Upvoted has a great collection of GIFs and other graphics to accompany its article about answers collected from a simple question about the art of the simple prank:
Earlier this year, Reddit user ThrowawayCallsYouOut posed this question for the Ask Reddit community—calling upon all the mischief-makers, rabble-rousers, and human gremlins of the Internet for their best tips on how to subtly ruin someone else’s day.
To some, this may sound like simple real-life trollery, but for devotees of low-stakes hijinks, subtly fucking with people is an art of the highest order.
And so, to elevate redditors’ shenanigans to their proper place in the annals of history, Upvoted’s artist-in-residence, Li-Anne Dias, has brought some of the best pranks to life with original illustrations.
Some animals, including your pets, may be partially colorblind, and yet certain aspects of their vision are superior to your own. Living creatures’ visual perception of the surrounding world depends on how their eyes process light. Humans are trichromats—meaning that our eyes have three types of the photoreceptors known as cone cells, which are sensitive to the colors red, green, and blue. A different type of photoreceptors, called rods, detect small amounts of light; this allows us to see in the dark. Animals process light differently—some creatures have only two types of photoreceptors, which renders them partially colorblind, some have four, which enables them to see ultraviolet light, and others can detect polarized light, meaning light waves that are oscillating in the same plane.
“None of us can resist thinking that we can imagine what another animal is thinking,” says Thomas Cronin, a professor at the University of Maryland who studies visual physiology. But while guessing animals’ thoughts is a fantasy, looking at the world through their eyes is possible.
I’ve always known dogs were color blind, but some of the rest was news to me.
If this pooch started this behavior on its own, it’s interesting as hell.
Does he know the fish needs water? DId he see someone else putting water on fish and pick it up on his own? (Which would still make it interesting.)
There is always the possibility — impossible to rule out from viewing one animated GIF — that somebody trained a dog to do this and then uploaded this video to see how many of us would “ooh” and “aah” over something that is actually not that special.
Cynical, I know. But the internet requires that you consider other possibilities lest you end up believing that Obama is coming with black helicopters to steal your guns and Bibles.