Eyes Playing Tricks on You? Mysterious Dress Takes Internet by Storm — Black and Violet or White and Gold?

Nothing like a natural scientific phenomenon to get the Internet and social media worked into an all-out frenzy. The mysterious dress that might be white and gold or might be black and violet depending on your eyes, or even what time you look at it, has friends everywhere flabbergasted while outright calling those around them liars when they seem to see the opposite right there in each other’s face.

So which is it for you?  Black and violet?  White and gold?  Check back later and your answer might be different.
So which is it for you? Black and violet? White and gold? Check back later and your answer might be different.

So, what color is the dress? Well, the answer is a lot more interesting than you might think. It turns out that it has to do with the way our eyes adjust to light and process information, especially with the retina and cones. Below, you will see explanations of the science behind this, as well as one post that is going around that claims to be the actual starter of the experiment. As you might imagine, proving that this post is from the originator is impossible, as it could so easily be faked, so we still can’t confirm that the dress is actually black and violet, despite this post claiming that the actual, real, physical color of the dress is so.

This post is going around claiming to be the one that started this whole thing.
This post is going around claiming to be the one that started this whole thing.

What is making this even more fascinating is that it is not just a person-to-person difference. You actually will see the same image differently yourself if you look back at it at different times of the day or at varying levels of brightness. No, there’s nothing wrong with your eyes. Everyone just is at a different level of adjustment when they see the picture, explaining why one person can literally see it as black and violet holding up their phone while the person standing next to them sees it as white and gold. It is quite likely that at a later time, the phenomenon would be exactly the opposite, or the two people might agree on the color. In any case, no one is lying, changing the picture, or trying to play a trick on you. The mystery of the dress is there is no mystery. Like optical illusions you see everywhere on the Internet, it’s a simple case of a real-life situation showing us the mysteries of how our own eyes work.

And now, the science behind these things:

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