Take a look at these two pictures.

Each can be seen as two completely different things. Try to find both. If you're stumped, click on the button underneath each picture and we'll give you hints that will help you see both pictures.

If you're having trouble seeing the second picture, try looking at the picture from a distance. Sometimes that helps.







Sometimes, there are two completely different ways to look at the same thing. When a picture doesn't give you enough information to decide how to view it, your brain has to make a choice. The choice you make may happen without you ever realizing that you are making a choice. That's because a lot of the time, you don't realize that there are actually two ways to see the thing you're looking at.

This brain-bending puzzle comes from the Exploratorium's Brain Explorer ,
a book available for purchase through our online store .

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