This question may be well known to some, but I still think it is interesting:

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It comes from the 1964 Louisiana literacy test which you had to take to be eligible to vote.


Are there people who don't know this? :)

Paris in the the spring
The word 'the' is repeated; people often miss it, as the way we read tends to gloss over unimportant words.

The alternative answer, for the pedantic grammarians, is

what you read in the triangle below.

but that assumes you insist on ignoring the clear surface intent of the question. Both alternatives, honestly, qualify as "an annoying way to trick people". The alternative just amps it up to 11.

  • $\begingroup$ There is more than one possible answer. Can you work out the other one? $\endgroup$ – Lembik Jan 3 '17 at 12:19
  • $\begingroup$ Got it! And I agree with your comment too. Sadly I believe this was indeed the original intention. $\endgroup$ – Lembik Jan 3 '17 at 12:29

The illusion is that when you first read it you see

Paris in the spring

But it actually reads

Paris in the the spring - two 'the's

  • $\begingroup$ Ninja'd ya by 3 seconds. :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jan 3 '17 at 12:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio damn it! $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 3 '17 at 12:04
  • $\begingroup$ I am not sure this is right answer now I think about it. $\endgroup$ – Lembik Jan 3 '17 at 12:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Lembik well I wrote what was in the triangle $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 3 '17 at 12:14
  • $\begingroup$ Yes but you are not thinking about it as an annoying way to trick people, which was how it was designed. The comma seems to be the key. $\endgroup$ – Lembik Jan 3 '17 at 12:14

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