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This is ridiculous:


I didn't believe it, so I went into Photoshop, used the eyedropper tool, and discovered that yes, the two boxes are the same shade of gray.

Click to see the proof:


I didn't alter the colors at all. Seriously. I just layered those two boxes over one another. They are the same freaking shade.


Posted by Will Franklin · 13 August 2005 04:19 PM


Amazing what the eyes can do for you. Another great thing is where you see 'white' in a picture, but when isolated it is almost pure yellow, or green, or chartreuse.

Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at August 13, 2005 05:10 PM

Our vision system is optimized to keep us alive, not to provide true-color sampling. I actually think that is a good thing ;-)

In this case, the visual system works hard to interpret what it sees as a 3-dimensional field in which we might have to move (or flee). It rejects the highly unlikely (in the history of man) scenario that it might be a flat image constructed just to trick us about some colors.

Posted by: odograph at August 13, 2005 05:25 PM

You win the award, outstanding use of photoshop in a non-standard application.

Seriously, though, I have a very unusual six year old daughter who, when we went to a book fair at the local elementary school, picked out a book of optical illusions. It's still one of her favorite books. Can you say Escher? Sure, I thought you could.

Posted by: Giacomo at August 13, 2005 06:54 PM

I didn't believe it either ("No flippin' way!" were my exact words), but I replicated your experiment in Photoshop and it is completly true. Mind-boggling.

Posted by: Cardinals Nation at August 14, 2005 03:11 AM

When I posted a link to that image on Southern Appeal a few days ago, the commenters couldn't believe it either. It's probably one of the neatest optical illusions around.

Posted by: Patrick Carver at August 14, 2005 10:02 AM

It is not!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 14, 2005 01:48 PM

That is the strangest thing I have seen in awhile!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 14, 2005 02:15 PM

It's a conspiracy, maaannn !

Posted by: mojo jojo at August 14, 2005 04:01 PM

Strange, I only see black and white.

Posted by: Rodney Dill at August 14, 2005 09:40 PM

I trust you on this one Will.

Don't MAKE me bust out Photoshop . . .

Posted by: Am I A Pundit Now? at August 15, 2005 02:07 AM

I didn't believe it either, so I did basically the same thing...and it is the same shade. Weird.

Posted by: Brian at August 15, 2005 09:49 AM

It is one of those right wing conspiracy things!... I wonder if Hillary as seen this?

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 16, 2005 04:42 AM

DAG NAB IT! Now I have a headache. Does that mean the aclu could sue for my tylenol bills (ha ha)

Posted by: Smoke Eater at August 18, 2005 01:05 PM