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Cake With Optical Illusion Icing Pattern Sets Reddit On Fire

Cake With Optical Illusion Icing Pattern Sets Reddit On Fire

It seems that everyone's latest obsession in this post-truth world is making sure that their truth is the thing people pay attention to. That can be something huge like politics or it can be something ridiculous like the colour of a dress. Or whether a certain noise sounds like 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'.

For the record, we don't think it sounds like it either of those two words, and we couldn't give a damn about the colour of a dress or flip flops.

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But this - this is different. Actually, it's not. It's just as silly. But the latest instalment of 'My Truth Is Truthier Than Yours' comes in the form of a cake. Or rather, the pattern of said cake.

Credit: Reddit
Credit: Reddit

It all started when Reddit user Pentox posted a picture of a cake that had been iced with a white glaze across the top of which were patterned lines of chocolate glaze.

It's not the most appetising-looking dessert we've ever seen, but it looks tasty. Pentox didn't care much for taste. Rather the user asked Reddit users 'which direction do you see the curly braces pointing?'.

Now, maybe they didn't know what they were doing by asking that, but all hell broke loose, because - apparently - as you look at the image the brown lines seem to change direction as if it were an optical illusion.

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Again, for the record, to us, it just looks like a cake that's pretty tasty and makes us a little bit hungry. But more than 7,000 people who have nothing better to do with their time have been debating the direction of the lines and are astounded by the cake's visual trickery

The dress that started it all. Credit: Twitter
The dress that started it all. Credit: Twitter

Really, though, it just depends where your eyes' focus falls when you look at it because - spoiler alert - the brackets actually seem to point both up and down AT THE SAME TIME. It's not one or the other, it's both.

Trippy, man. The best bit about the picture of the cake was Pentox's little caption, which made reference to a syntax error in coding, which uses brackets that look very similar.

It also doubles up, presumably unintentionally, as a reference to, well, pretty much all of humanity right now. And that's perhaps the most troubling thing about the cake. We just want to eat it already so we don't have to think about it anymore.

Although, thinking about it, the pictures would still exist. Who knows - maybe the cake has already been eaten. Or maybe it hasn't. Which is it? And will we ever know?

Featured Image Credit: Reddit

Topics: Viral, Food, Community, Reddit, Weird, Cake

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

 

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