152. Eye-robics

I hope you’re not getting as much exercise as I am.  Because this is how much I’m getting.  Zero. Nada. Null. Nil. Zilch. Zippo.  It’s not because I’m lazy. The reason I fail to get enough exercise is political. I’m a Conscientious Objector.

Besides exercising my nimble fingers on the TV remote control, the one part of my body that I do work out vigorously is my eyeballs.  But not just for idly watching TV or Netflix.

I love optical illusions.  Recently I stuck a “gadget” on my Google home page that shows me a different one every day.  Exercise-wise, don’t you think that counts for something?

If you agree, eyeball some of these which I copied from the internet. Let me know if you get stuck or go blind.

Optical Illusions (Ambiguity Pictures)

Ambiguous images are optical illusions which exploit similarities between two or more distinct images. Sometimes they are called reversal images, puzzle images and perceptual rivalry.
This is definitely one of the best-known optical illusions of all times! What do you see at first glance – an old woman or a young miss? They are both there!
2 Faces Optical Illusion.
Similar theme was used on a German postcard from 19th century.
Ms. or Mrs. 2.
A similar example of ambiguous visual illusions – father and son.
father and son.
Whole family mind teaser – father with mother and daughter (by G. H. Fischer).
Sigmund Freud and what really on his mind is.
Sigmund Freud.
A landscape and the face of a bearded man.
spirit of the woods.
Profile of Salvador Dali and a strange woman.
dali illusion.
An old couple – see profiles of faces – is remembering the times when they were young and full of life – see the sitting characters (“Forever Always” by Octavio Ocampo©)
old couple.
At first sight, what do you see? Do not focus on one region, now look again. You may be surprised (by Joseph Jastrow).
rabbit and duck.
Rabbit and duck one more time.
rabbit and duck.
Swan and squirrel ambiguous image (by G. H. Fischer).
swan and squirrel
Swan and squirrel ambiguous image (by G. H. Fischer).
You probably recognize the face in this painting (it is St. George), but if you look at his hair, you’ll see that he is fighting a fire-breathing dragon. It’s called “St. George the Dragon Slayer” (by Sandro Del-Prete).
fight in the head
Most of the people see a donkey first, but if you look closer you’ll find a seal, with its flippers where the donkey’s ears are!

donkey and seal
Is that a polar bear or a seal on the optical illusion picture below?
bear and seal optical illusion

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2 Responses to 152. Eye-robics

  1. Linda Lewis says:

    Those were fun. The one that tricked me was the old couple. At first I only saw the woman in the ear of the man, but then I was able to see the guitar player and woman holding her hat. Interesting to see the German 19th century post card. I had only seen the classic first one.
    Keep up the eye-robics, Pat and I’ll come and get you out for a walk or two. I’m so glad we only live two blocks away. Maybe I can snatch you to come over and make a Valentine or two. I’ve got all the supplies set up this weekend.

  2. Gretchen Covey says:

    I love the illusions!

    You DO exercise. What about our monthly visits to Costco? You quickly push around a cart, overflowing with items, up and down every isle. Doesn’t that count for exercise?

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