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Brainteaser: These disappearing dots are driving the internet crazy

Brainteaser: These disappearing dots are driving the internet crazy

Guess what? It's brainteaser time! And I must say that this week's brainteaser hurt my brain almost as much as "The Dress" and the internet collectively agrees.

With more than a million shares and endless amounts of comments like "THIS MAKES ME VERY UNCOMFORTABLE" and "I don't know if it's my eyes or my brain" ... this one is a certified doozy.

This time, you've got to see if you can spot the 12 black dots along a grey grid. Only there's a catch: it's nearly impossible to see all 12 dots at the same time. How many black dots do you see?

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Notice how if you focus on one dot, others will disappear? I can't seem to see more than four of these dots at once. So what's going on here?

According to a theory circulating on Reddit, the brainteaser originally posted by game developer Will Kerslake on Twitter, it's something called "A Honeycomb illusion" a term pulled from a 2000 scientific paper called "Variations on the Hermann Grid: An Extinction Illusion."

According to the theory:

When the white disks in a scintillating grid are reduced in size, and outlined in black, they tend to disappear. One sees only a few of them at a time, in clusters which move erratically on the page. Where they are not seen, the grey alleys seem to be continuous, generating grey crossings that are not actually present."

What do you think? Do you believe the theory? Were you able to see all of the dots or just a select few at a time? Let me know by posting in the comments below.

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