The Black/Blue or Gold/White Dress: I saw both colors!

I never thought I’d bother to blog about this controversial dress since I thought from the very beginning that this is just one of those attention seeking posts on social media. True enough, it did get attention from the whole world.

The Dress

For days I’ve been seeing posts about this dress. Even celebrities debated on it. I concluded that there are two photos of the dress, one in black/blue and one in white/gold and people are just trying to make an issue out of it. So all is good for me, didn’t care, not interested.

Until I came across a video of Ellen DeGeneres showing the dress on the TV screen beside her. Since I missed watching Ellen, I clicked on the video and had to listen to her quirks about it because I know she’s gonna say something hilarious (as always) about it.

So she shows the photo of #TheDress, I see it in Gold and White, which is the color she sees as well. As for her audience, majority agreed with her seeing White/Gold and a minority raised their hands for Black/Blue. She admitted later on that the dress was in fact Black/Blue then joked that the real dress is wrong (lol Ellen). Out of curiousity, I paused the video and went over to my fiancé, asked him what color he sees on the dress, and again, he agrees it is gold/white. So I’m good. We both agree.

Then I went back to my room and turned off the lights for “bill saving” purposes and played the video again. It shocked me seeing black/blue all of a sudden. Initially, I thought they changed the photo to show the dress in a different color but I went back to the very start of the video and I cannot see the gold/white anymore!

My fiancé, being an optometrist by profession had to explain it to me thoroughly, while I freak out, how that happened to me.

He said it had something to with the photosensitive cells/photoreceptors in our retinas called cones and rods. The cones are for the night vision while the rods are for the color vision. My eyes adjusted to both that’s why I saw the dress in white/gold first then black/blue later on which was the real color anyway. It still freaks me out really. That’s why I’m blogging about it now. How amazing is the human body!

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