The Best Visual Illusion of the Year

"Impossible Motion: Magnet-like Slopes" won the 6th Annual Best Visual Illusion of the Year competition, held in Florida a few days ago. And, much like yesterday's street paintings, it will make your brain hurt.

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No, this objet d'trickery created by Koukichi Sugihara of Japan's Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences isn't magic — infernal, infernal magic — nor is it computer generated. But it did win first prize. To see the rest of the top ten finalists, head over here — and pay special attention to the "monkey business illusion."

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Freaky, man.

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Very cool.

Speaking of visual illusions, this is one of the strangest effects I've ever seen.

PROBABLY UNWISE IF YOU HAVE PHOTOSENSITIVE EPILEPSY.

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I stared at it for about 20 seconds, with the screen filling my field of vision, then looked up at the painting on the wall about 2 meters away. The effect seemed to last between 10 and 20 seconds, as the painting warped out of the frame and melted my brain.

After the third time I started to get nauseous, so be warned.

Also, I suspect by doing this I have attracted a Hound of Tindalos. The angles still don't look right....