At 8.29 p.m., my friend Holden texted me a picture of a dress that can only be described as “fugly.”

“What color is this dress?”

“It looks like a purple-blue,” I responded, unaware of the torment that would later ensue for countless hours.

“Matt sees white and gold wtf,” was the response that illuminated my screen. I pondered whether Matt may have been suffering from sudden, unexplainable color-blindness or possible delusions.

Slightly shaken, I asked the opinion of the kid nearest to me.

Photo courtesy of swiked.
Photo courtesy of swiked.

“What color is this?”

He told me he saw gold and white, too, and said that it had been fueling debate on the floor of his dormitory.

At this point, I’m at a loss for words.

My curiosity peaks and causes me to Google pictures of the dress; there are images with the blue hue removed (the dress appears white and gold in these), and images of the saturation toned down (the dress appears blue and black).

In the midst of my searching, Facebook starts exploding with messages from one of my group chats.

“Guys, actually tell me the colors that you see,” wrote Shelby. Luckily, everyone else in the chat agreed, and my confusion and extreme unrest and growing paranoia of the people around me took a nap.

That is until 20 minutes ago.

I was able to push the images of the dress out of my mind (and let me tell you, if you haven’t seen it, you want to because it is UGGGGGLY). Three hours of editing will do that to you.

Three hours of editing will also apparently drastically change your perception of the things around you, too.

As I took a break from editing and scrolled through Facebook, I saw the dress again and this time it was GOLD AND WHITE.


I just revisited the page and it appears its back to blue-purple and black.

And if you still don’t know what I’m talking by now, keep hiding under your rock because your Facebook and Twitter feeds tomorrow will burn it into your brain.

headshotSavannah Tanbusch is a senior journalism major and can be reached at

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