Not a real post, but still awesome

Hi.  This isn’t a real post but I’m posting it anyway and so I think that makes it a real post.  Unless you’re epileptic, in which case you need to leave now.  It’s for your own good.  Come back tomorrow when I write about something less likely to make you fall down.

Okay, see the video above?  Open it to full screen and stare at the center of the video for the full minute that it plays.  Then immediately look at your hand.  Then bring your friends over to watch it and when it ends say “Never mind the video.  What is wrong with your hand?”  Then back away and tell them that’s exactly what people’s hands look like right before they morph into a werewolf.  

Or not.  Just a suggestion.

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  1. Front or back of hand?! Or is that totally irrelevant?

    (Palm. ~ Jenny)

  2. Pretty sure I saw an episode of Doctor Who that started this way. Or maybe all of them. Holy shit my hand is a portal through spacetime.

  3. Brain’s like, “Whatsamatter with your hand?!” and Mind is like, “Chill brain, I’m just messin’ with ya . . . no seriously just chill . . . no really.”

  4. And on LSD your hand will turn into a fucking troll! Fucker is so hard to whack off with.

  5. I can’t see the illusion, but I did see “The Day Of The Doctor” today.

  6. blinks
    What’s wrong with my hand? Should I cut it off?
    Please answer quickly!
    crawls under desk and curls into a tight ball

  7. I don’t think my phone screen is big enough. Nothing weird happened

    (The size of the video affects how much you see the distortion. When I look at it on my phone it doesn’t work either. ~ Jenny)

  8. This was particularly awesome for me, as I already have a built in depth perception issue. 😛

  9. Okay, I feel kind of jipped on this. I did as instructed, the video itself kind of made my vision go funny, but when I immediately looked at my hand afterwards there was nothing different looking about it.

  10. One year when I was vacationing in Kauai, I was taking pictures of a well-known double waterfall when a tour group came by. The guide told everyone to pay close attention to the waterfall. He suggested they pick a spot in the flow and follow that all the way down. Then do it again, and again. Suddenly, he shouted, “Now, look at the cliff!” As everyone gasped at the rock face that now seemed to them to be moving, he did this spiel about how Kauai was a living island, and there’s life everywhere if you know where how to look. It took all my restraint not to laugh, and I almost piped up that I witnessed this exact same phenomenon every time I spend more than an hour on a riding lawn mower. But I decided I probably shouldn’t ruin anyone’s fun—especially the tour guide’s. 😉

  11. Wow! So this is what it’s like to be a monkey? I have the urge to throw feces and touch myself. It really has nothing to do with the video though. But now when people ask me why I have those urges, I can say it’s because I have monkey hands. So thank you! Thank you for giving me the excuse I always needed. LOL

  12. Crap! Stuck in an alternate dimension now. It’s the one without shrimp. I quite like shrimp.

  13. watching for the full minute actually took 5 minutes because i’m sitting at starbucks and their internet is slow so by the time the full minute of video had run i’d already looked away like 5 times and pounded down a venti coffee. so now my hands are shaking but i don’t think that has anything to do with the video….

  14. As I am very susceptible to motion sickness I fear the results of watching this video in full or even small screen. If I’d only been as aware of possible adverse effects before watching other videos on the internet I wouldn’t need to invest in some sort of selective brain bleach ie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but with less love lost.

  15. I usually don’t do these because someone once linked me to something similar but it had that whole “scare” thing where something pops up after about 45 seconds and it screams. I did this one because I knew you’d never do that to us.

    Unless it was Halloween. Maybe. Probably not even then.

    I could see you linking to one where a baby chicken suddenly pops up and it peeps at you or something instead of screaming. Because…that’d be messed up?

    I’m going to stop rambling now. I’ve had caffeine and have no food in my belly. This is what happens when I do that.

    Stopping. Riiiiiight now.

    Okay, now.

  16. I think I have been hypnotized. Am I going to end up doing something unusual when some says “watermelon”????

  17. So what does it mean that my eyes (or really my brain) plays this kind of trick on me normally.

  18. I’m an epileptic, so I HAD to do this…you know, because you told me not to. It’s cool though, b/c I don’t have photosensitive epilepsy (only about 3% of people w/epilepsy do.) On the other hand, I already had a hell of a migraine today, so I probably should’ve listened to you in the first place. Now I’m going to freak my kid out with it!

  19. I don’t think this works unless you’ve got 2 working eyeballs (I don’t).

  20. That was hard to do (a minute is a LONG time!), and it would have been even weirder if I would have felt my hand bubbling…

  21. Okay wait….If I get an urge to spit on coworkers or rub the ceo’s belly, I am totally blaming this video.

    I will also be needing excuses for the other days.

  22. I’m scared to try freaky illusions this early in the day, but will come back and check it out when I’m more awake…or maybe I can use my teenagers as guinea pigs first, just in case.

  23. That was awesome! I’ve always wanted to find out what it would be like to morph without making any commitments. It did mess with my motion sickness though.

  24. Just don’t look in a mirror instead of looking at your hand. It’s a bit harder to dismiss as optical illusion when your own face is crawling around in front of your very eyes.

  25. I’m epileptic so of course I clicked through. The curiosity! I couldn’t stand it! Why am I neglected and cast aside?! But then I discover it’s for seizure avoidance, which is generally a good thing. I didn’t watch the video, because I have amazing self-control.

  26. I get cataplexy (yeah we are thinking narcolepsy but not officially diagnosed yet), and I didn’t have issues for once. The ADHD test the shrink gave me had me twitching and drooling, and it was just white text on a black background for 8 minutes straight. My hand looked totally cool. The monster eating the diamonds was awesome.

  27. That is cool.
    The crotch shots at the end of the video were totally unexpected, however.

    (Nothing says “optical illusions” like hallways that look like vaginas. ~ Jenny)

  28. Okay. I have to say this. What if you did this then looked at a bare vagina? Would it look like you are about to be eaten by one? I don’t know. Worth a try for people who like vaignas…….report back though. I want to hear the results.

  29. Daddy Scratches said: “I’ve never done acid … but I’m pretty sure that I now know what it feels like to do so.” Well, I have and it is a bit what it can be like.

    I attempt to describe what it’s like in my fictional tale called Purple Haze. The acid sequence I describe occurs about threequarters of the way towards the end, for those who can’t be bothered to read it all the way through. It is also fictional, but I think it gives a fair idea.

    Here’s the link:

    The acid sequence in the film Easy Rider is incredibly realisitic. I don’t advise anyone to do it.

  30. and when I say bare vagina I don’t mean shaved, I just mean a vagina with no underwear on. Yes, you wouldn’t want a shaved vagina as it just wouldn’t be as frightening as a hairy one. (and vaginas don’t really wear underwear, we do, or do we?????? Hmmmm…..)

  31. That is exactly how the back of my hands looked during my first acid trip.

  32. Unless you’re epileptic, in which case you need to leave now.

    Or if you have Ménière’s. Those type of videos can definitely trigger some fun vertigo or a drop attack. I only watched a little and wheeeeeeeeee the world is spinning super fast. (I know I’m not supposed to watch optical illusion videos, but I almost always try anyway. Ha. 😉 )

  33. Ha! I totally have epilepsy and my FIRST thought when I opened this post was ” I should leave now”… bummer.
    Someone tell me what I’m missing!

    (Everything you look at melts in waves, like it’s bubbling. ~ Jenny)

  34. Oh! My eyes kept crossing and now I have two left hands that are sinking in on themselves.


  35. Not related to this post but, I had a dream that I was at a consignment shop with a bunch of my stuff there and that you had the show room section right beside mine and when I walked in, you remembered me and my daughter from when you were in Tempe, AZ (She’s the redhead that asked “Why are you so awesome?” At the q&a and I shared my haboob pics with you online after the signing) it was a cool dream and we were like awesome friends by the end of it. Just thought I’d share.

  36. Thank you for the epileptic warning! I’d much rather have a warning than find out the hard way I shouldn’t have watched something.
    You are always so thoughtful to those of us with issues! <3

  37. My hand looked normal but I seem to be clucking like a chicken…should I be concerned?

  38. I thought it looked like my hand was rapidly aging. Kind of scary…. I keep looking back at my hand to make sure it really doesn’t look like that.

  39. I’m not sure what was more creepy – what my hand looked like after watching, or the creepy shit that came up after the video got done playing. Did you SEE that chick with the head on her shoulder? Whoooo CREEPERISH. Just sayin’… More optical illusion stuff is what it was, but holy hot dog that shit was whack!

  40. Nothing happened to my hand – although I do feel slightly sea-sick after trying to make something happen four times in a row 🙂

  41. That was completely cool, except the whole time I kept thinking that this was going to turn out to be one of those videos where you stare at it and then a zombie jumps out and screams at you.

  42. screw looking at my hand, i looked at the apple i was eating and it was pulsing like a heart :S

  43. One, after participating in this, I feel like what the nuns say was true after all, and two, I find it very disconcerting to have done this simply because “Jenny told me to.” Now I am asking myself, “If Jenny told you to eat raw chicken, would you? What about lick a sewer grate?” You’ve got me questioning my ability to make my own choices in life.

    Way to go, JL.

  44. After the hand, I decided to try it out on my beer belly (don’t judge) and it was totally on it’s way to a reenactment of that scene from Alien. Oh yeah!

  45. I’m quite positive I’m going to go throw up now. Not epilepsy but sweet Christ that is awful and horrible.

  46. heh.
    V fun. I will refrain from showing this to the Tiger, who went to the ER this weekend after an attack of vertigo (whose symptoms are close enough to stroke to warrant the trip). At any rate, a puking spouse really isn’t worth the hilarity.

  47. Coddamit, is this like those dot pictures where everyone else sees the citadel and all I see are dots? it made me dizzy and my hand just looked wrinklier than usua, maybe I should try again after the ear infection is cured. Why do I do whatever Jenny tells me to do? cos usually it works out ok, usually…

  48. First of all, my attention span was only 30 seconds lol. But, it worked anyway. My hand looked like bread dough that was still rising. Weird

  49. The suggested video screen was moving… o_o On an unrelated note, I’m the 100th comment!

  50. I learned 2 valuable things from this exercise. LSD would probably make me vomit and 1 minute is a LONG TIME!

  51. okay, I did this once and looked at my hand and it was so cool, that I did it again but this time I looked at my pet chicken, Idris. Now I’m scared of Idris.

  52. You can do this with waterfalls too. Seriously, stare at a waterfall for a minute and then look over into the rest of the landscape. Someone taught me this years ago near Twin Peaks.

  53. I think you probably should have added that we be seated to perform this experiment.

    On the bright side, I was involuntarily seated halfway through…so I guess it all worked out in the end.

  54. I was super afraid it was going to be the one that makes you see Jesus everywhere for hours. But I trusted you and I’m glad I did because now I know what my hand would look like if it was stuck between dimensions. Awesome!

  55. What happens if I already AM a werewolf? Does it become a normal human hand? I’m confused.

  56. You’re right! That is totally what one’s hand looks like just before you go full werewolf. Oh, wait… probably shouldn’t have shared that. WATERMELON!

  57. Thanks for the spoiler in the comments because with my migraines I took one look and said “NO WATERMELON* WAY am I going to do that!”

    Since you didn’t say what watermelon was secret code word FOR…. and I have been trying clean up my language to avoid being avoided at PTO meetings and school events…. I am trying to use “WATERMELON” in place of the F-bomb. It’s not satisfying. Other alternatives being sought.

  58. that was a very long minute – glad it is over but now there are crawly things on my hand

  59. OK, now everyone, try it again ,,, but instead of your hand, look at your spouse.

  60. I don’t know what’s better, your posts or all the comments.
    And I think that video broke my eyes?
    So worth it.

  61. It didn’t work for me. Should I be worried? Is there something wrong with my brain?

  62. I need a couple minutes to recovers after that! That is like one of those things your looked into as a kid. When all those shapes would change colors. They are called kaleidoscopes. I use to love them as a kid. I could sit there and stare into those things for hours at a time. If you are bored and looking for something to do, you can build your own!

  63. I have synesthesia, so, in my head, the video had sound. Combine that with WHATEVER THE HECK WAS HAPPENING WITH MY HAND and I now know what it feels like to get abducted by aliens. Did that make sense? I blame the aliens.

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