A group of experts from the Rhode Island School of Design released a study Monday morning finding that, contrary to recent suggestions by the President, Donald Trump’s nuclear button is not actually bigger than Kim Jong Un’s, but just appears that way in comparison to Donald Trump’s tiny baby hands.The report comes after the President of the United States actually, really, super seriously, we are not making this up said in a Tweet that his nuclear button is larger and works better than North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s button:
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
Visual Design Professor David L. Roth explained that things often appear larger than they actually are when placed next to a diminutive item. “It’s called ‘forced perspective, a common visual illusion used in movies and art that makes objects appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is by manipulating human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera.’ said Professor Roth.
The report also doubted Trump’s claim that his button “works better” than Kim Jong Un’s, finding that it appeared the button Trump believes is the nuclear launch button is actually just a novelty “easy” button placed on his desk by staffers that can be found at any Staples.