the four diamonds in this picture pop right out. But look closer—there’s not a single line creating those shapes. The contrast between the black and white makes your brain assume they exist. In addition to optical illusions, find out which other everyday things secretly mess with your brain.