The outline of each poppy appears to overlap at times, even though the lines don’t touch. Picture: Reddit
The outline of each poppy appears to overlap at times, even though the lines don’t touch. Picture: Reddit

Trippy optical illusion sparks ‘brain tingles’

WHEN a teacher drew poppies on red card for his class to cut out, little did he know he had created a baffling optical illusion.

The Canadian teacher sparked a huge online debate after he revealed that the outlines of the cut-out flowers appeared to overlap - even though the lines don't actually touch.

 

The outline of each poppy appears to overlap, even though the lines never touch. Picture: Reddit
The outline of each poppy appears to overlap, even though the lines never touch. Picture: Reddit

 

Sharing the image of a dozen poppies to Reddit, the teacher, who goes by username SlipperyPockets, explained what he had created.

"I drew poppy outlines for my class to cut out - they look like they overlap but don't," he wrote.

At first glance, the poppies - which are worn each year as a mark of respect in the days leading up to Remembrance Day - all appear to be overlapping.

But when your eyes have had a chance to focus, it becomes clear that the curved edges of the flowers are not touching at all.

The post soon generated a huge response on Reddit, including thousands of comments, as users couldn't believe what they were seeing.

 

The photograph prompted thousands of reactions from Reddit users around the world. Picture: Reddit
The photograph prompted thousands of reactions from Reddit users around the world. Picture: Reddit

 

One user posted: "This is tripping me out." Another added: "AAAHHH! What is this sorcery? I look away and they overlap, then I look at it and they're separate! It makes my brain tingle."

Many users concluded that the optical illusion was down to something called Gestalt Continuity Law - which explains how our brain sees lines of visual elements that are grouped together.

 

Users could not handle the trickery of this brand new illusion. Picture: Reddit
Users could not handle the trickery of this brand new illusion. Picture: Reddit

 

The teacher later revealed the poppies were being prepared for a wreath that the class was making to honour Remembrance Day, which is observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states, including Australia.

 

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.



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