Strange Visual Phenomenon
February 27, 2014 2:25 AM Subscribe
Twice in the last few months I've been in the car at night and experienced a strange visual phenomenon. I know YANMD, I'm sure its nothing but I'm wondering if it has a name or if it could mean something worse.
posted by missmagenta to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What happens is that when looking at the little red man
(not necessarily looking at
it, but able to see it) and turning my head the image of the little red man repeats like a chain of paper dolls. Each man is as bright as the real one and the image stays for at least a second, maybe 2. While sitting at the lights I was able to replicate it several times in both directions on the same light, nothing else in the scene was duplicated that I noticed. I was able to do it again a few minutes later on a different red man but it didn't happen every time I moved my head or with any other lights. It happened before a few months ago but I can't remember whether it was just the red man last time or whether it was also the green man or other lights too. It did happen several times during the journey though (fwiw, I wasn't driving in either case)
Does this phenomenon have a name? Is it normal?