The ESPN anchor looks like a giant in this optical illusion – why?

There’s nothing like a naturally occurring optical illusion — and that’s exactly what Major League Baseball (MLB) delivered Monday.

Chris Vannini, a senior writer for The Athletic, posted an enigmatic image to Twitter this evening showing a screenshot of ESPN presenters Chris Berman, Jeff Passan and Tim Kurkjian at the MLB Home Run Derby.

It might sound like a common setup, but confused viewers couldn’t help but notice a significant size difference between the men.

Berman – left – appeared to be the tallest, followed by Passan in the middle, while Kurkjian – far right – appeared to be the smallest.

“Is Chris Berman twice the height of Jeff Passan and four times the height of Tim Kurkjian?” a stunned, Vannini asked on Twitter in a post that received more than 46,000 likes and surpassed 2,700 retweets.

Twitter users found the image hilarious and confusing.
Twitter users found the image hilarious and confusing.

Spoiler Alert: Though Berman is quite taller than the others – he’s 6ft 5 while Passan is 5ft 9 and Kurkjian 5ft 5 – optical trickery through an extreme side angle played a role in creating the illusion that Berman was larger than life.

in the another angleHowever, Berman seemed closer to his co-hosts in size.

But that didn’t stop Twitter users from having fun and answering Vannini’s hilarious question.

“It’s an ESPN matryoshka doll,” joked one user.

“Holy s–t – it certainly looks Russian nesting doll style,” agreed another.

“[david attenborough voice] While their domesticated counterparts can be trained in sportcasting, Chris Bermans can grow even larger in the wild – up to eight feet tall. Tim Kurkjians, on the other hand, use their small size to forage in crevices,” joked another.

A viewer even compared the scene on a May 2021 photo of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, in which the Carters appeared tiny compared to the current occupants of the White House.

Berman, Passan and Kurkjian have yet to comment on the illusion on social media.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/19/espn-anchor-looks-like-a-giant-in-this-optical-illusion-why/ The ESPN anchor looks like a giant in this optical illusion – why?

Emma Bowman

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