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Optical Illusions

Sometimes our eyes play tricks on us and we see an optical illusion. Illusions trick us into perceiving something differently than actually exists...what??? How can we see something that doesn't exist??? Optical Illusions are enough to drive anyone bonkers!

Battle of the Brain

Science helps to explain optical illusions. Scientists and doctors have determined that we have two sides of our brains that work independently from each other. So while the left side of our brain is saying, "It's a dog, it's a dog!" the right side of our brain is telling us "You dimwit, it's just a bunch of lines and colors on a piece of paper."

Have you ever seen a drawing or picture that looked so real, you tried to grab it? Well, photographs might be a bad example because we all know what a photograph is...but what about those real optical illusions that make your brain hurt? Sometimes one side of our brain is so dominant, it will refuse to listen to what the other side can really see. Let's try it out...

Word Play IllusionsCourtesy of NIEHS

You may not see it at first, but the white spaces create the word OPTICAL, while the blue landscape spells out ILLUSION.

The Man in the Coffee Beans

Finding a man in Coffee BeansCourtesy of NIEHS

The "illusion" is that this is just a picture of coffee beans...but is it? Can you find a man's face among the beans? Some say that if you find the man in three seconds or less, the right half of your brain may be more well-developed than most people! Try it out! (PS: This is not a trick. A man's face is really hidden among the beans!)

Nanimation

Pic that is NOT animatedCourtesy of NIEHS
Pic that is NOT animatedCourtesy of NIEHS

These pictures are NOT animated. Your eyes are making them move. To test this, stare at one spot in each picture for a few seconds and everything will stop moving; OR look at the black center of each circle in the first picture, and it will stop moving, but when you move your eyes to the next black center, the previous one will move after you take your eyes away from it.

Vase of Face

The Vase of Two FacesCourtesy of kellscreations

This is an oldie but a goodie. The vase or face optical illusion has been around forever and it was probably one of the first in the world. Most people see a vase when they look at this image - but can you see the two faces?

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eclipse11
eclipse11 posted in General:
My pic is of Eridan from homestuck.))
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ThePaleWalker636
Smiling with gratitude, Polaris spoke again. “Thank you, kind sir. Our people remember Those who assist us. But, do you swear? Swear that you will leave this December   For our lands, and bring to your skills and wit To save our young heir from the clutches of beasts?” Star Swirl became hesitant when at last he heard The nature of his quest, but he did not cease   In his resolve, and he swore by the Sun and the Moon “By Celestia and Luna’s names, I swear I will rescue your heir, Polaris, and I will depart At the dusk of tomorrow from here.”   “Truly you are a stallion of strength. I will guide to your quest at the time you may. The details I soon will reveal As we continue upon our way.”   The feast was concluded and all fell to sleep, But Star Swirl lingered when Polaris he espied By the fire, watching the flames And the wizard sat down at the unicorn’s side.   “Tell me of this heir you have spoken. What is their name, and by whom were they taken? Or what, should I say? By ‘beast’ mean you dragon?” Polaris sighed. His countenance seemed to be shaken.   “Her name is Royal Blue, and she is my daughter. She was indeed taken by beasts, us beaten and battered, A tribe of savages like never before seen. They are ponies with minds bended and shattered.   So savage are they, we know not how We are to defeat them without harming my child. They do not allow us to approach Without threats of her death by animals wild.”  
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SecretBlogger
SecretBlogger posted in General:
 Right now? An anime girl who I think I kindof look like, except for the fact she looks like she can kick serious butt, where i would just hurt myself trying. (I would definetly try tho....)
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PrincessRhiannon
Just little ol me  :wave [s:sm3/1jw1] [s:sm3/1jw2] I'm new here, so hello everyone!  :thumbsup :party ;)
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ThePaleWalker636
((Author's Note: A My Little Pony poem inspired by Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Edits and suggestions are accepted in the comments. If you would like to add on to this and continue writing it yourself, I will create a master post of the finished product and may include suggestions and other people's work, whom I will credit. Thank you.)) After the battle to banish the Empire succeeded, The pony of shadows now for a thousand years gone, The feasts of celebration were well underway, And the Princesses rejoiced that the battle was won.   Star Swirl the Bearded, great wizard of old, Had remained there as long as he may, But as soon as he rose, the hall to leave There came an event that forced him to stay.   A figure stepped in from the midst of a storm: The doors were flung open with tremendous might By a stallion of stature like never before seen His presence alone dimmed the room’s light.   His hooves pounded the floor and forced it to crack Legs like tree-trunks, and a voice like thunder His eyes flashed like stars underneath his hood All present had their composures thrown asunder.   “Greetings!” The unicorn cried to the thrones. “I have traveled from the Northland’s wastes To meet the Sisters of much I have heard And so I have arrived, coming with haste.”   Celestia bowed with grace to this stranger “We accept you in our halls, you are to be certain You will be welcome as long as you stay. But I request you tell of your journey and all it may pertain.   Begin with your name, if you please,” she concluded. And the unicorn nodded in acceptance. “Of course. You behold Polaris, a messenger For my people, and have come to pay penance   To the rulers of our far away neighbors. I am the chieftain of my tribe in the North, Masters of snow and flame in our magic. But now we are in need, and I have come forth   To beg of you your assistance.” He bowed in his head, in pleading he waited While averting his eyes to the ground. Not wanting the Princess to know what was unstated.   Star Swirl arose, proudly he stood, His horn lit aflame to point to the sky. “Of course we will help! I’ll accompany you myself!” He did not pause to ask Polaris why.  
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