Category Archives: pareidolia

Thursday: Hili dialogue

It’s Thursday, July 25, 2019, and we still have two months of summer to go, though the weather has turned refreshingly cool in Chicago. It’s National Parfait Day as well as National Wine and Cheese Day. For me it’s Fasting Day (Mondays and Thursdays). News of the day (h/t Nilou): According to the BBC, the oldest […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Thursday, July 26, 2018, when I overslept by 1.5 hours. This is unheard of, but I haven’t been sleeping well lately and I guess my body was catching up.  It’s National Bagelfest, and too bad for you if you live in every city in the world save the two where you can […]

New Jesus pareidolia

This speaks for itself (click on screenshot to see article):   This would be Limulus polyphemus, the Atlantic horseshoe crab. Is it also a sign that this species is regarded as a “living fossil”? My enlargement: The backstory: A Florida woman seeking inspiration from a higher power was shell-shocked as she found it — on a horseshoe crab. Photographer […]

The eye in the pond

I cannot brain today. And so I’ll go away. The other day I put up some of Mark Sturtevant’s photos showing a resemblance between the scars in birch trees and human eyes. This is even freakier. From the FB site Soulstice, pointed out by reader Hempenstein, we have a very scary frozen pond.

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Ken Phelps sent some artistic photos of nature. His notes are indented: Due to positive feedback on not-always-wildlife images,  Jerry is graciously allowing me to post my Flickr address. Here’s a heavy coating of dew/melted frost on fir saplings. Cladonia fimbriata [a lichen], growing on an old piece of knotted rope hanging in the yard. […]

Satan cat pareidolia

In the Leon monologue from three days ago, I missed an example of pareidolia, but it was caught by reader Pete Smith. Can you see it in the original photo? Yes, it’s a satanic cat!: And while we’re at it, reader Ginger K. called my attention to the Daily Mail‘s article on Alistair Cantley, who […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Wednesday, September 21, and the “food day” holidays have reached their nadir with National Pecan Cookie Day. I doubt that any reader here will eat one. Getting to the larger events on this day in history, in 1897 the New York Sun published its famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” letter, helping inspire, I’m […]

The Holy Spud awes Canadian seniors; CBC said it could be a “sign from above”

Canadians are acting badly again, and here I’m referring to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, who should know better. From the CBC, we have a story about a Holy Potato. The text is indented, and the figure captions are from the website. A cook was cutting potatoes at a Quebec seniors’ residence when he decided to slice […]

Pareidolia: Satan afflicts a sick baby?

Reader Peter sent a freaky photo of his sick son. His notes: You sometimes post some pareidolia shots and so I thought I would send this screenshot I took off my webcam while I was monitoring my sick baby. I guess because he was so sick, I was spending extra time looking at him and […]

A Christian spider?

Reader Chris sent me a photo of an oddly marked spider and a note: A few months ago, one Sunday morning, someone knocked on my front door unexpectedly. (Or did they unexpectedly knock on my front-door? I fear a reprimand from Steven Pinker now.) I opened the door to be greeted by one of my […]