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Grey Dots

An optical illusion is a visually perceived image that is deceptive or misleading.


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Submitted By:Jake


Small grey dots should appear at the intersections of the squares, but if you look directly at the intersection, the grey dots will disappear.

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Posted by rkaaland on Nov 13, 2005

I just love em!!!! I wonder what it would take to get pink dots!!

Posted by signmeup74 on Nov 14, 2005

A headache?

Posted by redraptor50 on Nov 14, 2005

Great!! Love these, now I see dots everywhere

Posted by scm14 on Nov 14, 2005

Ow! My head!!! And I think my eyes went crossed!!!

Posted by FerretGirl on Nov 14, 2005

That is sooooooooo cool! It's sort of like the stars above my bed, you stare at them and they disappear.

Posted by yemenie on Nov 15, 2005

dammmmmmm this ilussion made me dizzzy, but its coooool keep them coming

Posted by g0ddess on Nov 15, 2005

I have seen that one before - it was still neat tho!

Posted by costley51 on Nov 15, 2005

It is really cool. It is even better with more squares.

Posted by LindseyAnne34 on Nov 16, 2005

Zuni, I think that was a little harsh. I happened to like it. Good job.

Posted by metallicman on Nov 16, 2005

I like it. Even though *some* people seem to have seen it a thousand times, that doesn't make it any less good. Nice teaser, I like the illusion.

Posted by BrownEyes on Nov 17, 2005

Ahhh, I always loved that one, ever since I was little.

Posted by bookworm91 on Nov 18, 2005

i like that one!

Posted by kickthecan on Nov 19, 2005

I think I saw that one before, but I still like that one

Posted by IMPAUDITOR2 on Nov 20, 2005


Posted by LordT on Nov 20, 2005

i can see the grey dots when i look directly at it so i don't like it

Posted by mrbrainyboy on Nov 22, 2005

can't see..... can't orient self......... can't normal..........

Posted by wolfmanh on Nov 24, 2005

All I see now are spots in front of my eyes. these are great

Posted by froggz41 on Nov 24, 2005

wow grey dots a lot of grey dots how fun

Posted by npf2005 on Dec 01, 2005

made me feel sick!!!

Posted by azbee123 on Dec 01, 2005

that was really cool!!!!!

Posted by sgtammo on Dec 04, 2005

Good. Who say everything is in black & white?

Posted by hockeygirl on Dec 11, 2005

now that was pimpin!!!! i loved it!!
alyhough it gave me a big headache and made my eyes hurt

Posted by Armaidenpriya on Dec 11, 2005

whew! That's super nifty!

Posted by katiebug on Dec 16, 2005

liked it alot! two thumbs up!

Posted by mrtickles on Dec 17, 2005

Can anyone give the physiological explaination for this phenomenon?

Posted by Baby_Girl on Dec 19, 2005

That was wicked

Posted by TehIgnored on Dec 24, 2005

that one has always freaked me out.

Posted by TheEarthling on Dec 27, 2005

What the...?

Posted by normalgirl1995 on Dec 30, 2005

that was soooo awesome! tricky but fun! i luv opticall-illusions!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by luckythirteen on Jan 01, 2006

this one always makes me confused...good illusion

Posted by sebastian on Jan 07, 2006

oh god that cught me off gaurd!

Posted by muskratgal89 on Jan 10, 2006

I saw them right away...sweet

Posted by SPUTNIK2 on Jan 13, 2006

kinda spooky, I loved it, thanks

Posted by princess_kayti1 on Jan 16, 2006

It has the power to fracture my jaw. COOL.

Posted by puppylover1031 on Jan 17, 2006

great teaser keep 'em coming

Posted by puttaholic on Jan 18, 2006

i love these illusions, a good noggin' scratcher

Posted by monkeygal on Jan 19, 2006

I liked this illusion.........but it made my eyes water! Keep them comming!

Posted by Celanba on Jan 22, 2006

How do they do that??

Posted by ragethe3rd on Feb 04, 2006

Oooo grey... Cool.

Posted by RYANMALONE on Feb 09, 2006

i couldnt see them
although i know i works cause i have a version at home

Posted by Saketh on Feb 12, 2006


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Posted by luckythirteen on Feb 17, 2006

i've seen this before. but i love it all the same! you rock braingle peeps!

Posted by kci2994 on Mar 05, 2006

OMG! this is so cool! when i look at a spot i could see grey dots arount it! if i go to another spot with a grey dot i cant see it anymore! i luv optical illusions!

Posted by I_am_SAM on Mar 08, 2006

Fabulous! I'm see dots everywhere now! Loved it!

Posted by 98_angel on Mar 11, 2006

cool were did u get it from??? nice 1 by the way i loved it

Posted by 98_angel on Mar 11, 2006

it was cool but i need a doc cuz' I'm see'n dots

Posted by Chakoteya on Mar 12, 2006

This is similar to an optician's test for blind spot.

Posted by Methlos on Mar 12, 2006

they got this 1 all over the walls at my school it's scary

Posted by charles445 on Mar 12, 2006

This is a fun one

Even through it's popularity it still is baffling

Try telling your little brother/sister to touch the dots with their fingers!

They'll keep looking at their fingers!

Posted by charles445 on Mar 12, 2006

Also because they look at their fingers the dots dissapear.

Sorry if the previous was unclear

Posted by soccerstar_1515 on Mar 13, 2006

ive seen that 1 before

Posted by RedAngle65 on Mar 14, 2006

Cool One! Gray dots now no gray dots!

Posted by riddlelover on Mar 17, 2006


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Posted by amygurl101 on Mar 18, 2006

pretty sweet. wierd how some of these things work

Posted by faithie377 on Mar 19, 2006

i loved it it was so cool!! :rol:

Posted by faithie377 on Mar 19, 2006

oops i mean

Posted by pianostar3212 on Mar 20, 2006

they're makin me kinda dizzy.

Posted by katieevs on Mar 21, 2006

This is really amazing - I could sit and stare at it for ages.....

Posted by lukeschett on Mar 21, 2006

I'm a human wedgie.
Oh no, you sank my jengaship.

Posted by jj_is_cool on Mar 22, 2006

if u cross ur eyes it is not there

Posted by crazykook on Apr 15, 2006

they were there then they were gone! and then they were there and then they were gone WIERD!

Posted by Cridol on May 02, 2006

did it many times before

Posted by Psychic_Master on May 11, 2006

A very popular, but very cool one.

Posted by watup90306 on May 18, 2006

wow dats hurts ma head..lols...♥

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Posted by frisky_kitty on May 22, 2006

awesome!! i couldn't see it at first but then i finally got i!!

Posted by danielzerman on Jun 18, 2006

how does it work

Posted by brits1994 on Jun 22, 2006

LOVE IT Cooleo

Posted by schoo on Jun 25, 2006

Soooo cool, where did you get these from?

Posted by beautifulgurl on Jun 25, 2006

Yeah and if you stare at the black squares, they grow in size!!

Posted by akl21 on Jun 27, 2006

I wonder if it's because your eyes mix the black and white together to get gray. Hmmm....

Good one, though!!

Posted by markita1 on Aug 23, 2006

i like i like alot i loved how the dots disappeared when i looked at it

Posted by Shriya on Aug 24, 2006

I have seen that one many a times before!

Posted by fleur_delacour_ on Aug 24, 2006

kewl but painfful on he brain fyou know what i mean!LOL!^_^

Posted by Dishhead5 on Sep 04, 2006

OK dude nice one I've seen it b4 still cool but a note: epileptics will get affected by the flashing of the grey dots... so please put up a warning.

still good

Posted by Lizzie713 on Oct 28, 2006

Thats Awesome!!!

Posted by on Nov 03, 2006

my glass eye jus fell out!!!!!!

Posted by cooltigerr1 on Mar 31, 2007

haha i've seen this before! its cool

Posted by melina on Apr 16, 2007

dats class!

Posted by nerdyiscool on May 16, 2007

ooh pwetty dots...

Posted by nerdyiscool on May 16, 2007

p.s. rkaaland, the sqares would b red to get pink. I like pink, it's pwetty...

Posted by katiekinnss1 on May 22, 2007

that one is a good one I like it.

Posted by rose996 on May 24, 2007

LOVE IT!!! Isn't it amazing how the mind works?!

Posted by famouslastwords on May 31, 2007

ahhhh... my eyes they burn!!!

Posted by lilrena4ever on May 31, 2007

LOL i saw it b4....its a classic

Posted by NiseyD on Jun 16, 2007

I think that you should hide your answers so they can work it out themselves! like in the logic grids n mysters!

Posted by FutureMD on Jun 18, 2007

Yes, it's a very interesting illustion, but I feel that the Scintillating Grid Illusion is a more effective version of this one.

Posted by princess2007 on Jun 21, 2007

i pretty much say the same thing as 'mr.tickles'. Anyone know how this works? i myself liked the idea of the eye mixing black and white.

Posted by saltydavid on Jun 28, 2007

I'm no opthamologist so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's similar to the US Flag illusion. If you stare at a color for too long, the cones in your retina or the nerves from them get 'tired' of sending that color; they run out of chemicals or neurotransmitters or whatever. When you then look at white, the complementary colors wake up rested and refreshed and transmit their part of the white light (which contains the entire visible spectrum). So, your brain sees the blue part of the white light but those poor orange (red and green?) cones are still too tired to transmit. So your brain only senses the blue behind the stars.

In this illusion, the white fatigues all of your cones so the complement is black. This illusion is designed so that as you move one intersection left, for instance, the intersection you left mostly fills in where the one on the right used to be, increasing its saturation time.

It seems, too, that the fact that you have many fewer cones outside your focal point makes it easier to fatigue the ones farther from where you're looking; maybe there's some load sharing among the cones in the focal point to keep the problem to a minimum where you're looking.

You will notice, if you can keep your gaze perfectly still on one intersection, nothing moves. But when you finally do move, the effect is stronger.

Posted by 1smart_okie on Jul 06, 2007


Posted by happyhak on Aug 01, 2007

Whoa! Spooky!

Posted by Stewie on Aug 24, 2007

I've seen this hundreds of times and it still freaks me out.

Posted by Casinova-j on Sep 06, 2007

this is cool..i like these

Posted by awest4803 on Sep 15, 2007

Oi... This one makes me a little dizzy...

Posted by MellowWillow on Sep 15, 2007

To cool!

Posted by meg_meg_86 on Nov 12, 2007

I like that one altho it made my eyes hurt...

Posted by SAZZA_7 on Jan 11, 2008

hey im first to post in 08!!

i liked it but i gotta head ache now!

it hurts

Posted by Holo on Jan 16, 2008

Cool illusion !

Posted by Dackstar on Jan 18, 2008

Lol 101st post.
Nice one - a classic.

Posted by Jacob96 on Apr 23, 2008

very cool

Posted by uhhhh on May 09, 2008

Doesn't work for me, haha! I stared at one and it turned black.

Posted by Natrix on May 23, 2008


Posted by ZGymnast on May 26, 2008

That is kool!

Posted by Fuchunky on May 29, 2008

Cool! Looks knda like something that I can't describe though

Posted by StreetsDisciple on Jul 01, 2008

Posted by pat_the_pat on Oct 02, 2008

they are like ghosts i know im going to have nightmares about this *not relly*

Posted by pat_the_pat on Oct 02, 2008

they are like ghosts i know im going to have nightmares about this *not relly*

Posted by here2 on Dec 24, 2008

very cool.

Posted by reggie57 on Mar 31, 2009


too cool!!!

Posted by mir77 on May 16, 2009

it, uh, it braingle black magic

Posted by chemical_crayon on Oct 19, 2009

thats kool

Posted by gathena on May 27, 2010

I have seen that before there are 2 of them except the other one is biger than this one! But it's still cool!

Posted by BriangleJJ on Jul 08, 2010

For some reason I think this illusion's going to huant me for many days to come... ... ...

Posted by Mandy7 on Jul 31, 2011

thats weird...

Posted by Benjiboo on Nov 05, 2011

heehee .......................

Posted by Tife4real on Dec 16, 2011

wow,this is very cool

Posted by onedirection741 on Jun 10, 2012


Posted by Coleen on Aug 02, 2012

strange how that works!

Posted by Hans5710 on Mar 15, 2017

Jake is th only one who posts OI?

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