Let’s flashback to February 2015, when ‘The Dress’ threatened to implode the internet. Over two years later, the world has still not fully recovered from the viral phenomenon. So, people weren’t ready when another mind-bending image surfaced online this week. Here we go again…
The world was firmly divided by “The Dress”, with the population split between ‘Team White and Gold’ and ‘Team Blue and Black’. It was eventually confirmed that the dress, made by Roman Originals, was blue and black, despite the fact that over two thirds of those who saw the image thought that the dress was white and gold.
The £50 dress sold out within 30 minutes after going viral, as people clamored to get their hands on the most famous dress in the world since the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
The mass confusion even prompted scientists to investigate the mystery behind the viral image. They established that the color you see is a result of how the human brain perceives color and highly dependent on the device you view the image on, and your surroundings.
For many the scientific explanation didn’t help quell the confusion and as a result, the legend of ‘The Dress’ lives on today. However, it is now being eclipsed by another mind-bending phenomenon.
If you have only just recovered from truth about ‘The Dress’, then you are not ready for the next wave of confusion which now comes in the form of a basic trainer…
Facebook user Nicole Coulthard innocently shared an image of her trainers online after she had a “big argument” with her mom about their color. The simple snap provoked a wild debate in the comments section as users clashed over their observations. Are they turquoise and grey, or pink and white?
Speaking to Metro, Coulthard explained how she and her mother had a clash of opinions over the color:
“She texted back saying they are pink mum, but when she looked at the pic she saw blue too. She sent it to me and I was convinced they are pink, we had a big argument as she said I only said pink because I knew she had bought pink shoes so that’s why I decided to put it up.”
But if Coulthard had shared the image to help get a definitive answer, she was mistaken. Quickly the comments section on the post turned into a riot as her friends, and even some strangers, began to argue over what they saw.
The post garnered over 1,000 comments in just one day, prompting viral pages to share it and spread it even further. However, that also didn’t help people come to a conclusion.
The true color of the trainers is unknown, so for now the mystery is unsolved and it is unclear who is right and wrong with their color observations. No doubt the truth will be exposed soon, in the mean time we can all agree that they are pink and white, right?!
Still confused? This handy video explains the science behind the mystery: