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The Internet Is Freaking Out Over This Optical Illusion And People Can’t Decide If they See A Bird Or A Bunny

The latest optical illusion phenomenon has everyone on social media wondering whether a viral video showing an animal having its head stroked is a bird or whether it’s a bunny. 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Bad Bunny… err, I mean, it’s a bunny! Watch for yourself and tell us what you think. 

Now, the internet is as divided as it was when #TheDress got our attention back in 2015, when everyone was figuring out whether the dress was blue or gold. or remember last year when everyone was wondering whether a video was saying Yanny or Laurel in a viral audio clip? Even though we already know how many of these optical illusions come to be, we’re still caught by surprise and get sucked right into it. 

Last week a biological psychiatry researcher at the University of Oslo in Norway posted a video on Twitter that showed an animal being rubbed on the head. It quickly went viral and people went nuts. In the tweet Daniel Quintana wrote, “Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose.” 

It’s safe to say people were super confused. I mean, doesn’t that look like a sleek beak? 

The world is officially canceled now. I’m done. I can’t.

Many people were seeing a bird, or a raven to be more specific. And for a second, we were right there with them. 

Those don’t look like bunny ears, it looks more like a beak… 

Then people started saying it was a duck! Come on people, make up your mind.

However, we think this woman’s daughter is on to something. She said it’s a puppy. She’s gotta be right, right? 

But look closely and pay attention to the ears… then look even closer to the animal’s eyes and you start to see the whole picture. 

The researcher then went on to give us more information about the video and tweeted that he hadn’t taken that footage but instead simply shared it from an @Imgur tweetAccording to Quintana, who spoke with CNET about the viral tweet he shared, “the static bird/rabbit illusion is well-known within psychology and philosophy, so when I saw a video, I thought it would be interesting to share it.” 

Quintana also said that unlike the rest of the internet, he was never fooled by the bird or bunny dilemma. Well, good for you dude — but you can’t judge a bird by it’s beak (or however the saying goes!). 

So he definitely knew what he was doing when he shared that video. He knew he’d send the rest of Twitter down a rabbit hole. 

“I thought it was fairly clear that the video was of a bird… as you can see the translucent nictitating membrane sweep across the eye horizontally (rabbits don’t have membranes like that and the positioning of the ‘ears’ are a little strange,” he told CNET.

Okay, fair. Totally. But how are we supposed to know that? It doesn’t sound like common knowledge tbh. 

After people began catching on to the truth and realizing that this in fact was a bunny, people on Twitter began replying to his thread with photos of their bunny making jokes about what animal it could be instead.

LOL, on Twitter user showed us their grey unicorn. The resemblance is uncanny! 

Another user tweeted “that shark seems to enjoy some scratches behind its gills.”

As you can tell, people started to straight out troll. 

The whole bird or bunny dilemma even had people twisting and turning their phone to uncover the truth.

“First I thought it was a bird, then I thought it was a rabbit, then I had to put the phone against my eye to realize “oh snip snap scallywaps, that’s a cat,” one Twitter user said. 

All jokes aside, we hope you realize by now that the animal in question was in fact a bunny.

“I’m surprised to see how popular the tweet has been,” Quintana told CNET. “I only expected that psychological scientists would be interested, but it’s gone much further than my community. It seems about two-thirds of people are insisting it’s a bird, and the remainder are either insisting it’s a rabbit or can’t decide.”

It’s the internet we’re talking about, you’re going to have a lot more people than psychological scientists interested in anything that has to do with optical illusions. After all, why else do we log onto Twitter if it’s not for some good ‘ol laughs and debates? 

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This Mexican Mom Has Gone Viral On TikTok For Her Recipe Videos Showing You How Easy It Is To Be A Cook

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This Mexican Mom Has Gone Viral On TikTok For Her Recipe Videos Showing You How Easy It Is To Be A Cook

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Look, it’s no secret that cooking isn’t for everyone. It can be tiring, time-consuming, and sometimes downright difficult. Even if we’re learning from our abuelos or tíos, who are passing down a generation’s worth of recipes, the idea of cooking can be intimidating.

But one woman has taken to TikTok to demystify Mexican cooking and she’s making it look super easy in the process. And as someone who’s actually tried out several of her quick TikTok recipe videos, I can tell you, it is as easy as it looks.

Jenny Martinez has quickly become TikTok’s favorite Latina mom.

In her videos on TikTok, Jenny Martinez shares her traditional Mexican recipient with more than 1.5 million followers – and everything from her dad’s famous shrimp cocktail to her easy churros is on the menu.

Martinez got the idea to create recipe videos for TikTok from her daughter, who herself is an avid TikTok user. The duo shot a few short videos and from their things quickly escalated.

“The following morning my phone was blowing up and we couldn’t believe it that one of my videos had gone viral,” Martinez told In The Know.

Although creating video content, especially cooking content, is a lot of work, Martinez sees it as a chance to do what she already loves – to cook. For her, it’s not just about making mouthwatering meals, like conchas con nieve or chuletas abobadasit’s about preserving Mexican culture.

She learned traditional cooking from her mother growing up.

Like so many of us, Martinez grew up learning how to cook with her mother.

“For me, it’s not — it’s not that I’m giving away my secrets,” Martinez told In The Know. “To me, it’s just sharing my knowledge to the younger community so we can continue our culture, the authentic Mexican recipes that our grandmas, our mothers passed down to us.”

Food is one of the greatest bonds between a community. It helps shape traditions, events, ceremonies, and entire cultures. Martinez knows this and believes that food can unite the people within a culture while educating those outside of it. Some of her followers haven’t heard of the ingredients she uses but her explainers in English make such barriers fade away.

“The whole Mexican cooking, it’s just something that connects us together as a community and as Mexicans,” Martinez told In The Know. “Now that I see that in social media that everybody wants to learn and everybody wants to keep on the traditions, that’s what I like. That’s what I want to see.”

The mom’s recipes are great for budding chefs at all levels.

Martinez tells her followers not to get so hung up on trying something new and just attempt to do what you want with the recipe.

“You don’t have to be an expert in cooking. Just open the fridge and start following my recipes. I try to make them as easy as possible,” she said.

But at the heart of it all, Martinez is really passionate about her craft.

“I honestly see the beauty in food and in the cooking,” Martinez told In The Know. “I mean, it’s kind of like an art at the end of the day. When you’re plating it and when you see everything just combining. When you see all of those ingredients, that aroma coming out, to me it’s just beautiful.”

One of her most popular recipe videos are her sandia paletas!

Sure, summer may be over but it’s still forever sandia season in my mind. Especially the version Martinez does on her TikTok. Lathered in chamo y and tajin, you’ll never look at sandia paletas the same.

And you’re not the only one – this video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times!

This is the one that I tried to make and it turned out soooo good.

Carne asada nachos are the ultimate cure for la cruda and every time I was out at bar hoping (pre-Covid obviously), I’d almost always end up at a truck by my house for these guys. But doing them at home is just as easy and mil veces mas delicious!

Martinez teaches you how to make these bomb nachos in less than 30 seconds so it’s worth your investment. The result is everything!

Which recipes are you most excited to try out? Or h

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This TikTok User Went Viral For Making a Video About What a Latino Character in the Harry Potter Universe Would Look Like

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This TikTok User Went Viral For Making a Video About What a Latino Character in the Harry Potter Universe Would Look Like

Recently, a TikTok video went viral for spoofing what a Latino character would look like if he or she were written by JK Rowling. 

The minute-long video, entitled “If JK Rowling wrote a Latino character”, was created by TikTok user @Munchy_Monk, who also goes by the name “Louie”.

The video (which has now been viewed over 2 million times), starts with Munchy_Monk reading a “script” that JK Rowling sent him.

“Um, Ms. Rowling, I’m not really sure about this character,” he says, his voice full of trepidation. In the video, the imaginary “Ms. Rowling” responds by telling him to “read the bloody script before I call immigration.”

The video continues to be more outrageous from there. His tongue firmly in his cheek, Munchy_Monk runs through the gambit of stereotypes that the media typically portrays Latinos as doing.

With an exaggerated semi-Spanish-sounding accent (one that is all-too familiar for people who watch TV), the TikTok star pretends to be a gardener (“I’m-gardening-leviosa”), a line-cook (“Accio tacos and burritos!”), and a trouble-making student (“I ain’t take no potions. I ain’t even in potions class, foo.”). 

The video is also littered with punny jokes that play on Rowling’s whimsical word-choice. For example, Munchy_Monk pronounces the spell “stupify” as “estupify” and claims he comes from the Hogwarts house “Gryffindor-a the Explor-a”. 

via munchy_monks/TikTok

The TikTok video perfectly illustrates the way Rowling has depicted BIPOC characters in the past, as well as how the media generally portrays characters who have identities outside of what the media considers to be “standard” (i.e. white and straight). 

For a few years now, there have been subsets of the internet who have taken issue with Rowling’s portrayals of BIPOC and queer characters in the the Harry Potter universe. Many consider these characters to be tokenized depictions of what real non-white, non-straight people are actually like. 

Some fans have also grown frustrated to her public statement about Harry Potter characters–specifically how she publicly and retroactively “changedtheir backstories to “gain inclusivity points” without doing the the more meaningful work of writing inclusive characters in the first place. 

Although some fans celebrate Rowling’s fluid approach to the culture and identity of her characters, some claim that the post-publication changes feel inauthentic.

“The problem is we never see those elements of characterisation in the books themselves,” writer Kayleigh Anne wrote in The Independent. “The faith, race and sexuality of her characters has been shoe-horned in retroactively, and it can’t help but ring hollow.”

Of course, the icing on the problematic cake has been the recent transphobic comments and forthcoming book JK Rowling has made about and against trans people. All of these circumstances put into question JK Rowling’s status as an ally to queer and BIPOC people–if she ever was one in the first place.

But one thing is worth admitting: all of the above make Munchy_Monk’s TikTok video especially poignant and darkly hilarious.

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