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Was a mirage involved in the Titanic's sinking?

I watched a documentary, Titanic's Final Mystery. It premise is summarised by this Smithsonian Magazine article. An unusual optical phenomenon explains why the Titanic struck an iceberg and ...
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Are the lips of this illumination of St. Mary moving?

The Mirror reports that a video of footage of an illumination of St. Mary, at St Charbel's Church in Sydney, Australia, appears to have her her lips moving to a prayer: I'm skeptic... but I don't ...
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Is this dress blue and black in colour?

Buzzfeed, and other social media, are buzzing about this image: When I see this image, I can only see a gold and white dress. However, others claim that the dress is actually black and blue in colour....
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Is Sandro Del-Prete's “Message d'Amour des Dauphins” a pervert test?

You may have seen this image on the web or in an email with the following description: Scientific research showed that children can’t recognise erotic scenes. Instead they see 9 dolphins. On the ...
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Is there any scientific evidence that this illusion illustrates which side of our brain we use?

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/weird/the-right-brain-vs-left-brain/story-e6frev20-1111114577583 the newspaper article makes the claim that if you look at the image and the dancer is spinning ...
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Do vertical stripes make you look thinner?

It is perceived wisdom that vertical stripes on clothing make a person look thinner and horizontal stripes make them look fatter. Has any research been done into these optical illusions that support ...
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What is the commonly accepted mechanism that causes people to experience pareidolia?

I often see cases of pareidolia reported in the news, on blogs, and even here. I think remember reading in Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan that this had an evolutionary origin (i.e. if you see a ...
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Is the “Face on Mars” an artificial structure?

Is the famous image of a face on Mars a trick of the light or an artificial structure reprinting a face?