So What’s Up with ‘#TheDress’?

The recent #TheDress sensation has created a common thread (and a viral one) among worldwide citizens by posing an intriguing question – How can so many people view the same object in different ways?

Color theorists everywhere debate is it black and blue?…or gold and white? …or brown and blue?!?

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First, the subject of this whole phenomenon is based on a photo, not a video, so there are immediate questions of lighting, overexposure, the device it’s being viewed on, etc. It was originally posted by 21-year-old singer Caitlin McNeill from the tiny Scottish island of Colonsay with the comment “guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f#%* out.”

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Many people love a fascinating investigation (e.g. Sherlock Holmes, etc.) and I’m sure your encounter will involve several different opinions all over the place this weekend. The big key here is that it’s a shared experience (even if you see different things) that people who have encountered it are weighing in on. Weekend challenge!! – find someone who has not seen this picture yet.

Our family loves the National Geographic television series Brain Games and this one is right up their alley – it’s one of the best explanations I have seen. What are your thoughts?

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