This is the face of pareidolia.
The human brain is hardwired to look for patterns—especially human faces. That's why the taillights and bumper of the car in front of you appear to be leering at you, you see lobsters in the clouds, and backwards music has satanic messages. (Fun fact: if you play this entire site in reverse, it espouses atheism.) But now, thanks to the magic of computers, we know what the face we see everywhere looks like.Read More
At least the Philae lander will be safe from Munchers!
The ESA spacecraft Rosetta is moving ever closer towards her target comet 67P, and our pareidolia is running full force to try to decide what it looks like. We've already see a rubber ducky, a marshmallow Peep, a weird butt, and now...Read More
Just because a rock looks like an animal doesn't mean that there's a rat on Mars, so everybody relax.
I've seen this story popping up a few places, and it's been getting on my nerves. What you see in that picture is not some kind of Martian rat or lizard. It is a rock. It's not even a rock that looks that much like a rat or a lizard. Our brains are wired for us to recognize familiar shapes and see faces. That's all this is.Read More
Finding faces where there are no faces just got a whole lot easier thanks to an automated search tool.
In what will probably go down as the least creepy way anyone ever combined Google Maps and face recognition, the hard-working dweebs at German design studio onformative have created Google Faces, a tool that automatically searches for face-like features in landscape images culled from Google Maps.Read More
From Wikipedia, Pareidolia "is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant." It commonly occurs as face-like patterns in inanimate objects, fifty instances of which can be seen after the break, so you can start developing empathy for cheese graters and alarm clocks and houses and things.Read More