This illusion went viral because people are totally bamboozled by it
Hugh Grant couldn’t handle this optical illusion and – trust us – neither will you.
Here’s what Grant made of it.
Oh Christ. And I’ve had 3 Negronis. https://t.co/Sid3MlY3CL
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) September 29, 2018
Some people did try to explain it.
It's the blue versus red on the legs.Right leg blue on left; right leg red on right. It tricks the eyes. Squint your eyes tight, to the point where you cannot make out the colours, and they all spin in the same direction.
— maria keeney (@TunetoaNaturalE) September 25, 2018
Both left and right have the same colour combinations no changes
— MD (@mandardhulubulu) September 27, 2018
As I said in my comment above, look at the legs. In the left picture, right leg is blue. In the right picture, the right leg is red. The colours are what trick your eyes.
— maria keeney (@TunetoaNaturalE) September 27, 2018
The one on the left is spinning the opposite direction from the other two and the opposite leg is up
— Devante Rhodes (@5rhodes) September 29, 2018
They're all the same animation, spinning in the same direction. Even without the colours you can make yourself see it spin both ways by concentrating.
— Mr XBob 🌱 🔮 🏥 (@MrXBob) September 29, 2018
Actually it come from physics being that our sense of vision picks up things mvping away from us in a blue light while things moving toward us are in a red light. This is directly from how they theorized the big bang that some celestial bodies have red tint while some have blue.
— huh? 🍲 (@antzinherpance) September 29, 2018
Whether that's true or not it doesn't change the fact that you can look only at the black one and force yourself to see it spinning both ways. That was the original image years ago before this coloured version existed.
— Mr XBob 🌱 🔮 🏥 (@MrXBob) September 30, 2018
But mostly it was just stuff like this.
— ReubenAVFC (@Reuben_AVFC) September 28, 2018
— Corey Lee (@CoreyL1993) September 27, 2018
— Gregg Muspratt (@GreggM1988) September 28, 2018