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Optical Illusion: Honest Abe

Is he skinny or is he fat? Mind=blown

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Optical Illusion: Honest Abe. Is he skinny or is he fat? Mind=blown
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Hits: 4436 | Favorites: 1 | Emailed: 0 | Rating: 2.3 | Category: Misc. | Date: 12/30/2013
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Male, 30-39, Western US
 2 Posts
Saturday, January 4, 2014 7:50:45 PM
It could be the camera angle, but there actually seems to be a discontinuity in the video where the size of the cutout actually changes. I've seen valid perception illusions, but this is not one.

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 433 Posts
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 4:39:32 AM

Not really shenanigans at all... the size discrepancy you are measuring is likely due to unintended lens distortion and perhaps a slight camera angle when he filmed it. However, it doesn't have much bearing on the illusion he was trying to portray. The effect can easily be reproduced in photoshop by taking a screen capture of the video, duplicating just one of the abes, rotate it and then draw your own lines in.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11734 Posts
Monday, December 30, 2013 8:42:56 PM
He was a politician. They are experts at deception.

Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 989 Posts
Monday, December 30, 2013 5:52:18 PM
Could that be atributed to camera angle? Might they look the same if viewed from directly above?

Male, 40-49, Canada
 605 Posts
Monday, December 30, 2013 4:40:48 PM
I also measured and biom is correct. They are not the same height

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