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    How many letters are in this image?

    How many letters are in this image?

    PS: argg, my first poll, and I screw it up

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    I only see three complete letters.

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    well the 'f' could be an 'e' as well.
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    0, but I see three illusiory letters. [Edit: And two more patterns that my mind could twist to interpret as letters.]
    "Words that make questions may not be questions at all."
    - Neil deGrasse Tyson, answering loaded question in ten words or less
    at a 2010 talk MCed by Stephen Colbert.

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    3. If there is a way to see more, will you tell us tomorrow?
    Forming opinions as we speak

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    I'm not going to bother to dig any deeper than 3. It'll drive me mad.

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    It could be the name of a very famous Westerrn photo studio in Deadwood, (FLY) or perhaps it could be the name of a class of insects (FLY).

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    I remember when I first saw this illusion. I couldn't for the life of me see anything there. Since the "hidden" word was pointed out however, I can't for the life of me only focus on the black shapes and not see the word.

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    The word popped out at me immediately. But while you're on the subject, hheb09'1, I was looking at this cool site a while ago, and for the life of me I can't make the cat disappear. Scroll down here and you'll see the blue cat. I can make all the other illusions "work," but not that one or the two yellow balls that are supposed to show a furtive figure or heart.

    There's also a link on that page to another page with a nice pictorial explaining the moon illusion.

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    A question: you know those letter/number security verifications so many sites use when buying something or signing up? Do dyslexic people have a problem with those, and do they have a problem with these kind of optical illusions? I was just thinking that if they don't read those security codes correctly, that would be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melusine
    Do dyslexic people have a problem with those [...]
    W3C: Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA -- Alternatives to Visual Turing Tests on the Web

    Abstract
    A common method of limiting access to services made available over the Web is visual verification of a bitmapped image. This presents a major problem to users who are blind, have low vision, or have a learning disability such as dyslexia. This document examines a number of potential solutions that allow systems to test for human users while preserving access by users with disabilities.
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    Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations. --Carl Sagan

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    Thanks, Binary Man, for doing my homework. But what about these sort of word-related optical illusions? I'm wondering why some people here saw only one letter or more than three (I mean that I'm wondering about those specific people here). I'll ponder some more....
    Last edited by Melusine; 2006-Apr-10 at 06:30 AM. Reason: typo

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    And here is the hat you can buy


    but I still only see 3.
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    will we have to wait until then for the answer?
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    I see a big a *FLY*. I guess one could manipulate the shapes to find other letters, but I'll vote 3.

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    Depends on how carried away you want to get with creative interpretation of serifs. Without getting too crazy with them, 3 letters come to mind. If I allowed a lot of license with serifs and variance from the way most people print letters, I could conjure up more.

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    Zero. I don't get it. :shrug:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melusine
    The word popped out at me immediately. But while you're on the subject, hheb09'1, I was looking at this cool site a while ago, and for the life of me I can't make the cat disappear. Scroll down here and you'll see the blue cat. I can make all the other illusions "work," but not that one or the two yellow balls that are supposed to show a furtive figure or heart.
    For the cat, you seem to need to stare at the exact same spot for 15 seconds or so. If you move your eyes at all in that time, you're back where you started. (I was able to get the cat to start to fade but not go away completely.)
    Everything I need to know I learned through Googling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift
    Zero. I don't get it. :shrug:
    I meant to include that as one of the options on the poll. Sorry about that.

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    4, & I've got a sore neck now...

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    I've got a feeling that there is a whole different word(other than 'fly') in there somewhere.
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    3 obvious letters + 3 sorta letters

    ooh, and plus a small arrow

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    I see a castle, with a moat and drawbridge, and a dragon, but it's a friendly dragon. And I see a bus, and on the bus I see Billy, and I see Suzie, and I see Bobby, and I see you too!

    Anybody remember Romper Room?

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    Well, since hhEb09'1 voted for 5, I may need to change my answer.

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    Naw, I always vote for the wrong ones

    even in the federal elections

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    Romper Room. . .

    THAT is a blast from the past!

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    I see the word "FLY" in the image. Or perhaps it could be "ELY"

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    I regret that the letters I see weren't more precisely formed. F, L, and Y are among the small number of letters that can form good self-similar conjugates, with figure-ground ambiguity.

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    OK, those of you who couldn't see "FLY" in that, can you see FLY now?

    Or, is there anybody who could not see FLY? Nothing to be ashamed of.

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    the image---8 letters

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