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I’m going to be honest with you: for a variety of reasons, I’m only running on about three hours of sleep. Maybe that’s why this seemed like a good idea. It’s just swapping badges on cars, but it’s remarkable just how hard these are too look at, how much and how deeply they mess with your brain.

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Do they hurt, a little bit? Maybe? If so, I’m sorry, but once I started, I couldn’t stop.

Illustration for article titled Heres Some Pictures Of Cars That Will Make Your Brain Hurt
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Illustration for article titled Heres Some Pictures Of Cars That Will Make Your Brain Hurt
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Illustration for article titled Heres Some Pictures Of Cars That Will Make Your Brain Hurt
Illustration for article titled Heres Some Pictures Of Cars That Will Make Your Brain Hurt
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Illustration for article titled Heres Some Pictures Of Cars That Will Make Your Brain Hurt

It’s interesting that some of these are harder to look at than others; the Honda and Toyota really could almost work either way, but that Mercedes with the BMW badge just feels wrong. I think this says something about how our brains process cars in ways similar to how we process and identify faces, and when something’s off, we feel similar discomfort.

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I’ll know more once I get this junkyard MRI machine working again! I just need to find some new gradient coils on Craigslist.

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1973 Reliant Scimitar, 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!)

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