On Monday Twitter user @satxjolynn fully spooked the interwebs by posting a video of a young boy checking himself out in a mirror. While a kid making faces in a mirror isn’t something you’d expect grown folks to get up freaked out AF about, there was something decidedly—different—about this video.
the more i watch this, the crazier it gets. pic.twitter.com/f8MQ9ahRhY
— jolynn (@satxjolynn) August 20, 2018
Most people on Twitter freaked the hell out:
Throw the whole baby away pic.twitter.com/BxxausdjkZ
— Don Esco (@AsvpChvrles) August 21, 2018
looking at my mirror like pic.twitter.com/p8rkoBlpC2
— Big Mumu (@c_d4wg) August 21, 2018
— ♛Trey♛ (@DrBaller23) August 21, 2018
Lol This the only option now pic.twitter.com/ap9s3K5VJX
— Marco Polo (@marco26800) August 21, 2018
We all know who he really is pic.twitter.com/DnckPpI68w
— (@KingMaduro) August 21, 2018
At least one person thought they’d seen something like this before…
Lmao if you think that’s crazy check this out pic.twitter.com/gAgjF8vg55
— Odhis (@Odhis_) August 22, 2018
There were those who were so shook they couldn’t even get their facts straight:
Nah it’s a mirror, if his eyes are closed they should be closed in the mirror too. I’ve never heard of a mirror that’s got a .5 second delay
— You (@troyster752) August 21, 2018
How is the mirror delayed when the mirror walks away first?
— David Sisneros (@ImDavidSisneros) August 21, 2018
And those who invoked their own personal logic and superstitions:
Everybody knows mirror images are from another dimension , they can do what they want…. pic.twitter.com/SynKDtrHpI
— IQ++ ,Gentleman (@wizardx) August 20, 2018
Well I am a wizard.
— IQ++ ,Gentleman (@wizardx) August 21, 2018
— Half Man, Half Shark® (@DoubleScoopTHUG) August 21, 2018
— Claudia Blanco (@bklawd) August 21, 2018
— adele (@adila_ilyanaaa) August 21, 2018
Finally, a few voices of reason in a sea of fraidy cats:
The child simply rotated his body towards the frame which obscured his reflection quicker than his physical self, which is mostly thanks to the position of the camera and angle of the mirror.
The angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection.
No Demons, only logic.
— woof (@ToonamiArTisT) August 22, 2018
It’s called a rolling shutter. The camera records from left to right, it doesn’t capture the entire picture all at once. In this picture the kid blinked while the pic was being taken. His eyes are open in the reflection pic.twitter.com/QaQO2m7QuX
— memememe (@memeboymeme) August 21, 2018
At which point the OP cops to the fact that she knew it was the angle all along—she was just playin’ y’all.
y’all , i get its the angle the mirror was in and i was in . i jus didn’t know the video was gonna blow up .
— jolynn (@satxjolynn) August 21, 2018
No matter what your truth is when it comes to this mirror vid @Ysc_Petro has your back:
Swear. But if it is real. We already know who to call. pic.twitter.com/mBvN5W75Dc
— poppa dough (@Ysc_Petro) August 21, 2018