This optical illusion of two people hugging is seriously trippy, and Twitter can’t deal

Nothing brings the internet together quite like a bizarre optical illusion. People just can’t get enough. You remember #DressGate and all of the lessons we learned from that, right? How about that time a model tweeted a picture of her striped pants and unknowingly gave the illusion that she had extremely skinny legs? And of course, who could forget the recent auditory illusion of Yanny vs. Laurel? At one point, the Yanny vs. Laurel debate became an optical illusion too, because people just can’t get enough. But this newest optical illusion may be the trippiest yet.

On May 24th, Twitter user @boom_likean808 tweeted what seemed like a simple picture. The image shows two people: one sitting in a chair, the other standing in heels (plus a third in the background). And while it doesn’t sound particularly interesting, once you see it, you’ll definitely do a double take. No, a triple take. Maybe even a quadruple take.

The photo has gone viral because it’s hard, upon first glance, to tell who is standing and who is sitting. Many think the guy is standing, wearing white pants and heels, bending down to hug the girl, who is sitting in the chair. But…is that right?

This viral optical illusion has us all talking. It’s a very confusing picture that you will likely spend an embarrassing amount of time staring at.

Okay, there is definitely a person standing, wearing white pants and heels. And there is definitely a person sitting, wearing a flannel shirt. But who is who?

Twitter has a LOT of thoughts about the hugging optical illusion.


And jokes, of course.

Some people are out here recreating the pic.

But some superhero Twitter users have helped us see the light.


Ahh, yes. Now we can see the truth. The guy appears to be the one sitting, wearing the flannel shirt, and the girl is bending down to hug him, wearing white pants and heels. But it’s still SUPER trippy. His neck lines up a little too perfectly with her body.

We love it when something fun goes viral on Twitter. What a world.

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