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Optical Illusions, the Nat Geo Camels, and Me

I love this gorgeous picture of camels crossing the desert, courtesy of National Geographic.  But look closely – what you think are camels are actually the camels’ shadows.  (Click on the photo to see a larger version.)  The camels themselves are the slender white shapes at the bottom of each shadow.  The photo was taken from the air at just the right time for the illusion, although I don’t know if it was planned or not. I plan practical illusions for myself.  I set my watch five minutes ahead, so I have a better chance of being someplace on time.  I deduct $100 from my checking account balance so when I’m getting down there, I really have a bit of a cushion.  But why does this work?  Is my mind really that gullible?  (Don’t answer that, kids!) Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, just like with optical illusions.  The … Continue reading

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