Fact / Fiction, ambigram

by | Friday, May 29, 2009

Yesterday after I had posted my two latest ambigrams (see them here) I got a message on Facebook from my cousin Sonny (the one who composed the cool music for my Explore, Create videos) saying

Big deal. I can make “fact” and “fiction” blur together till they are indistinguishable. Using only my brain! And not much effort, either.

Not to be outdone by a good put-down… I created an ambigram that really makes “fact” and “fiction” blur together… Check it out

So does this read “Fact” or “Fiction”? Or is it neither, and actually reads “Faction?” Hmm…

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  1. Gaurav Bhatnagar

    Very nice one. Its somehow very different and original too. Given the fake controversy, I suggest that it actually reads Friction.

    BTW, while searching for whether what you have made is an ambigram or not, I found a ref to you on wikipedia.

  2. Punya Mishra

    I know, but it seemed cooler to create a fake controversy … 🙂

  3. Sonny

    Just saw this again: I did not consider my self deprecating humor a ‘putdown’ of your skills. Quite the contrary, actually. Just for the record;)


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