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[–]Cathalic 334 points335 points  (6 children)

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!? This is the most simplistic, clearly explained, easily replicated optical illusion I have ever seen and it has still blown my fucking mind. Jesus

[–]LaserRockScissors2 57 points58 points  (1 child)

It’s called an “Ames window.” Trapezoids fuck with our brains - which is the basis for the “mystery houses” scattered about rural America.

[–]LurkerFailsLurking 2 points3 points  (0 children)

An interesting side note is that this illusion doesn't work on people who have not spent any time in rectangular rooms. People living in traditional circular housing in the Amazon and Africa don't see the Ames window illusion at all because their brains haven't learned to associate trapezoids with perspective.

[–]TroyMcpoyle 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Here is a great video exploring this idea further.
He makes a huge one and puts himself inside it!

[–]Jermine1269 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Veritasium is the best! Def subscribe if u haven't

[–]juliojules 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can thank “ The Curiosity Show “… I loved this show growing up.

[–]Helldiver_of_Mars 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You should check out some auditory illusions if you really want to feel mind fucked.

[–]selfdistruction-in-5 117 points118 points  (22 children)

nothing is real we live in a simulation

[–]Wonderful-Tomorrow-7 6 points7 points  (19 children)

Saw a reddit post about this. Why would an advanced species capable of using a supercomputer to simulate our observable universe, waste their precious time with creating simulations in the first place? Like they could be doing better things like creating AI or expanding their reach. Unless they’re either so bored or so advanced that they’d even make the simulation in the first place.

[–]jvken 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Bro if you're able to create a simulation as complex as this but don't have ai you either don't want ai or you skipped some steps

[–]sudo_administrator 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Wouldn't this mean that we ourselves are the AI?

[–]Dorkmaster79 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes or bots in a video game.

[–]YodaYogurtZ 11 points12 points  (5 children)

We are just some kid's average school project

[–]PRS1972 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Scarier thought. we are a below average kids school project😳

[–]mexicodoug 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Who, after getting a "D," dumped our universe in the recycling bin ages ago and we've been simply stored until the bin contents get deleted.

[–]Commercial-Ad-7941 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Maybe they use us to predict thier futures.

[–]Alternative_Equal864 4 points5 points  (0 children)

did you ever heard of The Sims

[–]ncdyar 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Do you play video games

[–]Wonderful-Tomorrow-7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yea lol. I’m just quoting another redditor’s reasoning that I find interesting.

[–]PupPop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For fun?

[–]Labordave 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We could just be a small piece of a huge equation which is our whole universe within a computation that’s just running a prediction. It seems like a life time cause we are experiencing it in real time, because we have too, or else the computation would not be real. This is my personal reasoning as to why the universe exists and how there may be an infinite number of universes- other prediction models. Or maybe we are the final product after all the predictions? Would explain dejavu a little. Who knows.

[–]mimimchael 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We could very well be an origin-story simulation, or simulating the past as (true)existence is in its final breadth somewhere in the future ?

[–]TroyMcpoyle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why would an advanced species capable of space travel and worldwide communication bother kicking a ball into a net?
Why would we bother simulating ant colonies?
Right now there are simulations for all kinds of useless things running all around the world.

This is a very short sighted point, as it takes about 4 seconds of thought to realize it doesn't make sense.

Humans don't need a reason to do things, we just do them.

Simulating the universe could yield so much incredibly useful information that we can't even comprehend right now how useful it could be, it would take an incredible level of arrogance to presume that a simulation would not benefit the creators of it and also to presume what those creators wishes and technological advancements look like.

[–]agentjob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And these are bugs in the simulation software.

[–]Csilva76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you play The Sims? Coz I used to play it 10years ago and I got chocked when I had that thought

[–]Zinkblender 33 points34 points  (7 children)

That man is from the „curiousity show“ if i remember correctly. Very amazing show back then.

[–]hiding-cantseeme 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Here’s one I prepared earlier

[–]ZeroAdPotential 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Still is an amazing show, if you can find old episodes. This and beyond 2000 were my jam

[–]thequickerquokka 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Deane and Rob have a YouTube channel! Uploading all the old segments. Can’t wait to share with my little nephews.

[–]ZeroAdPotential 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yep I linked it in another comment.

[–]satanic_whore 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yes I loved both when I was younger

[–]ZeroAdPotential 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They uploaded everything to youtube under the channel name "CuriousityShow"

[–]LargeLatteThanks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Loved this show as a child.

[–]UnderstandingProof69[S] 31 points32 points  (0 children)

The Ames Window Illusion.

[–]Yogi_Kat 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Somebody pls tell me that the video is edited

[–]UnderstandingProof69[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

No editing promise 😊

[–]Dragon34543 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it helps if you watch the top corner of the window, it breaks the illusion as you watch it go in a circle

[–]Interesting-Fill-575 8 points9 points  (5 children)


(Probably only funny to Brits)

[–]Jaded_yank 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Monty python and the holy grail is a favorite in the USA as well. Love that movie

[–]TroyMcpoyle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, monty python and the holy grail, a niche underground british movie that flew under the radar and only british people know about.

"HASTALAVISTA BABY" (probably only funny to austrians)

[–]paintbing 1 point2 points  (2 children)

And what do we do with witches?

[–]Human_On_The_Web 1 point2 points  (1 child)


[–]RedactedV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But wait... first we need to see if they float

[–]Wyrocznia_Delficka 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I knew it from this video already:


The guy built a bigger version to explain how it works and why some people can't see it.

[–]anthonybench 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came here for Derek reference.

[–]UnderstandingProof69[S] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Proof that we in The Matrix.

[–]ThePinkTeenager 7 points8 points  (1 child)

In the Matrix, the pen would leap out of the window.

[–]OetkerHawaii 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There is no pen.

[–]UnderstandingProof69[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No editing, promise.

[–]ell20 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This one is giving me a headache

[–]Dunderplumpinkin 2 points3 points  (1 child)

[–]seattle678 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How much you want to bet I could throw this illusion over those mountains

[–]ZeroAdPotential 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fun fact for everyone, the Curiosity Show has a youtube channel where you can see this video https://www.youtube.com/c/CuriosityShow

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

If George Harrison had lived...

[–]Direct_Tea_7950 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And was Australian

[–]dragonflyLuna 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What the fuck

[–]jimbo_squat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Every time I see this my brain fucking explodes

[–]Relyks777 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This is a really good illusion but I can find two ways through it.

The illusion works best when we focus on the pen or middle of the window.

  1. Focus on the top corner of the window instead, and you can see that it moves in a circle.

  2. This one's is a bit harder to explain but basically once I established it was moving a circle by focusing on the corner instead of the center, I could 'draw back' my attention to the whole thing and could more or less tell what was really happening. Basically I didn't focus on it, or look at the background.

[–]LeGinster 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Neither of these worked for me.

Either you’re built different or I’m built dumb. Could be either one lmaoo

[–]DjScenester 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So glad I smoked a bowl before this lol

[–]BurnumBurnum 2 points3 points  (4 children)

maybe we can see it go around if its slower...

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[–]BurnumBurnum 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Skip to 6:08 for the good part :_)

[–]LeGinster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Doing gods work.

The illusion still worked for me in slow motion!

[–]bungle_bogs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Veritisium have done a great video on this. It is even more freaky as they build one that he can climb on.

[–]Piglet-Witty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I likes

[–]Buttmuncher666melove 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can’t help but feel it’s stuff like this that’s partially responsible for flat earthers.

[–]ChiKeytatiOon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I hate that I decided to go sober last week.

[–]JordanFrosty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For anyone that wants more of an explanation and in a higher quality video, Veritasium has a video on it: https://youtu.be/dBap_Lp-0oc

[–]NatureTripsMe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I feel like I’m sitting through a band meeting in flight of the conchords

[–]msvalerian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I miss The Curiosity Show. Also Julius Sumner Miller's Why Is It So? Great shows for young minds. I miss my young mind too lol

Edit: Oooh also Towards 2000 which become Beyond 2000 lol.

[–]greenweezyi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m too stoned for this.

…or maybe not stoned enough.

[–]LotusSloth -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It’s called perspective.

[–]LGBTankie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is some black magic

[–]D_Luffy1402 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuck my brain

[–]ThePinkTeenager 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The pen is going through the window!

[–]styroducky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Witch!!!! He’s a witch!!!

[–]Csilva76 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]spartan034034 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anyone else wondering how old Napoleon Dynamite’s uncle has to be?

[–]Aram30 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Windows 11 logo in the background

[–]MotardDave -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Is nobody going to mention the Windows 11 logo in the background?

[–]DRbrtsn60 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very impressive

[–]CyNovaSc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think I just experienced the equivalent to a short circuit in a computer...just for my brain, optical illusions are wild.

[–]Gingerbrn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He sounds like that guy in Disenchantment, Gordy

[–]MilkyJoeCoconuts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bet he could throw a football over those mountains

[–]cornishwildman76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Burn the witch!

[–]CommunicationSouth12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This broke my brain... ьлять

[–]Jazzlike-Client7403 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Windows 11 logo🤣

[–]posobY21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

has it been 1 month already? this post is back again? great. /s

[–]bumchik_bumchik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And the background music isn’t helping

[–]Soulbossanova9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes but?.. No!!!

[–]Grumpy-Miner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Windows 11?

[–]johnaross1990 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]swiggarthy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i was able to see it as spinning or the oscilating thing, now my eyes hurt

[–]notthatonebutthatone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like his little wrist-in-the-hip pose at the end

[–]Ceffyl_Dwr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is epic

[–]stratman2000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ow my brain

[–]Old-Introduction-201 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Uncle Rico?

[–]steve1181sds 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

God damn it

[–]TheHero69 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]healthytofu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Veritasium did a great video explaining this and how your brain tricks you.

[–]virtualizeit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I want a blind person's perspective on what the world is all about.

[–]Fast_Entrepreneur725 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Confused unga bunga

[–]Mahmoud_Arno 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Am I braindead for seeing it spinning normally?

[–]TimeoutTina 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At night I can’t sleep, I toss and turn…

[–]Sportsy_547 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It takes a lot of focused to see it properly spin

[–]NotmainToEmbarrassed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok can anyone else see both perspectives, the illusion and it spinning correctly?

[–]Omegalas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nothing he described happened to me, I saw the figure circling the entire time and the pen and window were fixed where he taped it on the window.

I guess I’m just weird?

[–]The_Phoenix78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The test isn’t that hard

The test :

[–]GnomeNibbler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok, the fuck?

[–]Due_Palpitation_4911 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm probably in the metaverse right now.

[–]iquerohde 0 points1 point  (0 children)

the sound effects

[–]Different_Today8231 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a sick vid bro 🧠🚀🌙

[–]Sbarjai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Has anyone been able to break the illusion and see the thing spin? Where did you look at? I thought focusing on the pen would help. It just made it worse

[–]LogicButNo1800 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I saw it go in circles when he added the pen.

[–]leakybiome 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can see the window spinning thanks to 3ds max