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Visualize the World by Imagining It With a Population of 100 People Visualize the World by Imagining It With a Population of 100 People

Just take a step back and take a look at how big, small, unequal, inexplicable, and surprising the world is, explained in numerical terms that you can wrap your head around.

How the Heck Does This Ball Not Roll Off This Roof?

If it looks like a roof and it’s sloped downward like a roof, it should act like a damn roof and have stuff freaking slide off it, right? Not when it comes to Kokichi Sugihara’s “Impossible Rooftop.” Even if you place a ball on top of this model house’s roof, it won’t roll off. Instead, the ball will break physics,…

Neat Art Piece Hides Two Different Wire Sculptures Depending on Your Perspective

Here’s a fun art piece made by artist Matthieu Robert-Ortis: in one perspective, it looks like two giraffes standing opposite each other while in another, it looks like a single elephant staring straight at you. The piece plays on your perspective and hides two wire sculptures in one, what you see depends on which…

17 Photos That Are Vanishing Away 17 Photos That Are Vanishing Away

As parallel lines extend into the Z-space of a painting of photograph, they gradually converge toward a vanishing point. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, you captured the phenomenon right as it disappeared in front of your eyes.

Shooting Challenge: Vanishing Point Shooting Challenge: Vanishing Point

Two parallel lines slowly intersect, then seem to vanish into the distance. No wonder it’s called a vanishing point. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, we want you to photograph it.

The Way This Animated Short Film Plays With Perspective Is Hilarious The Way This Animated Short Film Plays With Perspective Is Hilarious

This short film is incredibly short and deceptive simple, but what it does in under two minutes is great fun to watch. An alien arrives on Earth and changes the perspectives of a man and his dog — not just metaphorically, but visually.

Optical illusion painting changes its perspective as you move around it

When I started to watch this video I thought I wasn't looking at a painting but a high definition flat display that tracked your eyes, modifying a 3D model to give you the illusion of real depth. And then the magics finally get revealed. It's so simple and so damn cool.

Whoa, this biker looks like he's trapped inside a video game level

What a tricky mind trip. Though it looks like this fixed gear biker is playing a video game or stuck inside a M.C. Escher drawing or a part of an optical illusion, he's actually riding on a real bike course made with real ramps and doing real jumps. It just looks crazy from our perspective

A map of our solar system that puts it into proper perspective A map of our solar system that puts it into proper perspective

Now that the Voyager 1 space probe has officially left the solar system, it would be nice to know where it is, exactly, in the large scheme of things. This crafty map will help.

This is a real photo of a fake sunrise This is a real photo of a fake sunrise

Here's a reason to turn around when looking at the sunrise or sunset. At the far side of the sky might be another fake sunrise (or sunset), made from anticrepuscular rays.

Anamorphic sculptures reveal their secret shapes in the mirror Anamorphic sculptures reveal their secret shapes in the mirror

Anamorphic illustrations that reveal themselves in the presence of a cylindrical mirror, go back to the 1500s. Jonty Hurwitz takes a similar idea but plays it out in sculpture form, creating distorted objects that reveal a clear image only in front of that shiny cylinder.

The World Looks Very Weird from Below The World Looks Very Weird from Below

My mind pretty much exploded inwardly when I saw these pictures from below. Created by Michael H. Rohde, the pictures show something you hardly see (if ever): the perspective of the ground. It's so unsettling that it feels like you've stepped into some sort of time space warp or saw a glitch in the world that you…

The art of anamorphic illusions The art of anamorphic illusions

One of the more popular optical illusions in art history is anamorphosis. It's a mind-bending form of art that dates back to the 1500s, and is still causing people to cock their heads and blink today. Take a look at the weird designs that artists come up with when they smush their own paintings.

Beautiful Sketches That Turn into 3-D Illusions on the Page Beautiful Sketches That Turn into 3-D Illusions on the Page

Some of the most compelling optical illusions are often the simplest. Case in point: the drawings of Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki. With little more than a couple of sketchbooks, some pencils, and a little perspective, Hideyuki's 2D drawings turn into a series of surreal, three-dimensional weirdfests.

Optical illusions are even better in 3D Optical illusions are even better in 3D

So you're a fan of time-lapse videos, and it goes without saying that you love optical illusions... but have you ever wondered what happens when you combine the two?

You'll Never Believe This Was Made With Just WebKit You'll Never Believe This Was Made With Just WebKit

Wanna know who's got the most impressive web visuals we've seen in a while? It's a little site called Acko.net, written by Steven Wittens. Just head over there and slowly scroll down. You're looking into the web future. Here's how they did it. [Acko.net via Joel Johnson]

This Machine Lets Anyone Draw In Perfect Perspective This Machine Lets Anyone Draw In Perfect Perspective

Perhaps it's because I love to draw, but I find this weird mechanical contraption absolutely fascinating. It allows anyone to draw in perfect perspective, matching the field of human vision.

The Mystery of the Phantom Pyramid That Never Existed The Mystery of the Phantom Pyramid That Never Existed

There's nothing triangular about the Mount Teide volcano. From its base, it's the third largest volcano in the world but is pretty flat on top. So why does its shadow look like a perfect ghost pyramid rising over the horizon?

"Mind Your Step," That Last One Leads into a Gaping Pit "Mind Your Step," That Last One Leads into a Gaping Pit

This huge hole in the middle of the street is actually the latest 3D perspective illusion by artist Erik Johansson. It even makes the unknowing people of Stockholm seem magical for walking over it. Sorcerers all of them. [Laughing Squid]

Bring Pacman into Meatspace With This Illusory Poster Bring Pacman into Meatspace With This Illusory Poster

Starring everyone's favorite little yellow-circle-minus-a-wedge, the latest mind-melter from YouTube illusion wizard Brusspup changes perspective depending on where you're standing. It's even got the ghosts all spooked out. [YouTube]

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