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Date: 02/17/11 09:00 AM

82 Responses to Escher`s Waterfall

  1. Profile photo of almightybob1
    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 7:27 am
    Link: Escher`s Waterfall - Anyone know how this was done? Because my brain is melting.
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    kj36 Female 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:03 am
    nothing there..
  3. Profile photo of HalfPintRoo
    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:04 am
    owch brain fried
  4. Profile photo of YugureKage
    YugureKage Female 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:04 am
    holy crap, that`s awesome!
  5. Profile photo of FAKEBACON
    FAKEBACON Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:05 am
    Magic obviously... that and special FX.
  6. Profile photo of aquaman1227
    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:06 am
    After effects. Thats how.
  7. Profile photo of ieatbunnies
    ieatbunnies Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:11 am
    Excellent visual effects.
  8. Profile photo of sbeelz
    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:12 am
    Pshh. SO OBVIOUS. It`s magic.
  9. Profile photo of anarchsoul
    anarchsoul Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:15 am
    I feel like repeatedly pounding my head into the desk till i figure it out
  10. Profile photo of sinisterspid
    sinisterspid Female 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:28 am
    Haaaaaaaaax.
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    mts2457 Female 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:29 am
    3D explanation
  12. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:29 am
    not saying this is how he did it, but it could be that the right half is filmed in reverse and cleverly spliced with the left half.
  13. Profile photo of Farsidedown
    Farsidedown Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:48 am
    Well it`s likely a perspective trick, his shadow does not line up with the piece at all.
  14. Profile photo of tamcee1
    tamcee1 Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:51 am
    its an optical illusion the path is flat
  15. Profile photo of Nobbinz
    Nobbinz Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:51 am
    It`s the work of the DEVIL!
  16. Profile photo of 3002-3038
    3002-3038 Female 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:04 am
    it`s a trick with perspective. and probably also fake somehow. otherwise this guy would have figured out perpetual motion.
  17. Profile photo of JumboCookie
    JumboCookie Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:14 am
    u jelly
  18. Profile photo of TopperHey
    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:22 am
    Very good job lol. Confusing for people with little faith in the power of `shop.
  19. Profile photo of shalantas
    shalantas Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:22 am
    "its an optical illusion the path is flat "
    explain how the water falls of the edge, how does the wheel spin and how does the water continue to flow? On a flat path.
  20. Profile photo of DJRedeye
    DJRedeye Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:23 am
    the water running through the `channels` isn`t water. Look very closely I think it is animated. Could be wrong. Clever though
  21. Profile photo of Trilliant
    Trilliant Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:26 am
    Simple. He built the wooden structure and then just video edited the water going up the structure and probably just had the water wheel on a battery operated thing.
  22. Profile photo of DracObi
    DracObi Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:37 am
    @3002-3038

    even if it wasn`t fake it couldn`t be perpetual motion, as he had to introduce the blue liquid to start it, True Perpetual Motion needs no human interaction to start or sustain its self. Otherwise Newton balls would be Perpetual motion.
  23. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:37 am
    Not sure how he did it but it is definitely fake, or else this guy discovered something better than perpetual motion, perpetual energy output. (the turning wheel could turn a turbine, forever, if this were true) sadly it is not true :(
  24. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:38 am
    "even if it wasn`t fake it couldn`t be perpetual motion, as he had to introduce the blue liquid to start it, True Perpetual Motion needs no human interaction to start or sustain its self. Otherwise Newton balls would be Perpetual motion"

    false. You may have human interaction to start the motion. It just has to go forever.
  25. Profile photo of themightybox
    themightybox Male 13-17
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:42 am
    perpetual motion?
  26. Profile photo of cityncolour
    cityncolour Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:51 am
    magnets... definitely magnets.
  27. Profile photo of ruez
    ruez Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:51 am
    problem, energy companies?
  28. Profile photo of crabcake
    crabcake Female 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:24 am
    i think the camera is set up in such a way as to make it look taller than it really is.(?)
  29. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:24 am
    Im thinking its trickery
  30. Profile photo of Creabhain
    Creabhain Male 40-49
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:35 am
    Most of this is possible by positioning the camera so that the channels are almost flat but appear to be sloping upwards from that one view point.

    The vertical posts help the illusion and a clever man might run a small hose behind one of them to allow pumped water to be carried to the top and then fall down onto the wheel completing the illusion.

    The pump would need to be hidden also. Move the camera to the left or right and the illusion is shattered.
  31. Profile photo of Creabhain
    Creabhain Male 40-49
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:43 am
    Clearly the place under the wooden shelf where he pours the water is a hidden resovoir. If I was doing this I would pump the water from there up behind the vertical post using a small electric pump as used in water features.

    The water running along the channel runs to the end and just stops where it is. The moving water is only the waterfall.

    The trick is to time the pump so that it delivers water to the top of the waterfall at the perfect moment. Not difficult if you remember water conducts electricity.
  32. Profile photo of Creabhain
    Creabhain Male 40-49
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:45 am
    The shop was done in your brain. :-)
  33. Profile photo of champbronc2
    champbronc2 Male 13-17
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:54 am
    Yeah this is fake because perpetual motion is impossible.
  34. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:56 am
    Its all smoke and mirrors. i call shenanigans
  35. Profile photo of MrTwidget
    MrTwidget Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm
    At first I thought, "big deal the it`s an optical illusion, the planks are slightly pitched flat on the floor."

    But then a waterfall started. /brain melt
  36. Profile photo of Schr0dinger
    Schr0dinger Male 50-59
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    February 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Well done.
  37. Profile photo of MrYouKnow
    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
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    February 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm
    I tried to figure something out about this by looking at how his shadow fell on the thing, but that just made me a bit more confused.
  38. Profile photo of DickenMcHunt
    DickenMcHunt Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    It`s digital...

    I go to school for media arts and all the guys in the 3D department have something like this in their portfolio`s...
  39. Profile photo of simpletools
    simpletools Male 40-49
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    February 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    That`s definitely CG. Look how fake the water is going "up" the ramp.
  40. Profile photo of freddyferret
    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    February 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    He`s SATAN!!!!
  41. Profile photo of Ska_Machine
    Ska_Machine Male 13-17
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    February 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    I believed it until I read the comments, I thought it was an optical illusion like the impossible triangle.
  42. Profile photo of D-PAC
    D-PAC Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm
    If this was possible, I want one...

    Put a dynamo on the wheel and voila --> Free energy...
  43. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    In the name of Zeus, what kind of treachery is this???
  44. Profile photo of WhoaHeyDude
    WhoaHeyDude Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm
    Fake or not, that guy is now a government target for showing he has a perpetual motion device.
  45. Profile photo of jinxiejae
    jinxiejae Female 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm
    perception is a deviant b*tch
  46. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    My mind hurts.
  47. Profile photo of Padiddle
    Padiddle Female 13-17
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    February 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm
    It`s a perspective trick. There are probably independent pieces imposed to look like it`s flowing upward.
  48. Profile photo of Iniquity
    Iniquity Female 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm
    It`s Voodoo, I tell you! I`ve seen this type of thing before!
  49. Profile photo of pomokey
    pomokey Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm
    any video that starts out with the person in front of the camera turning it on, then doing something that could clearly have been done before starting the camera, and then somethign amazing happens, is without doubt 100% of the time CGI/editing.
  50. Profile photo of inversegrav
    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    Somehow I just know duck tape and tequila are involved.
  51. Profile photo of taylor_stone
    taylor_stone Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm
    @pomokey

    Not CGI, but rather intelligent placement of the camera BEFORE the project was started... Its the camera angle (or as Padiddle said, perspective) that creates the illusion...
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    slab-of-rage Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm
    all that blue liquid - is this a tampon commercial?
  53. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    February 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm
    Sorcery! Witchcraft!
  54. Profile photo of AtheistAlien
    AtheistAlien Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    cgi
  55. Profile photo of Skabashas
    Skabashas Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm
    Probably real.
  56. Profile photo of bigbangbilly
    bigbangbilly Male 13-17
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    February 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm
    It can`t be a perpetual motion machine!!!
  57. Profile photo of HOBOMOE
    HOBOMOE Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    I think he solved perpetual motion some how.
  58. Profile photo of WHOISIT12345
    WHOISIT12345 Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm
    magic....
  59. Profile photo of phoneybone
    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm
    hook a damn generator up to that bitch!
  60. Profile photo of fattpill
    fattpill Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm
    dats da debil bobby
  61. Profile photo of Boredered
    Boredered Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm
    No way... o.O Infinite energy? COULD IT BE? I was like 8) "It`s an illusion using prespective it`s actually going downhill" til it started pouring on itself..
  62. Profile photo of fattpill
    fattpill Male 30-39
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    February 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm
    I did notice a few things however:
    1. the water on the far back ramp looks strange as it flows
    2. He walks around it weird as if to avoid casting a shadow
    3. when he does cast a shadow while he is walking back with the water it passes on the back ramp before it passes anything else. when it does pass the rest it passes it all. I think the back ramp might be CGI and there is a pump that is being concealed.
    why blue water?
    why multiple light sources?
    why the strange path around the object?
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    Shillier Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm
    holy bejeebers! either that guy can make water run uphill or this is total bs!
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    IminurHaus Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm
    Oh no i think it broke crazy stairs
  65. Profile photo of sariel
    sariel Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm
    Isn`t it funny how humans will qeustions proven truths of reality when confrotned with an impressive illusion?
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    srgkoala Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm
    take away the pillars and you can see that it`s just going down a slight slope and it`s on the ground the whole time.
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    kribbe Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    at 1:14 he casts a shadow at it and the middle section gets shadowed before the top part, therefore the "low part" is higher up than the other parts.
    but because the other parts are smaller, it looks like the water is flowing upwards
  68. Profile photo of starczar
    starczar Male 50-59
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    Genius!
  69. Profile photo of noxert323
    noxert323 Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm
    @kribbe, that still doesn`t explain how the water coming from the higher section, by your explanation lower than the bottom section, drops onto the wheel to make it spin.
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    happygrass Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:34 pm
    great illusion! but since there is no shadow caused from the waterfall the water must be traveling on a flat plane, therefore i deduce, watson, that physics still wins in life.
  71. Profile photo of Trypno
    Trypno Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm
    This is pretty cool, but a few problems:
    1. The odd behavior of shadows and what appears to be a brief refraction of light, as if a mirror is concealed out of frame to the left.
    2. Why is the wheel turning if the lower section is actually higher, or if it is on a flat plane.
    These things lead me to conclude the video is a deliberate and well thought out hoax. It`s not possible to build a structure that works like this in this plane of existence.
  72. Profile photo of noxert323
    noxert323 Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm
    The water on the Garage floor suggests that maybe, the water isn`t hitting the wheel at all, rather something else is spinning the wheel.

    and those sounds at the end of the video, happen at a timely manner, sounds like something is being filled up and tipped over. I`m going to figure this out if it kills me.
  73. Profile photo of Trypno
    Trypno Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2011 at 11:44 pm
    oh yeah, not too mention how much water continues to move through the device as opposed to the volume of the initial container
  74. Profile photo of midnightx10
    midnightx10 Female 18-29
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    February 18, 2011 at 1:42 am
    There is only one explanation...

    THIS IS THE WORK OF SORCERY.
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    flexus Male 30-39
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    February 18, 2011 at 4:41 am
    i`m just waiting for someone to scream "it`s a fake", as if it is some sort of revelation and we have all been taken in lol. of course its a fake although i have to admit it`s a very clever Illusion.
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    snowman7 Male 18-29
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    February 18, 2011 at 4:55 am
    Its just built in a strange scale to give that perception from that particular angle. Viewed from any other angle it would look like some whack structure.
  77. Profile photo of 9000penguins
    9000penguins Male 18-29
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    February 18, 2011 at 5:50 am
    HE`S A WITCH!

    BURN HIM! BURN HIM!
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    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    February 18, 2011 at 11:29 am
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    ioana14oct Female 18-29
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    February 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    if you look at the pillars, you can see that something`s fishy
    also - there`s a lot of water on the ground.. that`s because the water does not fall on the wheel...
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    durdikkimeng Male 50-59
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    February 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm
    Move the camera two feet to the left.
  • Profile photo of Justin9235
    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    February 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm
    It`s an optical illusion retard
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    PfulHouse Male 30-39
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    February 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm
    1:14 to 1:16 when he walks past the contraption - his shadow doesn`t hit all the columns at the same time.

    Optical illusion.
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