Daily Diversion: Optical Illusion Turns Your Favorite Celebs Totally Ugly

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We're not even going to pretend we know the slightest bit about how it works, but the "Flashed Face Distortion Effect" sure is fun. As we found while poking around on io9, this little trick causes the brain to read perfectly lovely faces — like those of Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and Kiera Knightly — as bulging, distorted, and downright carnival-like.

Just click on the video above and look at the cross in the middle to see Hollywood's most beautiful people in a whole new way. Who knew it was this easy to make Cate Blanchett look that weird? (io9)

Video: via io9.