Rotating Snakes

July 17, 2008 at 4:07 pm (neat things) ()

From MAKE, check out this horrible optical illusion. I say “horrible” because it’s the kind that can make you sick.


The phenomenon is called peripheral drift. As you look away from the image, each “snake” appears to slowly rotate, glimmering like a mirage. Maybe that’s what makes me queasy: the strange similarity to those wavering pools of water that appear in the desert here, vanishing as you approach.



  1. Daran said,

    Skytopia has this and many other similar and different illusions.

  2. Daran said,

    My comment is in spam limbo.

  3. sixsocks said,

    Oh My God I cannot Look at that!
    P.S. The 90’s Flashback vids aren’t watchable.
    But where were they going without ever knowing the way????

  4. Iz said,

    Ouch. My poor reality.

  5. Daisy said,

    Daran: comment saved! And thanks for the link — a veritable boatload of illusions.

    Sixsocks (Lauren): yeah, we had some trouble there, but there is now a link in the post to the video (see it here). And there’s another video scheduled for tomorrow, which should work.

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