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upside-down picture
A picture (or figure) that, when inverted, looks the same or changes into the picture of a different subject. Possibly the most remarkable examples of upside-down art were the cartoons drawn by Gustave Verbeek for the Sunday New York Herald in the early 1900s. The first part of the cartoon is read normally, then the newspaper is turned through 180° and the second part read from the same boxes in reverse order. As if by magic, Little Lady Lovekins transforms into Old Man Muffaroo, a giant fish becomes a giant bird, and a pouncing tiger turns into a tiger buried under a pile of stones.

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