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What colour can YOU see?
Dizzying optical illusion creates
a different shade for every
viewer - but no-one knows why

Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard

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Posted By:JoniTx, 6/12/2014 8:46:58 PM

Stare at this black and white wheel long enough and you may see a colour appear out of nowhere. But incredibly, different people see different colours - and some may not see anything at all. Many people say they see green, others see yellow and a few see red, but exactly why this is the case has baffled scientists for decades. Scroll down for video -The wheel is called Benham´s top and it creates an illusion of colour when black and white patterns rapidly change, as reported by Casey Chan on Sploid. It is named after the Essex-born toymaker Charles Benham,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: CzndCitzen, 6/12/2014 8:48:49 PM     (No. 9883717)

Yellow

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/12/2014 8:57:08 PM     (No. 9883731)

Beige

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jasmine, 6/12/2014 8:58:56 PM     (No. 9883733)

Yellow.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Susannah, 6/12/2014 9:00:25 PM     (No. 9883735)

How long are you supposed to stare at it before you see anything but black and white? And what does that mean?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Janylou, 6/12/2014 9:10:38 PM     (No. 9883748)

#4, I never saw a color either.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 6/12/2014 9:18:23 PM     (No. 9883757)

Same here, just black and white.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Globalwarmer, 6/12/2014 9:18:31 PM     (No. 9883758)

Brown.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 6/12/2014 9:21:31 PM     (No. 9883763)

I don´t see any color ... just spinning black and white.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Videodrone, 6/12/2014 9:22:45 PM     (No. 9883766)

the science of what I do for a living has always been fascinating to me (duh)

when you consider what tricks good o´l analog TV did in order to fool the eye/brain in to "see" something shot as a sequence of interlaced frames under artificial light compressed, mangled and then projected onto phosphors on a CRT - that entertains billions into believing they are looking at something real, in motion and surrounding them in sound...

there is a reason I have this handle, kick the right spot and it just starts coming out

Oh,

I see yellow



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Reply 10 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 6/12/2014 9:36:05 PM     (No. 9883782)

All I saw was a nun rolling down a hill.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: steph_gray, 6/12/2014 9:36:18 PM     (No. 9883783)

I saw a dark blue-green (teal) which happens to be my favorite color and the one most flattering when I wear it. Odd...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JoniTx, 6/12/2014 9:37:50 PM     (No. 9883785)

I also saw the green.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: 4Justice, 6/12/2014 9:41:01 PM     (No. 9883791)

Just black and white. Nothing different. I guess my eyes don´t get it!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: saguni, 6/12/2014 9:42:09 PM     (No. 9883793)

The stripes on the white side looked blue, but when it was real fast, half of them turned brown.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 6/12/2014 9:55:38 PM     (No. 9883804)

The wide white bands became a cream color, not quite yellow

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bpl40, 6/12/2014 10:01:05 PM     (No. 9883812)

Saw Zippy´s true birth certificate! No really, just black and white.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/12/2014 10:12:18 PM     (No. 9883829)

Mostly black and white, with a slight blur of very light blue.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: CharlyG, 6/12/2014 10:12:59 PM     (No. 9883830)

B&W for me.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: nhchemist, 6/12/2014 10:14:50 PM     (No. 9883834)

Did anyone see a soft purple-blue?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Captain Howdy, 6/12/2014 10:35:18 PM     (No. 9883858)

The center circle is a dark green.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: droopydog, 6/12/2014 10:36:42 PM     (No. 9883860)

The people who saw a lime green are thought to have extraordinary insight and a genius IQ.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Pete Stone, 6/12/2014 10:39:27 PM     (No. 9883863)

I see a yellowish tan.
It´s an interesting effect. Different people see different colors because the cones in their eyes respond differently to the flicker rate.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Safari Man, 6/12/2014 10:57:23 PM     (No. 9883886)

I heard that Obama stared at this and saw the white colors oppressing the darker colors and keeping them down. He´s trying to figure out how to tax the white parts of the wheel.


But seriously, I think the colors you see depend on the pixel layout on your monitor and the speed with which the led´s on your monitor can change. I saw faint yellow stripes interspersed with blue. The center was always black.


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Reply 24 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 6/13/2014 1:00:29 AM     (No. 9883960)

I saw yellow flashes on the white side and pale blue on the black side. Odd, no?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 6/13/2014 5:46:39 AM     (No. 9884024)

I saw an olive green.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: StuartL, 6/13/2014 9:10:01 AM     (No. 9884224)

Concentric navy-blue and chestnut-brown streaks. Weird.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: viking diver, 6/13/2014 9:38:22 AM     (No. 9884260)

3 colors
green in the center and then alternating yellow brown & dark blue stripes

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 6/14/2014 1:24:25 PM     (No. 9885981)

I see yellow, I see France, I see someone´s ...

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Reply 29 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 6/14/2014 1:41:43 PM     (No. 9885994)

I saw a burnt umbra chroma with a hue not unlike that of a well-smoked hickory rib...now I´m hungry!


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