Best Visual Illusion Of The Year (Yes, That’s A Real Contest)

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No, it doesn’t look like much (you only see the illusion in motion here), but that is 2009’s best visual illusion, as chosen by visual illusion judges (yes, those are real) at illusioncontest.com.  Staring at the blue dot while the spinning black and wall ball creates an illusion that the ball is falling at an angle.  Check out 2nd and 3rd place for some more illusion based on magically colored doves and the contrast of androgyny.

UPDATE: Looks like those judges were just a tad more serious than I expected.  In fact, they were really “a gathering… of neuroscientists and psychologists at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Florida.”

(Via Bad Astronomy)

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