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(Metro)   Warning: Do not stare at this image of two squares of opposing horizontal and vertical black, red and green lines. Ha... you looked, now you're going to break your brain with the McCollough effect   (metro.co.uk) divider line 85
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2014-01-28 10:34:09 AM  
Sounds spoofy, but who the heck is going to test it. AND, how will you know if it has worked if all it does is switch the brain's understand of colour. A 'user' will need independent assistance to confirm or otherwise. Still, not going to risk it. My brain is as broken as I want it to be.
 
2014-01-28 11:22:39 AM  
That's farking ridiculous. I stared at that thing for almost an hour and purple monkey dishwasher.
 
2014-01-28 11:28:53 AM  
I want to try it, but I'm scared. Goddamnit. I want to try it so bad.
 
2014-01-28 11:34:04 AM  
Hah.  If you stare at it long enough, it morphs into a picture of Kate Upton topless.  Seriously, give it a try.
 
2014-01-28 11:34:09 AM  

gulogulo: I want to try it, but I'm scared. Goddamnit. I want to try it so bad.


It doesn't do anything, I promise. Just try it, you'll see.
 
2014-01-28 11:35:06 AM  

gulogulo: I want to try it, but I'm scared. Goddamnit. I want to try it so bad.


Meh. It's like one of those "Stare at the collection of random lines, focusing on the four dots. Then, look at a blank piece of paper" and you see a face. Optical illusions, only apparently, this one can make your brain see "white" as "red" or "green" or "pink" for up to 3 months.

I don't buy that it's that long-term an effect, but I stare at screens all day (mostly Word, which uses a lot of white), and can confirm that the "white" does appear to have a colored glare after a 5-second glance at the offending images (much like coming in to a dark room from outside on a bright day can make the shadows look colorful).

// maybe take a few hours to get natural sunlight through your eyeholes and "reset" things that way
 
2014-01-28 11:36:04 AM  
Damn! It works. Now I like Play Station over XBox.
 
2014-01-28 11:36:18 AM  
Responsible Journalism: Propagating a potentially dangerous / distracting image in-line with a warning not to look.
Even if the 'effect' is BS, that's gold-star for you, Metro.
 
2014-01-28 11:36:42 AM  
I'm not going to try it, but I am willing to print it out on little cards and on the other side write how it's a fun optical illusion and see if hilarity ensues.
 
2014-01-28 11:37:18 AM  
www.wyrmcorp.com

This is your brain on lines.
 
2014-01-28 11:37:57 AM  

Dr Dreidel: gulogulo: I want to try it, but I'm scared. Goddamnit. I want to try it so bad.

Meh. It's like one of those "Stare at the collection of random lines, focusing on the four dots. Then, look at a blank piece of paper" and you see a face. Optical illusions, only apparently, this one can make your brain see "white" as "red" or "green" or "pink" for up to 3 months.

I don't buy that it's that long-term an effect, but I stare at screens all day (mostly Word, which uses a lot of white), and can confirm that the "white" does appear to have a colored glare after a 5-second glance at the offending images (much like coming in to a dark room from outside on a bright day can make the shadows look colorful).

// maybe take a few hours to get natural sunlight through your eyeholes and "reset" things that way


Interesting. I did a little research before I broke my brain, and found out this was an issue for the early computers where users were used to staring at green text on black background. I guess there would be a lot of folks out there with broken brains. Mine is likely already toast.
 
2014-01-28 11:38:36 AM  
Lies, I don't see white stripes, I see green where there was red and red where there was green.

/15 seconds
 
2014-01-28 11:38:46 AM  
Dammit, I want to look but the video won't play.
 
2014-01-28 11:41:46 AM  
I guess I'm too tard for it to work on me :(
 
2014-01-28 11:43:37 AM  

gulogulo: I want to try it, but I'm scared. Goddamnit. I want to try it so bad.

 
2014-01-28 11:45:50 AM  
If these guys thought that was 'mind-breaking', wait until they find out about Snow Crash.
 
2014-01-28 11:47:39 AM  
it's a sailboat.
 
2014-01-28 11:48:00 AM  
Please....my brain was broken from going into the politcs tab over the years
 
2014-01-28 11:53:05 AM  

exparrot: it's a sailboat.


Looks like a schooner to me
 
2014-01-28 11:58:00 AM  
Someone oughta write a novel after doing this. Call it "Colorblind Like Me".
 
2014-01-28 12:03:33 PM  
The effect lasted just a few minutes for me, just like every other afterimage.
 
2014-01-28 12:04:39 PM  

Auggie: exparrot: it's a sailboat.

Looks like a schooner to me


reggietales.areavoices.com

It's a spaceship!
 
2014-01-28 12:04:59 PM  
I call shenanigans.
 
2014-01-28 12:05:41 PM  
nomeatballs.files.wordpress.com

"I looked at the image, Ray."
 
2014-01-28 12:06:38 PM  

Odoriferous Queef: Damn! It works. Now I like Play Station over XBox.


So it fixed you.
 
2014-01-28 12:10:30 PM  
That article just kind of petered out without any information, didn't it?
 
2014-01-28 12:15:08 PM  
 
2014-01-28 12:15:31 PM  
I know this is bull but I still don't have the nerve to try it.
 
2014-01-28 12:24:10 PM  
That's not a memetic hazard, that's a cognito hazard!

It would only be memetic if it gave you strong urge to force other people to look at it, too.

/This is probably safe level.
//Euclid, at best.
 
2014-01-28 12:25:35 PM  
Physiological reactions are not "brain alerting," it's just your brain working as normal as it has forever.
 
2014-01-28 12:25:57 PM  

gulogulo: Interesting. I did a little research before I broke my brain, and found out this was an issue for the early computers where users were used to staring at green text on black background. I guess there would be a lot of folks out there with broken brains. Mine is likely already toast.


I was going to say that everyone's brain is probably already broken from staring at computer screens for at least the past 10 or 15 years.
 
2014-01-28 12:37:55 PM  
I stared at the image in the video for two minutes, looked away to a white wall...and nothing.  Brain wasn't broken.  Feel like Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles with the paddleballs. :(

/took me 35 years to see the sailboat though, so maybe I'm just wired weird.
 
2014-01-28 12:40:05 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-28 12:42:32 PM  
The McCollough Effect was discovered in 1965. Old news is great.
 
2014-01-28 12:46:34 PM  
My brain was not re-wired. Where do I file my complaint so I can get my compensatory box of crayons?
 
2014-01-28 12:47:48 PM  
seems like reporter exaggerated the effect -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCollough_effect

I was kinda hoping my brain would break, use that to take some time off from work, spend some time drinking from green or red bottles, or whatever color as they would have appeared.
 
2014-01-28 12:54:05 PM  
N'Gasta! Kvata! Kvakis! ahkstas so novajxletero (oix jhemile) so Ranetauw. Ricevas gxin pagintaj membrauw kaj aliaj individuauw, kiujn iamaniere tusxas so raneta aktivado. En gxi aperas informauw unuavice pri so lokauw so cxiumonataj kunvenauw, sed nature ankoix pri aliaj aktuasoj aktivecauw so societo. Ne malofte enahkstas krome plej diversaspekta materialo eduka oix distra.
 
2014-01-28 12:54:11 PM  
If I had a lot of disposable income, I'd invest in a billboard.
 
2014-01-28 01:01:16 PM  

big pig peaches: If I had a lot of disposable income, I'd invest in a billboard.


If drivers stared at it for 15 seconds, I think it would rewire more than their brains.
 
2014-01-28 01:07:17 PM  

clancifer: Hah.  If you stare at it long enough, it morphs into a picture of Kate Upton topless.  Seriously, give it a try.




i58.tinypic.com

It works!
But it's kind of disturbing.
 
2014-01-28 01:12:54 PM  
I looked... Now I'm drooling and I pooped myself. Also, I worship the Time Cube now.
 
2014-01-28 01:14:13 PM  
OK.  I looked at it (using the instructions on the wikipedia article cited above).  Other than some residual "persistence of vision effects," it didn't seem to do much.  I'm calling BS on the whole thing.
 
2014-01-28 01:15:37 PM  
I just submitted this to the Video tab, but I'll leave it here just in case:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/young-rival-creates-firs t- ever-magic-eye-music-video-1.2514054

I could not get more than 30 seconds in before my eyeballs fell out of my head.
 
2014-01-28 01:20:43 PM  

Ecobuckeye: I just submitted this to the Video tab, but I'll leave it here just in case:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/young-rival-creates-firs t- ever-magic-eye-music-video-1.2514054

I could not get more than 30 seconds in before my eyeballs fell out of my head.


I can't keep my eyes crossed for long enough to get the image. F that. I'm gonna go and bake cookies.
 
2014-01-28 01:30:23 PM  
It's a lot like Zombo.com
 
2014-01-28 01:45:10 PM  
 
2014-01-28 01:48:13 PM  
Nothing happened, except when I looked away I saw a "ghost" of the squares for about 20 seconds. Like when you stare at a bright object. Now my eyes (brain?) have (has?) adjusted and I can't see the difference.
 
2014-01-28 01:48:33 PM  
Reminds me of this:

i280.photobucket.com

DO NOT STARE AT THIS PHOTO!!!
 
2014-01-28 01:49:52 PM  

Lord Dimwit: Like the short story "BLIT": http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/blit.htm


Beat me by three minutes.
 
2014-01-28 01:50:40 PM  

clancifer: Hah.  If you stare at it long enough, it morphs into a picture of Kate Upton topless.  Seriously, give it a try.


neversubmit: [www.wyrmcorp.com image 480x480]

This is your brain on lines.


Do you have the original for that?
 
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