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Date: 07/08/11 03:02 PM

91 Responses to Shocking Illusion: Pretty Girls Turn Ugly

  1. Profile photo of senren55
    senren55 Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm
    Link: Shocking Illusion: Pretty Girls Turn Ugly - It`s a new scientific finding called the Flashed Face Distortion Effect. If you know how it works, let us know.
  2. Profile photo of Buiadh
    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm
  3. Profile photo of korahn
    korahn Male 30-39
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    Dear god, that`s trippy. even when I pause the faces look so distorted until I look directly at one of them.
  4. Profile photo of gandhi172
    gandhi172 Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm
    Whaaaaaaaaaaat! :O
  5. Profile photo of ggolbez
    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    I have a theory. The brain is predisposed to recognize faces. This is why we are so good at telling people apart just from faces, and see faces in things that we shouldn`t (Jesus in a grilled sandwich for example).

    Now, when staring at the cross-hair you can only see the faces in peripheral vision. Add to the fact that both your eyes are feeding your brain different information at a fast pace.

    In result of this your brain attempts to make a mental image to remember said face in a quick manner. But your brain is receiving contradicting information from your eyes. So it does its best to group the two and in essence `wires cross` and you get a distorted image.
  6. Profile photo of cocacola311
    cocacola311 Female 30-39
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm
    I don`t get it...
  7. Profile photo of Barrye
    Barrye Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    A lot of them look deformed anyway
  8. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    what the?
  9. Profile photo of Buzzard250
    Buzzard250 Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    All i could see that wasn`t blurry were their eyes
  10. Profile photo of Altaru
    Altaru Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Is it supposed to be the whole "Picasso" effect?

    I see it part of the time, but not the rest... And to be fair, some of those faces weren`t all that attractive in the first place.
  11. Profile photo of banur
    banur Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm
    Whoa what a trick! Using ugly faces to create an ugly face!
  12. Profile photo of Skythe
    Skythe Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm
    They looked like a bunch of NPCs from Oblivion.
  13. Profile photo of kameo360fan
    kameo360fan Female 13-17
    383 posts
    July 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    Holy drat are the beetches ugly.
  14. Profile photo of greenbasterd
    greenbasterd Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    i dont get it???? just a bunch of faces switching... am i missing something?
  15. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    July 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    What, a bunch of faces, some prettier than others, flash up? So what?
  16. Profile photo of RecycleElf
    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    damn that`s trippy :|
  17. Profile photo of Tobunshi
    Tobunshi Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    greenbasterd and LordJim, don`t you have peripheral vision?
  18. Profile photo of Subushie
    Subushie Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    that`s awesome, they looked like demons or fat as hell.
  19. Profile photo of xelous
    xelous Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    I just saw ugly girls staying ugly. Paused it... looked at each face individually. Nope, still ugly.
  20. Profile photo of xelous
    xelous Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm
    Also, I believe there was a man and a girl with herpes among the bunch.
  21. Profile photo of TR-Wolf
    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm
    It`s bizarre!!

    @LordJim if you do as it says and look at the cross, the faces change but they appear to be horrible monster faces, hideously distorted etc despite not being!
  22. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    okay, i slowed it down and watched it frame by frame, and most of these women are unattractive anyway. this doesnt prove their idea of face distortion, but it does have supporting evidence. I would have to see a lot more to feel it is fully supported.
  23. Profile photo of Prownilo
    Prownilo Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm
    Whilst not overly attractive bunch, if you kept your eyes on the cross in the middle the faces tend to look more like orcs and goblins than humans.
  24. Profile photo of razordragon
    razordragon Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    I don`t think they looked very good to begin with.
  25. Profile photo of EgalM
    EgalM Male 30-39
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    July 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    As far as I can tell, and I`m not an expert in anything, expect maybe TF.

    What`s happening is your brain is processing only a little information for the peripheral vision. So your seeing the basic shape of the objects, in this case faces. If you`ve ever seen how some artists draw, where they start with basic shapes for the sketch. That`s all your picking up when focusing on the cross.
  26. Profile photo of Sachi001
    Sachi001 Male 30-39
    599 posts
    July 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    I swear I saw Shrek in there.
  27. Profile photo of SherbertFizz
    SherbertFizz Female 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm
    The longer I stared the more scared I got, they started looking like Leatherface bred with an alien!
  28. Profile photo of jmccaul1
    jmccaul1 Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm
  29. Profile photo of twigglepuff
    twigglepuff Female 13-17
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    July 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm
    I saw most of them with the face of a llama
  30. Profile photo of tyger9575
    tyger9575 Male 30-39
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    July 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    Has anybody actually gone face-by-face? The variation of skin tone, shape, and levels of attractiveness mesh together because the brain has only fragments of a second for recognition, thus the subconsciousness still processing the previous face simply meshes the information with subsequent faces because the facial features are aligned from image to image and your brain simply "fills in the blanks" too fast to fully erase the previous before taking in the new information thus causing deformation of all faces.
  31. Profile photo of Raicuparta
    Raicuparta Male 18-29
    137 posts
    July 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm
    I laugh at some comments here, why don`t you read some descriptions before making stupid posts.
  32. Profile photo of Helgarin
    Helgarin Male 18-29
    506 posts
    July 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm
    Why couldn`t they add music to this? I thought it was gonna be a `screamer` of some sort.
  33. Profile photo of limphotdog
    limphotdog Female 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm
    Awesome optical illusion. :-)
  34. Profile photo of hapkidokid
    hapkidokid Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    i could of sworn i saw a cyclops...
  35. Profile photo of myssiing
    myssiing Female 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm
    It`s even cooler if you cross your eyes and make the faces overlap. Jus` sayin`.
  36. Profile photo of FeelTheRide
    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    Some of those people are actually very ugly. Just sayin`
  37. Profile photo of FeelTheRide
    FeelTheRide Female 18-29
    515 posts
    July 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm
    correction...all or most.
  38. Profile photo of ggolbez
    ggolbez Male 18-29
    1933 posts
    July 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    To all those who are calling all of them ugly, congratulations! You are a shallow person!
  39. Profile photo of sl4d3
    sl4d3 Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    there is no flashed face distortion effect, these btihces are just fugly.
  40. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm
    yeah i`d have to agree with some comments. not really attractive to begin with, imo.
  41. Profile photo of spl0uf
    spl0uf Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm
    Who the hell cares if they`re "not very attractive" to begin with? Have you not seen how utterly monsterish they become when you stare at that cross in full screen?
  42. Profile photo of kribbe
    kribbe Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm
    i think i saw some orks in there
  43. Profile photo of SunnyNphilly
    SunnyNphilly Male 18-29
    645 posts
    July 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm
    they should make a video of what I just saw so i can focus on that poo!
  44. Profile photo of Enjin
    Enjin Male 30-39
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    July 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm
    No idea what I am supposed to see. It seemed like a bunch of random images. Some average looking some a little less. What`s the trick? Seriously I don`t get it.
  45. Profile photo of xbx214
    xbx214 Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm
    thats wild im high and its weird, there faces in some palces are like videogame patched in detail but when I look at it again there faces are regular.. I think the mind cant process it.. that so cool..
  46. Profile photo of Groogle
    Groogle Male 30-39
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    July 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm
    I bet this is what we really look like. Years of evolutions have trained our eyes to see differently but in reality we look like monsters.

    I just blow your mind.
  47. Profile photo of xCYBERDYNEx
    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    July 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm
    bad trip, fffuuuuuuu
  48. Profile photo of beternal
    beternal Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 12:37 am
    I kept my eyes on the cross and didn`t see anything! - I must have done it wrong
  49. Profile photo of Pandabee
    Pandabee Female 40-49
    857 posts
    July 9, 2011 at 12:41 am
    That`s got to be poor perception, too much information throws your brain. WEIRD!
  50. Profile photo of 8BitHero
    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 12:50 am
    It`s what headbags are for...
  51. Profile photo of spanerbulb
    spanerbulb Male 30-39
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    July 9, 2011 at 12:59 am
    Staring at the cross doesn`t seem to make any difference, it`s still just a random bunch of faces with varying levels of attractiveness. I`m not entirely sure I`m getting this.
  52. Profile photo of NATattack
    NATattack Female 18-29
    285 posts
    July 9, 2011 at 1:15 am
    All that did was waste my time and give me a headache
  53. Profile photo of MikeyNiv
    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 1:35 am
    the faces kind of go blotchy and monsterrish looking. that right?
  54. Profile photo of alpensepp
    alpensepp Male 70 & Over
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    July 9, 2011 at 2:36 am
    huh? what? all i saw was the cross
  55. Profile photo of Tacosnak
    Tacosnak Male 30-39
    54 posts
    July 9, 2011 at 2:57 am
    They all looked like characters I made in Oblivion. UGLY!
  56. Profile photo of November_Rai
    November_Rai Male 30-39
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    July 9, 2011 at 3:14 am
    Some of those faces were pretty hideous (on their own), but when I did it the first time looking only at the cross, I was a little creeped out. I was seeing monsters with 1 eye, with 3 eyes, with horns and balooned out fat faces, huge warts, things that were definitely not there when I went back and watched just the faces. Very, very weird. But I wonder if it were titled differently if it would still work?
  57. Profile photo of ruthless1990
    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 3:39 am
    what the f*ck was that? why did i have to keep my eye on the cross? i dont get it??? nothing happened :(
  58. Profile photo of Paulacookie
    Paulacookie Female 13-17
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    July 9, 2011 at 3:44 am
    The only ugliness I saw was missing eyes and big foreheads.
  59. Profile photo of Tiredofnicks
    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    July 9, 2011 at 4:22 am
    I don`t get some of you guys` standards when it comes to looks. Hideous? Seriously?
  60. Profile photo of jsatan
    jsatan Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 6:58 am
    I`m sure one of those faces as this guy, lol.

  61. Profile photo of Scuzoid
    Scuzoid Male 30-39
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    July 9, 2011 at 7:20 am
    Neat. Playing with your eyeballs is fun. I like the black box study where they determined we associate the brightest thing we can see (Even if it`s the inside of a pitch black box) as white light before we associate the darkest thing we see.
  62. Profile photo of lisalezah
    lisalezah Female 18-29
    255 posts
    July 9, 2011 at 7:42 am
    Yea where`d those eyes disappear to?
  63. Profile photo of wigamondo
    wigamondo Male 30-39
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    July 9, 2011 at 7:42 am
    its a great optical illusion dealing with perferal vision. If you watch the video normally, the faces change and are all "normal" girls. If you then play it back staring at the cross (so the faces go out of focus) when the faces change your brain exaggerates the difference making some hideous faces. It will only work if you look at the cross.
    (I would guess that people who have trouble seeing the 3d dot pictures will also struggle to see this as it relies on you un-focusing your eyes to what you want to see)
  64. Profile photo of cyborg
    cyborg Male 13-17
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    July 9, 2011 at 8:40 am
  65. Profile photo of MechBFP
    MechBFP Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 9:04 am
    Actually wigamondo, people who can`t see 3D images can`t do so because their brain doesn`t combine images from both eyes into one image (usually because of a condition such as lazy eye). It has absolutely NOTHING to do with focusing your eyes closer or in the distance.
    Thanks for playing though dippoo.
  66. Profile photo of shizzamX
    shizzamX Female 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 9:36 am
    i don`t get it
  67. Profile photo of dremkast
    dremkast Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 9:38 am
    Problem: Most of the faces flashed weren`t pretty anyway. This was stupid.
  68. Profile photo of aquaman1227
    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 9:43 am
    Slenderman! I saw him!!! AHHHHH!!!!
  69. Profile photo of aquaman1227
    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 9:45 am
    :19 left, that`s a woman?!
  70. Profile photo of keith2
    keith2 Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 10:22 am
    wow.. yeah the faces weren`t that attractive to begin with, but holy hell.. the faces turn all cartoonishly weird, and that, my friends, is pretty f-ing sweet.
  71. Profile photo of Dad4Life
    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    July 9, 2011 at 10:58 am
    I don`t get it either.
  72. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    July 9, 2011 at 11:19 am
    @Scfan and anyone else that deoesn`t get it: Make sure you`re only looking at the cross in the center. The women will appear to be hideous and grossly distorted. Then watch it again...pause if you have to ..and look at the`ll see that they`re actually normal.
  73. Profile photo of DrProfessor
    DrProfessor Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 11:59 am
    That`s terrifying.
  74. Profile photo of Zeegrr60
    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    July 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm
  75. Profile photo of barrooo
    barrooo Male 30-39
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    July 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    To be fair, some of them are rotters
  76. Profile photo of penguinazul
    penguinazul Female 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    This confused the hell out of me at first because I thought the two faces at the beginning were just going to gradually become ugly. And then when they started changing, I`m like, "FAKE! That`s not even the same person!"

    ...and then I realized that staring at the cross made it work right, lol.
  77. Profile photo of Thetas
    Thetas Male 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm
    Aghhh such a mind drat
  78. Profile photo of duckflash
    duckflash Female 13-17
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    July 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm
    This is amazing!! This technique could lead us onto creating awesome illusions!! I want more.
  79. Profile photo of BunnyNaku
    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    July 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm
  80. Profile photo of p-ball4life
    p-ball4life Male 18-29
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    July 10, 2011 at 12:24 am
    Mind. Blasting.
  81. Profile photo of pergas
    pergas Male 18-29
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    July 10, 2011 at 12:42 am
    I would bet it has something to do with the blind spots in everyones eyes blotting out bits of each face and the brain compensating by filling the missing part with the same part from the other face. Interesting though.
  82. Profile photo of Commentator
    Commentator Male 40-49
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    July 10, 2011 at 7:41 am
    Interesting on how this is a commentary on how we perceive reality.

    What you think is true is not, and what is not true to you is true.
  83. Profile photo of TopperHey
    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    July 10, 2011 at 8:25 am
    WTF is this? They`re all as ugly as they looked while staring at the cross. Massive eyes and poo. I was expecting them to be pretty or something when I played it back. Apparently they do mostly look that bad.
  84. Profile photo of AmberOnFire
    AmberOnFire Female 13-17
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    July 10, 2011 at 9:52 am
    -_- hurt my eyes.
  85. Profile photo of TokioKoos
    TokioKoos Female 18-29
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    July 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    I`m guessing it has something to do with your left eye seeing one type of face and your right eye seeing another, and your brain sort of mixing it up because of the short time the faces are visible, it doesn`t have time to process everything properly.
  86. Profile photo of emmettyville
    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    July 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    they were mostly all butt ugly if you looked at them correctly anyway.
  87. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    July 11, 2011 at 7:47 am
    Now I have a headache.
  88. Profile photo of tobyvictory
    tobyvictory Male 70 & Over
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    July 11, 2011 at 9:26 am
    If you stare at the + the faces will become distorted, to some maybe even grotesque, when in reality they`re all pretty normal when viewing one by one.

    It explains it here -
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    Oystah Female 40-49
    4029 posts
    July 11, 2011 at 10:22 am
    Whoa. Freaky.
  90. Profile photo of Satkela
    Satkela Female 18-29
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    July 12, 2011 at 11:17 am
  91. Profile photo of najamesk1
    najamesk1 Male 18-29
    194 posts
    July 15, 2011 at 3:52 am
    wtf, that poo just made my brain want to jump out of my skull and bone a street lamp while yelling "drat the police"

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