This perplexing optical illusion was discovered completely by accident

The accidental optical illusion design
(Image credit: SlipperyPockets)

We see plenty of optical illusions here at Creative Bloq, but we have a particular soft spot for the illusions discovered by accident. Not only are they baffling, but they always have an interesting back story – and today's find is no exception. A totally mind-bending optical illusion has been shared on Reddit that was discovered completely by accident.

The mind-boggler was posted by a teacher who explained that he accidentally created the optical illusion when trying to make 12 poppies out of paper. At first glance, it looks as though each of the poppies are overlapping with each other when in reality, they aren't even touching. It looks as though he accidentally used a well-known law of visual perception when drawing out the poppies (but more on that later). If you're enjoying this illusion then you'll love our roundup of the best optical illusions

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.