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This baffling optical illusion was discovered completely by accident


We see a lot of optical illusions here at Creative Bloq, but we have a soft spot for illusions discovered by accident. Not only are they disconcerting, but they still have an interesting story – and today’s find is no exception. A totally mind-blowing optical illusion was shared on Reddit that was discovered completely by accident.

The stunner was posted by a teacher who explained that he accidentally created the optical illusion while trying to make 12 paper poppies. At first glance it looks like each of the poppies are overlapping when in reality they are not even touching. It seems that he accidentally used a well-known law of visual perception when drawing the poppies (but more on that later). If you enjoy this illusion, you’ll love our roundup of the best optical illusions.

The accidental optical illusion created by SlipperyPockets

The more we look, the more confused we become. (Image credit: SlipperyPockets)

Editor Slip pockets posted the illusion on the MildlyInteresting forum and racked up over 132,000 upvotes. It seems that SlipperyPockets accidentally created the illusion based on the Gestalt law of continuity, which according to verygoodmind, means that we subconsciously join the lines together, making the poppies seem connected. What we particularly love about this design is how it was discovered on a whim, much like the dear three-headed illusion we spotted earlier this month.

Many users on Reddit posted hilarious comments about the illusion, with one saying, “It’s bothering my eyes. Gotta cast all eyes away”, and another replying, “Okay , my brain is gone”. . One user even commented that if you “tilt the phone away from you…it completes the circles” then of course we’ve spent the last five minutes looking at our phone from weird angles.

This accidental illusion brightened up our Monday, but if you’re looking for more to keep your mind occupied, then why not check out our roundup of the best online art galleries? Or maybe if you want to create your own hand-drawn illusions, take a look at the best drawing apps for iPad and start drawing amazing ones.

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