Tag Archive for pareidolia

Corfu’s mystery hippo-croco-dolphin is dubious (UPDATE)

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See UPDATE below. We have the best match yet. Originally published October 28, 2015  The story goes (from the Daily Mail and the Mirror, both shameless promoters of mystery) that Harvey Robertson took pictures over the side of a tourist boat in a sea cave about 20 miles south of Albania on the west coast…

Curiosity spots another curiosity on Mars

floating spoon

The parade of weird things on Mars continues. Today, a floating spoon. A floating spoon? Discovery has a good writeup on it. This latest Mars oddity was spotted by members of the UnmannedSpaceflight.com forum in an image captured by Curiosity’s Mastcam on sol 1089 of the mission (Aug. 30). Once you spot it,it becomes obvious;…

The Putin Murmuration

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Not anything weird, just murmuration. It turns out Vladimir Putin was seen invading the skies of New York City last week. Source: Putin’s face bird video: Did Putin’s face appear in bird swarm in NYC? Yes, you can visualize a face in this flock of birds but it’s just pareidolia – the human habit of…

Crab cave on Mars

Photo: NASA

Made you look! A NASA image of Mars being passed around on social media over the weekend has imaginations running wild. The photo shows a stone formation in front of what may be a kind of cave. Source: What The Heck Is This Thing On Mars? Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research, said he…

Mali WallMark – Low quality miracle: Save your money, don’t bother

How unimpressive is this? Answer: very.

Miracles are pretty cheap and unmiraculous in Mali. Thousands of people in Mali’s capital are flocking to see what it believed to be a religious sign that suddenly appeared on a wall of a toilet. Source: Crowds flock to Mali’s ‘religious wall sign’  Many believe the white image on the outside wall of a toilet…

Remains of the weekend for 1-2 August 2015

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This month marks the end of four years for Doubtful News. So, to launch year five, I’ve decided to include what I would throw into leftover links as short individuals posts instead of doing a long-ish list in Strange Remains. This allows readers to comment on each individual story and makes it easier to search for…

Planet-dolia pyramids and poles (UPDATED)

Cropped from the original picture from the Mars Rover raw image feed from JPL

A number of stories are circulating online today with claims of weird things found on other planets. As usual, the facts are interesting but mystery-mongering sites overreach and portray them as extraordinary, that is, there are cities or evidence of civilization out there. The evidence for THAT is doubtful indeed. We see what we want…

The face on the cliff, rediscovered

Photo from Panoramio user SeaCruiser http://www.panoramio.com/user/2479760?with_photo_id=70455126

A face in a rock cliff that may have been carved by First Nation natives in Canada has been located in a remote area after years of looking. Is it made by man or by Mother Nature? That’s what many are wondering about a giant face that appears to be carved into a cliff on…

A tree grows in Iowa: Resembles Virgin Meh-ry

Virgin Mary image in a tree. Screenshot from

Mystery? Puh-leeze. This image are a dime a dozen. Meh. Mystery grows on tree trunk in Iowa. You hear about people seeing images of Jesus or the Virgin Mary in all kinds of places from a potato chip to fruit to now — a tree in Iowa. Some people say they see the Virgin Mary…

Martians won’t even throw us a bone

Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

More with the Mars pareidolia. People (who have a lot of time on their hands), search Rover photos and point out anything that looks remotely like something that is found on earth. Today, a bone. ‘Thigh Bone’ on Mars Is Just Another Rock, NASA Says. A photo from NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars set the…

The face of god in the sky?

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The perceived image of bearded man appeared through the clouds over Snettisham, Norfolk. The photo was taken by Jeremy Fletcher who says it could be the face of “God” though we do not know what that actually looks like. We can say it looks like several people here and passed. ‘God’ seen in photograph of clouds…

God: I prefer his earlier work

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It seems the devil doesn’t just have the best music, God is deficient in lines of communication from the afterlife too. Various spirits are using social media such as Facebook, and “selfies” on cell-phones to communicate with the living, the creator of the universe apparently favours a more abstract, low-tech approach.  This includes communicating via…

Gaggles of ghost photos make us gag (UPDATE: Naughty!)

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The media has picked up on ghost photo stories that hardly deserve any attention. So, all I’ll say about them is that photos such as these are terrible evidence. Pretty much worthless. But they served a purpose, to get attention for the takers. As a side effect, they tend to reinforce belief in ghost by existing…

Fishy looking weather map today

sharknado

This was humorous. Posted this AM. The shape was just a fleeting thing. It no longer looks like this. And I don’t think it rained fish in DC today. A 30 percent chance of Sharknadoes in D.C. today?. This is the actual map of the probability of damaging winds (greater than 58 mph) for the…

Love is in the eye of the beholder

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I don’t really have anything to say about this but lovely resemblance. Aww, The Broken Blood Vessel In This Woman’s Eye Spells “Love”. The video is pretty clear. Though, some people allege it’s fake. It may just be a strange coincidence. There is not additional further info or confirmation. People find this really amazing.

Time to play “Who’s face is in the pancake?” (Zappa)

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As usual, believing is seeing. People are primed to look for faces and they found one, albeit dubious, in… a pancake. Jesus sure is pedestrian in his ways. Jesus-Like Image Appears in California Cafe Pancake – ABC News. A cafe in Norco, Calif., says that the Mickey Mouse pancake it was trying to make on…

Mother Mary is fit to be Tie-dyed

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Here’s a way to get your shirts to sell better. Say the art is from the hand of God. Man says Virgin Mary appears in tie dye t-shirt – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News. “I have a basic idea of what the shirts going to look like but I tell every…

Believing is seeing when it comes to paranormal, suggests new study

Screen cap from a YouTube video taken in the U.K.

An interesting study suggests that paranormal believers are more likely to report “agents” than skeptical people. Epiphenom: Cloud of dots or person walking in a snowstorm? Paranormal believers see people when they’re not there.. What van Elk did was to show a group of subjects (a mix of local students or people visiting a paranormal…

“Face” is seen in the twisted steel remains of WTC

A face in the metal. Angel, agony or anomaly?

This is clearly a case of pareidolia where we recognize a face in the twisted metal. ‘Angel of 9/11’: Steel visage tricks the eye — and touches the heart – NBC News.com. From the right angle, construction workers at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at New York’s ground zero can make out a sad-looking…

The “ghost in the window” peeks out around Halloween

Ghost face? Or pareidolia?

Because it’s that time of year, you will see ghost stories, old and new, show up in the media. This one is old and has been making the rounds for years. But since many will likely be intrigued by it, I’m posting it here with some additional resources and details. Ghost appears in window: Lu…

“Sea” is for Cookie

Stove Pipe Sponge, Aplysina archeri

Sometimes we see the darndest resemblances. Whoa! This sea creature looks just like Cookie Monster – latimes.com. This underwater Cookie Monster is actually a trio of purple sea sponges (Alpysina archeri) that have fused together to form a strong resemblance to the perennially hungry Muppet. Photographer Mauricio Handler stumbled across this “Cookie Monster of the…

Cloud angel showed up a bit blobby and in the wrong spot today

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Pretty and a nice coincidence but that’s it. Cloud ‘angel’ spotted in Devon skies – Telegraph. Ian Williams noticed the glowing cloud over Sidmouth in Devon on around 7.30pm on Tuesday. He said: “I’d been doing some work in the loft at my father’s house when I looked up through the window and spotted the…

The comforting message of a heart-shaped potato

Photo: WENDY VICTORA / Daily News

I know what you are going to say about this but let’s let her enjoy this moment. Woman receives ‘message from the beyond’ from husband – Local – Northwest Florida Daily News. Ever since Sally Colburn’s husband died May 18, she’s been hoping he would find a way to send her a message from beyond.…

Cute, this is. Feel the force.

Credit: LUIS BOJORQUEZ / CATERS NEWS

When made from a pig’s forehead, look as good you will not? Hmm? This pig’s forehead looks just like Yoda from Star Wars | Metro News. Two-year-old pot belly pig Ramona Flowers takes regular strolls around her neighbourhood and is said to enjoy the reaction her unique forehead gets from local residents. Proud owner Luis Bojorquez,…