This Mind-Bending Optical Illusion Can Be Viewed Three Different Ways

The Illusion Contest, Youtube

The Illusion Contest, Youtube

Some optical illusions get more confusing the longer you look at them. Take the triply ambiguous object illusion as an example: At first glance, it looks like a fairly straightforward 3D object, but as the video below shows, what you see changes entirely depending on which angle you view it from.

The secret behind the "3D" object in this illusion is that it isn't really three-dimensional at all. It's a flat piece of paper with shaded, geometric shapes sketched onto it, giving it the appearance of depth. This means that shapes that seem to be at the "top" of the object appear at the bottom if you turn the paper 180 degrees. The flag pin, which stays in the same spot no matter how you view the illusion, is the only element that isn't two-dimensional.

The triply ambiguous object illusion from Kokichi Sugihara received first place in the 2018 Best Illusion of the Year contest, an annual competition held by the Neural Correlate Society. You can check out more award-winning optical illusions here.

This Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure Comes Complete with Removable Ears

Today Is Art Day, Amazon
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Historians still don’t know how Vincent van Gogh lost his left ear, or for that matter, how much of it was actually lopped off. However, as Bored Panda reports, Today Is Art Day decided to take historic liberties in the name of nerdy fun and created a mini van Gogh action figure, complete with two completely detachable ears.

Today Is Art Day developed a prototype of the 5-inch PVC figurine back in 2017, and to bring it to the art-loving masses, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Backers who contributed $28 Canadian dollars (around $21 USD) scored their own van Gogh action figure.

A van Gogh action figure next to a miniature 'Starry Night' painting
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

A boxed Vincent van Gogh action figure
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Fans who missed out on the Kickstarter the first time around can buy one on Amazon now for $24. He even comes in a box decorated with miniature, cut-out replicas of his Sunflowers (1888) and The Starry Night (1889).

Today Is Art Day has since branched out to produce a whole host of other figurines based on famous icons, from other artists like Frida Kahlo and Gustav Klimt to scientific luminaries like Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein.

[h/t Bored Panda]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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