Years Best Optical Illusion: Scientific American Gallery

http://www.scientificamerican.com/gallery_directory.cfm?photo_id=B5B09611-E7F2-99DF-37B57709D6F8FB20

“These images of the Leaning Tower are actually identical, but the tower on the right looks more lopsided because the human visual system treats the two images as one scene. Our brains have learned that two tall objects in our view will usually rise at the same angle but converge toward the top – think of standing at the base of neighbouring skyscrapers. Because these towers are parallel, they do not converge, so the visual system thinks they must be rising at different angles.” I couldn’t believe it, so I downloaded the picture and cut it into two pictures. And indeed, the two halves are identical. And again, found on Dorla’s pages.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/gallery_directory.cfm?photo_id=B5B09611-E7F2-99DF-37B57709D6F8FB20#comments

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