Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!
Follow-Up Friday is an opportunity to look back on past posts and puzzly topics. Whether we’re updating you with new developments, providing answers to a previously-posted brain teaser or puzzle, or simply revisiting a subject with a fresh perspective, Follow-Up Friday lets us look back and look forward.
In today’s edition, I’d like to revisit optical illusions. One illusion in particular, in fact.
It’s hard to believe that almost exactly a year ago, I dedicated an entire post to explaining the viral Internet phenomenon known as The Dress.
For those who have forgotten (oh, how I envy you), the above picture of a dress was uploaded to Tumblr, and the Internet collectively lost its mind debating whether the dress was white and gold or black and blue.
But why are we revisiting this topic? Because there’s another oversaturated photo of an item of clothing sweeping the Internet these days.
I give you… The Jacket.
And this time around, there are FOUR possible color combinations that people are debating: blue and white, black and brown, green and gold, and green and brown.
So, take a look at that picture, and tell me what you see.
Made your choice? Okay.
According to this article on ABC News, the jacket is blue and white:
High school sophomore and Santa Clarita, California, resident Mariam Kabba said she began a group chat Thursday about the dress after one of her friends was adamant that her blue-and-white jacket was brown and black.
To be fair, I did a quick search of men’s and women’s jackets on the Adidas website, and the only color combinations I saw that fit the style and striping of The Jacket were…you guessed it, blue and white.
But I suspect that won’t dissuade doubters. I can still remember the ardent arguments of the white and gold faction during the heady days of The Dress.
I also wonder if Adidas might capitalize by releasing a four-set of The Jacket jackets, so you can truly have whichever one you see in the picture. That’s what I’d do.
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