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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? 

His Mamá Lost Her Job So This 11-Year-Old Started Trading His Toys For Food To Help Out His Family

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His Mamá Lost Her Job So This 11-Year-Old Started Trading His Toys For Food To Help Out His Family

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Few communities have been spared by the Coronavirus pandemic. The economic impacts of the virus have left millions of people without jobs and families are struggling to make ends meet.

The situation is common all across Latin America – where millions of people work in the informal economy with little to no access to government aide. Despite the heartbreaking economic situations so many families currently face, some are getting creative in order to help put food on the table.

A boy in Tijuana has gone viral for offering up his toys in exchange for food to help feed his family.

Alexis, who is just 11-years-old, has had to grow up during some truly strange times. These challenging times are forcing all of us to reevaluate are priorities and figure out ways to help those close to us and in our communities.

For little Alexis, he saw that his family was facing a tough financial situation because of the Coronavirus pandemic. So he got creative and showed just how self-less he could be.

Alexis told Milenio, “Since my mom isn’t working anymore I’m worried. And I have two abuelos – my grandfather is blind and he was going to have surgery but they had to cancel it because of the Coronavirus.

The 11-year-old asked his mom how we could help her and that’s when he came up with an idea. He would get together his most previous toys and offer them up to people willing to exchange them for precious food items for the family.

Alexis’ story quickly went viral and people showed up to help him out.

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Alexis is offering up balls, stuffed animals, action figures, and other things that kids his age shouldn’t have to give up just to help his family put food on the table. But he’s doing it anyway.

Thankfully, the community has stepped up to help. In fact, the family was overwhelmed with support that they’ve now been able to share much of the donated goods with other families who face a similar situation.

Sadly, it hasn’t all been positive news since their story went viral.

According to the family, a man posed as a well-wisher coming by to drop off some donated food items to the family. Instead, after a short struggle the man robbed the mother of her cell phone and took off – also not having donated a single item to the family.

The local news had published the family’s address so people could arrive and provide assistance but, unfortunately, someone decided to take advantage.

Mexico has struggled to contain the Coronavirus outbreak and Baja California has been hit particularly hard.

It’s been give weeks since the first case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in Baja California. And the outlook for many of the state’s residents – especially those working in the informal sector – looks more and more complicated. Workers have had to find different ways to come up with new resources and income to help support their families.

Streets were once filled with vendors selling fresh mangos and tacos de canasta – now they’re selling hand sanitizer and face masks instead.

The economist José Luis Contreras Valenzuela has warned that many companies are also hurting as a result of having no customers. They’re likely to have to layoff even more staff. One example is the state’s restaurant industry which employers more than 200,000 people.

Just a few days ago, the head of the Ministry of the Economy, Mario Escobedo Carignan, pointed out that there were 11,000 lost jobs in Baja California, but this number is likely to grow.

Video Of A Mariachi Band Serenading A Hospital Full Of Health Workers And Covid-19 Patients In Mexico Goes Viral And OMG It’s Amazing

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Video Of A Mariachi Band Serenading A Hospital Full Of Health Workers And Covid-19 Patients In Mexico Goes Viral And OMG It’s Amazing

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Like the rest of the world, Mexico has been struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic. But as most of the country is in lockdown, tens of thousands of healthcare workers are on the frontlines. They’re logging long and hard hours – putting themselves at a huge risk to confront this growing beast.

From New York to Milan, and now in Mexico City, creative residents have come up with moving tributes to these heroes.

With few audiences to play to these days, a group of Mariachi players staged a show outside one of Mexico City’s largest hospitals.

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Plaza Garibaldi, in the historical center of Mexico City, is typically a Mariachi haven. There are usually hundreds of bands roving the square for willing customers asking for classic Mariachi hits – and it can be a lucrative job.

But on Tuesday, about 120 mariachis got together at a hospital to serenade those affected by the pandemic.

Julio César Barragán, the National Mariachi Association spokesman, said that the goal of the musicians was to lift the spirits of patients and health care workers at Mexico’s National Institute of Respiratory Diseases.

“We did this to give encouragement, solidarity and hope to the sick and to medical staff,” Barragán said, according to Mexican news portal Eje Central.

Obviously, such a powerful tribute quickly started going viral.

Wearing face masks (which trumpeters lowered temporarily in order to play their instruments) and maintaining a “healthy distance” from each other, the musicians assembled outside the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases, where they played a range of classic mariachi songs.

The serenata coincided with World Health Day, a World Health Organization initiative whose main purpose this year is to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy.

The show of support comes at a time when most street musicians in Mexico City struggle with unemployment.

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Demand for Mariachis has fallen by 70%, as the COVID-19 crisis dealt a serious blow to the tourism industry in the capital.

“The situation is very critical,” according to Antonio Guzmán, a 35-year mariachi veteran in Mexico City. Adding: “I used to arrive at Plaza Garibaldi at 10 in the morning and leave at 8 at night. Now, with coronavirus, I have to arrive earlier, around 8 in the morning, without having had breakfast and I go home at 10 or 11 with nothing in my stomach,” he said.

“Sometimes I arrive home with my hands empty,” added Guzmán.

According to the Mexican newspaper Milenio, starting Thursday the mariachi association will start offering events on an online platform to raise money for the more than 2,000 families of mariachi musicians affected by the pandemic.

At the same time these healthcare workers are being celebrated, others across the country are facing discrimination.

According to a report by El Universal, fake news and ignorance are creating a hostile environment for healthcare workers across the country. Many are being discriminaed against, threatened, and even attacked.

Just days ago, residents in Morelos state (just south of Mexico City) protested outside a public hospital demanding Covid-19 patients not be treated in their city – they even threatened to burn down the building. One protester, even threatened the head doctor with being burned alive.

Healthcare workers have even stopped wearing their uniforms on their way to and from work for fear of being attacked.