There's nothing like a good optical illusion to keep our minds sharp. So let's just say this new optical illusion that was posted on the social news website reddit really got our wheels turning.
The viral post features two photos side by side, both showing the same brick road with the same type of white vehicle driving on it and the same building off to the side. Nothing extraordinary so far, so what's the catch? Well, although the elements of both pictures look similar, most viewers will say that they're different because the images appear to be taken from different angles — at least at first glance.
This is the same photo, side by side. They are not taken at different angles. Both sides are the same, pixel for pixel.
It might be hard to believe, but the photos are actually exactly identical — yes, every single pixel! Not only were the images not taken at different angles, the pictures were also not mirrored, flipped, or edited at all. Sure enough, when we looked just a little closer at each image the second time around, we were able to see it.
But if you still need a little extra convincing, one ambitious reddit user posted "proof" that the original post was indeed correct. When you look at the series of Photoshop images with both pictures layered on top of each other, you'll see that they fit perfectly together like puzzle pieces!
If you're wondering why these pictures might have appeared slightly different from each other at first, many reddit users offered theories for you!
"Personally, I think it's because of the line in the road," one user wrote. "It has nothing to do with the roads looking like they're together. It's that the pictures are in different positions, so naturally the same line is going to look like its at a different angle."
"It could also be that in order to see two roads as parallel, they must meet at a point on the horizon," another user suggested. "Because these two images end at different points on the horizon, we see them as non-parallel. In other words, it's not that they come together on the bottom, it's that they don't come together at the top."
"It's because the two streets come together at the bottom of the pictures," yet another user argued. "Your brain tries to perceive this as one image with a fork in the road and therefore, the street in the picture on the left must be at a different angle than the picture on the right."
Interesting explanations! What's your best guess?
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h/t Science Alert