While 2016 won’t go down as a vintage year for political stability, nor the safety of our childhood heroes, it has turned out to be very good indeed for one thing in particular:
Winding up the internet.
After last year’s furore over that dress, the web has since been rife with mind-melting puzzles, optical illusions and outright annoying imagery.
Here are 11 of the best (or worst) from this year. Prepare to get riled.
Shiny legs or painted white?
A natural successor to the whole brouhaha over the (bloody) dress, debate was in abundance when internet users were posed a simple question – are these legs oiled or spattered with white paint?
Interestingly, it would appear from the subsequent coverage (of which there was tons, because it’s 2016 and the media has eaten itself) that most people at first see shiny legs, but once they realise it is in fact paint, they cannot unsee it.
Another brick in the wall
Tri, tri, tri again
Possibly the worst strain of brainteaser, this – one that doesn’t have a conclusive answer.
Look at the picture, count the triangles, feel shit/smug depending on how many you’ve clocked.
But wait, some believe there are not merely 18, but 19, 24, 28 even.
Cheers for ruining our day, People’s Daily, China.