James Fridman a.k.a. @fjamie013 often does humourous manipulations with photos. One of these, from 15 April 2016, shows two nearly identical images with — according to James — 13 differences between them.

two images with 13 alleged differences

I've found some of them, but

What are these 13 differences?


7 Answers 7


No need to describe the differences. Just have a look at this animated gif.

The two images were cropped, upscaled, realigned, then jitter animated.

(Sorry for the late addition - just discovered the thread.)

13 differences visually revealed


As found by Twitter user tedonkknodet (not me):

an image highlighting 13 differences

List (persons A–E from left to right):
1. A's mouth (switched with D's mouth)
2. D's mouth (switched with A's mouth)
3. B has gotten glasses
4. One of C's shirt pockets has disappeared
5. Knot of D's tie has been mirrored
6. One of A's belt loops has been doubled
7. The soles of C's shoes have a different colour
8. E's watch or bracelet has disappeared
9. There's the reflection of a face in the window next to E
10. The black spot on the curb in front of D has disappeared
11. There's an extra curtain hanger on the top left
12. In the concrete above "ppy" in "Happy", a faint "13" can be seen
13. The "snapback", the plastic clip to adjust the size, of E's backwards worn cap, has a different colour

I'm still unsure how 1 and 2 should be counted; as a single difference, or as two differences. Using the latter brings the list at the desired 13, unless another difference can be found.

  • $\begingroup$ Accepting this answer in lieu of an official one by James Fridman. $\endgroup$
    – SQB
    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:08

Partial list:

* the bug
* the glasses on the guy second from the left
* the shoe color
* the watch
* guy on the left's face
* top left, there's an extra hole on the top of the wall
* middle guy's shirt pocket
* color of the thing in the guy on the right's head
* there is the reflection of a face in the window in the copy on the right (credit to @SQB)

  • $\begingroup$ "Color of the thing in guy on the right's head" - that's the plastic bit of the hat :P There's also a missing black spot on the sidewalk, towards bottom of screen. $\endgroup$
    – n_plum
    Jul 28, 2017 at 12:57
  • $\begingroup$ @n_palum I think that's supposed to be the bug. $\endgroup$
    – SQB
    Jul 28, 2017 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ Full disclaimer: I had a head start on this. chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/39081842#39081842 $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Jul 28, 2017 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ Not hiding your answer kind of wrecks it for those of use that want to try and answer. $\endgroup$
    – paparazzo
    Jul 28, 2017 at 13:21
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    $\begingroup$ Id like to add that the face in the window looks like Kanye $\endgroup$
    – Mart10
    Jul 28, 2017 at 16:53

Adding to @Mithrandir's partial list

* Mouths switched between the guy on the left and the second guy from the right
* Wall is darker at the very top above the y in Happy
enter image description here
* Extra belt loop on the guy on the left

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    $\begingroup$ Not seeing a change in the wall's texture $\endgroup$
    – n_plum
    Jul 28, 2017 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ it's slightly darker in the tan/off-white part in that area, it's hard to see but it's there. I'm getting a screencap together to add to highlight it $\endgroup$
    – Forral
    Jul 28, 2017 at 13:02
  • $\begingroup$ I could get behind the wall color being darker but it's not a different texture. $\endgroup$
    – n_plum
    Jul 28, 2017 at 13:03
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    $\begingroup$ Okay, I've edited it to clear things up $\endgroup$
    – Forral
    Jul 28, 2017 at 13:05

Here they all are.

There are two spots in the concrete that are different, but they may just be from recompression, I couldn't really tell. Without them it's 13, so they can be ignored.


List: (with person on far left as "A")
1. Person A mouth
2. Person B glasses
3. Person C pocket
4. Person D mouth
5. Person E watch
6. Person A belt loop
7. Person C left shoe tip
8. Person C right shoe tip
9. Ghost face image in window
10. Black spot on curb
11. Extra curtain hanger on top left

12. Concrete above "ppy" in "Happy"
13. Concrete in front of Person E's left foot

Then optionally:
14. Time change
15. Date change

It's not much of a puzzle when you learn the technique of crossing your eyes so the two photos line up, then look for any of the flickering parts, though I do like the last bit at the end, so to speak. :)

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    $\begingroup$ The date and time definitely are not part of it $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2017 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ I see more than 13 circles; would you care to enumerate the differences? $\endgroup$
    – SQB
    Jul 28, 2017 at 20:45
  • $\begingroup$ As far as the date/time, I think that could easily be part of the puzzle. And as far as enumerating, do they really need to be ordered? :) But it's up to you if you count the concrete differences (which I'm not a fan of) and if you count the date differences (which is my favorite part of this "puzzle") $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2017 at 21:03
  • $\begingroup$ Added text list $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2017 at 21:08
  • $\begingroup$ I'm inclined to count the shoe tips as one difference, not two. Also, the mouths of persons A and D appear to be switched; I'm not sure if that's a single difference or two separates ones, but I'm leaning towards the former. $\endgroup$
    – SQB
    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:18

Another partial

There's a white spot to the right of his tie, well next to that is a small white blotch which is missing from the photo on the rightenter image description here


Here is another one... spotted on !

There is a dark spot at a distance from the feet of participants at the bottom (which is there in the left image but missing in the right one)of the image.

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    $\begingroup$ This has already been mentioned and not really worth another answer vs a comment. $\endgroup$
    – n_plum
    Jul 28, 2017 at 13:51

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