It just wouldn't be a year in the internet without a vicious debate about an optical illusion.
First, there was the dress.
You know the dress. The dress that broke the internet for weeks over whether it was blue and black or gold and white.
The Dress 😂😂😂😭 #TwitterMomentOfTheDecade #TwitterMomentsOfDecade https://t.co/qw3xwlfGd5— ZO 💔 (@ZO 💔)1576441713.0
And then there was Laurel. Or was it Yanny?
3. Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? https://t.co/AVplhMIpc3— pop religion (@pop religion)1577033206.0
The gosh dang SHOE with the same problem as the DRESS:
15. Is the shoe pink and white or grey and teal? https://t.co/m4qr0PJild— pop religion (@pop religion)1577052678.0
And now, we have a new one. An illusion so confusing that it may just be a one-way ticket to the Twilight Zone™.
1. The most recent one — is this person facing the building or the camera? https://t.co/P9syyf4AmO— pop religion (@pop religion)1577032381.0
This one is so confusing that even the people in the video, who are seeing this happen in front of their eyes, cannot figure it out.
"Last February, some friends and I were in Anchorage, Alaska, visiting from Fairbanks, Alaska, for a snowboard trip. We were staying in a house, and we noticed that person swinging. So, we went on the deck and realized some saw him facing us, and others saw him facing away. So, I just took a few videos trying to prove which way he was facing. I just posted it on TikTok two days ago, and it started the debate," the original poster, Eric Tupper, said to BuzzFeed.
Tupper reposted the video to Twitter because TikTok also could not agree.
Re-post cause it blew up on tiktok, which way is he facing? https://t.co/hG4DY9rg0v— T U P P E R (@T U P P E R)1577043733.0
People have gone as far as to drawing diagrams to argue about this.
The arguments for him facing out say that the angle at which his arms and legs are expanding out would be impossible to hit if he were facing toward the building:
@ectupper if he was facing the building then his arms and legs would be bending backwards https://t.co/FoTXFhnxyZ— Wimpie (@Wimpie)1577060143.0
@ectupper How tf are people seeing him facing the building? His feet and legs are on the front, his arms are seen f… https://t.co/alQkGQDb7A— ig: icaterinarug (@ig: icaterinarug)1577051841.0
@BrieBarnowl @ectupper @Axxiloli Quit using big words to sound smart. They’re in dark colors so we don’t see shadow… https://t.co/2aMiR5aRbS— RadicalJack-ical (@RadicalJack-ical)1577091368.0
@ectupper he's not facing the building if he was, the swing set would be turnt in a different direction, he can't s… https://t.co/jwapMdlYLG— ceo of anime (@ceo of anime)1577066808.0
He’s definitely not facing the building because his body can’t just go through the bar like that https://t.co/2dau0UKLh2— Ana (@Ana)1576957388.0
But there's an argument to be made on both sides here.
If you look at the swinger in a certain angle, you can only see him swinging toward the building.
@esnycuddles Nah, his feet are facing the building and you can see his hood which means we're looking at his back..… https://t.co/5Src8UIixJ— :): (@:):)1576958282.0
@fankslove I literally thought the same thing until I saw these pictures https://t.co/39vNntZJ5F— Ana (@Ana)1576986620.0
@esnycuddles The secret is in perspective https://t.co/P2j14mHvw8— Aggrimbambitch (@Aggrimbambitch)1577018724.0
@esnycuddles towards the building. How can you see the other way— ¿ (@¿)1576949506.0
@stansoonkyu I’ve never been more confused in my life https://t.co/xRP8msZxWb— Ana (@Ana)1576982436.0
@esnycuddles for people confused, here's two ways to see the same frame! https://t.co/ZDUQosrCpc— Jimmy 🖌 GOOP (@Jimmy 🖌 GOOP)1576973170.0
The illusion comes from being a perfect blend of a couple of things:
For one, the swinger is back-lit and at a distance. That means that no matter which way he is actually swinging, the light source is directly facing the viewer/camera and the man is in silhouette.
For another, there are three possible posts on the right-hand side of the swing set. One of those posts does not belong to the set in question, but at this angle, it is impossible to tell. Based on which post your brain immediately picks up, you will see it going one way or the other, since each post dramatically alters the angle of the swing set.
@chrismelberger @esnycuddles https://t.co/rOmKFipMsH— Tori Sauer (@Tori Sauer)1577047883.0
@esnycuddles how tf would somebody make that position if they were facing the camera here- https://t.co/DRpDDYW9PQ— kait♡ (@kait♡)1576964094.0
@esnycuddles The perspective of the left swing is not right if the kid is facing the school. Another thing the swin… https://t.co/AhdhKmIOkc— Andre (@Andre)1577021963.0
@esnycuddles Y’all are idiots. He’s on the other side of the bar here. Meaning he’s not going left facing the build… https://t.co/zRO41YnVFH— Valter Skarsgård (@Valter Skarsgård)1577038074.0
Bruh do y’all not know how someone looks when they swing on a swing, he’s facing the building https://t.co/3H0oACyMvp— Angelica 🌘 (@Angelica 🌘)1577038463.0
Will this be the final optical illusion of the 2010s to break the internet?