Brick Wall Optical Illusion

Brick Wall Optical Illusion

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Brick Wall Optical Illusion is a Facebook post which challenges its viewers to identify a visual oddity within a seemingly unexceptional photograph of a brick wall. Upon being uploaded to Facebook on May 16th, 2016, the photograph went viral due to its unexpectedly difficult and deceptive nature.


The optical illusory image has been circulating online since as early as the late 2000s, with the earliest known instance posted by Javier Blanes[1] on his paranormal investigative blog on August 25th, 2008 (shown below). In the following years, the image continued to spread across the Spanish-speaking web, including a Facebook post[2] highlighting the image on the official page for Academia Nakis, a high school located in Lugones, Spain, on May 30th, 2014.

sta foto es impresionante Os garantizo g en esta pared hay un objeto Tardaréis en verlo y lo mejor de todo es q una vez lo veáis no seréis capaces a no verlo. eres capaz a verlo ?


However, the image didn't draw massive attention on the English-speaking web until May 16th, 2016, when British Facebook user Arron Bevin[3] shared the image with a caption challenging others to spot an oddity (shown below).

Arron Bevin Follow May 16 near Manchester, United Kingdom This is one of the best optical illusions lv seen. If you see it. Don't spoilt! Just like n share!!! Took me a good 5 minutes. Follow for the answer with Gary Jones, Frankie Mcdonagh and Arron Bevin. Like Comment → Share 075K 55,809 shares Top Comments 68K comments Arron Bevin Just to throw a spanner in the works here.... "Microwave Like . Reply-山1,415 . May 16 at 2:19pm View previous replies Arron Bevin Don't zoom all The way. It's quite long. It's not small. Like Reply- 241-May 16 at 2:25pm View more replies Arron Bevin Just look at straight away Like-Reply- 895-May 16 at 1:49pm t what you originally looked View previous replies Arron Bevin Like . Reply- 450 . May 16 at 3:47pm View more replies

Within 72 hours of the post, the Facebook image garnered more than 75,000 likes, 68,000 comments and 55,500 shares. Soon, the news about the "brick wall illusion" challenge began spreading across Twitter.[4] In the following days, the viral image of the brick wall was highlighted by over a dozen of news outlets and internet culture blogs in the U.S. and the U.K., including Slate[5], Metro[6], The Huffington Post[7], Cnet[8], New York Magazine[9], The Telegraph[10], Uproxx[11] and Bustle,[12] among others.

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While the photograph may appear as an ordinary brick wall at a casual, first glance, a closer examination of the image reveals a cigar stuck into a crevice on the brick wall.

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