Impossible Objects

This section features pictures of objects that are completely impossible. Some are renderings or diagrams of such objects, others are actual models created from several objects that when viewed from a specific location produce the illusion of the impossible shape.

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Impossible ring illusion
Added: March 11, 2013 | 4 comments
This 3D optical illusion was created by graphic artist Robert Ausbourne. As you can see it is designed to look like a copper ring which has been highlighted on a black background. If you turn the imag...

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Impossible rectangle on wall illusion
Added: February 21, 2013 | 1 comment
This wonderful example of sidewalk art shows an image of a blue rectangle shape drawn on the side of a brick wall. In this optical illusion you will notice that the rectangle has been drawn in such a ...

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Headless man illusion
Added: January 21, 2013 | 2 comments
I think almost everyone has seen or heard about the way ostriches bury their heads in the sand - well this is an illusion of what appears to be a man with his head buried inside a wall. No wonder peop...

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Temple of many columns
Added: May 28, 2011 | 77 comments
Naile sent us this drawing of a rather unusual temple, while at a glance it may seem that there\'s nothing particularly unusual about it if you look closer you will find that the number of columns are...

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Lego impossible object
Added: April 11, 2011 | 11 comments
This is an alternative version of an impossible object made out of lego, the straight beam across the top appears to connect to the front and back columns without bending even though they are some dis...

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Simpsons Escher
Added: April 8, 2011 | 10 comments
The Simpsons have done a lot of unusual things over the years during the famous introduction sequence in which Homer and family rush in to their living room and sit down on the couch in front of the t...

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Floating tap illusion
Added: April 7, 2011 | 19 comments
Here is an unusual spectacle that can be found at a water park called Aqualand in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. Visitors to the park are treated to a view of this faucet that appears to be floating in...

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Impossible Trident Illusion
Added: October 24, 2009 | 16 comments
This well used optical illusion also sometimes referred to as a "blivet" is an impossible shape consisting of three prongs but with only two connecting segments. ...

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Impossible Shelves Illusion
Added: September 8, 2009 | 28 comments
This classic illusion consists of a series of shelves attached to a wall, but exactly how many shelves are there ? Try counting them from the left and then from the right, are they the same ?...

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Impossible Crate
Added: May 30, 2009 | 11 comments
This ridiculous object was snapped outside a bar by Simon Scott, its another take on the well known "impossible triangle" illusion but which uses a bit of creativity to create a wooden box shape. Is t...

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Linked Triangles
Added: May 29, 2009 | 11 comments
As if one impossible triangle wasn't enough here we have three triangles connected together in an impossible manner. Can you worked out how these are linked ?...

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Impossible Columns
Added: May 29, 2009 | 8 comments
This Roman soldier looks a bit perplexed and its no surprise, how many columns are there exactly ?...

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Crazy Crate
Added: May 29, 2009 | 9 comments
Here's an absurd and completely impossible wooden crate, a different take on the classic impossible triangle illusion....

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Elephant Legs
Added: May 28, 2009 | 24 comments
This one is sure to get you thinking, how many legs does this elephant have ? Not as straight forward as it may first appear, this picture has been featured in books and on web sites for years. Have y...

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Austrian Impossible Triangle
Added: May 25, 2009 | 7 comments
A large scale sculpture of an "impossible triangle", this one is located in Gotschuchen, Southern Austria. ...

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Impossible Dice Triangle
Added: May 25, 2009 | 13 comments
This take on the classic "impossible triangle" or "Penrose triangle" illusion uses dice to create the appearance of an object that is fundamentally impossible in ordinary Euclidean space. ...

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