The following photo of six girls is one such mystery. At first glance, the photo seems like any other average group snap you scroll quickly past on Facebook every day.

The world is a magical place full of unanswered mysteries. What, for example, is the purpose of those few never-ending days between Christmas and New Year? When is the next series of Game Of Thrones out? Why does my pet cat hate me so very much?

However, sometimes a mystery comes along that’s so utterly stupefying, not even Sherlock Holmes himself would have a hope of figuring it out. The following photo of six girls is one such mystery. At first glance, the photo seems like any other average group snap you scroll quickly past on Facebook every day.

On closer inspection, however, it would appear that the photo contains one of the greatest unsolved riddles of our time: if there’s six girls, why are there only five pairs of legs? Of course, the simple explanation could be that one girl has no legs. However, assuming that’s not the case, it looks like we’ve got a hell of a lot of detective work to do. Thankfully, the people of Reddit were on hand to figure things out for us.

OK, so let’s start off with the assumption that the two girls on the far right of the photo are the proud owners of the correct pairs of legs. However, that still leaves an utterly confused jumble of limbs to the far left of the frame. One Redditor kicked things off by offering the following explanation with a little help from MS Paint.

However, it was clear that things still weren’t quite right. Why would the girl outlined in yellow have one leg covered in light blue denim and one in black? Why would the girl outlined in green be manspreading harder than an idiot in rush hour?

That’s when the following photo was thrown into the mix and things were pretty much solved. Thanks to some clever lightening and the aid of a bizarre hat, everything suddenly became clear: the second girl’s legs were hidden behind the first girl’s. No wonder she has such an annoying grin on her face.

It isn’t quite so exciting when you know the answer, is it? 

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