This Independence Day optical illusion is baffling me

It's Independence Day in the States today, so what better way to celebrate the holiday than with a US-themed optical illusion? The patriotic design was shared on Reddit and has left users scratching their heads. 

Redditor FoxyJnr987 posted the mind-bending recreation of the flag on a vexillology (the study of flags) group. And seeing as today is 4 July, it seemed like the perfect brain-frazzler to start the celebrations off (and then tomorrow you can start your day with some more mind-boggling designs with our roundup of optical illusions). At first glance, the design just looks like an artistic interpretation of the famous flag. However, what if we told you that the vertical stripes are actually completely straight?

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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.