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Tunnel Optical Illusion Is Blowing People's Minds

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Tunnel Optical Illusion Is Blowing People's Minds
Tunnel Optical Illusion Is Blowing People's Minds (Reddit/StormShadow250)

An unsuspecting driver in the US had their mind well and truly melted while cruising through a tunnel, and we’re still struggling to get our brain cells around the clip he uploaded.

Posted to Reddit, the minute-long video shows a driver happening upon what appears to be a sheer drop in the middle of a concrete underpass, prompting the guy behind the wheel to exclaim: “What the f**k?”

Reddit users were equally perplexed by the footage, with one claiming the scene looked like ‘something out of another dimension’. 

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Hitting the brakes in front of the mind-bending optical illusion, the driver can be heard saying: “F**k bro. There’s no signs blocking it off, and I thought I was just f*****g high.”

Reddit user StormShadow250 goes on: “That’s just a pit. What the f**k. They don’t have this s**t blocked off or something?”

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Another car then approaches and slows down as it nears the hole. At this point, the driver ponders: “Is he gonna f*****g go?” As the vehicle slowly passes the hole, the person filming the clip realises it’s actually a puddle of water, not a gateway to hell.

“Holy s**t. Oh, it’s water!” he shouts, adding: “I am high.” The driver then clarifies: “I’m not actually high, but holy f**k bro. It looks like a pit doesn’t it? I thought they just carved out a hole. I’m tripping.”

Fellow Redditors were just as thrown by the illusion, with one writing beneath the clip: “I was waiting for the first car to hit an invisible wall or something.”

Another added: “Holy s**t, that was more tense than 90% of modern blockbusters.” A third social media user penned: “What an optical illusion!”

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“I tried to figure every possible solution for that out in my head. A tunnel, a sinkhole, but I never thought about a rain puddle,” confessed a fourth, while a fifth, speaking for all involved, simply said: “Wait, what?”

Optical illusions are basically just our brains ‘taking a shortcut’. Credit: Alamy
Optical illusions are basically just our brains ‘taking a shortcut’. Credit: Alamy

For anyone confused about what just went on inside their noggin, rest assured an immediate trip to A&E is not necessary. According to Inside Science, optical illusions are basically just our brains ‘taking a shortcut’. 

The outlet notes that when we see something like this, we're actually seeing the light that bounces off it and hits our eyes. This takes roughly a tenth of a second, but because light is a constant stream, we're constantly receiving information about what we're looking at, 'so it’s really difficult for your brain to try to focus on everything at once'.

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Because of this, our brains take 'shortcuts' and simplify what we're seeing to 'help you concentrate on what's important'. In turn, this 'helps compensate for your brain’s tenth-of-a-second processing lag' – optical illusions are images that take advantage of these shortcuts and fool our own brains into thinking something else.

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