2011: The Year in Pareidolia
In any given year, you’ll find news stories about (usually religious-themed) images appearing in unlikely places. 2011 was no exception. Buzzfeed was kind enough to compile a list, including a description of what’s supposed to be in each image. Of course, I see things a bit differently…
Scar from The Lion King
Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock
A wizard in a floppy hat
A sleeping ibis
The genie from those Bugs Bunny cartoons
Doctor Who credits circa 1970
Billy Baldwin in a Slanket, smelling his hand. I mean, it could be Alec but Billy seems more the hand-smelling type. Definitely not Stephen, though.
Timothy Spall in blue overalls, holding a mug of tea. Or possibly Nick Frost dressed as Princess Leia.
Jason Lee grudgingly signing a contract for “Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: More of the Same Old Chip”, while Rupert Murdoch dances with glee in the background.
Naw, it’s really just a sunset.
Steve, this cracked me up. Nick Frost dressed as Princess Leia all the way.
Do you know if there is a special term for pareidolia when the image seen is religious iconography?
If there isn’t, there ought to be. The term “simulacrum” comes up now and then, but I don’t think that covers it.
Yeah, looks like “simulacrum” is often used to refer to the likeness of a god but not exclusively and I think is more often used to describe intentional likenesses.
Definitely Nick Frost as Princess Leia. No doubt.