Think you’re a smart cookie and have been blessed with 20/20 vision? Well, this brain teaser is just for you – and thousands of people have failed so far.
The image in question asks you to spot the error in a sequence of numbers from 1 to 9 and has since taken TikTok by storm. The sun reports.
Among those trying to solve the mystery were two women believed to be from the United States.
The piece of paper shown in the now-viral clip reads, “Can you spot the ERROR?”
Then, all in different colors of the rainbow, the numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
It’s that simple – no math, no counting, no spelling – so how long did it take you to find the mistake?
In the video, the two ladies would read the sentence over and over and then carefully go through the sequence.
However, as predicted, the numbers appeared to be correct.
Perhaps “error” had been misspelled, they wondered—but to their great surprise, the word had been spelled as it should have been.
“Is it something to do with the colors?” one of them asked.
“Has it something to do with there being two greens? ‘Cause that’s red, orange, green, green?”
The duo continued with determination – but no matter what combinations they came up with, the mistake remained undiscovered.
“This is going to kill you when you find out,” chuckled the man in the background.
Another possibility, the two women suggested, is that the word “error” was written in a bolder font compared to the rest of the sentence.
At one point they were even sure that there was no mistake on paper and that the guy had just been messing around with them the entire time.
However, they were never able to figure out what went wrong when the video ended – and just like the duo, social media users were left confused.
It turned out to be “the the” in the first sentence — and many admitted they had to jump to the comments to find out what the answer was.
“Took me longer than I’d like to admit, I’m tired,” wrote one.
Another added: “Let me go for a minute.”
“It’s so funny how the brain automatically corrects things like that! I found it, but it definitely cost me a bit,” commented a third.
How long did it take you? Let us know.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced with permission
Originally released as a brainteaser, it goes viral and challenges you to find the error in a sequence of numbers from 1 to 9 – so how long did it take you to do it?