A plethora of optical illusions have swept the web in recent weeks but the latest might be the strangest yet.
A picture of a pair of legs has gone viral on Twitter after users struggled to figure out whether they had streaks of paint on them – or if they were covered in oil.
Twitter user @msbreeezyyy shared the mind-boggling image, which was originally posted by Instagram user @leonardhoespams five weeks ago, and it quickly went viral, amassing over 5,000 retweets and comments by baffled users.
‘Once you see it you can’t unsee it’, she captioned the image.
Whilst many users were quick to point out that the legs were shiny or plastic, others corrected them by pointing out that the legs are actually covered in white paint marks.
Indeed, on closer inspection, it becomes obvious that there’s several streaks of paint running down the thighs, as well as on the knees. Instagram user @leonardhoespams, who originally posted the snap, confirmed that it was in fact paint on her legs.
One user wrote: ‘Shiny legs? Lol like plastic?’, whilst another added: ‘that’s it? lol I saw that I thought I was missing it.’ @msbreeezyyy corrected them, writing: ‘It’s paint, not shiny legs lol,’ before adding: ‘it’s just that her legs aren’t shiny lol she has white paint drawn on her’ – but the lady who uploaded it pointed out that the legs were, in fact, covered in paint
Twitter was still left divided by the image. One user wrote: ‘Shiny legs? Lol like plastic?’, whilst another added: ‘that’s it? lol I saw that I thought I was missing it.’ @msbreeezyyy corrected them, writing: ‘It’s paint, not shiny legs lol,’ before adding: ‘it’s just that her legs aren’t shiny lol she has white paint drawn on her.’
More confused users added: ‘oh I really thought they were shiny but it’s just some white paint or something like that on them hahaha,’ ‘wow I struggled way too much to notice it hahahahhahaha,’ wrote another.
This is just the latest in a long line of optical illusions to sweep the web.
Earlier this week, a puzzle drove the internet wild because it was so tough to solve.
The image showed rows and rows of knitted jumpers, hats and scarves – but hidden between them is a bucket and spade, which internet users are struggling to spot.
Earlier this week, an impossible puzzle, which has a bucket and spade hiding among winter clothes, baffled the public
The bucket and space are exactly the same colour as the other items in the image, making them very tricky to spot.
The company behind the puzzle, HolidayGems.co.uk, say the puzzle represents the winter sun you could enjoy if you’re planning to jet off on holiday anytime soon.
Likewise, an image of a ballet dancer hidden among a flock of flamingos has also left the internet well and truly stumped.
The mind-bending puzzle features dozens of the brightly-coloured birds against a green background but the figure hidden among them is deceptively difficult to spot.
Internet users are claiming to spend anything from 30 seconds to five minutes trying to locate the dancer, which is well hidden due to her bright pink dress. So can YOU spot her?
The puzzle, designed by Dancewear Central, was created to raise awareness of ballet and dance.
Can you spot the ballet dancer? The mind-bending puzzle features dozens of the brightly-coloured birds against a green background but the hidden figure is difficult to spot
Internet users are claiming to spend anything from 30 seconds to five minutes trying to locate the dancer, which is well hidden due to her bright pink dress (circled bottom left)
And a week before that, a seemingly mundane photo of three women sitting on a park bench left people in a similar state of confusion.
At first glance the photo appears to show the trio pausing for a sit down during a sunny stroll.
But there’s something wrong with the image that only become obvious on closer inspection.
On close inspection, there appears to be no seat on the bench and the women are hovering mid air. The most likely explanation is that the bench features smaller pull out seats.