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12 Mindbending Optical Illusions That May Break Your Brain

From spinning circles to disappearing dots, these insane optical illusions aren't what they appear to be.

 12 Optical Illusions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt
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Are you ready to have your mind blown?

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1. Parallel lines
1. Parallel lines
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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!

2. Spinning seeds
2. Spinning seeds
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Your eyes will keep jumping to the spinning sunbursts of seeds - even though they’re all staying still.

3. Hidden message
3. Hidden message
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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.

4. All about perspective
4. All about perspective
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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.

5. Innie or outie?
5. Innie or outie?
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Is the smallest point of this black and white illusion pointing in or sticking out?

It’s anyone’s guess.

6. Disappearing dots
6. Disappearing dots
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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 realise it was never there at all.

7. Rotating circles
7. Rotating circles
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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! 

8. Large and small
8. Large and small
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Which blue dot is bigger: the one on the left or the one on the right?

Good for you if you guessed the same size!

The left just looks smaller compared to the big circles and empty space around it.

9. New squares
9. New squares
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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.

10. Spinning colours
10. Spinning colours
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Optical illusions like this will leave you dazed and confused.

The colours seem to be swirling around, even though it’s a still image.

11. Long and short
11. Long and short
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Which horizontal line is shorter: the top or the bottom?

Trick question - they’re the same size, even though your mind perceives the one with outward wings to be longer.

12. Hypnotising
12. Hypnotising
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Looks like the background is spinning around a circle, but both are staying completely still.

Source: RD.com



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