An optical illusion specialist — who knew such a title existed — named Akiyoshi Kitaoka recently tweeted a photo of a plate of strawberries. Along with the photo, Kitaoka wrote, “Strawberries appear to be reddish, though the pixels are not.” You’ll experience a major WTF moment when you look at the photo of the strawberries, see them as red, but then realize there are no red pixels present in the photo.
Before you totally lose you mind and flip out on this poor optical illusion specialist, insisting that these strawberries are in fact red, take a minute to look at this next tweet and maybe take a few calming deep breaths. Here, someone isolated the colors that are actually present in the area of the photo that feature strawberries. The colors that appear are all shades of grey. Check it out:
Color contamination from light isn’t helpful, so our brains have simply evolved to correct color. And since we already strongly associate strawberries with the color red, our brains automatically assign the color red to the berries in this picture. It’s all very weird and science-y, but the most important take away is that these strawberries are not red. It’s just your brain doing its brain thing. We really hope we didn’t ruin your love of strawberries with this controversial photo.