Friday, February 27, 2015

The Dress Debate

Black and blue or white and gold? That is what thousands of people can't seem to stop questioning.  The internet has exploded into a war. Those who see black and blue vs. those who see white and gold. Even celebrities are enlisting in this fight. A tumblr user "swiked" posted this picture yesterday, February 26th, with the caption, "guys please help me - is this dress white and gold or blue and black? Me and my friends can't agree and we're freaking the f*** out"

At first I saw this on Twitter and thought it was some sort of hoax. Obviously the dress is gold and white. Right? I was so set on this theory and thought everyone else was playing a practical joke over the internet. But I am sitting here right now staring at this picture and a black and blue dress is sitting before me.

There is science behind this phenomenon that allows us to see the dress as different colors. The lighting of the image, which has a bluish tint, is what's making our brains see the colors that we see. Our brains interpret the colors different ways due to the quantity of light that is coming into our retina. Long story short, how sensitive our brains are to the blue tint of the background, determines what we see.

So what do you see? Blue and black? White and gold? Or both?

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