Bizarre Facebook illusion is blowing everyone's minds – but the truth is so simple once you see it

FACEBOOK users couldn't believe their eyes when a person listed what appears to be giant lamps for sale on Marketplace.

But look more closely, and you'll realise all is not what it seems.

From the angle of the photo, the lamps look like two massive grey clocktower bells sat on the grass.

"That's one of the most convincing illusions I've seen in a while," one user said.

"Took me long enough to figure out."

Another admitted: "I'm at work staring at this like an idiot – just figured it out."

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A third baffled viewer added: "I don’t think I would have ever got it, I just accepted they were huge."

In reality, the lamps are ordinarily small.

If you look above, you'll notice that they're actually hanging on a wire.

Because they're photographed close up, and with the angle of the garden grass, it just makes the lamps appear huge.

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As some have noted, the rust and chipping around the rim really add to the effect as well.

As we've seen in other recent optical illusions, the camera can be very deceptive.

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For example, there's a mind-bending video which appears to show a corgi being thrown out of a plane in mid-air.

In a bizarre optical illusion that the dog's owner shared on Instagram, the pup appears to briefly fly through the air after being dropped – but the truth is somewhat different.

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