An image has surfaced online which is causing people quite a lot of grief. The latest optical illusion to puzzle the internet isn’t quite as straightforward as it seems. Game developer Will Kerskale tweeted a picture of intersecting grey lines on a white background and asked his followers to spot the 12 blinking dots that appear where the lines meet.
But most people tweeted him frustrated because they couldn’t see all 12 dots at the same time. Unlike other puzzles that expect you to find something, this illusion tells you exactly what you should be seeing. Created by Jacques Ninio and Kent A Stevens, the illusion comprises a sort of mesh. It also contains distinctly placed black dots, 12 in number, and all you have to do is spot all 12 at once. But can you?
The picture was posted on Facebook by psychology professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka on September 11 and has since been shared over 22,600 times. The image even made it to Twitter on September 12 and has been re-tweeted over 33,600 times and has more than 32,000 ‘likes.’
“Love it. It’s hurting my brain,” says one commenter on Facebook. “You just have to let your eyes unfocus. I saw 12 dots by letting my eyes just relax and not focus on the picture,” explained another. “My wife can see all 12 just fine. Is she a witch? Please advise,” tweeted one worried user.
Give it a try and tell us if you managed to spot all 12 dots at first glance