Being keen-eyed and detail-orientated definitely has its perks. It makes you a whiz at I Spy and you’re often the first to spot the beach on a road trip. When you watch crime shows, you may pick on details that solve the mystery before the detective does. And most helpful of all, you’re quick to find lost keys, TV remotes, and wallets. But do you see the mistake in these photos? Test your sharp-eyed skills, or try to improve them, with these 10 picture riddles.
Can You See the Mistake?
For a bonus challenge, set a timer and try to solve these picture puzzles in under one minute. Or 30 seconds if you’re daring. Ready, set, go!
#1 Tricky Trains
This may look like a regular photo of two trains at first, but did you see the mistake? Here’s the answer: The cars on the train are wrong. The one on the left only has passenger cars and no head cars. Meanwhile, the other one has two head cars and no cabooses at all. If you found that one easy, you can set a timer for the next one if you weren’t using one already. Got it ready? Onto the next one.
#2 Bunch of Grapes
What a lovely drawing of grapes… And another plant apparently. The leaf in the background is actually not from a grapevine — instead, it resembles a fern. Which obviously doesn’t grow next to grapes like this.
#3 On the Kitchen Table
This image looks like a cozy photo of cookies and tea. However, you may see the mistake on the kettle. Take another look if you haven’t spotted it yet. Saw it? The “min” and “max” labels on the kettle are flipped. Max should be on top while the min should be at the bottom.
#4 A Quick Peek at the Calendar
If you’re not a fan of math and numbers, you might have glossed over the issue with this picture. However, you might have noticed the discrepancy between the dates on the two calendars and the computer. On the screen, it says what could only be the actual date of August 4, 2017. After all, computers are designed to stay updated on the proper date. That means it’s highly unlikely the person in the picture could have a calendar for the next year. In short, the mistake you see are the conflicting years of 2017 and 2018
#5 English Homework
If you are familiar with classic literature, you’ll be able to see the mistakes here right away. The answer lies with the stack of books next to the child. The Hound of the Baskervilles was actually written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as part of his Sherlock Holmes series. However, Charles Dickens did write Great Expectations and Hard Times.
Spot the Hidden Item
Here’s a different kind of test for sharp eyes. However, instead of trying to see a mistake, you’re looking for a hidden item that doesn’t belong with the rest of the pattern. For this section, we’ve provided a copy of the picture with the item spotlighted. So set the timer and test your skills with this challenge before peeking at the answer.
#6 Find the Hidden Moth
The last thing anyone wants in a bunch of scattered clothes is a fabric-eating moth. Despite how cute this one looks, find it as quickly as possible. While you’re at it, notice if this kind of challenge feels easier or harder than the “see the mistake” questions.
#7 Find the Hidden Corgi
Dogs are adorable, but less so frolicking in the garden, eager to dig up your hard work. This little brown pup is cute but it’s probably up to no good. Be warned, its color blends in with the pots, so take extra care to search for its little face.
#8 Find the Hidden Dancer
Here’s another puzzle where the hidden figure is the same color as the things around it. In this case, a graceful dancer is pirouetting through a field of pink, wacky-necked flamingos.
#9 Find the Hidden Tutu
Oh well, it looks like the dancer has left her tutu behind, and it’s now blended with watermelon of the same color. Of course, the tutu has no black seeds or green rind, which may make it even harder to spot.
#10 Find the Hidden Ghost
Here’s the cutest Halloween procession you will ever see. Its creator, Hungarian illustrator Gergely Dudás, is incredible at drawing these hidden object picture puzzles.  Did you like these challenges more than the “see the mistake” ones? Whichever the case, enjoy this final hidden challenge.
- “Can You Find the Hidden Objects in These Pictures?” Reader’s Digest. Meghan Jones. July 30, 2021