Optical illusions are like visual magic. They can amuse, confuse and even teach you a little about yourself. If you’re in the mood for a laugh, you’ll love our roundup of the 20 funniest optical illusions on the internet.
Maybe you’re in the mood to learn rather than laugh. In that case, challenge yourself with four optical illusions that will make your brain hurt. These optical illusions will trick your eyes if you aren’t careful!
Scroll down for brain-busting illusions that expose the magic of perspective. These funny optical illusion pictures are not what they seem, so get ready to look twice.
1. An unfortunate flub
Whoever put this magazine together made a huge oversight. Then again, maybe they did it on purpose to prank their readership. Either way, the mom in this advertisement looks like she had a post-workout potty accident.
2. Catzilla is displeased
You won’t hear any purring when you put this fire-breathing cat on your lap. It seems like he’ll roar and spit fire at you. (Or yawn at the perfect moment for a picture!)
3. Puberty came early for this baby
If you’re anything like me and your feet grew before the rest of your body, maybe you relate to this baby. I, too, had a baby face and a giant shoe size.
Wait — look closer and you’ll realize it’s actually a woman’s legs. The woman hides behind a pillow while the baby pops out at a funny angle to star in the photoshoot. Luckily, puberty is a long way off!
4. Why the long face?
We all love our dogs. Sometimes they love us too much by sticking their snouts in our faces. As you can tell, the lady in the back is perturbed by her furry photobomber.
This picture makes it look like they merged into one strange, animal-human hybrid. Someone needs to tell this dog that healthy distance is a thing.
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5. Who, who is in your coffee?
This takes latte art to a whole new level. Sure, it looks Photoshopped — but it’s just a well-timed picture. Someone dropped Fruit Loops in their coffee, saw it looked like an owl and snapped this mind-bending image.
6. Cover your eyes! This woman is naked!
Or is she? Look closely and you’ll realize the woman in the back is hugging her friend from behind. What looks like a naked body is just the arm of the lady in front.
7. No list of the funniest optical illusions would be complete without something like this
It looks like this young man is dressed up for his exams. It makes sense: Some psychologists say that your clothing impacts your mood and can help you perform better on tests or job interviews. Update your wardrobe with these nine must-haves from Amazon.
Look closer and you’ll realize the legs don’t belong to the smartphone user. There’s a woman sitting next to him, but we can’t see her face. The wall angle blocks her from view, making it look like this man has her gams.
8. Monkeying around with a smartphone
Ever been to the Monkey World Ape Rescue Center in England? One visitor saw this animal and whipped out their smartphone to take a picture. But the reflection played a trick. It looks like the monkey is taking a selfie!
9. It’s a bird! It’s a plane!
Jets leave a white trail in the sky. They’re called chemtrails or contrails, depending on who you’re talking to. All you need to know is that airplanes leave white lines in the sky when they soar at breakneck speeds.
It looks like this seagull is leaving behind artificial clouds. Actually, it’s flying normally. But an airplane recently flew through this patch of the sky and the white lines in the sky are still there. So it looks like the bird is responsible, but in reality, he’s minding his own business.
10. Now that’s a tiny hat
The photographer’s angle makes it looks like this man is sporting a child’s hat. But this man’s head is as naked as a newborn baby’s. The train is passing by a work of wall art that depicts a character with a tiny hat. Thus, the hat looks like it’s sitting on this man’s head, even though nothing’s there.
11. Did someone cut this long dog in half?
Take a deep breath before you gasp in horror. It looks like there’s a gaping hole in the middle of this dog. But really, it’s a dog sitting next to a log.
The dog’s legs are away from the camera and hidden from view, so it looks like the log is the rest of his body. Fortunately, both the dog and the log are in one piece. (Try that for a tongue twister!)
12. Is that a booty? This is one of the funniest optical illusions
This brainteaser demands a second glance. First, you’ll think the poor bride has a disastrous wardrobe malfunction. Then you realize that what looks like a butt is a woman’s arm.
13. This mutant bird belongs in a museum
This bird isn’t a nine-legged freak. It’s keeping its babies warm. You just can’t see the chicks since they’re snuggled up in the big bird’s plumage.
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14. This lady has a beard a lumberjack would envy
No, wait, it’s just her hair. When this lady jumped up, her hair flew up at the perfect angle. It looks like she’s sporting a majestic beard!
15. Can’t blame the photographer for snapping this pic
Dogs tend to greet one another by sniffing their rears. Someone needs to tell this dog he’s not sniffing a real tush.
16. This huge-handed baby makes one of the funniest optical illusions out there
It looks like something out of a cartoon! No, it’s just dad’s hand. It looks so huge because it’s close to the camera.
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17. Where’s the tail?
It looks like these two dogs were conjoined twins. Where are their hind legs? Do their flanks connect them? No, it’s just a strange angle. Everything’s all right with these pups!
18. You can’t deny it. This is one of the funniest optical illusions out there!
There are some places where a head just doesn’t belong.
19. This two-headed dog is one-of-a-kind
Actually, there are two dogs — not a single two-headed dog! Their legs are perfectly placed, though, which makes it confusing. Plus, their pelts are the same. This means they blend perfectly together at this angle. Squint to make sure they’re not the same.
20. Skinny legs
It looks like this little girl is walking on sticks. Actually, the popcorn bag she’s holding has the same texture as the grassy background. Thus, it looks like she has super skinny legs — but they’re just obscured by the popcorn bag.
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21. Heads or tails?
This dog has a mane that could rival even the fiercest lion. Wait, no, that’s actually another dog’s tail. The photographer snapped a picture of one dog’s face — but put the camera close to another dog’s tail to create this mind-bending optical illusion that makes you look twice.
22. What’s up with this kid’s arm?
It looks like this young man has two arms of different lengths. One is normal, while the other looks like a spiderlike monstrosity bending at an unnatural angle.
Look closely. There’s a man underneath the table putting his hand on the top for support. It just looks like the blond boy’s arm. Thank goodness!
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