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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
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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?
 
2014-01-28 01:56:53 PM  

Jefferson Biatchmagnet: 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?


snarkerati.com
 
2014-01-28 01:58:45 PM  

Jefferson Biatchmagnet: 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?


http://www.wyrmcorp.com/galleries/illusions/mccollough.shtml
 
2014-01-28 02:12:02 PM  
Damn, after staring at it for five minutes I suddenly have a thirst for Lone Star beer and chain smoking, it was as if I had a mainline into the secret truths of the universe.
 
2014-01-28 02:15:55 PM  

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


oh god damn you. I just spit beans all over my monitor and keyboard
 
2014-01-28 02:20:17 PM  

Kozmopoliskepticalopsis: Reminds me of this:

[i280.photobucket.com image 490x700]

DO NOT STARE AT THIS PHOTO!!!


ironically, the longer you stare at it the better you can deconstruct the patterns, and it stops looking weird, and becomes totally forgetful

/what?
 
2014-01-28 02:48:36 PM  
I tried it. Works kind of. Pretty cool.
 
2014-01-28 03:24:33 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.


That's cool, had to go full screen to see it and I like the song too.
 
2014-01-28 03:27:54 PM  

This Looks Fun: I tried it. Works kind of. Pretty cool.


You must be Mikey! Hey Mikey!
 
2014-01-28 03:44:37 PM  
www.palzoo.net
 
2014-01-28 03:45:56 PM  

dripping with sarcasm: This Looks Fun: I tried it. Works kind of. Pretty cool.

You must be Mikey! Hey Mikey!


Well, I read the description and it didn't really seem that harmful, so I figured why not call BS. Although I'm missing the Mikey reference, but whatever.
 
2014-01-28 03:54:51 PM  
Are you supposed to stare at the red and green image - or are you supposed to go 'cross-eyed' so they overlap?

I tried each for 15 seconds and then looked at the plain white version on Wikipedia and I didn't see anything other than white and black.  Am I doing it wrong?
 
2014-01-28 03:59:34 PM  

Uzzah: [nomeatballs.files.wordpress.com image 520x324]

"I looked at the image, Ray."


Came for this...leaving satisfied.

\what about the twinkie
 
2014-01-28 04:04:22 PM  
Seems like you could "unbreak" or de-program your brain by following up with the opposite... stare at horizontal green and vertical red lines.

Or you might just brick your brain.
 
2014-01-28 04:06:31 PM  

SansNeural: Seems like you could "unbreak" or de-program your brain by following up with the opposite... stare at horizontal green and vertical red lines.

Or you might just brick your brain.


Alcohol == hard reboot
 
2014-01-28 04:15:15 PM  

This Looks Fun: dripping with sarcasm: This Looks Fun: I tried it. Works kind of. Pretty cool.

You must be Mikey! Hey Mikey!

Well, I read the description and it didn't really seem that harmful, so I figured why not call BS. Although I'm missing the Mikey reference, but whatever.


A cautionary tale of Pop Rocks and Coke.
 
2014-01-28 04:22:27 PM  

Kozmopoliskepticalopsis: Reminds me of this:

[i280.photobucket.com image 490x700]

DO NOT STARE AT THIS PHOTO!!!


Darn, came to do that.
 
2014-01-28 04:24:00 PM  
DAMMIT, NOW I'M A REPUBLICAN!!!
 
2014-01-28 04:24:26 PM  
When laid out fairly complex, two layer PCBs using TangoPCB back in the bad old days, I had weird optical effects, but they would only last for a few minutes after I stopped staring at the red and green lines on the screen.

A worse effect was freaky dreams of colored lines everywhere at night after a long day on PCB work.
 
2014-01-28 04:37:35 PM  

ZeroCorpse: DAMMIT, NOW I'M A REPUBLICAN!!!


I knew being a Republican was the result of having a broken brain, now there's proof!  Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.
 
2014-01-28 05:31:21 PM  
I tried it for seven minutes at this website about 4 hours ago. The effect was moderately strong at first, but it has tapered off quite a bit. I can still see the green and red tint between the lines, but just barely.
 
2014-01-28 05:33:25 PM  
NADA...
 
2014-01-28 05:46:33 PM  

ZeroCorpse: DAMMIT, NOW I'M A REPUBLICAN!!!


Civil War era Republican?
 
2014-01-28 06:18:01 PM  
I see dead people.
 
2014-01-28 07:09:28 PM  
Doesn't work for me

can't see yellow with left eye
or red

/could be three detached retina surgeries
//could be cataract surgery
///could be the replacement lens cataract surgery I had last week

AND I FARKING LOVE MY COMPANY'S HEALTH CARE PLAN
insurance company told the doctor's office to collect my $1250 deductible
they wanted cash or credit card or no sight saving surgery for me....
 
2014-01-28 08:08:20 PM  

MrHappyRotter: I see dead people.


Whoa, dude.  I don't know how you're getting these posts through, but I just read your obit...

Damn, that's some freaky shiat.
 
2014-01-28 09:10:37 PM  

This Looks Fun: dripping with sarcasm: This Looks Fun: I tried it. Works kind of. Pretty cool.

You must be Mikey! Hey Mikey!

Well, I read the description and it didn't really seem that harmful, so I figured why not call BS. Although I'm missing the Mikey reference, but whatever.


That's Life.
 
2014-01-28 09:26:22 PM  
Oddly enough, if you have nystagmus, the effect doesn't seem to occur.  I read about the McCollough in psych class and tried the test multiple times with none of the indicated result.
 
2014-01-29 12:35:28 AM  
'It's quite scary, it's a real image that can lock into your brain, change the way it works and stick around for a good while.'

I experienced a similar effect after the first time I saw that photo of Allison Stokke...
 
2014-01-29 04:24:12 AM  

MarkMartinFan: Doesn't work for me

can't see yellow with left eye
or red

/could be three detached retina surgeries
//could be cataract surgery
///could be the replacement lens cataract surgery I had last week

AND I FARKING LOVE MY COMPANY'S HEALTH CARE PLAN
insurance company told the doctor's office to collect my $1250 deductible
they wanted cash or credit card or no sight saving surgery for me....


Eyepatch.
And a dog or a parrot.
Hat is still optional.
 
2014-01-29 06:41:29 AM  

Colour_out_of_Space: 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.



Farking Esperanto speaking Sload.
 
2014-01-29 08:53:33 AM  
someone call Hero Protagonist asap
 
2014-01-29 12:42:56 PM  
Weird,

after starting at it for like 30 seconds, when I look at something white, I see a red box (left) and green box (right) - the inverse of what the original images were.

Guess I broke my brain again.

Oh well!
 
2014-01-29 02:11:19 PM  
www.fact.co.uk
 
2014-01-29 02:58:45 PM  

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


Came here to say this.

/*Blink*
 
2014-01-29 07:06:38 PM  

Skyrmion: I tried it for seven minutes at this website about 4 hours ago. The effect was moderately strong at first, but it has tapered off quite a bit. I can still see the green and red tint between the lines, but just barely.


Followup: one day later, effect is completely gone.

Maybe I didn't stare at the screen long enough. Clearly, I'm going to have to try harder if I want to break my brain permanently.
 
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