It has been one strange day. It started with practically everyone being transfixed by two llamas on the run in Arizona, but by the evening, it was all about a dress.
The No. 1 trend worldwide on Twitter on Thursday night was “#whiteandgold,” in reference to a question posted to Tumblr on Wednesday about the color of a dress.
People are arguing whether the dress is white and gold or blue and black, and it is getting pretty ugly.
Even celebrities are weighing in on the back-and-forth.
I know three things: 1) the ACA works; 2) climate change is real; 2) that dress is gold and white.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 27, 2015
I don't understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it's a trick somehow. I'm confused and scared. PS it's OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 27, 2015
I will punch you all in the throat #whiteandgold— Zane Liston (@ZaneListon) February 27, 2015
The color of a dress? Really? That's what you're asking Me? THE OCEAN LEVELS ROSE FOUR INCHES IN TWO YEARS. You know that, right?— God (@TheTweetOfGod) February 27, 2015
Feeling so much anxiety about this stupid dress #whiteandgold— lex (@alexisqumsieh) February 27, 2015
white and gold— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) February 27, 2015
“@bjnovak: white and gold”. ARE YOU INSANE— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 27, 2015
Buzzfeed News was able to talk to someone who saw the now mind-blowing, argument-inducing dress in person.
“We all saw the dress in all its glory and realized it was, of course, blue and black,” said Caitlin McNeill, whose band performed at a wedding where the mother of the bride wore the garment.
Cedar Riener, associate professor of psychology at Randolph-Macon College told Buzzfeed News there is an explanation for people seeing different colors: light interpretation by the eyes.
“In the case of the dress, some people are deciding that there is a fair amount of illumination on a blue and black (or less reflective) dress. Other people are deciding that it is less illumination on a white/gold dress (it is in shadow, but more reflective),” Riener said.
8:53 p.m.This story has been updated with a comment from someone who saw the dress in person and an explanation of why people are seeing different colors.
This story was originally published at 6:37 p.m.Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times