Look out blue and gold dress, there’s a new optical illusion dividing opinion on the internet and it’s very, very unsettling.
A Twitter user has uploaded a photo that’s since become known as the ‘creepy clown/dog’ pic which, as the title suggests, appears to be of a cute brown pooch and a terrifying circus entertainer rolled into one.
“I can see both. Creepy clown boy then the dog. What do y’all see?” they asked in the caption, which also included a credit for the @_taxo_ Instagram account which may have been the first to share the mind-bending pic.
The confusing snap is leaving Twitter users freaked out and second-guessing what they see depending on how the image is cropped or positioned.
“I can see both. It’s effing creeeeeeeepy! (If you cover the dog’s eyes with your finger you can see the face again),” tweeted one.
“I see the creepy boy! It’s like he ate a ton of Oreos and it’s all over his mouth. Ppl: tilt your phone a bit, could help. The boy is kinda looking down. The dog’s nose is the boy’s eyes,” said another.
Several users shared edited images of the clown/canine where they’d sketched out the clown’s features.
One user was upset that they couldn’t discern the sinister aspect of the pic.
“Can only see the dog. It’s kind of annoying. I want the clown!” they complained.
“Naw, no you don't Brian - it's creepy AF!” replied another.
Others struggled at first but managed to spot the nightmarish clown.
“I mean, I eventually saw the clown, but I had to reeeeally program my brain hard,” they admitted.
A brainy Twitter user piped up with the official term for the phenomena of seeing shapes, figures or patterns in unrelated things such as clouds (or dogs!) or inanimate objects.