The Optical Illusion In This Photo Of A Hugging Couple Will Drive You Insane

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The following photo of a man and woman hugging was shared by BloodReape on Reddit earlier this week, where it racked hundreds of comments that all seemed to share the same sentiment: What the hell is going on here?

This hurts my brain… from r/pics

If you don’t notice anything jarring right away, then take a long, hard look at their legs.

By now, some questions might have start popping up in your head, such as:

Which legs belong to who?

Does he even have legs?

How are the woman’s legs somehow in front of the man while her torso is behind him?

Is this real life?


Fortunately, one smarter-than-thou redditor by the name of ladypine has unveiled the secret to the illusion, which lies in the color of the shorts the man is wearing.

Are you ready for this?

“Okay this makes sense,” she says. “The guy is wearing shorts that are black and white. The girl is wearing a black dress, which gives the illusion that the black part of the shorts goes higher than the white part, but it’s just her dress making it look that way.”

AH. We knew that all along…


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