Kokichi Sugihara of Japan is the winner of the 2018 Best Illusion of the Year Contest with his mind-bending entry, "Triply Ambiguous Object."
Michael Bach a scientist of visual function, and he made a clever site that shows off 141 optical illusions — using interactive doodads that let you tweak different parts of the illusion, to figure at what point the illusion breaks. This interactivity, these breakpoints, turn out to be incredibly useful in grasping the quirks of… READ THE REST
The circles are rotating, to be sure, but are they moving in the direction of the arrows? (Via Core 77) READ THE REST
Nothing like a good geometrical-optical illusion! The alteration of the black and white lines and corner shapes causes your brain to get confused about the perspective. Here are a few other good classic examples. Image: YouTube / MindYourDecisions READ THE REST
When you head out into the world, you're making a statement, whether you're conscious of it or not. With your appearance and attitude, you project a version of yourself to anyone and everyone you meet. From your haircut, to your clothes, to your general demeanor, it all comes together to define the public you. Jewelry… READ THE REST
Vintage styles weave back in and out of fashion, but there are some looks that no one ever wants to replicate. Like…ever. And while we mean no disrespect to our custodian brothers and sisters out there, there's no one who's ever decided that the janitor-chic aesthetic with the massive jangling keyring was a good look.… READ THE REST
In 1982, 57% of Americans reported reading at least one work of creative literature in the preceding year. That number fell to 54% in 1992, then down to 47% in 2002. And, according to a Pew Research Center survey, over a quarter of Americans said they didn't read a book of any kind in print,… READ THE REST