20 Optical Illusions That Might Break Your Mind

Viewer discretion advised! Do not scroll down unless your brain is made of steel and your nerves are Teflon. Some people simply cannot stand optical illusions.

The Warped Chair by Ibride

Source: Dezeen

Rubik's tricky cube

Source: brusspup

A trippy non animated classic

Source: Internet

Waving beans

Based upon the work of A. Kitaoka

Optical illusion wallpaper

Source: Krycha182

Rotating snakes

Based upon the work of A. Kitaoka

Another trippy classic: Rollers

Source: A. Kitaoka

Anomalous motion illusion

Source: A. Kitaoka

A floating cube

Source: brusspup

An eye or a sink draining?

Source: Redditor Liammm

Which way is the wheel turning?

Source: foto-jennic.com

Peripheral vision turns stars into monsters

Source: mbthompson.com

Stare at the centre of the image for 20 seconds, then look up at someone's face

Four circles. Caution: This might give you a headache

Cover the middle of the corridor and the animation speeds up; cover the sides and it slows down

One of our favourites

Animation is born on transparencies

Source: brusspup

This image won't stop

Source: BuzzFeed

Do not smoke

Source: greeenpro2009

"Rotating" gears

Source: Constantin Shebzukhov

We know you've got some of your own. Link to your beloved eye candy in the comments!

Top picture: Harry Thompson/Evening Standard/Getty Images


    I made the third one my desktop wallpaper. Within 1 hour, 2 co-workers have asked if I could please either change it or at least keep programs open so they can't see it as they walk past. A true testament to its brain-breaking awesomeness

    Last edited 06/02/13 3:53 pm

      My boss just asks me to keep programs open so he knows I am doing work and he doesn't have to fire me.

    How is the eye sink an optical illusion?

    The spiral one is great.. warps time and space :)

    Stare at the spiral one for 20 seconds and then look at ANYTHING, I especially liked looking at paintings on my walls.

      To think some people pay large sums of money to get the same effect while damaging their bodies.

        Drugs are better. You should try them some time.

        Last edited 07/02/13 1:19 pm

    Can someone point out what I'm missing with the final illusion?

      me too it is moving ever sooo very slightly but nothing compared the rollers ...

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