How You View This Optical Illusion Might Reveal Your Age

Decades before "the dress" broke the internet, an optical illusion called “My Wife and My Mother-in-Law" had people second-guessing their eyesight. It depicts two images hidden in one illustration: The first shows a young woman turning her face away from the viewer, and the second shows the profile of a much older woman looking to the left. While both perceptions are technically accurate, the way you see the picture may give away your age, according to a study reported by indy100.

The study, published recently in Scientific Reports, looked at 393 subjects of varying ages. Researchers found that the youngest 10 percent of participants were more likely to see the young woman first when shown the illusion, while the oldest 10 percent of participants saw the old woman first.

Research has shown that people spend more time processing the faces of people they consider to be members of their "group" than those outside of it. "The effect of in- and out-groups may be particularly relevant to the processing of faces of different ages," the authors wrote of the study. "A common finding within the field is the own-age bias, where recognition memory is better for faces closer to one’s own age compared to other ages."

“My Wife and My Mother-in-Law" is an example of an ambiguous image or reversible figure—optical illusions that your brain can interpret one of two ways. These pictures are satisfying once you figure them out, but other optical illusions aren't so easy to outsmart.

[h/t indy100]

18 Disney Characters Just Got the LEGO Treatment

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LEGO

If you’ve ever wondered what one of Disney's princesses might look like standing next to Batman or Harry Potter, now's your chance to find out. LEGO has created minifigures of 18 characters from beloved Disney movies, and they’re a pretty diverse bunch.

There are Disney princesses and heroes, like Jasmine, Elsa, and Hercules. There are offbeat favorites, like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. A couple villains were thrown into the mix for good measure, and classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also represented.

It has been a big week for both LEGO and Disney. The toy company announced the impending release of a 751-piece set that recreates the boat from Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short film that launched Mickey to stardom. The timing is also fitting, considering that Mickey recently celebrated his 90th birthday (not too bad for a mouse).

The S.S. Willie set will be available on April 1, but fans will have to wait a little longer for the Disney minifigures. Those will be available on the LEGO Store website and in stores nationwide starting May 1. Each minifigure costs $3.99.

Until then, check out some of the figures below, or browse LEGO’s selection of Disney-themed sets.

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

LEGO
LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

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