These vintage cards and old placards display optical illusions, visual witticisms, hidden images, rebuses, and artistic paradoxes from yesteryear. They were the equivalent of Gifs back then — eye candy worth sharing. Here they are gathered in a oversized paperback for your entertainment and amazement.
The Playful Eye: An Album of Visual Delight
by Julian Rothenstein, Mel Gooding
2000, 112 pages, 9.9 x 0.5 x 12.7 inches, Paperback
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Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose pic.twitter.com/aYOZGAY6kP — Dan Quintana (@dsquintana) August 18, 2019 His name is Mischief. (CNN)
Traffic disappears into a higher dimension, on this bridge. Witchcraft. https://t.co/9jXxSFjXv6 pic.twitter.com/yO9MaGokHy — Cliff Pickover (@pickover) August 5, 2019 Where they’re going, they don’t need roads.
By changing the luminance around the edges of the diamond and the background, you can make it look as though the diamond is moving up, down, right, or left. From a paper in i-Perception titled, “The Perpetual Diamond: Contrast Reversals Along Thin Edges Create the Appearance of Motion in Objects.” by Oliver J. Flynn and […]
With all the revolutionary tech that’s out there, it’s pretty sad that finding a simple stud in your wall can feel like dowsing for water. This can be equally true whether you’re using a magnetic finder and it’s reliance on “feel,” or an electronic unit that can give fuzzy readings (especially when the batteries are […]
Do you have any Star Wars fans on your list? Given the reach and output of its new corporate masters these days, it might be easier to ask if there’s anyone out there who isn’t a Star Wars fan. So let’s narrow it down further: Do you know a Star Wars fan who likes to […]
There’s much ado about coffee brewing methods these days, but most of us – at least on the busy weekdays – just want our morning joe to be consistent, easy, and most of all, fast. If that sounds like anyone on your Christmas list, they’re going to get a lot of mileage out of the […]