Blue Dress, White Dress, Which Is The Real Colour?

dressBlue dress, white dress, which is the real colour? This has been the question that has created actual web wars.

The world of social media is a place where many things can happen. When there are so many people in a single “place” there are also many opinions and in some cases to many opinions.

The simple fact that a simple picture has managed to create an online war going on , is, well, normal on the internet. For an entire day, people on social media, have been arguing, whether an image portrays a bodycon dress as, white with gold lace fringe, or blue with black lace fringe.
The discussion has created two sides and both of them stood firm on their positions. The argument is beyond a simple social media fight, and is about biology and the evolution of the human eyes and brains in seeing colour in sunlight.

Light enters the human eye trough lens and different wavelengths correspond to different colours. Th light hits the retina exactly in the back of the eye the place where pigments create neural connections to the visual cortex, the area of the brain that processes this specific signals into images.

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That firs burst of light, is created by whatever type of wavelengths are illuminating the world and that reflects on the things you are looking at.

You don’t have to worry about anything, as your brain figures out the color by itself and recognises the color that bounces off the things you are looking at, and subtracts the color from the actual color of the object.
Scientists have stated to have studied individual differences in the colour perception for the past 30 years and it seems to be one of the biggest individual differences ever seen.
However, the image of the dress, has hit a sort of perceptual boundary which may be caused by how people are wired.

The chromatic axis differs from the pinky red shade of dawn to the white-ish blue of noontime and then goes back to reddish twilight.

“What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” stated Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies vision and colours at Wellesley College.

He added that there are two possibilities, they either not take into consideration the blue side, and they end up seeing white and gold, or not take into consideration the gold part, and end up seeing blue and black.

The main idea is that you brain is trying to interpolate a specific colour context for the picture and then releases an answer for the colour of the dress. Even a neuroscientist who said that he saw the colour of the dress as being white and gold, stated that the dress is most probably blue.

He added that he printed out the picture and cut a little piece of it and looked at it, and said that the colour was somewhere in between, not that dark blue colour. The brain attributed the color blue due to the lighting. Others attribute it to the dress.

A design and photo team, has tried to find an explanation on how others see the dress white and gold as they definitely saw the dress blue. They tried to white-balance the pictures based on that idea,even though it didn’t make any sense. What they saw was blue in highlights, telling them that the white they saw was blue and the gold was black.

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When reversing the process, balancing the darkest pixel of the picture and the body con dress appeared blue and black. In that moment it was clear that the correct point in the picture to balance from was the black point.

This means when context is changing, so will the visual perceptions of people. Many of the people will see the blue on the white background as blue. But when put on a background some people might perceive to as white.

The moral of the story? Those who see the dress as white, are completely wrong.
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10 Of The Creepiest Urban Legends You Might Have Heard

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Creepy is the word that would perfectly describe urban legends.Brace yourself, as here are 10 of the creepiest urban legends you might have heard.

Even though our rationality is convincing us that urban legends are pure hoaxes and invented stories, theres something about them that will always make us curious or creep us out. Before you read the following urban legends, make sure you are sitting down and your light is turned on.

The chocking Doberman

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The chocking Doberman story originates from Sidney Australia and is about the story of weird dog happening. One night, a couple came home after going out for some drinks, and found their dog chocking in the living room. Because of the panic, the man fainted and the woman called a friend who was a vet and arranged to take the dog for a checking.
After dropping off the dog, she went home to help her husband get into bed. While at home, her phone ringed and the vet was screaming hysterically that they had to get out of the house right away. Without knowing what was going on, the couple left the house as fast as they could.
As they were going down the stars, police men run up to meet them. When the woman asked what was going on, one of the police men told her that the dog was chocking on a human finger and that the potential burglar might still be inside the house. He was found unconscious in the bedroom later.

The suicidal boyfriend

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Another urban legends is the story known also as The Boyfriend’s Death, legend which ahs many variations and its interpretation is a warning no to stay away from the safety provided by a home. This version, takes us back to Paris in the 1960s. A woman and her boyfriend, both of them college students, were making out in his car. The car was parked near the Forest of Rambouillet, so they could not be seen. After they were done, the boy got out of the car to smoke a cigarette and the girl waited for him in the car.

She waited for some minutes, and seeing that he was late, she got outside the car to look for him. All of the sudden she saw a man in the shadows and got scared, got inside the car to drove away. While she was inside the car she heard a faint squeak , followed by several squeaks.

This went on for a few seconds, she decided to drive away, but as soon as she hit the gas pedal, the car didn’t move, as someone had tied the car with a rope to a tree. She slammed the gas one more time and heard a loud scream. The girl got out of the car and saw her boyfriend hanging from the tree. Apparently the noise she was hearing were the squeaking of his shoes, scrapping the top of the vehicle.

The slit mouthed woman

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There is an urban Japanese and Chinese legend about a girl named Kuchisake-Onna, known as the slit mouthed woman. Some stories say that she was the wife of a samurai. The legend says that one day, when her husband returned home, he found her cheating on him with a younger and better looking man. Angry, he took out his sword and slit her mouth, from one ear to another.

It is believed that she was cursed to be immortal and that she is still wandering around the world so people could see her horrible scar and feel sorry for her. Some people have even claimed that they had encountered a beautiful young woman who asked them is she was pretty. Once they replied affirmative, she took off her surgical mask and showed them her terrible wound.

Then she asked them again if she was pretty, and those who no longer found her pretty was killed.

What’s the moral of this story? There are two actually, paying a compliment doesn’t cost you anything, and honesty isn’t necessarily the right thing to do.

Cry baby bridge

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This scary urban legend, tells about a couple who was driving home from church with their baby. The two were arguing on a subject. It was pouring and at one point they had to cross a flooded bridge. As soon as the car entered the bridge, they realized the water was deeper than they imagined, and they had to get out of the car and find help.

The woman stayed behind, but eventually left the car. While she was backing the car, she heard her baby was crying very loudly. She returned to the car and saw her baby carried away by water. The legend says that if you cross that bridge you can hear the baby crying.

Zanfretta’s Alien Abduction

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The story about the alien abduction of Fortunato Zanfretta is one of the most famous urban legends in Italy. Zanfretta claimed that he was abducted by aliens, who called themselves Dragos and who lived on the planet Teetonia. Apparently he had been abducted multiple times by the same group starting from 1978 to 1981. Even though it sounds extremely frightening and creepy, what he related during a hypnosis session is beyond our wildest imagination:

“I know you are trying to come more frequently . . . no, you can’t come to Earth, people get scared if they look at you. You can’t make friendship. Please go.”

Zanfretta might be the person who has given the most detailed information about alien abduction, details which might make even skeptics to stop and give it a thought.

The white death

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An urban legend about a little girl from Scotland who hated life more than anything and wished to destroy every last trace of herself. Eventually she decided to commit suicide and shortly after, her family had discovered what she had done.
In a creepy coincidence every member of her family died a few days later as their limbs were thorn apart. According to the legend, when learning about the White Death, the ghost of the girl, might come to you and would knock repeatedly on the door. Each knocking would get louder and louder and if you open the door she would kill you because she is afraid you would tell the world about her existence. Her main desire is to prevent people to spread rumours about her. Like many other urban legends, this story could be the invention of a modern Aesop, but still, it would hurt to check who’s knocking, before opening the door.

The black Volga

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The legend says that a black Volga was supposedly seen often in the streets of Warsaw, during the 1960s.It was driven by child kidnapers. The stories said that very important Soviet officials took the car and drove it to Moscow during mid the mid 1930s, and kidnapped young girls to use them as sexual slaves for the highest Soviet comrades.

Other versions of this legend say that the Volga car had been driven by mysterious priests, vampires and Satanists, and even Satan in person.There is also said that the car was used to kidnap children in order to take their blood and use it as a cure for leukemia patients all over the world.

As you might have guesses, none of these urban legends ever proved to be true, but it still makes our blood run cold.

The Greek soldier

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This legend is less known and talks about a Greek soldier who was returning home from WWII to marry his fiancé. He didn’t get to arrive home as he had been captured by fellow Greeks with hostile political beliefs. He was tortured for five weeks and in the end he was murdered. At the beginning of the 1950s, stories were saying the in the North and Central parts of Greece, a very attractive Greek soldier wearing a uniform would appear an disappear overnight, seducing virgins and beautiful girls with the purpose of getting them pregnant.
Five weeks after the birth of the babies, the man would vanish completely, leaving only a letter on the table in which he was explaining that the had returned from the dead to spread his seed so that his followers would avenge his death.

Elisa Day

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An urban legend, says that during medieval Europe, lived a woman called Elisa Day, whose beauty was compared to the one of wild bloody red roses that grew on the side of the river.

One day, a man came into town and instantly fell in love with her. The two dated for three days. On the first day he visited her at her place, on the second day he brought her one red rose and asked her to meet him in the place where wild roses grow. On the third day he took her to the river and killed her.

The story says that the killer waited for her to turn her back on him and took a rock and hit her head while whispering “All beauty must die”. He put a rose between her teeth and dropped her body into the river. There are people who claimed having seen her ghost wandering along the riverside with blood running down her head and carrying one rose in her hand.

The Well to Hell

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The action of the urban legend happened sometime back in 1989, when Russian scientists drilled a borehole in Siberia, with a depth of 14,5 kilometres inside the crust of the Earth. The drill intersected a cavity and scientists lowered some equipment to investigate what was found down there. The temperature was over 1000 degree Celsius, but what shocked them, were the sounds recorded by the machines.

They only managed to record around seventeen seconds of terrifying audio, before their microphone melted. Many of the scientists were convinced that they had heard the screams of those damned in Hell and backed out from the job immediately. At least this is what the story says.

Those who choose to remain, had an even bigger shock later that night. A coat of luminous gas bursted out of the hole shaped as a giant winged demon, and the words “I have conquered” in Russian, had been written into the flames.
Even though many consider it as a myth, there are many who actually believe that this really happened and that the Well to Hell is a real thing.
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6 Strange and Amazing Shopping Malls Around the World

The local shopping mall is where most of us go to buy pointless stuff we don´t really want, to eat burgers and – hey – to look cool [citation needed]

However, if you go to any of the planet’s strange and amazing shopping malls you might come across more than you bargained for. Or less. 

New South China Mall, China

Strange and Amazing Shopping Malls Around the World

The biggest shopping mall on the planet in terms of size is also one of the emptiest. Bizarrely, rather than being a once thriving shopping center that has fallen on hard times, this place has been virtually empty since it was built. There is room for well over 2,000 stores in the New South China Mall in Dongguan but 99% of the store space is empty.

Dubai Mall, UAE

Strange and Amazing Shopping Malls Around the World

If we are going to get all boring and technical then the Dubai Mall is bigger than the New South China Mall in terms of size but smaller in terms of gross leasable area. This means that it is another contender for the title of biggest shopping mall in the world. However, this one is thriving and it is one of the most visited places on the planet, with over 65 million visitors each year. It includes an aquarium, an underwater zoo, a game park dedicated to an elderly hedgehog and an ice rink. It also holds the title of being home to the world’s largest acrylic panel, which is possibly the single most boring sounding world record ever.         

Rolling Acres Mall, USA

Strange and Amazing Shopping Malls Around the World

The city of Akron in Ohio is where you will find this eerie, abandoned shopping mall. It is just one of many abandoned shopping malls across the USA. From a place where the good people of Ohio would mingle and purchase vital stuff it now looks like the ideal place for zombies to lurk or for a master criminal to set up their lair. 

West Edmonton Mall, Canada

Strange and Amazing Shopping Malls Around the World

Once the biggest shopping mall in the world, the rise of Asian supermalls has relegated West Edmonton Mall to a humble 5th place. The good news for proud Canadians and thrill seeking water lovers is that you will find the world´s biggest wave pool here. You will also find sea lions, golf and lots of ice among the attractions.

Montgomery Mall, USA

Strange and Amazing Shopping Malls Around the World

We need to head to Alabama for our next strange shopping mall. In the case of Montgomery Mall, this is a, err, mall in Montgomery. It was opened in 1970 and closed in 2008, possibly due to having the least original name since the Allman Brothers sat around and said, “So, what will we call this band then?” Now it just looks as though all the shoppers ran out at the same time, leaving it eerily deserted. Apparently it will possibly become a fire station and a library in the future.

New World Mall, Thailand

Strange and Amazing Shopping Malls Around the World

This abandoned shopping mall in Bangkok caused a bit of an internet stir last year. This strange shopping mall has an ever stranger history. It was partially destroyed when the local authorities discovered that it had been built illegally. Without a roof the place got flooded and the locals did what any sensible dudes would do and filled it with fish, to kill off the mosquitoes breeding there. Sadly, the water is now getting drained and the fish are getting re-located to somewhere less surreal by someone who is way too sensible.

Strange Asian Cults You Didn’t Know About

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Cults have always been a sort of tabu subject that many of us look at it with fear or curiosity. There are some strange Asian cults you didn’t know about, that might make your skin crawl.

World Mission Society Church Of God Korea

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The World Mission Society Church of God has the belief that a man called Ahn Sahng-hong is the reincarnation of Jesus and a woman called Zahng Gil-jah is the “Mother God” or the “Heavenly Mother Jerusalem.” Eventual members are approached on the streets and asked if they know God the Mother. They strongly believe that the family system on Earth is a reflection and shadow of the Heaven family system, and adds that there is a Heavenly Father(Ahn), a Heavenly Mother (Zahng) and also brothers and sisters.

Leaving aside wild interpretations of the Bible,The World Mission Society Church of God, believes to be the only real church established by God on Earth.Their practices are different from the standard Christians ones, as they are holding the Sabbath on Saturdays and teaching women to cover their heads during worship. According to critics, the cult is using brainwashing methods to tear families apart.

The cult was initially founded by Jeong Myung-seok, in the ‘70s, and was centered around purification, claiming that Jesus was a failed savior and the real savior was Jeong. He was preaching that sexual relationships with him would purify sins and ended up sleeping with hundreds of Korean women. Young and attractive people were recruited from high rated universities and lured trough social clubs, sports tournaments and Bible study courses, serving as the façade. These persons were taken to a giant complex filled with phallic images for marathon praying sessions in front of giant TV screens.
Jeong left Korea in 1999 after rape accusations have appeared on TV,  he spent the next ten years on the run, raping even more women trough his cult in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He was arrested in China in 2008 and sentenced to six years in Seoul. This didn’t affect his followers to keep believing in him, as Jesus has been persecuted as well.

Vang Chu Vietnam

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The Vietnamese government is officially atheist and has a long history of maltreating the Christian Hmong groups, which has lead to the creation of weird new religions like the Vang Chu-sec in the Muong Nhe district from the province of Dien Bien. The Vang Chi means Lord of Heaven and is a movement that follows the so called messiah, Zhong Ka Chu, known as Tu Jeng Cheng, meaning the important one. Chang was believed to perform miracles and sustained the birth of a Christian Hmong state.

Gatherings of his separatist followers as well as assumed connections to US radio preacher, Harold Camping, led to the government suppression on the movement in 2011. The government accused the Hmong groups of land theft, drug smuggling, destruction of the environment and sabotaging the government.

Officials used bayonets and chemical weapons and also beheaded some leaders and forced many of the followers to escape to Laos or Thailand. The movement still exists and is waiting for the arrival of a divine Hmong King who will teach poor followers that prayer attract angels to bring them food, money and medication.

Dahnhak Korea

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Running in more than 160 yoga an tai chi centers in Korea and all over the world, Dahnhak was created by Lee Seung-heun, who calls himself Ilchi, name which means “finger pointing towards the truth”. He claims having supernatural powers and teaches brain respiration that would help people achieve spiritual enlightenment and how to heal naturally trough tai chi exercises, meditation and massage.

Those who want to participate in his classes have to pay a lot of money, even thousands of dollars. The cult has its own credit cards, so fans could be enlightened now and pay later. This comes with a practice called love bombing, which offers followers counsling advice and positive support.

But, at the same time, it uses manipulative sales and brainwashing, stating that knowledge is gained trough pain. People who have been bringing critics to the cult, were threatened with violence and revenge against their families
The cult, has spread in the US as well, and has been accused of many things, like sexual assault and forcing practitioners to drink toilet water as part of their training.

Church Of Almighty God China

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The doomsday cult of China, known also as Eastern Lighting, is under the belief that a middle aged woman, Yang Xiangbin, translated “Lighting Deng” is the third reincarnation of Christ.

The cult was founded 25 years ago by a former physicist, Zhao Weishan, who escaped to the US in 2001, asking for political asylum. The sect, has been spreading an aggressive drive towards housewives and different Christian congregations. They lure people with money, gifts and also sexual favors abd after they demand donations.

They have to fully obey Mrs. Yang and they are pressured to abandon their families, they claim that the Communist Party is the “Great Red Dragon” and promotes the killing of the party members possessed by these spritis. The cult members have been accused of various violent attacks, in 2010 they stabbed a young boy after his uncle tried to leave the cult.

In May 2014, they beat up a woman to death in the Mc Donald’s from Shandong because she refused to give her phone number. People around were warned to stay away, but the disturbing attack was still filmed with cell phone cameras.
One of the beaters, Zhang Lidong had no remorse.He stated that he beat her with all his strength and stamped on her,because she had to be destroyed as she was a demon.

Sung Chi-Li Association Taiwan

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This group is centered on religious leader Sung Chi-li, who claims to possess miraculous powers and the ability to create a spiritual doppleganger of himself that can appear anywhere in any place of the world. To prove the realness  of his claims, he’s produced pictures of himself floating above various landscapes, surrounded by rainbow colours and a halo of light. He sells these images  to his followers to provide money for his luxurious lifestyle. Sung stated that the photos were proof of “true-form realities,” of the Nirvana manifestation inside human beings.

In 1996, he was accused by the government of tricking his followers with obvious schemes and photoshoped images and then running away with 3 billion Taiwanese dollars, which sums up for up to $100 million.  He was eventually released after the High Court ruled his religious actions as being protected by the Constitution.

Sung has been connected to organised crime and the Democratic People’s Party. He claimed that in 2005, he has taken politician Frank Hsieh on a spiritual tour of Paris with the help of astral projection, Hsier hasn’t confirmed or denied his claims. Sung opened in 2004 a divine photo booth in Kaohsiung to show his works.

Dhammakaya Thailand

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This movement has been accused by the traditional Theravada Buddhist groups of commercialising enlightenment. The cult has had a great development over the last ten years. Its centre is in the massive Cetiva temple from Mingkok, a dome which has a UFO like shape, created out of 300,000 bronze Buddha statues all coated in titanium and gold. There, are taking place prayers with tens of thousands of followers.

The cult is mostly successful to the middle class coat, unsatisfied with the idol worshiping and magic promoted by the traditional Buddhist beliefs, but it is also appealing to the royal family and government members. The teaching combines ancient beliefs with modern management and fundraising methods. It has been highly criticised for its immoral financial schemes, heretical teachings, fake miracles and worshiping around leader Phra Dhammachayo.

Dhammachayo and his temple and worldwide Dhammakaya foundations have a worth estimated around $1.9 million in assets, and have bee accused of embezzlement and framing his followers. in 2012, Dhammakaya created a stir, claiming to know where Steve Jobs was, who apparently had reincarnated as a mid level angel living in a parallel dimension.
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5 Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

If you have never been to an authentic ghost town then you are missing a treat. These are weird, spooky places that you are unlikely to ever forget about after visiting.

The following are 5 amazing towns or cities that were once thriving but where you will now find absolutely no residents living in the houses that still stand.

Pripyat

Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

This Ukrainian city is probably the most famous ghost town on the planet, and possibly one of the most dangerous to hang around in as well. Around 50,000 people once lived and worked in Pripyat before the small, trifling matter of the freaking Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. It was quickly evacuated and recent images of the city show an eerie, deserted place where even the Ferris wheel looks creepy. Having said that, I always find Ferris wheels a bit creepy anyway. Pripyat was abandoned by its residents in 1986 but the radiation levels are now considered low enough for it to be visited by some brave tourists.

Craco

Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

Craco in Italy was once home to a couple of thousand people. However, the spectacularly situated town offered poor farming possibilities and was ravaged by a series of natural disasters before being finally abandoned in 1980. The weird and other worldly setting of Craco means that it has been used in a number of films. Hey, maybe you saw Judas meet a nasty end here once. You can´t say he didn’t deserve it.

Kolmanskop

Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

You might never have heard of Kolmanskop before now but it was once a rich, impressive town in the desert in Namibia. Why would you build an impressive town in the desert? Diamonds, of course.  Built on the back of the diamonds discovered nearby, the elegant German style constructions here now lie empty and neglected. You can visit it as a tourist if you want to see how much drifting sand is needed to fill a house in the Namib Desert that has been deserted for 60 years. If you can´t be bothered going then the answer is, “quite a blooming lot”. 

Calico

Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

This is another desert ghost town with an interesting past. Arnold Schwarzenegger called this place California´s Silver Rush Ghost Town and you don´t want to argue with old Arnie, do you? Calico in the Mojave Desert started life in 1881 and the giant letters spelling out its name on the hills behind it make it easy to find even today. Most of the buildings have been restored to their former glory in recent times. Maybe if someone else finds more silver here it will be a booming place all over again.    

Plymouth

Thriving Places That Turned into Creepy Ghost Towns

There are few capital cities in the world that have been abandoned over the centuries. Then again, few of them were completely buried under a sustained attack from an angry volcano. The peaceful island of Montserrat in the Caribbean is famous for hosting the best St Patrick´s Day celebrations outside of Ireland. However, if you want to enjoy a pint of Guinness this year in Plymouth you´ll need to find it first of all. It was lost to the world in 1997 under a mountain of volcanic material. Interestingly (if you find random facts about ghost towns in the Caribbean interesting), Plymouth is still the de jure capital of Montserrat.