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#1 Posted by pretender15 (192 posts) -
#2 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5750 posts) -

left

#3 Edited by ZimboDK (848 posts) -
@pretender15: yeah, animated gifs don't really work on GB. You need to upload it somewhere else and then add it via HTML.
 
#5 Edited by TheSeductiveMoose (3617 posts) -
@pretender15: Just drag and drop it :)
 
#6 Posted by CaptainObvious (2981 posts) -

Yo, that cat is flying.

#7 Posted by Lolimoto (44 posts) -

Both ways!

#8 Posted by Veektarius (4162 posts) -

The problem isn't that it's an optical illusion (at least as far as I can see).  The problem is that <- and -> are at alternating times true since the cat is spinning in a circle.  That's why we have the words "clockwise" and "counterclockwise"

#9 Posted by Sin4profit (2871 posts) -

i can't vote in the even that it causes people to freeze dry more cats.

#10 Edited by Green_Incarnate (1782 posts) -

Counter Clockwise if you're looking from above. Am I missing the illusion?

#11 Posted by pretender15 (192 posts) -
@ZimboDK said:
" @pretender15: yeah, animated gifs don't really work on GB. You need to upload it somewhere else and then add it via HTML.
 
"
Thanks.
#12 Posted by JackSukeru (5819 posts) -

It is not the cat that spins, it is you.

#13 Posted by pretender15 (192 posts) -

I quoted you, and the cat is spinning one way. But in your original post it's spinning another way, simultaneously?

#14 Posted by phrosnite (3517 posts) -

----> way... 
both ways? I couldn't do it.

#15 Posted by Kjellm87 (1728 posts) -

Yea, he's going left.
 If you were the cat you would be going to the left

#16 Posted by Donos (1193 posts) -

The poll doesn't really specify what the directions mean. Looking from above, it's spinning counter-clockwise, and I suspect everyone is saying the same thing. I've seen several of these and a few of them I was able to do the switch, but not with this one. I think the problrm is that the tail provides too distinct a reference for the direction to be ambiguous.

#17 Posted by phrosnite (3517 posts) -
@Kjellm87: but this doesn't change the ----> direction... it's its left, ours right...
#18 Posted by pretender15 (192 posts) -
@phrosnite said:
" @Kjellm87: but this doesn't change the ----> direction... it's its left, ours right... "
I didn't want to put left or right since some people get those confused.
#19 Posted by Sargus (708 posts) -

So apparently you're supposed to be able to see it rotating in either direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise), but I can't seem to see anything but counter-clockwise.

#20 Posted by GlenTennis (3143 posts) -
@Sargus said:
" So apparently you're supposed to be able to see it rotating in either direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise), but I can't seem to see anything but counter-clockwise. "
#21 Posted by SuperSambo (2837 posts) -

How is this an illusion? It is a cat spinning...

#22 Posted by CptChiken (1987 posts) -

Its rotating clockwise

#23 Posted by oatz (1103 posts) -

Both. Takes me about 10 seconds of looking at its feet for it to change direction.

#24 Edited by TwoLines (2762 posts) -

It depends.
The cat is turning left, but I see him turning right.
There is no optical ilusion, it depends on the point of view.
Both answers are correct.
 
 
EDIT: AAAAAH! I SEE IT!

#25 Posted by crusader8463 (14326 posts) -

Lost me. I only see it spinning to the right.

#26 Posted by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

    
 See those green and blue swirls?  Nah, they're actually both exactly the same color.
#27 Posted by phrosnite (3517 posts) -
@CaLe said:
" I can switch between either.. I blink and see it one way, then blink again and see it another way. "
LIES, ALL LIES! 
I can't do it...
#28 Posted by KarlPilkington (2656 posts) -
@LibraryDues: No they aren't.      
#29 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1782 posts) -

If you look from the bottom its clockwise. If you look from the top its counterclockwise. It's more physics than an illusion.

#30 Posted by Zachariahus (128 posts) -
#31 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

It changes sometimes but started with ->

#32 Posted by LibraryDues (342 posts) -
@Chabbs0 said:
" @LibraryDues: No they aren't.       "
Spend a few seconds messing with the image in Paint.
#33 Edited by phrosnite (3517 posts) -

So I use my left brain...
 I DID! I DID IT! But with the other picture of the lady spinning! Oh shit! This is awesome!

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS


uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
knowing
acknowledges
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies
practical
safe

RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS


uses feeling
"big picture" oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
believes
appreciates
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
impetuous
risk taking
#34 Posted by Sargus (708 posts) -

Interesting... I could only see the cat moving counter-clockwise no matter how hard I tried. Then I followed the link to the classic "dancer" illusion, which to me was moving clockwise... Stared at it for awhile trying to get it to change direction with no luck. Came back to the cat to see it moving clockwise as well O_O

#35 Posted by Sincillian (530 posts) -

Well I see it moving clockwise so I guess I use the right side of my brain more. 

#36 Posted by zudthespud (3278 posts) -
@LibraryDues: what the fuck.  
 
Regarding the cat, it's either. Whatever way your brain perceives it to be. If you concentrate you can get it to swap. 
#37 Edited by Grissefar (2843 posts) -

That's a lie. I only see it move clockwise but based on those descriptions I only use my left brain function.

#38 Posted by Sincillian (530 posts) -

Holy shit with the dancer it switched directions a few times but it's moving clockwise now. So i suppose I use more of the right side of my brain.

#39 Posted by ViciousReiven (793 posts) -

Are you all blind? if looking from above it is spinning clockways, not counter.

#40 Edited by noe (55 posts) -

I think my head is going to explode. I was staring at the cat picture trying to change directions. Nothing happened. Then I went to the dancer link and saw it going the same direction, counter clockwise. As soon as I looked away I saw the dancer rotating clockwise, so I went back to look at the cat and it still looked like it was moving counter clockwise. NOW the cat is moving clockwise. What the hell is going on in my mind!

#41 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

 This is one buff dude right?
#42 Posted by phrosnite (3517 posts) -
@ch13696: 
No, he is an ass :)
#43 Posted by Detrian (1126 posts) -

Until you load the image the cat is BOTH dead AND alive.

#44 Edited by gike987 (1721 posts) -

It change direction all the time. So it's hard to choose. But it started out spinning counter-clockwise so I pick that.

#45 Edited by phrosnite (3517 posts) -

So this proves that the brain sees, not the eyes... I remember hearing this on a science show...

#46 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1782 posts) -
@ViciousReiven said:
" Are you all blind? if looking from above it is spinning clockways, not counter. "
Nope. 
 

#47 Posted by RiotBananas (3600 posts) -

I don't care for this thread.

#48 Edited by McGhee (6091 posts) -

Waaahh. Brain freeze. 
 
Edit: You know, I can't get gifs to work either. :/

#49 Posted by Jambones (1696 posts) -

It's super weird when the illusion kicks in. I saw a similar one with a ballerina but I can't find it right now. 
 
@pretender15:
 I haven't read the other comments so for all I know info about posting gifs has already been addressed. Apologies if that's so, but I'll give you the run down anyway: upload a gif to Giant Bomb, click the picture to make it full size, right click on it and copy the image's url. Then, in the text entry box, insert an html element and type <img src="[image's url]'> and you should get what you're after.

#50 Posted by ViciousReiven (793 posts) -
@Green_Incarnate said:
" @ViciousReiven said:
" Are you all blind? if looking from above it is spinning clockways, not counter. "
Nope. 
 

"
I know how it actually works, the point was to make people look at it again and see it move the other direction. 
It starts out moving counter clockwise then when the side of the body is in full view the head continues counter while the body returns to it's original position, once they re-align the head switches (front and back are identical, so when it faces front it switches to back)  and then it repeats in reverse.   
  
To see move in either direction you just need to move it to your  peripheral vision and look back when it's either facing forward or backward, the frame of animation you return on determines what you see. 
 
And I just ruined this for everyone ;)