Call it “The Dress” of this past weekend. This Einstein-Monroe hybrid has been making the rounds, and it’s easy to see why. Although it was originally created in 2007, ASAPScience has recently broken down why exactly this image is so frustrating and infectious.
According to ASAPScience’s video, “Depending on how well you’re able to focus or pick up contrast, your eye will only pick out certain details.”
That means that you may only be able to pick up on one or the other, or that it might take one person a lot longer to see Marilyn and Albert.
So, what are the tricks? How do you get the best results? Well, up close, you’ll see Einstein, because the image is in sharp focus. It’s here you’ll see him in all his glory, wrinkles and all. This will work on your phone or computer, of course. As for seeing a glimpse of the blonde bombshell? Some say it’s best to squint very hard, leaving only the slightest crack in your eye. But others believe the best approach is to walk away from your screen so that the soft focused image will become more clear.
It’s a cute and fun optical illusion that we’re so happy has returned.