Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. It is a form of apophenia (seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data).
I'm sure many of you would at some point in your life spot imaginary figures or faces in everyday objects around you, whether in clouds, water or anything else. This phenomenon is called pareidolia and it is my new buzzword, especially after I spotted a face on the margarine of my McDonald's breakfast this morning.
Since young, I've always been a bit of a connoisseur in pareidolia. I often see things as how I see and not as how they are, which really scared the crap out adults at times. They would wonder if I'm seeing things. I would see a bubbly elephant in the pattern of the window panes, various faces on the textured walls, figure outlines on the crumpled cloth etc. I would talk about "that little human" in the toilet when it was actually just the part of the pipe looking like an oddly-shaped human.
When I grew older and became short-sighted, it scared the crap out of people even more. There was an occasion when I asked the hubby about a person sitting at the back of a lorry which was driving in front of us and he questioned me uncertainly, "Erm... What people?" It turned out that the objects loaded on the lorry somehow had the shape and form of a person crouching which he took a very long time to see it in my perspective. More recently, I scared the crap out of myself when I thought I saw a phantom's hollow eyes flashing for a split second on my laptop when it was actually just a picture of 2 coffee cups flashing on my Windows 8 picture folder.
On a lighter note, let's look at some really cute faces in everyday objects. I've picked my favourite 20 to share here. You could go to this page for more photos.
Evil Boxes Plotting Something Sinister
Come on baby light my fire!
“I Believe I Can Fly”
Om nom nom nom
Holy Sh*t it Looks Like a Woman!
The Chicken Church
Drunk Octopus Wants to Fight You
Sad Monkey :(
"Hehehehehehe..." went the sinister swivel seat.
The man in the snow
The OMG Wall
Wall-E Says Bye!
Are you also a connoisseur in pareidolia? Share your pareidolia experience with me! I would love to hear them and find many other like-minded people!