Dress Perception

The dress. Oh yes, you know which one I’m talking about. The dress that perplexed the public’s mind on February 27th after a Tumblr post of it went viral and sent the media spinning into a chaotic spiral of confusion. Since then the same question has been on nearly everyone’s lips; blue and black or white and gold?

What started as an innocent Tumblr post by twenty one year old, Caitlin McNeill, soon turned into a huge and quickly spreading media frenzy. After the post, the picture spread to other types of social media including Buzzfeed, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. After being up for only a few hours, the picture had spread to a huge portion of the population, reaching everyone from Taylor Swift to Kim Kardashian to Senator Christopher Murphy, who all tweeted about the mysterious dress.

“I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow. PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK.” Taylor Swift

“I see white and gold. Kanye sees black and blue, who is color blind?” Kim Kardashian

“I know three things. 1) the ACA works; 2) climate change is real; 3) that dress is gold and white.” Christopher Murphy

After the premier of the picture, a huge demand was presented for answers as to why some people saw the dress as blue and black and why others saw it as white and gold. Although scientists are puzzled as to why we are seeing different colors, there are a few theories regarding the anatomy of our individual eyes and how we see, but for now there are no clear answers. However, it has been determined that the dress is, in fact, black and blue. Sorry white and gold fans, better luck next time.

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