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'Floating bin' illusion baffles the Internet

By T.K. Randall
April 9, 2020 · Comment icon 25 comments

No, it's not really floating. Image Credit: Reddit/Facebook/Twitter
A very strange optical illusion showing what looks like a floating wheelie bin has recently gone viral online.
The perplexing image, which shows a green wheelie bin on a typical British street, has managed to attract a great deal of attention on social media over the last week or so thanks to the fact that it appears as though it is floating a few centimeters off the ground.

Upon closer inspection however, the green plastic trash receptacle is in fact sitting firmly on the pavement - the 'shadow' cast underneath it is actually a wet patch on the ground in front of it.

This hasn't stopped social media users from sharing and commenting on the image, however.

In particular, many commenters have noted in a tongue-in-cheek fashion that the illusion may be a symptom of being in coronavirus lockdown for too long.
"If you think this garbage bin is floating, then you've been inside way too long," @Sharaxbeel1 wrote on twitter. "Go get some fresh air. It's just a wet surface and the bin is next to it."

"I've been in lockdown too long, I'm seeing floating wheelie bins now," another user wrote.

You can check out an uncropped version of the picture below.

Source: Twitter | Comments (25)

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Comment icon #16 Posted by Nnicolette 4 years ago
Seriously? Nobody has ever seen wet pavement before? What are we baffled about?
Comment icon #17 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 4 years ago
Twitter Dan is desperate for attention.   
Comment icon #18 Posted by simplybill 4 years ago
It’s a clever optical illusion, but I was wondering what inspired the photographer to take that shot? I mean, seeing it in real life wouldn’t have been ‘illusional’. Or maybe I’m just delusional.
Comment icon #19 Posted by South Alabam 4 years ago
Well, what doesn't baffle the internet?
Comment icon #20 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
90% Paranormal 10% Fake.
Comment icon #21 Posted by DavidDownUnder 4 years ago
Wheelie?  Bin there, dun that . . .
Comment icon #22 Posted by zygote 4 years ago
Only works in 2D photo and from that precise angle, though. Still - quite entertaining I suppose. 
Comment icon #23 Posted by Kaikou 4 years ago
Oof, stop. I'm under quanantine. I don't think I can handle this much dirt.
Comment icon #24 Posted by NCC1701 4 years ago
Cool, never saw like that.
Comment icon #25 Posted by MissJatti 4 years ago
I went to this topic via unexplained-mysteries Home page. Link here below And when reading through the post, it states a few times that the wheelie bin is green. Maybe they need to get out too.

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