Can You Figure Out This Optical Illusion?

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Every now and again a certain puzzle, optical illusion or math problem goes viral. Millions of people trying to get the right answer while others dispute their claim. The optical illusion below is one of those. 


One of the most impressive things about this optical illusion is it’s so simple. Just a few simple bars make up this brain teaser, and yet it’s super tricky. Take a look, and tell us how many bars you think there are. We’ll wait.


Finished counting? Now raise your hand if you counted seven. No? What about eight? Hmm…take another look and try counting in the opposite direction you did before.

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Did you get the opposite number that you did before? It’s crazy but true: most people who count the bars while moving from the top will get seven, while those who start at the bottom will get eight. Even crazier? The actual number. It’s neither seven nor is it eight.

It’s SIX.

Yes, believe it or not, there are only six bars in that picture. Can you see it now? Try starting at the top, and count the first five. The bars you think you see after that are actually disconnected lines, and there’s really a gap until the last and sixth bar. Our brains are so determined to make connections and form pictures that they’ll see bars where they don’t exist, just to keep a pattern going.

Pretty interesting huh?


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