Multiple social media platforms went into overdrive after a Dutchman posted a photo of his daughter, who oddly seemed to be half-submerged in a cobblestone pavement.

“My daughter, where is the rest of her?” Tim Kietzmann said on Reddit. “Ohh I see, do you?”

The image shows a little girl wearing a pink top and operating a smartphone. She strangely appears to be submerged up to her waist in grey concrete and stone, almost as if she fell into a quicksand of pavement.

Many users could not make sense of the confusing picture, which seems to defy the fundamental laws of science and common sense.

“This is making my brain hurt,” British Psychological Society Chairwoman Linda Kaye said on Twitter. “I just cannot see it.”

“Wow, that took a minute,” ICF Ireland Events Director Barbara Edwards said on Twitter.

“Please remember to stop by and feed the sidewalk girl on your way home,” Night Vale podcast group member Anja Le Roux joked on Facebook. “Otherwise she will not stop screaming.”

Kietzmann, who works as an assistant professor at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior, confirmed the image was absolutely authentic and not digitally manipulated at all. This further fueled confusion about how the image could possibly be real.

“No [Adobe] Photoshop [was] involved,” he said on Twitter. “Once you see it [you cannot unsee it.].”

Since being published on May 7, the photo had attracted more than 8,300 likes, 1,800 shares, and 170 comments at the time of publication.

The photo eventually reached the desk of social media detectives, who investigated exactly how the child could defy physics.

A man from Toulouse, France, finally discovered the girl was standing next to a wall that looked the same as the pavement.

“Got it,” See You Nesquik said on Twitter. “Basically, the foreground is higher than where the girl is standing. [It] makes sense but it is very tricky.”

University of Exeter cognitive psychologist Gavin Buckingham believes the girl’s body language was a dead giveaway.

“Her elbow [is resting] in a wall which is the same(ish) colour as the pavement she is standing on,” he said on Twitter.

 

Since some social media users were still confused by the image, University of Miami postdoctoral associate Lucas Ferreira da Silva made the border look more obvious between the wall and pavement.

“Okay, [I am] using Photoshop to fix it,” he said on Twitter.

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