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Dude! It's Floating! Posted on 06/24/2001.

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This might be the neato-est optical illusion I've seen.

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Thanks for the virtual Exploratorium.
Posted by vanderwal @ 06/24/2001 08:44 AM PST [link to this comment]

I like these better:

(1) Instructions: "Focus on the black dot while moving towards or away from the monitor."



- John

John S. Rhodes -- Industrial Strength Usability
Posted by WebWord @ 06/24/2001 10:26 AM PST [link to this comment]

Put down the bong, peter...
Posted by c @ 06/24/2001 11:31 AM PST [link to this comment]

i have a shirt that looks like that and the tesselated patterns. it drives people crazy, so i like to where it at meetings.
Posted by michael a @ 06/25/2001 06:06 AM PST [link to this comment]

i meant "wear it" not "where it". geez. that pattern affected my head i think.
Posted by michael a @ 06/25/2001 06:17 AM PST [link to this comment]

Posted by judith @ 06/25/2001 09:55 AM PST [link to this comment]

*rubs eyes* ... great, now I'll be seeing that floaty circle for a few hours.
Posted by jish @ 06/25/2001 09:14 PM PST [link to this comment]

On the linked page, number 9 is the one that blows me away. It took me quite awhile to really believe that the diagonal lines were really parallel. Number 10 has a similar effect as well. The first time I looked at them, I was so convinced that the lines weren't really parallel that I thought the author of the page was just wrong.
Posted by Rafe @ 06/27/2001 08:49 AM PST [link to this comment]

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