This Optical Illusion Baffled New Yorkers Back In 1871

Often, you hear about mysteries of long ago and due to advances in science and our understanding of the world, they now seem trivial. Supposed miracles or acts of witchcraft are now revealed to be natural phenomena. But sometimes, things that baffled our ancestors can seem just as strange to us today. One such instance was an optical illusion in New York that occurred in 1871. It’s actually still (rarely) observed throughout the world even today. While science now has an explanation for it, it is a complicated mirage that still has the power to amaze witnesses.

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While the Fandango Tower no longer exists, there’s still a chance that Fata Morgana mirages could be observed elsewhere in New York. They are particularly common above water, and one was also reported to have occurred in Buffalo in 1894.