Does this cat go up or down the stairs? Solving this optical illusion riddle in less than five seconds is an indication of a high IQ
- Puzzle sparked an angry debate after it resurfaced online, confusing users
- The picture shows a cat on a gray staircase, its face looking towards us
- But it’s hard to tell which way the beast is going, and it’s divided people
- The majority of people think that the cat goes down because of the design of the structure
A mind-boggling optical illusion leaves puzzles bewildered – the creator claims you could have top IQ if you can spot which way the cat is moving within five seconds.
The riddle, which was first shared in 2015 but has resurfaced online, sparked an angry debate after it was shared on 9GAG and left users thoroughly confused.
The image shows a cat on a gray staircase, and while the animal’s face is looking at you, it’s hard to tell which way it’s going.
Some pointed out that the image contains a stair nosing, meaning the cat is walking down the stairs.
The riddle sparked an angry debate after it was shared on 9GAG, leaving users thoroughly confused
But others have said that because the stair is mosaic there would be a wooden protective lip on it and that it actually goes up the stair.
Others said that the light is reflected in a certain way, which gave them the answer.
If the light is from the ceiling you may see the cat going down – or you may see it up if the light is from below.
Dedicated Reddit puzzlers also analyzed the cat’s pose and the position of its paw to solve the puzzle.
Business Insider concluded that the cat wanders down because of the architecture of the stairwell.
The nose of the stair treads surmounts the riser, which has a pebble structure.
They added that shadows are visible under the stair steps, which means the cat is walking down the stairs.
In addition, the publication states that the light from the upstairs landing causes the shadow of the tread to fall on the riser.
The illusion also drew mixed reactions on Twitter, with one person writing: “The cat on the stairs” is definitely coming down the stairs! You cannot build stairs with a ledge at the top of the edge. People would get caught and fall.’
Another person quipped, “He’s pacing,” while a third said, “As long as the cat is looking at me, it’s looking up… I can see a cat whose goal is to reach the top.”
The illusion also sparked an angry debate on Twitter, with one person being certain the cat is looking up and climbing the stairs, while others said the structure’s architecture meant the animal was going down