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My Head Hurts After Looking At This Weird Image And Yours Probably Will Too

These are the same photos, I promise. H/T Business Insider

Guys, I just spent the last few minutes looking at this image and it is messing with my head in ways I can't even begin to describe — because, this is the SAME image side by side. Like, not from a different angle or anything.

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HOW is this even the same photo?!?! Certainly the image on the right is like stretched or cropped, or...IDK what?! But Reddit user djeclipz — who uploaded the image — says that, "This is the same photo, side by side. They are not taken at different angles. Both sides are the same, pixel for pixel."

But, I'm skeptical.


So, I decided to do a little ~investigation~ with Photoshop to see if this REALLY IS the same image and, well, SHIT GUYS.

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I duplicated the image, made the opacity 50%, and when I moved the duplicate over the original...well you see what happened. It's the same effing image.

I'm no scientist, but Reddit user All-Cal explained this simple visual phenomenon in the comments,

It's because the two streets come together at the bottom of the pictures. Your brain tries to perceive this as one image with a fork in the road and therefore the street in the picture on the left must be at a different angle than the picture on the right.

And others have compared it to the infamous "Café wall illusion."

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Basically, this optical illusion is created by the parallel straight lines (going left to right) which makes the black and white "bricks" appear to be sloped.

But I think we all know what's REALLY going on here... WITCHCRAFT.

Warner Bros.

Wingardium explainiosa.

Can you see the optical illusion — what do YOU think is happening? Tell us below!

BuzzFeed has reached out to Reddit user djeclipz for comment.

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