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VIRAL: Is this Cat Going Up or Going Down the Stairs?

We are going crazy over this new optical illusion! What do you think?

Just when the world is starting to forget the dress, here comes another trick illusion set to daze the world. 9Gag posted what seems like a simple photo of a cat, but what’s interesting is that the readers cannot decipher whether it is going up or going down the stairs.

The cat is clearly going down the stairs, because you can see the ledges. Or they aren’t ledges, they’re actually caps on either side of the stairs, which means that the cat could be going either way. Some think the light indicates that the cat is going up the stairs, while others see the light as incontrovertible evidence that the cat is going down.

Take a look:

Photo credit: 9Gag

Thousands of Internet users have expressed their opinions on the said matter. Here’s what they have to say:

“Down because generally the wood would be flat on the horizontal portion of the stairs and the stone is on the back/vertical portion of the stairs.”

“It’s clearly up, you just have to imagine the camera in a different angle.”

“The cat is going up, the tail is used to balance the body of the cat and in this case the tail is elevated upwards so that when the cat uses its rear legs to push up it pushes parallel to the line on which gravity is working on the tail to stabilize itself.”

“Look at the cat’s tail — it’s facing upwards, or the opposite of the direction it’s moving in. If the cat were to go up the stairs, it’s tail would point downwards.”

The people rooting for ‘down’ said that the stairs are made up of mosaic material, and that the bright light at the top of the photo is clearly coming from downstairs.

On the other hand, those who stand by the ‘up’ argument explains that the pebbled texture of the stairs and a seemingly wooden stair lip could only be viewed from an upward perspective, and thus looks like the cat is descending towards the camera.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment box below and let’s find out which direction will get the most votes!


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