Teacher’s Optical Illusion Confuses The Internet — Can You Figure It Out?

A teacher has split the internet with his drawing of poppies on red card for his class that created an astonishing optical illusion.

The Canadian sparked a debate online after he revealed that the outlines of the cut-out flowers on paper appeared to overlap — even though the lines don’t actually touch or overlap in any way at all.

The image of a dozen poppies was shared to Reddit, user SlipperyPockets explained: “I drew poppy outlines for my class to cut out — they look like they overlap but don’t.”

At first glance, the poppies — which are worn to show support on the days leading up to Remembrance Sunday — appear to all be overlapping, but aren’t.

However, when the eye has 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 lot of buzz and a big response on Reddit, including thousands of comments, as users couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

One wrote: “Whoa that’s weird.” Another added: “It’s freaking me out. I’m freaked out.” A third shared: “This is tripping me out.”

Explaining it maybe in the best way, a fourth posted: “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.” Does it for you also?

Many people came to the conclusion that the optical illusion was an example of something called gestalt continuity law — which explains how our brain sees lines of visual elements that are grouped together.

The teacher later revealed the poppies were for a wreath they were made to honour Armistice Day, known as Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom.

This comes after another optical illusion created by Harvard University left people debating how many blue and purple dots they could see.

Researchers had developed a puzzle that had 1,000 dots ranging from very purple to very blue.

Participants were asked to identify if each dot was blue, and the results were very interesting.

In the first 200 trials, there were an equal number of blue and purple dots shown to the participants.

This then changed so the majority were purple, with some blue ones dotted in randomly.

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