Rejoice, Internet! 'Cause a new mind boggler is here. After the golden dress-or-blue dress, and the Yanny-or-Laurel optical illusions, we have the door-or-beach conundrum.
Is this a door or a beach??? Hahahaha😖🙄 pic.twitter.com/f4DZ7MZzGy— 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕜𝕪 (@rebeccareilly__) August 24, 2018
It all started when a Twitter user named Becky posted a photo that looked like the edge of a teal door, or a beach in landscape mode.
In the caption, she wrote, "Is this a door or a beach??? Hahahaha".
Ok this is driving me insane now!First i could only see a beach, now i only see a door!!? 🙆♀️🤦♀️🤷♀️Someone please tell me what it actually is!#doororbeach #beachordoor #insane @… https://t.co/dzhbXcaHbG— Tutu Hullabaloo (@TutuHullabaloo) August 31, 2018
She also started a poll to keep a record of all the guesses that were rolling in.
On the twitter poll started by Becky, there were almost 246,882 votes, and door was winning with 54% of the votes, when we last checked.
Realistically— 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕜𝕪 (@rebeccareilly__) August 25, 2018
The optical illusion obviously became an outlet for creativity for social media.
Then there was anticipated dissection of the post, that paralleled conspiracy theories.
The people in this image have clearly been poorly photoshopped in. Zoom in, you'll see the squares around each set of people.— Chris Green (@greenie84UK) August 27, 2018
Ooops, cat's out of the box.
BUT, the perfectly square, pasted sections are even lower resolution, coincidently only around the people, which is what makes them stand out so much. 😁2/2 pic.twitter.com/sh0w5bIquN— Chris Green (@greenie84UK) August 29, 2018
Hold on though, someone came to defend the integrity of the post, arguing that it was indeed not doctored.
You get squares because the image gets divided into square chunks for the jpg process. The squares with a bunch of detail in them come out "noisier". The squares where water (or "water") meets sand (or "sand") are noisier too. But who knows? One or the other is shopped..— Mudcrab For Cutie (@MikoSquiz) August 31, 2018
This is real. Even we voted for door.
Its a door got a handle an everything what's wrong with ye pic.twitter.com/ackeDBHOfk— davey g (@i8blue_noses) August 26, 2018
Where is the popcorn, yo?
Where are the waves??? Lol it’s a door— Edley Raymond (@_RAYMIN_) August 28, 2018
Why so sa(n)d, man?
Beach puns, your time has come. Water you doing? Come, let's seas the day!
Becky eventually cleared out the debate by posting the same picture horizontally, hinting that it was a beach after all.
Well, this ought to keep social media occupied for a while. Ciao.