It’s not everyday the internet joins together on a vision quest, but some photos have the power to spark an internet debate. It’s because of how people perceive things — especially color — differently.
Case in point: People are still talking about the instant viral phenomenon that’s now known as “the dress.” In fact, it’s five years ago to the day since that one garment captivated the masses. The infamous question of whether the polarizing striped frock was blue and black or white and gold garnered millions of hits and spurred passionate social media clashes. Now a study published in April by the Journal of Vision basically concluded that our different takes all boil down to one thing: the way each individual perceives the way light illuminated the dress differently.
While a new photo hasn’t reached the dress’s fame levels, here are five pictures that got the internet’s eyes popping.
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THE only dress that ever mattered
BuzzFeed staffer Cates Holderness put the user’s original query online with a poll that prompted the citizens of the internet to lose its collective mind because each person was 100% certain of the dress’s true colors.
America's Dad or Sly Comedian?
Laura R. of Scotland originally submitted the photo in question to the parenting blog “Reasons My Son Is Crying” back in May 2013. The puzzling snapshot resurfaced in October 2016 and immediately divided the internet into two camps: some thought it was America’s dad Tom Hanks, while others were convinced it was the elusive comedian Bill Murray.
Super Shiny Legs or a Paint Job?
When Hunter Culverhouse posted a photo of legs to Instagram, the snapshot confused thousands on the internet. Some thought her limbs were splashed with white paint, and others saw very glossy, shiny legs.