A woman who was trying on a wedding dress momentarily dropped into an episode of “Black Mirror” with a photo of her experience horrifying fans on social media.
Writer and comedian Tessa Coates took to Instagram to share a photo of herself standing in front of two mirrors while trying on a wedding dress.
“I went wedding dress shopping and the fabric of reality crumbled. This is a real photo, not photoshopped, not a panorama, not a Live Photo,” she captioned the image.
“If you can’t see the problem, please keep looking and then you won’t be able to unsee it.”
She said the “glitch in the Matrix” almost made her vomit in the street.
In the image, Tessa’s hands are snapped in three different positions between the two mirrors and where she actually stands.
Many social media users were perplexed by what was happening in the photo, with several torn between congratulating Tessa on her engagement and telling her to run.
“This whole sequence of events is both absolutely terrifying and hilarious,” one social media user commented.
Another said: “Only you can find the most epic way to announce your engagement – mystery and excitement – congratulations!”
“Obsessed that this is the deranged way you accidentally announced the engagement,” another commented.
“How is this possible?!?! Magic mirrors,” one shocked social media user asked.
One added: “What in the Black Mirror is happening?”
Tessa explained she had gone to the bridal shop on her own and sent some pictures to her sister, who pointed out the discrepancy between the three versions of herself.
The member of sketch comedy group Massive Dad admitted she was stunned, falling to her hands and knees upon seeing the eerie picture and almost vomiting. Later, she checked whether it was a live photo or a burst and neither of these seemed to be the case.
“I am freaking out, so the first thing I did was go back to the shop and ask if they were in fact mirrors or cameras,” Tessa recounted.
“My sister is a very rational person so she asked one of the tech people she works with. She told me eight men were looking at the photo and all freaking out.”
Out of options, Tessa went to her local Apple Store in a desperate bid that a “Genius” would be able to help her figure out what had gone down.
She waited two hours to speak to somebody, with an Apple employee named Roger admitting he’d never seen a case this bad but it does happen.
He explained that phones are computers not cameras, and so even without the live photo setting turned on it does take a burst of images from left to right.
Roger further explained that at the exact moment the camera went behind her back, Tessa must have raised her hands and so it made a completely different set of images on the other side.
“It’s made like an AI decision and it stitched those two photos together,” Tessa recounted of the employee’s explanation.
“And one very clever person on Twitter found the exact line on my back, it’s a tiny tiny bit that’s not completely in line and that’s where the photos are stitched together.”
The comedian also shared a photo in her Instagram Stories circling the line where the two photos joined.
“They also said that Google Pixel – this is not a Google Pixel phone, this is an iPhone – have brought out this new technology where you take multiple photos and it chooses the best photo for you, and iPhone are Beta testing this technology.”
She added: “So if you look at the left side, that’s a complete image, if you look at the right side, that’s also a complete image.”
Tessa ended her explanation to her social media followers by saying that Apple employee Roger admitted the end result was a “one in a million chance.”
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