Freaky Picture

Look closely at this picture.


Albert Einstein, right?

Now, stand up. That’s right, stand up and step away from the computer. Get 10-15 feet back if you can. Look at the picture, then report back here and tell us who you see.

Hat tip: Duane


  1. #1 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    June 18, 2008

    I’m too young to know who Marilyn Monroe is, so I can’t tell you.

  2. #2 Logical Extremes
    June 18, 2008

    A classic frequency-dependent optical illusion here:

  3. #3 Logical Extremes
    June 18, 2008

    A classic frequency-dependent optical illusion here:

  4. #4 Stephanie Z
    June 18, 2008

    Mike, you’re prepubescent?

    Oddly, although I couldn’t switch what I saw in the picture up close, I knew what I would see from a distance. I don’t know whether that was cultural knowledge, visual processing, or some combination of the two.

  5. #5 greg l
    June 18, 2008

    stephanie is this becagainst u r reading this ion ur playstation>.“` ??
    i am arting this on my wii!!1

  6. #6 Stephanie Z
    June 18, 2008

    I would never post a comment from the PS3, and now you know why. 🙂 Enjoying the Wii?

  7. #7 Colin M
    June 18, 2008

    Yecch, halfway in between I got Marilyn Monroe with a mustache.

  8. #8 JanieBelle
    June 18, 2008

    Hey cool.

    I see Marilyn with the most horrific cold sore ever known to man.

    Can we get a biopsy of that?

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    June 18, 2008

    Well, the Wii does not make a very good internet interactive tool, but it does let me look at my web site on the TV, so that’s good.

    When we cross-wire the Wii Fit with the Internet, I will be able to stomp on shit I don ‘t lie. Literally. Blogging will be very different.

  10. #10 AnnieT
    June 18, 2008

    Try this: If you have a mouse with a wheel, use the wheel to move the picture up and down again and again very quickly. You get MM and AE at the same time, jiggling.

  11. #11 Rob
    June 18, 2008

    all I had to do was take off my glasses

  12. #12 Greg Laden
    June 18, 2008

    Rob! Holy crap, that is Brilliant! Works perfectly!!!!!!!

  13. #13 Greg Laden
    June 18, 2008

    (But don’t think your upcoming Oral Exam is going to go that easily!!!!)