One-Eyed Pinky Trick

March 23, 2013

Have you ever seen a harvest moon?

Harvest Moon

Have you ever wondered why the moon looked so big?  Is it some sort of refraction of the atmosphere?  Actually, it’s just an optical illusion.  It’s time for the One-Eyed Pinky Trick!


  1. Extend your arm toward the moon.
  2. Stick your pinky (smallest finger) straight up and hold it right next to the moon.
  3. Close one eye.

Notice anything different?

That’s right, the moon is smaller.  Don’t believe me?  Try it.  It works on the sun too (just don’t stare at the sun, ok?).

How does this work?  Here’s my theory…

Poof!  Optical Illusion busted thanks to the One-Eyed Pinky Trick!

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