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  • The Internet's latest optical illusion comes via a professor at Duke University, and it's almost as shocking as witnessing the Blue Devils get defeated at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

    The image is posted on the website of Dale Purves, director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. In the photo, two blocks are placed at an angle on top of each other. At first glance, the two territories look to be completely different shades of grey. However, after simply placing your finger over the part of the image where the two blocks meet, you see that… well, judge for yourself.

    Illustration by Dale Purves

    On Purves' website, the apparent difference at the center area is attributed to the Craik-O'Brien-Cornsweet Illusion. The optical illusion was first described by Tom Cornsweet and is outlined in his book "Visual Perception," which was released in 1970. The idea is that a small area can affect our brains' perception of a large area. Cornsweet graduated from Cornell University and

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  • There might be a bit of irony in the fact that a day after nominations for the 56th Annual Grammys were revealed, Rebecca Black graced YouTube with a new song and video. If view counts are your thing, know that it has already racked up over 8.5 million hits in a mere three days.

    Naturally, Black's follow-up single to her much-talked-about track "Friday" is called "Saturday," thus the reason it hit the Internet over the weekend. Will the latter be equally as loathed as the former? The 16-year-old's original viral video has scored over 220 million views since its 2011 release and re-upload following a legal dispute. On YouTube, it has had a quarter as many likes (321,000) as dislikes (1.2 million) since it was reposted.


    The new song is trending in the opposite direction after the weekend, with 107,000 likes to 56,000 dislikes. Besides the song perhaps having improved sonically, viewers may also like the fact that this time, Black seems to be in on the joke.

    "Two p.m., getting out of my

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  • Advocacy groups have tried a plethora of methods to raise awareness of the problem of driving while under the influence of alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 10,000 people died in drunk-driving accidents throughout 2012. That is one person every 51 minutes.

    But apparently the risk of killing yourself or someone else, not to mention criminal prosecution and legal fees, just isn't enough to deter some people from consuming alcohol and sitting behind the wheel. Comedian Tom Mabe is now using a different approach to stop DUIs, and it involves a little tough love for one of his friends.

    The notorious YouTube prankster teamed up with Jim Clark to play an elaborate joke on a man who has been charged with five DUIs. After the mark, identified only as Dennis, allegedly became intoxicated and passed out in his truck, Mabe and Clark transported the man to an office that was set up to look like a hospital room. When Dennis woke up, a doctor played by Clark

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  • If there's one thing you can say about planet Earth, it's that the place never runs out of interesting vacation spots. Take, for example, Pyramid, an abandoned former Soviet coal-mining town that is 800 miles from the North Pole.

    One man lives on frozen deserted Russian island

    Located on Spitsbergen Island in the Arctic Ocean, Pyramid once boasted a population of 1,000 tough people who didn't mind the well-below-freezing temperatures and the fact that the sun rises a little earlier than you might be used to, at 4:30 a.m. But in 1998, seven years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Russia pulled the plug on the place, leaving behind little more than the world's most northerly statue of former USSR premier Vladimir Lenin, old film reels, and snow boots.

    Prokofiev's belongings

    Now it's a ghost town with one permanent resident: Vladimir Prokofiev, a 33-year-old tour guide. Left to his own devices when there are no tourists to show around, and with no television, radio, or Internet and very weak cell phone signal available, Prokofiev passes the time by using the

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  • If you saw the movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the thought of being in space and looking down at Earth might give you the chills. But now a time-lapse video released by NASA might calm your fears. It’s called ‘The World Outside My Window”, and it was all shot from the International Space Station.

    According to the description of the video on YouTube, the goal of the sequence was to bring more attention to the ISS, including the humans aboard it. It also points out exactly what part of the world each section of the footage is showing. Even though the video makes me a little dizzy, it’s still out of this world!

    For more cool videos like this one, visit us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @YahooTrending.

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