This is the advanced algebra of optical illusions.
In an internet oversaturated with optical illusions, we might have found an eye anomaly: This eye puzzle depicting ‘giant lamps’ is short-circuiting people’s brains, with some puzzle fans claiming they’ve looked at it like “idiots” without any light bulbs leaving. The illusion reportedly first surfaced on Facebook Marketplace, but was reposted on Reddit, where it is going viral.
“How big are these Facebook Marketplace lamps? reads the description of the Eye Rubix Cube, which appears to depict two giant lamps sitting in someone’s yard like oversized lawn ornaments.
Spoiler alert! The correct answer is revealed later in this article.
Needless to say, this mind-blowing eye exam had users groping like a moth popping into a light bulb.
“This is one of the most convincing illusions I’ve seen in a while,” exclaimed a puzzled Visual Voodoo Redditor. “It took me long enough to figure it out.”
“I’m at work looking at this like an idiot – just figured it out,” wrote another, while a frazzled puzzler joked, “I don’t think I would have ever figured it out, I did just accepted that they were huge.”
“I still don’t see it haha,” said another.
In case you’re still puzzled, the answer is that the lights actually hang from a wire in the foreground, but are taken at such an angle that they look colossal.
As one Redditor explained, “It’s also the depth of field and the fact that everything seems to be in focus at the same time, I can’t tell if it’s deliberate, or accidental, or just some phone shenanigans with a new kind of camera.
Another said the “light scratches on the bottom of the bell” helped maintain the illusion that the lamps were in the grass.
“There also appears to be a processing algorithm at work creating a dark line around the edges of the lamps that reads like a shadow line on the grass,” another online illusion fixture theorized.
“I think if OP had cropped the top and cut the thread of the pic, I’d still be trying to fix it now!” springs another.
This isn’t the first optical illusion to have its head scratched on social media. Earlier this month, this internet blew up a collective seal on some advanced eye glyphs that supposedly can only be solved by 1% of people.
New York Post