Starts With A Bang! is off to a great start; each the past three days we have topped the 100 visitor mark, bringing our total number of unique visitors up to 1,413! I’m going to attempt to start a new tradition here of making a weekend post on a topic that I just find neat, and share it with you. This first Weekend Diversion is an optical illusion about color. Take a look at the image below:
Looks like a cube with a bunch of different colors on it. Now do the following:
- Look at the top face of the cube, and tell me what color the tile in the middle of that face is.
- Look at the near face, and tell me what color the tile in the middle of that face is.
Did you answer the first question as brown? Did you answer the second question as yellow? Yes yes, I know, we all know our colors. (Colours, for you international readers.) But are you sure that you’re right? Why don’t we take that image and remove everything except those two tiles, and let’s see what we get:
They’re actually the same color as one another! The skeptics among you might think I photoshopped or edited it, so go ahead and try cropping or editing the top image for yourself! Why do we see brown on top and yellow on the side? It’s because the perceived color of an area is affected by its surroundings. This is explained and demonstrated in beautiful detail here. Enjoy your weekend, and keep sending in your questions!