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Mike Pence optical illusion surfaces online

By T.K. Randall
July 19, 2016 · Comment icon 25 comments

A recent photograph Tweeted by Indiana governor Mike Pence has left many people scratching their heads.
At first glance this picture of the American politician eating dinner with his family may seem perfectly run-of-the-mill, but on closer inspection something about it seems a little bit strange.

Eagle-eyed Internet users were soon quick to point out that Pence's daughter, who is sitting beside him on the right of the image, has no reflection at all in the mirror on the wall behind the table.
The anomaly has since captured the imagination of other Twitter users who have been hotly debating what is happening in the photograph and why her reflection appears to be missing.

As it turns out however the phenomenon is actually little more than an optical illusion.

Pence is taller than his daughter and she is sitting behind him so in the mirror, based on her position, she is simply hidden from view.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (25)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by cyclopes500 7 years ago
There isn't a mirror there instead the seating area is divided into compartments. Also there are 4 drinks glasses on the table so I suspect the other man in the white shirt is a twin. As for the other woman she's just another customer with a similar hairstyle
Comment icon #17 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
I think his record speaks for itself.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Otto von Pickelhaube 7 years ago
I think it's probably a simpler explanation that there is a mirror. Note how Mike's 'twin' is looking at just the same angle away as he's looking towards us. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by OverSword 7 years ago
Was it really necessary to post this?  There must be some better mysteries to dig up.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Otto von Pickelhaube 7 years ago
It's good publicity for Mike Pence though. Now at least a few dozen more people have heard of him.     I'm sure that wouldn't have been why this lame 'mystery' was publicized in the first place .... 
Comment icon #21 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 7 years ago
It doesn't, actually, So your claims are just bigoted, unprecedented made-up-on-the-spot tripe then.  
Comment icon #22 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
LOL - didn't know you were so sensitive. It was just a quip. Are you related to him or something? That's a lot of butt-hurt you're nursing friend. But seriously google "Mike Pence Women's issues" and scan the page. This guy's picture is in the dictionary under misogynist. You saying he isn't doesn't change the facts. Sorry. I'm no bigot, but it was made-up-on-the-spot tripe. Pretty good I thought
Comment icon #23 Posted by ChaosRose 7 years ago
It's not bigotry to point out bigotry. I don't think Thorvir is aware of that. Pence certainly isn't winning over any women for Trump. 
Comment icon #24 Posted by MaDDer_Than_The_HaTTer 7 years ago
LMAO!! I know right!? And don't forget to mention Chili's "Family Resturant"! Might even get a free meal! I mean.. Errrhem.. I mean Chili's is not just a bar and grill, it's a great place for a moral family to have a meal! Yea.. LOL
Comment icon #25 Posted by Anzac 7 years ago
His daughter is a vampire. Mystery solved.

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