On Saturday I am speaking at a day dedicated to skepticism, ghosts and mediums.  Details here.

Everyone and their dog have brought my attention to this wonderful pic….

How do you see the picture?


    1. …I have 3 remote controls (TV, stereo, BluRay player), a wireless PS3 controller, a wireless keyboard, and a wireless mouse all on my coffee table. This is totally the world we’re living in. =]

  1. I couldn’t see what was strange about the picture – I thought it was a man hugging blond female – until I saw the post above – and, even then, I thought for 5 seconds that Laura had mis-posted

  2. ha ha at first i saw a male hugging his female partner from behind then i looked at the legs hanging over the arm of the chair and realised they were a bit thick and hairy for a woman!

  3. Remarkable how? What’s the question? If the question is what it appears to be (“How do you see the picture?”), then the answer is “By looking at it”. But I’m not sure if that’s the point you’re wanting.

    Am I supposed to be surprised at the preponderance of three different remote controls on the table? Or the inherently bourgeois nincompoopism of the vase of flowers?

    1. I bet when you speak to people , secretly in their heads they are saying ,,,shut up, and go away…………

  4. First, I saw a man hugging a woman.
    Second I wondered what was remarkable, and looked for hidden object in the picture.
    Third I noticed that the woman had strangely strong arms.
    Finally, I noticed what was remarkable.

  5. I got it, though I had to sort it out. I suspect that most of us are primed to see figures in dominant positions as males and those in supine positions as female. The brain thus tends to interpret the image as a man standing over a woman. This can be overridden but it’s a clever optical illusion. That’s my take on it.

    1. I think it’s just what stands out most, pink shirt over black, complete man’s head over partial woman’s, they are what you see first and are assumed to be a man in pink.

  6. At first I though it was the guy leaning over, but thought it looked a bit ‘staged’ somehow. After a minute or two, realised the arms holding the paper were hairy, so he was sitting and she was hugging. lol, good one!

  7. I thought it was a male hugging a woman from behind, until I saw the hairy arm holding the paper and then noticed that both heads good be viewed as “belonging” to either body.

  8. Having read the later comments in the thread, I now realise what the reason was as to why you showed us the picture in the first place. But why would anyone get confused about which person is which in the first place? The woman with the pink top is clearly behind, and the man is clearly sitting on the couch reading. The angle of the heads makes it immediately obvious, without anyone needing to analyse the hairyness or the hairynesslessness of the arms.

  9. The garden needs tidying.

    Actually I thought it was a man with a big head on a rather small body until I realised I had the heads the wrong way round (so to speak).

  10. Size matters! They say it doesn’t, but oh, I know better. 😉

    Looking at it on the blog, it looked like the woman is seated and the man is behind.

    “Imbiggen” it and the details become clear, showing the opposite is true.

  11. “But why would anyone get confused about which person is which in the first place?” Because clearly that is the way it appears to most people at first glance. Only Super Geniuses like you get straight away.

  12. I read the first line in the post about ghosts and mediums and kept looking for a ghost in the background of the image. The photo is remarkable in that it has no proof of a ghostly presence with the guy and his girlfriend with the hairy arms.

  13. It was the capri pants that made me first think the girl was in the chair, I then thought the guy’s head was unusually large, but then it clicked and I now see that they are way too interested in this weeks supermarket advertisement.
    However… I still don’t see the gorilla. Any help?

  14. It looks like there are 3 people. It seems that the guy whose head we can see is leaning over the couch, then we can see a woman’s head to his right. The legs seem to belong to neither of them. It’s like there’s a 3rd person sitting on the couch, whose head we can’t see.

    Pretty good!

  15. They have a DVD player on the coffee table which is not hooked up. Why isn’t it hooked up? Is it a comment on rejecting our passive consumer lifestyle?

  16. At first glance I thought it was the guy standing hugging his girlfriend in the chair but a second glance cleared it up to be t’other way round.

  17. primero vi a una chica de brazos cruzados acostada en el sillon y su novio le mostraba algo en el diario, luego vi lo real

  18. Very clever. My first impression was the ghost leaning against the wall outside the patio doors looking in at the couple. Maybe that’s just a little bit too weird and I need better glasses!

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