11 October 2007

Fascinating!

How do you see her turn?

I, of course, only see her turn clockwise and cannot fathom how some people can see her switch directions. What about you?

My right brain is warning you all I will die of curiosity if you don't let me know.

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PS - My father just rang to remind me that I should congratulate them bcs my parents met 38 years ago today. And then he told me the whole story, again (with my mother correcting him and adding to it in the background, both of them giggling) and I never tire of hearing it. So adorable! Four decades - FOUR DECADES! I am in awe.


20 furballs:

elswhere said...

Okay, this is WEIRD. It was totally, totally clockwise; even though I tried to make it turn the other way, I couldn't.

Then I looked at the article and read all the "left brain" traits and then focused on the dancer again...and she was turning anti-clockwise!

Tried it again, reading the right-brain traits this time, then back to the dancer, who was now once more turning decidedly clockwise.

Apparently, I can convince myself that I'm either left-brained or right-brained by reading about it.

Anonymous said...

oooh, this is cool! first i was clock-wise all the way. then i unfocused my eyes and, i think, was thinking about something else, reading the different descriptions on the left etc. then i looked at her again. she was turning clockwise, but this time also switching to anti-cw for short moments! i swear i wasn't concentrating, it felt like when your eyes finally relax and start seeing things in 3D, e.g. when reading aerial maps...
K.

Ana said...

This is so weird. It started out clockwise and then afetr I read the article it changed. Freaky!

KitchenImp said...

All of you are far more cerebrally ambidexterous than I am. I try and try and try and try and then try not trying, and I STILL can't see her turning the other way. It's completely outside the realm of possibility. I'm right-brained, all the way, no doubt about it.

Udge said...

Fascinating indeed. I can make her turn either way at will, but her "natural" direction is clockwise. (Battery empty, more after recharging. Bah.)

JoeinVegas said...

OH, clockwise only, no matter how I look at it. Guess I'm too structured.

Jenny said...

I cannot get her to go in the other direction! I'll keep staring at it. It's more fun than watching Dora, anyway, which is my other option at the moment....

m.bee said...

Four decades and still giggling! That *is* amazing.

Oh, and clockwise only. I work with people who can, like Udge, make her turn at will. I feel so incompetent.

Anonymous said...

It switches. Would explain why I generally have problems to make up my mind. Funny, have to forward this link NOW.
Lori

Soper said...

Clockwise. Although I could make it kind of stop by concentrating, it was totally clockwise.

portuguesa nova said...

Holy weirdness. Clockwise, then counterclockwise and I couldn't get it to go back clockwise again.

Ed said...

Clockwise for me too. The only way I could get it to go the other way is not to look directly at it (ie using peripheral vision).

And you really make me feel old. Sue and I got together in 1977, so we're only 8 years behind your parents.

Russell said...

For those of you who see her turn counterclockwise, which leg do you see raised? I see the right leg up, which is a strong cue for me, as dancers do this spin letting the raised leg trail behind them.

CarpeDM said...

Counter clockwise and then clockwise and then counter and then clockwise and then I threw up because I was dizzy since she kept spinning around so much. And no, I didn't really throw up. That was a joke.

Still giggling? I am in such awe of them as well. Have you posted the story?

paulmonster said...

Nothing but clockwise.

Troubled by the discernable nipples.

Udge said...

"troubled"?

Kristin said...

Completely and totally clockwise.

kirkjerk said...

So damn clockwise.
But I can change.

For people who can't make it switch, block off the figure, and just look at the shadow for a bit.

Personally, I'm skeptical about the left brain/right brain interpretation.

By coincidence, having posted this on my site a while back, today some guy asked for (and received) help making an 'avatar" sized version of this.

Dale said...

Clockwise. Can't make it switch, dang it. I'm usually good at that kind of thing.

Anonymous said...

it stayed clickwise for a long time. finally I could change it. but I don't think this interretation of right vs left brain can be correct, because I'm everything described for a left brain, still I see her moving clockwise a lot easier...