Cool Optical Illusions & Visual Effects

Cool Optical Illusions & Visual Effects

Do you always recognize what an image, picture or drawing is at first glance?

Do your eyes play tricks on your brain or the other way around?

Check out the following gallery of images, pictures and drawings collected from cyberspace and see how many of them you can easily figure out. You’ll need to take a good long look at most of them to answer the questions.

Just for the record….. An optical illusion is defined as…

“An optical illusion is any illusion that deceives the human visual system into perceiving something that is not present or incorrectly perceiving what is present.”

PS — Some of the following images in the gallery below maybe considered rather bizarre, freaky or even scary to some of you viewers out there —

So —- With that being stated —- You have been warned!! 😛  Enjoy!

How many faces can you spot in this image?

Take a close look here – How many wolves can you find in this drawing?

How many eyes and faces can you find?

Are you staring at your own reflection or deep into someone’s soul?

Look very carefully — Do you really see a face? — How many animals can you find within this illusion?

Are you really looking at a face or portrait? – How many hands can you find?

How many horses can you locate in this beautiful drawing of a forest scene? More than 4?

Do you think her eyes are opened or closed? — Take a good look — Would you believe she had her closed eyes tatooed as if they were open? — Very trippy!

Take a good look at this illusion – Do you actually see a profile of a human face or a collage of animals? How many can you count?

Do you see this illusion as a simple handprint or a lion?

Dual images – Are you looking at an evil looking face or a standing woman ?

What do you really see here? Ninjas? Tigers? Something else? How many are there?

What do you see in this image? A skull? A Cave? Ghosts? People? How many can you find?

How many hidden faces and/or bodies can you find?

Can you calculate how many cats you can find in this illusion? Can you locate more than 7 cats?

Can you figure out if this tower structure is mutiple levels?

Take a close look at these images – Do you see a closed fist puching through a brick wall or a mother holding her baby close?

The ultimate transformation

And here is one last challenge for you…..

Can you figure out what is unusual about

this family picture?

(Hint:  Allow about 15 -30 seconds before moving on)

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Tribute To Toys: Toy Museums Around The USA

As we grow older and reflect back on the fond memories and treasures of our youth, I’m sure a few endearing toys come to mind that you spent countless hours of fun with. Through the generations, many favorites come to mind. If you care to share those wonderful times with your kids or grandkids, check out one of the several museums across the country that have countless scores of them on display, probably one relatively close to where you live. It’s a great way to spend a few hours with your loved ones….. and most of these places are either free or have a nominal charge.

Toy Museums Around The USA

For those that don’t feel like heading out to visit one of the museums above or if you’re simply too far away from one and prefer to stay home and enjoy a ‘virtual’ tour, check out the Online Collections and Museums below…..

Online Toy Collections & Museums

Most Popular Breeds of Dogs In The USA

The American Kennel Club has just announced it’s latest edition of America’s MOST POPULAR BREEDS of DOGS and the results show…..

Once Again The Labrador Retriever Remains America’s Most Popular Dog as the German Shepherd Makes A Move For The Top Spot…..

Current Trends Show That Breeds That Help Keep Us Safe Dominate the Top 5…..

For the 19th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America, but could this be the last year for the Lab’s reign?

According to American Kennel Club® (AKC) 2009 registration statistics released today during a press conference at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the German Shepherd Dog overtook the Yorkshire Terrier last year and is now ranked second most popular in the nation for the first time in more than three decades.

An American favorite since the time of Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd Dog became the number one breed of the 1920s, but then slipped in popularity until after World War II.

“Labs have been America’s top dog for nearly two decades due to their loyal and gentle nature,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “But the German Shepherd Dog has gained ground recently, quite possibly due to the increased attention they receive for their security efforts at home and abroad. Hailed as the world’s leading police, guard and military dog, this energetic and fun-loving breed is a loyal family pet, ideal companion and dependable K-9 partner when duty calls.”

…..more of this article can be found HERE

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Here is the 2009 List of America’s Favorite Dog Breeds

Plus a Photo Gallery of The Most Popular Breeds of Dogs

#1 - Labrador Retriever

#2 - German Shepherd

#3 - Yorkshire Terrier

#4 - Golden Retriever

#5 - Beagle

#6 - Boxer

#7 - Bulldog

#8 - Dachshund

#9 - Poodle

#10 - Shih Tzu

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Additional AKC Links:

The latest trends and pet preferences in 50 of the largest U.S. cities can be found here.

Click here to find out where your favorite breed ranks in the nation and major U.S. cities.

ATTENTION DOG LOVERS: Here’s another great LINK to a wonderful picture gallery of a large variety of dog breeds from around the world – lots of pups – lots of poses – beautiful settings and scenery for most – well worth a visit if you love dogs and just can’t get enough  🙂

How To Get A Real Human On The Phone When You Need Customer Service

Have you ever gotten so upset or frustrated when you need help regarding a billing matter, tech support, or another service related problem and all you get are automated messages, voice prompts, or seemingly endless wait time by not being able to get a hold of a real living, breathing, LIVE human voice, such as a customer service representative or (better yet) a supervisor?

Tired of having to deal with a voice activated computer or being lead around in circles by voice prompts, none of which pertain to the reason why you called in the first place?

There are a couple of very helpful websites out there that may be able to help you out and get you through all that red tape a lot easier or quicker. It’s absolutely ridiculous to have to go through a dozen or more voice prompts just to get through to a representative that MIGHT be able to help!

GetHuman and Get2Human are two websites dedicated to telling frustrated consumers the right buttons to push on a telephone to reach a human in the customer service department at hundreds of companies.

Check them out using these 2 links below…..

PS – I absolutely love this Translation Interpretation Guide to messages that the automated phone systems generate. Check this out here.

Continue reading more on this situation as well as solutions on a previous post I made on this site by clicking below …..

Mind Boggling Stats About Internet Usage In 2009

If you wanna see some mind-boggling numbers about internet usage, on a global scale, and all statistics and figures relating to the world wide web, you should definitely check out a website called Pingdom. They have recently put together an astounding, eye-opening post, that pretty much sums up the current ‘state of the internet’ during this past year, 2009. Statistics are compiled by-the-numbers with sources included. Prepare yourself for sensory overload!

Some examples include the following staggering statistics…..

  • 90 trillion e-mails were sent during 2009 over the net
  • 234 million websites exist on the web as of December 2009
  • 126 million blogs and counting
  • YouTube serves 1 billion movies per day
  • And much more!

The FULL POST can be found at this link > Internet 2009 in numbers

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What happened with the Internet in 2009?

A wide variety of sources were used in collecting data from around the Web. For those interested, a full list of sources used for this reference can be found at the bottom of this post.

Enjoy! 🙂

Email

  • 90 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2009.
  • 247 billion – Average number of email messages per day.
  • 1.4 billion – The number of email users worldwide.
  • 100 million – New email users since the year before.
  • 81% – The percentage of emails that were spam.
  • 92% – Peak spam levels late in the year.
  • 24% – Increase in spam since last year.
  • 200 billion – The number of spam emails per day (assuming 81% are spam).

Websites

  • 234 million – The number of websites as of December 2009.
  • 47 million – Added websites in 2009.

Web Servers

  • 13.9% – The growth of Apache websites in 2009.
  • -22.1% – The growth of IIS websites in 2009.
  • 35.0% – The growth of Google GFE websites in 2009.
  • 384.4% – The growth of Nginx websites in 2009.
  • -72.4% – The growth of Lighttpd websites in 2009.

Domain Names

  • 81.8 million – .COM domain names at the end of 2009.
  • 12.3 million – .NET domain names at the end of 2009.
  • 7.8 million – .ORG domain names at the end of 2009.
  • 76.3 million – The number of country code top-level domains (e.g. .CN, .UK, .DE, etc.).
  • 187 million – The number of domain names across all top-level domains (October 2009).
  • 8% – The increase in domain names since the year before.

Internet Users

  • 1.73 billion – Internet users worldwide (September 2009).
  • 18% – Increase in Internet users since the previous year.
  • 738,257,230 – Internet users in Asia.
  • 418,029,796 – Internet users in Europe.
  • 252,908,000 – Internet users in North America.
  • 179,031,479 – Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.
  • 67,371,700 – Internet users in Africa.
  • 57,425,046 – Internet users in the Middle East.
  • 20,970,490 – Internet users in Oceania / Australia.

Social Media

  • 126 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).
  • 84% – Percent of social network sites with more women than men.
  • 27.3 million – Number of tweets on Twitter per day (November, 2009)
  • 57% – Percentage of Twitter’s user base located in the United States.
  • 4.25 million – People following @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher, Twitter’s most followed user).
  • 350 million – People on Facebook.
  • 50% – Percentage of Facebook users that log in every day.
  • 500,000 – The number of active Facebook applications.

Images

  • 4 billion – Photos hosted by Flickr (October 2009).
  • 2.5 billion – Photos uploaded each month to Facebook.
  • 30 billion – At the current rate, the number of photos uploaded to Facebook per year.

Videos

  • 1 billion – The total number of videos YouTube serves in one day.
  • 12.2 billion – Videos viewed per month on YouTube in the US (November 2009).
  • 924 million – Videos viewed per month on Hulu in the US (November 2009).
  • 182 – The number of online videos the average Internet user watches in a month (USA).
  • 82% – Percentage of Internet users that view videos online (USA).
  • 39.4% – YouTube online video market share (USA).
  • 81.9% – Percentage of embedded videos on blogs that are YouTube videos.

Malicious Software

  • 148,000 – New zombie computers created per day (used in botnets for sending spam, etc.)
  • 2.6 million – Amount of malicious code threats at the start of 2009 (viruses, trojans, etc.)
  • 921,143 – The number of new malicious code signatures added by Symantec in Q4 2009.

Data sources: Website and web server stats from Netcraft. Domain name stats from Verisign and Webhosting.info. Internet user stats from Internet World Stats. Web browser stats from Net Applications. Email stats from Radicati Group. Spam stats from McAfee. Malware stats from Symantec (and here) and McAfee. Online video stats from Comscore, Sysomos and YouTube. Photo stats from Flickr and Facebook. Social media stats from BlogPulse, Pingdom (here and here), Twittercounter, Facebook and GigaOm.

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Check out the full post at the link below:

The FULL POST can be found at this link > Internet 2009 in numbers

Adorable Pups Live Video Stream Feed

LIVE Stream Feed – Shiba Inu Puppy Cam:

For all you dog/puppy lovers out there,  if you haven’t heard about it yet, you’ve gotta check out this extremely popular live video stream feed of these adorable puppies that are a very distinct breed of dogs originating from Japan.

Tune in daily to see the cutest Shiba Inu pups… EVER! 🙂

Shiba Inu Puppy CamLive Streaming Feed

San Francisco, CA – These five Japanese Shiba Inu pups (3 males and 2 females) were born on Saturday, January 16th, 2010. This is the second litter by their mom, Kika.

Charities Accepting Donations For Haiti Earthquake Relief

As news of the recent devastating earthquakes in Haiti quickly spread across the Internet, many folks started looking online for ways in which they could help or donate money to the rescue and recovery efforts. And, as you might expect, scammers look for ways to seize upon the opportunity to take advantage of search engine trends by setting up fake charity sites and sending out spam soliciting donations that will go anywhere but Haiti.

Protect Yourself From Scammers — Read On!

Scammers inevitably pop up anytime something significant happens, such as natural disaster or the death of a major celebrity, and attempt to redirect users to their ‘just-registered’ domains to infect people with malware. Disasters such as the Haiti quakes, though, have the added benefit of concerned citizens wanting to donate money. As we learned during Hurricane Katrina, large numbers of un-savvy Internet users were duped by fake donation sites and ended up sending their hard-earned money to those with ill intentions instead of charities that could actually help those in dire need.

This time around, a number of organizations have issued warnings urging those looking to donate to do their research and choose reputable charities. For example, the Better Business Bureau has a quick guide on what to look for when donating money to Haiti recovery efforts. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also has a fraud alert on its site, warning people to be wary of unsolicited e-mails, those soliciting on social networking sites, and those who claim to be making donations to a charity on your behalf. The clear message from both the BBB and the FBI is to only donate to charities that you know and trust, and if you need help, there’s a list where you can research relief organizations that are accredited by the BBB.

If you don’t have the time to do the research yourself, here are a few suggestions. The most obvious choice is to donate to the Red Cross, which has stated to numerous news sources that they have already exhausted all of their supplies in Haiti and that there are far more people still in need of assistance. However, the Red Cross website isn’t the only place you can donate anymore — the organization says you can donate a quick $10 just by texting the word “Haiti” to 90999. There’s also Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, an international organization created by doctors that provide relief efforts around the world.

There are a number of other entities spreading around Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites that ask you to SMS something to a particular phone number to donate $5 or $10. We caution you, however, to be wary of these unless you hear it directly from a reputable organization (such as the Red Cross, as mentioned above)—there’s no telling how much you’re actually charging back to your own phone bill or what services you may inadvertently sign up for.

While waiting for your donations to go through, you may want to check out Google Maps to catch updated satellite images of the destruction areas. Google is also offering a KML overlay for Google Earth as part of its partnership with GeoEye.

Google Imagery Maps of Haiti Destruction Zones

Missing Persons Finder/Information On Someone Found

Keep Updated With Google News Feed Re: Haiti Earthquake

Links to Reputable Charities

Charities Providing Haiti Earthquake Relief

The list below identifies national charities that are seeking to provide assistance in response to the earthquake in Haiti. This list only includes those charities that meet the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability.  Click on each of the names to access a BBB charity report on the organization.  Further information about other charities is available at http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/

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Hope For Haiti Now

A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief

— Donations accepted here also —

This is directly related to the Hope For Haiti International Telethon that will be broadcast across several television broadcast networks as well as several cable channels featuring an all-star lineup from TV, motion pictures and the music industry on Friday, January 22. Networks showing the telethon are ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT… and will run commercial-free. It will also be shown internationally.

Haitian-born entertainer Wyclef Jean will helm the show from New York while George Clooney will host the Los Angeles part. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will be in Haiti. MTV says there will be musical performances and celebrity appearances, though no other talent was announced.

Donations made to “Hope for Haiti Now” will benefit these nonprofit organizations to provide Haiti earthquake relief:

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund: http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org
United Nations World Food Program: http://www.wfp.org
Oxfam America: http://www.oxfamamerica.org
Partners in Health: http://www.pih.org or http://www.standwithhaiti.org
Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org

UNICEF: http://www.unicef.org Yele Haiti Foundation: http://www.yele.org

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