Everyone knows the famous 1930 optical illusion where it could either be a drawing of an old woman or a young girl.
Now, almost a hundred years later, a Twitter user posted a similar illusion, but with a bit of a twist. Do you see a playful pet or an evil horse-pig hybrid monster?
This really messed with my head for a few minutes before I realised pic.twitter.com/HiFaDG6DCy
— Lesley (@dancingfool75) February 3, 2020
With over 11,000 retweets and almost 40,000 favorites over the span of two days, the mind-boggling photo has caused meltdowns and double-takes and spawned some truly bizarre photoshop art.
Checks out! pic.twitter.com/EP2cbO2e4Y
— Kieran 'Grandma Killer' Eleison (@KieranEleison) February 4, 2020
Multiple replies to the post are people who could not figure out what they were looking at. Some beg for answers, others just gave up and admitted it had to be some sort of possessed goat.
I literally don’t know how to look at this picture? Someone help?!
— COYS@BHP💙💙💙 😷😷😷 (@hthfc4) February 4, 2020
I can't see what everyone can see. It's definitely a goat monster type thing
— Staffie Boy (@mike_staffie) February 4, 2020
In reality, it's a chihuahua who moved its head too quickly while a photo was being taken. Those who figured it out were extremely relieved.
OMFG...I was like KILL IT, then...oh what a cutie 🐶
— I'm only here for the GIFs (@just_mark_now) February 3, 2020
Luckily, someone posted a handy visual too.
Posting because I was losing my mind for twenty minutes staring at this. pic.twitter.com/C9OwOqx5zz
— Intellectual Duck Web (@pixelkitties) February 4, 2020
Optical illusions come from eyes playing tricks on the brain and the brain's tendency to jump to conclusions quickly. A popular theory is that the brain will try to make predictions of what will happen next in order to make up for the lag time between when a person looks at something and then fully perceives and understands it. That's why sometimes it doesn't make any sense — like looking at what appears to be a goat-horse-dog hybrid on Twitter.