A good rule of thumb when it comes to driving is not to drive into any open pits, holes, chasms, or even canyons, if you can help it. Ask around if you don’t believe me! The driver in this video seems to be quite aware of this rule, and as a result is understandably reluctant to drive up the ramp into this tunnel that appears to have a huge open pit dug into it, strangely without any sort of warning signs or railings or even an orange cone or two. The reason why soon becomes clear: THE PIT IS A LIE.
Really, this is just a video about the power of water to deceive us, visually, and it’s absolutely worth watching, so, here, do so:
While this was posted on Reddit and Twitter and probably Friendster and everywhere else, the original source seems to have been this Instagram account, now made private, likely because this video has been blowing up so much.
We’re not necessarily in the business of jumping on every driving-related video that goes viral, but there really is something deeply and strangely satisfying about this one. I mean, it looks like a pit!
On deeper scrutiny, some holes–metaphorical, not literal–appear: the walls of the “pit” are incredibly smooth and featureless, when in reality you think there’d be some kind of texture, but you only really assess that after you get over the shock of, hey, a pit.
I especially like watching the other drivers approach and slow down as they try to determine just what the hell they’re dealing with here, and the sudden shock of realization that, hey, it’s water, that immediately changes the perception of everything in that tunnel.
A lot of chance criteria had to happen to make this work so well: the lighting, the depth and size of the puddle, the featureless nature of the walls, all these things conspired to make a truly excellent optical illusion, so we may as well take a moment to appreciate it.