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« on: 04/11/2008 12:41:05 »
Well, I do all the time and this phenomenon is called "Pareidolia". It is the ability of the mind to make patterns from random "noise", such as seeing faces in the fronts of cars by the way the headlights and grill are situated. Also, with something like this  :-)  smiley face. This happens not only with visual stimuli, but with sounds too - sometimes you may think that you have heard a voice, but in fact it was the result of a mixture of sounds and/or harmonics that your brain translates as something more recognisable. This ability to "see" patterns in otherwise random structures can be seen as an evolutionary advantage - those that spotted the predator in the jungle (the face in the random noise) were more likely to have survived than those that didn't.

My favourite pareidolia effect can be seen on Google Earth (which I'm assuming that you already have and am therefore not advertising for it). Just put in these coordinates, and tell me what you see!

50 0'38.20"N 110 6'48.32"W

Post up your own pareidolia photos and favourites - there are plenty around - just look in your burger bun!

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« Reply #1 on: 04/11/2008 12:55:51 »
YES YES YES YES !!!!


Is that what it's called ?

I see pareidolia all the time in my curtain pattens !...for the sake of good taste I will abstain at the moment from posting a picture because they are very  1990's....quite floral and although very nice, might make ewe think you're on an acid trip in a floral meadow.

However, I see faces in the various swirls all the time and always look out for more.

Mirrors too !...are prime examples where I experience pareidolia indefinitely !  [;D]

As does my 12 year old daughter who clearly sees this in any reflective surface !!... [:D]

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« Reply #2 on: 04/11/2008 13:23:34 »
The NunBun (a cinnamon bun resembling Mother Teresa of Calcutta)...

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4562170.stm

It also looks like an unsuccessful boxer wearing a hoodie. 
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« Reply #3 on: 04/11/2008 16:57:19 »
Lets not also forget the Messiah in a dog bum !



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« Reply #4 on: 04/11/2008 17:25:40 »
Rasputin in cat ear/fur...

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« Reply #5 on: 05/11/2008 20:36:43 »
At my parents' house when I was young they had a wallpaper in the hallway which was basically a creamy colour with an autumnal "leafy" pattern (pale-ish leaves and big-ish gaps between them). In bed as a child I used to stare at the wallpaper, and I could see at least three different faces in the paper, including an older (male) clown, a youngish (18-19yo) girl, and another. I don't know whether we have any samples of the paper still lying around...

Of course the original is the man on the moon!
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« Reply #6 on: 05/11/2008 21:12:22 »
Of course the original is the man on the moon !

The Chinese see a rabbit in the moon...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_rabbit

(The moon does appear different from different latitudes,
 of course in the southern hemisphere it is the opposite way up).
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« Reply #7 on: 05/11/2008 21:14:41 »
I often see a face in the bathroom mirror.
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« Reply #8 on: 05/11/2008 22:00:28 »
When I look in mine, I see my Dad.

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« Reply #9 on: 06/11/2008 07:59:38 »
50 0'38.20"N 110 6'48.32"W ???

So that's what the Mrs has been getting up to on Friday evenings; helping out at a youth club, my foot.
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« Reply #10 on: 06/11/2008 09:29:13 »
In our last apartment, you couldn't help but see a lion in the tiles. At a conference recently, I saw Pris (from Bladerunner) in the linoleum floor. I have the photo somewhere....

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« Reply #11 on: 06/11/2008 09:37:09 »
Of course the original is the man on the moon !

The Chinese see a rabbit in the moon...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_rabbit

(The moon does appear different from different latitudes,
 of course in the southern hemisphere it is the opposite way up).

Other extra-terrestrial pareidolia phenomenon are the face on Mars:

http://www.msss.com/education/facepage/face.html


Bigfoot on Mars (it's a busy place!):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/01/23/scimars123.xml

and of course, the Horsehead Nebula

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsehead_Nebula

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« Reply #12 on: 06/11/2008 12:20:41 »
I saw a cloud shaped like a beaver. Does that count?
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« Reply #13 on: 06/11/2008 12:28:28 »
That's odd, I once saw a beaver shaped like a cloud....

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« Reply #14 on: 06/11/2008 12:29:23 »
So, what's at 50 0'38.20"N 110 6'48.32"W?

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« Reply #15 on: 06/11/2008 12:35:16 »
Here's a recent item where scientists thought that they may have found a body of a WWII airman.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/asia_pac_enl_1220522706/html/1.stm

but infact merely was the way that moss, vines and the trees had grown

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« Reply #17 on: 06/11/2008 13:18:10 »
So, what's at 50 0'38.20"N 110 6'48.32"W?

Have a look for yourself http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=50%C2%B0+0%2738.20%22N+110%C2%B0+6%2748.32%22W&ie=UTF8&om=1&t=h&z=16&ll=50.010759,-110.11116&spn=0.005668,0.014377

DB - I was asking the others if they had looked - I know what's there 'cos I asked it in the first place!!!

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« Reply #18 on: 06/11/2008 13:25:53 »


I had a late night
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« Reply #19 on: 06/11/2008 17:26:22 »
I saw a cloud shaped like a beaver.

Was it an angry beaver ?, like this angry geezer ...


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http://www.schizoidman.com/top-20-things-that-look-like-other-things.html
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« Reply #20 on: 06/11/2008 17:52:23 »
I often see a face in the bathroom mirror.

LOL.... me too!!! Sometimes the face is quite scary!!!
Hey..I love this thread!!!!!!! I did not know there was a name for this phenomenon.... I am awful about this.. I see faces in clouds, shower stall swirly design in the Formica or wall panels... I also see them in the curly redwood ceiling in my bedroom.....knotty pine also... in tons of things.. I have always loved patterns in things...

Cool thread!!!
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« Reply #21 on: 06/11/2008 17:54:48 »
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I see facs in clous

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« Reply #22 on: 06/11/2008 19:06:16 »
Sorry was on my phone.. and the keyboard is itsy bitsy! All corrected now!

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« Reply #23 on: 06/11/2008 21:17:38 »
After a make it session I brought my glitter trays home to hose down and noticed Jesus in one and Elvis in the other. I also saw Jeremy Paxman on the top of a mushroom. I really must stop picking them.
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« Reply #24 on: 06/11/2008 22:32:08 »
There's a face on my clock...

(no, not the digital ones) [;D] [;D]
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« Reply #25 on: 07/11/2008 09:20:03 »
RIDDLE



Brothers and sisters have I none,
But that man's father is my father's son.

Who is this portait of?
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« Reply #26 on: 07/11/2008 09:30:01 »
ooh ooh! I think I may have worked it out. I'll send a PM to you Don just incase, by some remote chance, it's right, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone else.

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« Reply #27 on: 07/11/2008 09:33:58 »
bugger, hang on Don......

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« Reply #28 on: 07/11/2008 10:03:46 »
Sent it now!

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« Reply #29 on: 07/11/2008 10:04:05 »
The fact that the picture here is of a chimp is immaterial. Just a picture I used for the purpose, it could have been a fish or a house!!!
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« Reply #30 on: 07/11/2008 10:09:36 »
So the picture is immaterial? Could the picture be of anything at all?

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« Reply #31 on: 07/11/2008 10:29:24 »
So the picture is immaterial? Could the picture be of anything at all?

Yes.

Let me elucidate, I am standing in front of a portrait....


I pose this riddle....

Brothers and sisters have I none,
But that man's father is my Father's son.

Who is this portrait of?


I thought you had it, you were on the right track.
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« Reply #32 on: 07/11/2008 10:31:49 »
try this PM...

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« Reply #33 on: 07/11/2008 19:40:59 »
I think the portrait is of "your son".

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« Reply #34 on: 07/11/2008 19:43:47 »
I think the portrait is of "your son".

Nope, wrong.

Try again
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« Reply #35 on: 07/11/2008 20:13:50 »
"Your son" fits the riddle...

"Brothers and sisters have I none" => you are an only child. So "My father's son" can only be you.

"that man's father is my Father's son". So "that man's father" = "my Father's son" = you.

Which means you are "that man's father", i.e. the portrait is of "your son".

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« Reply #36 on: 07/11/2008 20:19:13 »
You have the answer, but still walk away from it and come to the wrong conclusion.
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« Reply #37 on: 10/11/2008 08:42:38 »
"Your son" fits the riddle...

"Brothers and sisters have I none" => you are an only child. So "My father's son" can only be you.

"that man's father is my Father's son". So "that man's father" = "my Father's son" = you.

Which means you are "that man's father", i.e. the portrait is of "your son".


This is what i thought too. The "answer" is "my son", and yet it isn't correct....unless the riddle and the portrait are not linked at all, in which case the portrait could be of anything...hang on - Is the answer the son of Don_1? But that should be the same as "your son".....(thinking aloud)...

are we agreed that the answer to the riddle is your/my son, but this is not the answer to the portrait question?

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« Reply #38 on: 10/11/2008 15:51:24 »
OK, here's the answer,

That man's father is my father's son. = the portait is of me!!!
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« Reply #39 on: 10/11/2008 16:06:50 »
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Usually it goes, "Brothers and sisters have I none, but that man's father is my father's son." Rhymes, you see. Rash and impetuous persons are often inclined to say that the guy in the picture is the speaker himself. However, those who have had their minds toughened by regular exposure to the Straight Dope will see at once that the guy in the picture is the speaker's son.
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/451/whats-the-answer-to-the-riddle-that-mans-father-is-my-fathers-son



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« Reply #40 on: 10/11/2008 17:01:12 »
This Straight Dope answer cannot work.

My father's son can only be me.
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« Reply #41 on: 11/11/2008 07:33:46 »

My father's son can only be me.

Certainly! But he isn't "that man". "That man" can only be my son (or perhaps nephew). I am pointing to "that man" who is in the portrait.

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« Reply #42 on: 11/11/2008 07:39:38 »
No. If the picture is of me, then that man's father is my father.
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« Reply #44 on: 11/11/2008 23:08:41 »
Praying child, snow on Mt. Rainer, Washington

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« Reply #45 on: 11/11/2008 23:39:48 »
Don't you mean ET (in profile)...

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« Reply #46 on: 12/11/2008 00:33:13 »
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This one isn't photoshoppery: I've seen the video footage from which it is taken. It's the spitting image of Tinky Winky.   [:)]
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« Reply #47 on: 12/11/2008 08:08:29 »
Praying child, snow on Mt. Rainer, Washington

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I can also see an alien facing to the right with a slack jaw and great big ears!

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« Reply #48 on: 12/11/2008 23:59:14 »
The snow picture was like an Rorschach ink blot test...


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http://www.theinkblot.com/   [:)]

This one is just like Krusty the Clown (from the Simpsons).
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« Reply #49 on: 13/11/2008 00:17:16 »
What about the face on Jupiter blowing a kiss?

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