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Marilyn Monroe or Albert Einstein: Who Do You See?

When you look at this photo, do you see Marilyn Monroe or Albert Einstein? This strange illusion makes for an interesting eye test and it has nothing to do with color or lighting. There’s really no trickery involved.

When you first look at the photo, you should see a blurry version of Albert Einstein. If you step back and view the photo from a distance, you’re more likely to see Marilyn Monroe. That means you probably have good vision. The further away you can still see Einstein, the better your eyes likely are.

If you wear glasses, take them off and try the test again. If you’re like me, you’ll get different results. You can also alter the results by squinting your eyes.

The image is a hybrid. It combines a low spatial frequency image with a high spatial frequency image. How close you are to the picture affects how well your eyes can focus and pick out certain details. If your eyes are normal, you should be able to pick out finer details up close, and see Einstein. As you get further away, it’s harder to see find details and you’ll probably only see the general features of Monroe.

It’s a fun eye test that may actually catch a problem with your eyesight. But don’t take the test’s word for it. Have your eyes tested by a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist.

According to the Mayo Clinic, an eye exam can detect eye problems at their earliest stage — when they’re most treatable. That’s why eye exams are so important. Have your eyes checked at the first sign of a problem. If you don’t have vision problems and are healthy, this is when to have your eyes examined:

  • Children: the first comprehensive eye exam should be done between the ages of three and five.
  • School-age children and teens: vision test before first grade, then every two years.
  • Healthy adults without vision problems: vision test every two to four years. After age 65, every one to two years.

You’ll need to have your eyes examined more frequently if you have vision problems or certain health conditions.

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Not long after the color of “the dress” took over the Internet, another optical illusion has the Web abuzz. This one, though, may help you diagnose vision issues.

Watch the video above from the distance away from your computer screen at which you usually sit. Whom do you see coming toward you? From afar, you may see actress Marilyn Monroe. If you have good vision, the figure should start becoming physicist Albert Einstein soon after the image grows larger. If you’re still seeing the blonde pin-up, it might be time to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor and invest in some glasses or contacts.

A research team lead by Professor Aude Oliva at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, created the illusion years ago. A recent video posted by AsapScience explains how it works. “Depending on how well you’re able to focus or pick up contrast your eye will only pick out details…As the distance increases or if your vision is poor…you only see general features, like the shape of the mouth, nose and hair, and are left seeing Marilyn Monroe.” But if you have keen eyesight, you’ll catch Einstein’s bushy eyebrows and mustache and wrinkles.

The illusion also works as a still image. The farther away you move from the picture while still seeing Einstein, the better your vision.

Which famous face do you see?

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The recent worldwide debate about the color of a dress has piqued the public’s interest in illusions. While there are many that are making their rounds, the most fascinating is one created by researchers at Boston’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007. In addition to being fun, it apparently also serves as a vision test.

The team led by Dr. Aude Olivia began by creating a hybrid image dubbed “Marilyn Einstein.” It features a blurry photo of Marilyn Monroe superimposed over a finely detailed picture of Albert Einstein. Since the Marilyn image possesses fewer pixels, it is what the eyes see when viewing the photo from a distance. However, up close the intricate details become more apparent, magically transforming the same image into a photo of Albert Einstein.

But according to the researchers, the transformation only happens for people that have good vision or the right eyeglass prescription. Those that do not will be unable to discern the finer details and hence only see it as a blurry photo of Marilyn Monroe.

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In addition to serving as an impromptu eye test, the photo also enabled researchers to determine how the human brain processes images. The study entailed exposing participants to “Marilyn Einstein” for varying lengths of time. The people who viewed the image for about 30 milliseconds saw only Marilyn while those permitted to see it for least 150 milliseconds were able to process the finer details and see Albert Einstein.

This led the MIT team to conclude that the human brain digests images by first focusing on the bigger picture and then the details. Hence, when it is not given sufficient time, it makes its conclusions based on the initial cursory glance.

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This is not the only fun hybrid picture created by the team that has spent over a decade studying how image illusions. Look closely at the photo above. From a reasonable distance, you will most likely see the man on the top left scowling while the woman on the top right has a neutral emotion. Move away from your computer, and you will notice a drastic change – the angry man turns calm, and the calm woman transforms into an angry male. It may also appear as though the woman on the bottom left is smiling!

Dr. Aude Olivia’s team believes that their findings can greatly benefit businesses. For example, it can be used to advertise multiple products with logos that change in appearance as the viewer moves closer or farther away from the image. We think there is an even better use case – to make eye tests a little less scary!


Test your eyesight – Do you see Einstein or Marilyn Monroe?

The video mixes a detailed photo of Einstein with a blurry photo of Monroe. Called a hybrid image, it combines a low spatial frequency and a high one.

As the image gradually enlarges people with good eyesight will see Einstein clearly and ignore the fuzzy face of Monroe. On the other hand, when the picture gets further away, people with poor eyesight wont be able to pick up the details in Einstein’s face – they will only pick up a blurry image. If Monroe dominates your vision, then you should get your eyes checked with optician. As CTV news says, you move away from the photo, you stop noticing those details and begin to process the “broader strokes” instead. That means Monroe’s hair and eyes start to dominate the picture. The video explains that, “Up close, we’re generally able to pick up fine details like Einstein’s mustache and wrinkles. But as the distance increases, or if your vision is poor and creates a more blurred image in the first place, your ability to pick up details fades away.” The Independent quotes an article in the Times, which said, “When subjects were shown hybrid images for 30 milliseconds, they were only able to distinguish the low spatial resolution, or blurry, parts. However, when they saw the images for 150 milliseconds, they only recognised the image produced in high spatial resolution.” Another similar image from MIT shows a motorbike changing into a bicycle.

The MailOnline says that the researchers at MIT have spent a decade working on such optical illusions to gain a better understanding of how our brains process information. The hybrid optical illusions are examples of the way images can be hidden with textures, words and other objects. Dr Oliva from MIT, who created the image, said the test also shows that our brains pick out fine detail in some situations, and broader detail in others. The video was posted on YouTube by Asap Science, which is a YouTube channel created by two Canadians, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown. It produces weekly videos on many different science topics.

Marilyn Monroe Or Albert Einstein? Optical Illusion Can Tell If You Need Glasses Or Not


A blurry picture of Marilyn Monroe superimposed with a finely detailed image of Albert Einstein could help you figure out if you need eyeglasses or contacts.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed the hybrid image called “Marilyn Einstein,” which, if you have clear vision, will look like the Hollywood bombshell from afar but will shift into an image of the revered physicist when it gets up close. People who have vision problems may not be able to see a picture of Einstein anywhere.

This is because the image of Monroe that makes up one-half of the optical illusion has far fewer pixels than the image of Einstein, which has super dense pixels that make the little details, like Einstein’s wrinkles, mustache, and the strands of his hair, jump out at the viewer.

Meanwhile, Monroe’s picture is blurry and separated from the hybrid image. You can only make out the general features of her face but not the details.

“Up close, we’re generally able to pick up fine details like Einstein’s mustache and wrinkles,” explained ASAPScience in a video demonstrating the optical illusion. “But as the distance increases, or if your vision is poor and creates a more blurred image in the first place, your ability to pick up details fades away.”

The researchers who created the image conducted a study to see how our brains respond to different sorts of images. After showing “Marilyn Einstein” to participants for different lengths of time, the researchers found out that people who saw the image for a shorter length of time, specifically 30 milliseconds, picked up Monroe and nothing else. On the other hand, those who were exposed to the image far longer at 150 milliseconds were able to decipher the details of Einstein’s face.

This suggests the brain first checks out the big picture before zeroing in on the finer details of an image. If it has little time to scope out an image, the brain easily picks up the general features it can quickly recognize but will not have time to process the little things.

The researchers believe the result of their experiment could prove useful to businesses and advertising. One application they cited is the creation of logos that look one way from afar and changes appearance as the viewer moves closer.

A simple GIF will tell you if you need glasses

Do you see Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe in this image?

You should see both. If you never see Einstein, chances are you need glasses.

According to the folks over at ASAP Science, who made a video showing how it works, the image above is a hybrid image. It’s a combination of two separate photographs — one of Marilyn Monroe and one of Albert Einstein.

The reason the image appears to transform is because one image (Einstein) is made up of super dense pixels, making his details, like his mustache and wrinkles, pop, while the other image (Marilyn) is made up of far fewer pixels, causing only her basic features to show up.

Here’s the image of Marilyn. You can easily make out her face shape and basic facial features, but not much else:

And here’s the image of Einstein. You can clearly see the fine details of Einstein’s face, like his mustache and wrinkles:

When you see one image, it clouds out the other.

Problem is, if you can’t make out Einstein’s details, you’ll never see him in the picture.

As the GIF gets bigger, you can see its details more clearly (just as you would if you were walking closer and closer to a static, unmoving image). Someone looking at the full-size GIF should see Einstein, because the more vague, general information represented by the Marilyn image (the shape of her face and features) should fade once they can make out the sharp details (mustache, wrinkles, etc.) in the Einstein image. You can read more about the details of this concept, known as spatial resolution, here.

Alas, if Marilyn never transformed into Einstein, it might be time to make an appointment with your eye doctor.

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You probably know whether or not you’re near-sighted, but some people get so used to seeing things a certain way that they ignore a vision problem, squint a lot, and end up with unnecessary eye strain at the computer. The double-image above cuts straight to the point: If you see Albert Einstein while sitting a normal distance from your computer, you’re seeing things as you should. If you see Marilyn Monroe, you should probably be wearing glasses or contacts.


I’ve got glasses, so I can easily A/B test by taking my glasses off (I see Monroe) and putting them back on (I see Einstein). If you aren’t near-sighted and you want to see the image how near-sighted folks do, you can squint or just walk away from your computer until you see Monroe.

We’re no optometrists, but it’s easy to ignore a vision problem that’s snuck up a little bit at a time and doesn’t hurt to check.

P.S. If anyone knows where this image originated, let me know and I’ll update the post.

Update: Reader Jonathan Barnett writes:

It seems that the original image came from MIT in 2007, from someone name Aude Olivia; From the page: “The Marylin Einstein hybrid image was created by Dr. Aude Oliva for the March 31st 2007 issue of New Scientist magazine.”


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Famous men and their glasses


By Michele Meyer

A-Rod, Karl Lagerfeld and Ryan Gosling are not the OGs (original gangsters) of fashionable eyewear. True focal heroes come from every profession and era. So, let’s give credit where it’s due in our Hall of Frame.

Well-rounded eyeglasses

Benjamin Franklin: One of our country’s founding fathers got there first. Physicist, inventor, printer, author, humorist, activist — about the only thing he couldn’t do was push up his eyeglasses. (We feel ya.)

Mahatma Gandhi: The nonviolent Indian activist never let his wire-rims and white robes get in the way of his message.

John Lennon: Unlike the Beatles’ music, Lennon was heavy into metal when it came to men’s eyeglasses.

Harry Potter: The schoolboy hero of British author J.K. Rowling’s best-selling novels and films cast a spell with his bookish specs.

Takashi Murakami: Japanese pop artist Murakami’s barely visible wire rims don’t get in the way of his collaborations with Louis Vuitton and rappers Kanye West and Kid Cudi. Appropriately, he titled his first flick Jellyfish Eyes.

Creatively expressive specs

Elton John: The pop performer outshone flashy oldster Liberace by going for baroque with carved gold, rhinestone-encrusted, feather-trimmed, heart-shaped frames. Who else would wear glasses looking like scissors, topped with gnomes or with windshield wipers? We suspect Lady Gaga bows down to the Rocket Man.

Dame Edna Everage: Australian comedian Barry Humphries birthed Everage in 1955. Ever since she’s donned “face furniture” with sky-high bejeweled cat-eyes that often match her lilac tresses.

Bono: U2’s lead singer tends to wear showy wraparound shields with unfashionable brown lenses due to glaucoma.

Sir Winston Churchill: A true trendsetter, Britain’s prime minister during WWII was unexpectedly adventurous in tortoiseshell round-eyes and triangular half-eyes — decades before supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid. His were consistently coded: one dot for readers and two dots for speeches.

LeBron James: On court, the LA Lakers superstar’s goggles match his uniform. Off court, the good sport consistently scores major style points with weighty, rectangular acrylic frames in black, ombré or cobalt print.

Men in black frames

Buddy Holly: Though the ‘50s rocker died in a plane crash at age 22, he hasn’t faded away, mostly because of his tunes and partly because of his trademark thick black rectangular eyeglasses .

Peter Sellers: His film fare was frothy, but the Pink Panther comedian was fond of his weighty black Wayfarers.

Martin Scorsese: The Goodfellas director has built his empire on the Mean Streets of New York. But visually he’s best known for a warm smile and standout rectangular glasses with chunky temples that balance out his bulbous nose.

Woody Allen: The nebbish director’s oversized (and often crooked) Wayfarers are as much a part of his shtick as his receding hairline, open-collared shirts and one-liners.

Alber Elbaz: Lanvin’s former fashion designer knew the secret to specs: balance. For him, that meant rectangular lenses and hefty glass arms to counter his full face.

Orville Redenbacher: The popcorn king proved it’s poppycock that you need to vary your look. He traded on his printed bow-ties and suspenders, silver wavy locks and black Ray-Bans.

Tycoon everymen: Back to basics

Bill Gates: The co-founder of Microsoft may be one of the world’s most wealthy philanthropists, but he shows an astoundingly limited imagination when it comes to his spec appeal. While he has tantalized us with a pair of rimless eyeglasses (so missed), he hews to acrylic rectangular frames of black or tortoiseshell. Yawn.

Steve Jobs: The late Apple guru created clever, sleek computers starting in 1976. But like Gates, he rarely deviated from an uninventive uniform: his black mock turtlenecks, jeans and rimless oval glasses. It worked.

Clark Kent: Superman’s ultimate nemesis isn’t Lex Luthor but being recognized. Thus, the DC superhero’s disguise was the ultimate square: suits, ties and black full-rimmed rectangular glasses. Somehow the local archvillains and spectators became blind to his chiseled chin and physique.

Eyeglasses that make the man

Colonel Sanders: Since the fast-food chain opened in 1952, the KFC frontman’s black-temple/clear-bottomed Wayfarers have been as omnipresent as his western bow tie and goatee.

Malcolm X: The ‘50s and ‘60s civil rights activist also wore browline eyeglasses, seen again more recently on popular TV shows such as Mad Men and Heroes.

Albert Einstein: The German-born physicist and Nobel Prize winner was best known for his massive mind and unkempt mane, but the genius also wore clear round plastic frames that hung low, as if he couldn’t be bothered to get them fitted.

Stephen Colbert: The host of The Late Show so consistently wore wireless frames that he tweeted his switch to Wayfarers in 2016.

Ed Sheeran: The English singer-songwriter skews intellectual, thanks to his shaggy red hair and the shape of his glasses — mostly round-bottomed, sometimes rectangular, almost always dark, skinny acrylic rims.

Wire-frame guys

Franz Schubert: The early 19th century Viennese classical composer of religious masses wore mini oval wire-rims. A Beethoven groupie, Schubert purportedly requested Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor on his deathbed.

Elvis Presley: The rocker’s pelvis had fans all shook up starting in the ‘50s, but later his burning love was for gold-rimmed double-bridge aviators and studded white jumpsuits. Blue suede shoes, not so much.

Jerry Garcia: While the Grateful Dead singer-songwriter is forever linked to trippy tie-dye, he actually wore plain baggy black T-shirts and wire aviators.

Monocles and more

Alfred, Lord Tennyson: A 19th-century poet with a wealthy pedigree? Then of course, a monocle would be the perfect accessory.

Karl Marx: The German philosopher, historian and economist upended capitalism, leading to uprisings, beheadings, communism and eventually the Cold War. That he wore monocles fit his beginnings but became ill-suited with his later beliefs.

Eustace Tilley: The fictional aristocrat graced The New Yorker’s first cover in 1925 and has continued to resurface in the 90+ years since, with his monocle, high collar and even higher top hat — no matter what the news cycle delivers.

Mr. Peanut: It could drive you nuts wondering why a shell of a character dons one lens, a top hat and tie yet lets his suit jacket expose his belly. Chew on it for a while. (The answer is the same as why a native of Indiana opened a fast-food chain called Kentucky Fried Chicken in Utah. It’s marketing. In this case, the Planters nut originated in a 1916 illustration by a teenager.)

Lord Peter Wimsey: Since 1923, author Dorothy L. Sayers’ top sleuth — considered the first British gentleman detective — always has behaved appropriately, no matter how dastardly the crimes he solved. He’s since appeared in a film and BBC TV series.

Colonel Mustard: Get a Clue, as in the 1920s-born board game. Naturally, Mustard was a single-visioned militaristic British henchman.

The Penguin: Batman’s squawking nasty is pasty-faced and anything but appealing, but natch, as a rich comic-strip villain introduced in 1941, he’s one-eye-glassed.

Kommandant Wilhelm Klink: Of course the cartoonish Nazi of TV’s Hogan’s Heroes accessorizes his uniform with a monocle, as does evil Fearless Leader for Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.

Sir Patrick Moore: The amateur astronomer doubled as host of BBC TV’s The Sky at Night. A single lens added to his Renaissance man aura and served as a reminder of his noble pedigree, as Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore. Despite his death in 2012, we remain starry-eyed.

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As this image gets bigger, what—or rather, who—do you see?

If you see only Marilyn Monroe in this picture, you might want to go get your eyes checked. Most people with clear vision and healthy eyes will see Monroe from a distance, but as the image zooms will see Albert Einstein. People who have vision problems may not be able to see a picture of the scientist anywhere, and instead will only pick out a picture of the Hollywood bombshell.

Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created the optical illusion by superimposing a fuzzy picture of Marilyn Monroe over a sharper picture of Albert Einstein. When combined, the two morph into a single image that changes depending on how far away the viewer is from the screen.

The MIT researchers say these images not only highlight potential vision problems, but can also reveal how the brain processes information.

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Apparently, if your eyes are able to focus well and are healthy, you will only spot the sharp details, like Einstein’s mustache or wrinkles as the image gets larger. As the distance increases, unhealthy eyes will continue to see a blurred image and likely won’t be able to pick out the fine details. Instead, you’ll notice general features like Marilyn Monroe’s mouth, nose, and hair.

“Up close, we’re generally able to pick up fine details like Einstein’s mustache and wrinkles,” explained science YouTube channel, ASAPScience, in a recent video about the GIF. “But as the distance increases, or if your vision is poor and creates a more blurred image in the first place, your ability to pick up details fades away.”

Who do you see in the GIF? Let us know in the comments below.