How do you see the unicorn?

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Remember a few years ago when people got a kick out of those visual perception puzzles? There'd be a complex graphic that looked like a bunch of shapes and squiggles, except when you stared at it long enough (squinting your eyes and relaxing) another picture popped out. In the puzzles I encountered, it was invariably a unicorn.

At least that's what I heard—I never saw the unicorn. In my family, two of the kids saw it, two did not. Looks of pity from my siblings egged me on, but after 15 minutes, still nada. I have various personality difference theories as to why that is so, ranging from realist vs. idealist to impatient vs. patient. (Most likely it was because two of us were bluffing.)

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