Solve Visual Puzzles Like a Genius

A visual puzzle is often intriguing because it was intentionally designed to lead you to the wrong direction of thinking and trap your thoughts into a box. You should always have a second thought on the first idea you come up with, and think out of the box. We’ll look at 3 interesting visual puzzles.


1. Parking Visual Puzzle

What number is this car parked in?

Most people will try to find the patterns from the numbers. If you reject the idea of deciphering any pattern to the numbers, you’ll quickly realize that:

1. Parking lot numbers are sequential, and those in the picture are not.

2. The parking numbers are meant to help drivers. They should be viewed from the direction of the drive, but they are intentionally presented to you from a different direction. Here’s what the driver will see if you flip the picture upside down.



The number the car parked in is 87.


2. How Many Girls Visual Puzzle 

How many girls have you seen in the picture?   The picture was taken by a Swiss photographer Tiziana Vergari.


You are trapped if you started counting girls. There’re only two girls, and 10 other girl images are reflections from two mirrors. Here’s a scientific explanation.

See the marks on the wall. Then you can notice they are mirror images.

The reason we can see this many girls is because of reflection. Two mirrors are positioned parallel to each other. Light bounces off from one mirror to the other continuously. This creates infinite no. of reflection as reflection from one image will reflect it to other mirror and vice versa. Due to this infinite no. of reflections we are able to see this many girls.

Virtual images can’t be taken from opaque objects i.e. you can’t take this image from outside the mirror. This implies that the photographer is also between the mirrors. The reason you can’t see him is because he took the image at an acute angle (as you can see the image is somewhat tilted) and not at 90 degrees.

The image is diminished as it goes far. With each reflection, the mirror absorbs and scatters a tiny fraction of the light. After several reflections, the image fades out and you are no longer able to distinguish reflections. Increasing the distance between the mirrors will accelerate this fading, and thus, result in fewer visible reflections.

Source: Siddh Raman Pant on


3. Teapot Visual Puzzle

If teapot A holds 32 ounces of tea, about how many ounces does teapot B hold?


This is another visual puzzle for lateral thinking. The height of teapot B is the trap for this puzzle. The amount of tea that can be kept within each pot is determined by the height of the spout opening, not the height of the pot. The tea level cannot rise above the spout opening since any extra tea would merely spill out from the spout. A simple visual estimate would conclude that the spout of teapot B is approximately half the height of that of teapot A, therefore providing only half of the capacity, or 16 ounces.


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