We all know that in addition to being a lot of fun, brainteasers are a great way to keep our minds sharp and practice problem solving and logical thinking. In fact, scientific research even backs up the idea that “exercising” your brain with puzzles and challenges can help you avoid dementia and Alzheimers!
So today, let’s test ourselves on a visual puzzle that had many people on the internet stumped. The image below by Russian cartoonist Valentine Dubinin looks pretty simple, right? It’s just an old man with a beard and a hat. Or is it?
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If you only see the old man, don’t worry. Ninety-nine percent of people won’t see anything else in the image on first glance. But if you look a little bit harder, you’ll eventually find a dog hidden in plain sight.
But where could a dog be? If you look a little bit closer at the old man’s image, you might see some strange things!
Let’s start with the nose. It’s a pretty big one, as you’ll probably notice right away. But if we follow it up the bridge all the way to the forehead, we can see that it looks strangely reminiscent of something else. Something that dogs are famous for loving, whether it’s thrown to them or whether they bury it in the yard. Got it yet? That’s right, it’s a bone.
So far so good, but where’s the dog?
Now that we’ve got the bone, we need to find something like paws or a mouth that the dog could use to hold on to it. We don’t seem to see any teeth sticking out anywhere.
But what about the old man’s mouth? Isn’t there something a bit odd about it? If we look a little bit closer, we can see that beneath his big, bushy mustache, there aren’t really any lips.
In fact, the two lines on either side don’t really look like a mouth at all. They almost look like eyebrows. Except the man already has eyebrows where they should belong. Still not making any sense?
What about those cheeks? The man is elderly, so it makes sense that he would have a few wrinkles. But then again, there’s something a bit weird about the fact that his left cheek almost seems to have a hand coming up and covering his eye. It almost looks like … a paw?
Continuing with the ears, what do you notice? Because of the way the man’s head is turned, we can’t even see an ear on the right side of his face (our left). What about the other side? “Hold on,” you’re probably thinking. That’s not an ear at all. It looks more like … a tail?
But why would the tail be on top? Shouldn’t it be on the bottom? But to see it that way, you would need to…
…look at it upside down!
Now you’ve got it. The real trick was to turn your screen upside down to get the dog, which is sitting on what looks to be a pie plate, happily wagging its tail and chowing down on what looks to be a great treat.
Just like we saw earlier, the old man’s cheeks are in fact the toes on the dog’s paws and the bizarre “lips” are the dog’s eyebrows! Did you get it before we helped you out? If you liked this puzzle, be sure to test your spouse, kids, or friends and see how well they do. The faster a person solves the puzzle, the more creative and inventive they are likely to be. Enjoy!