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The Dress That Broke the Internet, The Origin of the Post and Why No One Agrees On a Color

Photo credit: Instagram
Question of the day: What color is this dress? 
This... damn... dress! 

The dress above was first posted by 21-year-old Scottish musician Caitlin McNeil. She posted this picture on her Tumblr site which then was quickly posted on social media sites, making the color of the dress a trending topic in a matter of hours. 

I tried to ignore it at first, but all last night and today, this dress was posted all over my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram timelines with hashtags such as: #thedress, #whitegold or #blueblack. 

At first glance, I was like 'oh, this is clearly a white/gold dress.' Then later on in the day, the dress became this crazy optical illusion and now I see, blue and gold. Is someone messing with me or using different Instagram filters? The trickery!

The dress was first posted because it seemed like Caitlin and her friends could not come to an agreement on what color the dress was. So, she posted a picture of the dress on Tumblr and asked her followers for feedback. 

“guys please help me — is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f*** out.”

This damn dress makes you want to fight it! Lol
Many celebs even weighed in on the color debate of the dress. 

“I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow,” Taylor Swift wrote on Twitter. “PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK.”

“IT’S A BLUE AND BLACK DRESS!” wrote Mindy Kaling. “ARE YOU KIDDING ME,” she continued.

“I see white & gold,” wrote Kim Kardashian. “Kanye sees black and blue, who is color blind?”

LA Clippers Blake Griffin tweeted, "Forget the dress guys..... What color am I?"

The reason why we all can't agree on a color is because it depends on how much light is on the actual picture at the time you're viewing it. The theory involves color perception. When cues about the ambient light are missing, people may perceive the same color in different ways.

I found this post on Instagram, another theory on why everyone is viewing different colors (click photo to enlarge)
The dress is for sale and is blue and black

To me, the dress is white and gold, sometimes blue and gold

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