A photo of a dog lying on a pavement has gone viral after an optical illusion made it look like it had been decapitated.
The now-viral photo was shared on Reddit on Monday by Nathan Sievers from Baltimore, who uses the handle nathanddfd1234. The post now has over 51,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments.
Posted with the caption: ‘My dog lying with his head on the sidewalk…Looks like he’s been decapitated’, the photo shows the dog – a 2-year-old Husky and Golden Retriever mix named Bleuregard Q. Kazoo – lying down with his head resting on the pavement at an angle that resembles a floating head.
One commenter said, “Can’t figure this one out! Nice head, though”, while another replied, “My brain legitimately couldn’t process this at first.”
One user thought: “I think the dog is resting its head on a curb that is higher than the pavement (maybe it’s a path) so the body is not visible because it is below grade of the head.”
Sievers said Newsweek: “The photo was honestly a fluke. We were hanging out at my friend’s brewery and he was lying on a concrete platform that has a downward ramp. He put his head on the ledge and lay down then when I took the picture all you could see was that his head was floating over there.”
Optical illusions, often also called visual illusions, involve visual deception due to the arrangement of objects, the impact of a light source, or other variables.
In an article for American scientistSusana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik said, “Visual illusions demonstrate the ways the brain can fail to recreate the physical world. By studying these failures, we can learn more about the computational methods used by the brain to construct visual experience.”
“I didn’t even think much about it until I got home later and realized how wild it was,” Sievers said.
For any users concerned about the dog after the slightly creepy illusion, Sievers provided an update in another post: “I promise Bleuregard Q. Kazoo is alive and well… I’ve put a picture of him in r/lookatmydog if anyone wants to confirm.” The photo shows Blue the whole dog, including the paws, confirming that he was in fact completely safe.
Another user said, “How to give a heart attack on Reddit”, prompting Sievers to apologise, “I really didn’t think that was THAT crazy (only slightly), but that seems like the general concessions .Sorry everyone.”
“I’m thrilled the post is going viral,” Sievers said, “Everyone always says I should have invited Bleu to some sort of dog show because of his interesting looks and appearance. I do. was just sharing to show off my beautiful dog. and thought the pic was cool.”
It’s not the only illusion causing confusion online, last week a mirror illusion scared TikTok users in a viral video. Also, in 2021, the internet was confused by a color-changing hat in another viral post.