15 Posts in Category 'Blog'

Pareidolia Roundup

Happy Easter, aka Zombie Jesus Day! I hope all our readers are eating their full of chocolate bunny brains. In the meantime, have some links.

Elephant face on Mars.

The strangest things show up in testicles these days.

From the "what will they think of next?" department: Turtles that look like Mitch McConnell.

Demon behind the sofa! It's definitely a creepy picture once you see the face, but possibly doctored.

Potato chips are common sources of pareidolia, and people find the strangest things in them.

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April 08, 2012 @ 6:34 AM PDT by Wesley

Pareidolia Roundup

Earlier this year, a piece of dried glue that looks like Homer Simpson sold for... 152,000 pounds??? That's something like $240,000. I think Mary is now a little pissed off that she was so undervalued!

Additionally, a George Washington chicken nugget was sold for $8,100. That money apparently went to charity, which makes it seem a little less obscene.

More pareidolia: Garfield popcorn, angry lunar rock, and baby Venom. I can't decide whether that last one is awesome or horrifying.

Someone who is awesome decided to check whether facial recognition software is also susceptible to pareidolia. The answer: yes! Though the computer will sometimes register different things as the eyes or mouth and miss others that a human would consider obvious.

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Tags: ebay, roundup
March 29, 2012 @ 6:39 AM PDT by Wesley

Pareidolia Roundup

Recently, I've stumbled across a couple of amusing non-religious pareidolia roundups. I think this one is my favorite.

Another one for the "pareidolia or pareidolia?" file.

FedEx pareidolia.

A woman named Maya Erdelyi is raising money on Kickstart for a cool looking animated film about pareidolia, albeit in a bit of an artsy-fartsy way. Still, she does send gifts to donors of $5 or more.

Looking for more regular doses of pareidolia? There's a pareidolia twitter feed as well as a reddit tab.

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October 23, 2011 @ 5:33 AM PDT by Wesley

Pareidolia Roundup

Last week, some Catholics in Poland were convinced that a piece of Jesus's heart appeared in a cracker. Apparently this brown spot was identified by two doctors as heart tissue, which makes one wonder about Jesus's anatomy if tiny bits of heart can just appear in his flesh like that. Hat tip: Ed Brayton.

I somehow managed to stumble across two odd articles asking whether certain "sightings" were paranormal or just pareidolia. Which strikes me as a weird way of asking "is this pareidolia... or is it pareidolia?"

A spooky face appeared in Canadian clouds. If it's god, then he has big ears. Update: There's a pretty cool movie of this cloud formation.

Speaking of cloud images.

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October 09, 2011 @ 3:06 PM PDT by Wesley

A milestone reached

I don't plan making a habit of this, but I am in the middle of going through a massive backlog of emails and submissions, and I discovered something that made me very excited: STLLJ's first hate mail!

The very thing that you accuse others of is what you are guilty of yourself. You make a mockery of all of these findings. Your attitude is cynical and accusitory. If all of these people are greedy in the name of Jesus, What are you? I hope someday you actually do come across something divine and spiritual and beautiful and valuable. Next I hope you reach out to someone just like you. You make a mockery of people and God and your humor is at their expense.

Considering Brian would kill himself along with me before putting up any ads, I don't think "greedy" is an appropriate description. In fact, it's a bit unfair that Jesus has made so many other people money, but not me. Does he not appreciate this website devoted to him?

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Tags: hate mail
October 02, 2011 @ 3:52 AM PDT by Wesley

Update: I'm back!

Hello, STLLJ readers (any who are still out there). I know I abandoned you for some months now in favor of menial and obviously less important things like work and law school, but I'm going to try to start updating at least once a week again, starting with a backlog of reader submissions. So send those pictures in!

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October 01, 2011 @ 1:20 PM PDT by Wesley

Pareidolia Roundup

It's been a while since I did one of these. Enjoy!

Darth Vader tree wants you to come to the Dark Side.

Dr. Deb and some other people think pareidolia is an illusion. Blasphemy!

Amusing pareidolia comic. There's also an equally funny bonus panel.

The sexiest foods you've ever seen. (possibly NSFW) Another website has a discussion of Jesus's five favorite foods to appear on. If that's not enough, here's some more food pareidolia.

Some of these are really cool. Like this one.

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December 20, 2010 @ 11:38 AM PST by Wesley

Pareidolia Roundup

My bookmarks have been piling up, so here are some links.

Satan appears on a bathroom tile, which Orac calls the “lamest pareidolia ever.” There was also a Fark thread.

The Spastic Sarcastic shares some Jesus pareidolia insights. His conclusions include: “Jesus isn’t very happy” and “Jesus is horribly disfigured.”

There’s actually a toaster designed to put Jesus images on your bread. The Toilet Paper discusses this as well.

Incredible phenomenon: Mary appears on a computer screen.

Interesting pictures of natural pareidolia.

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October 10, 2010 @ 7:48 AM PDT by Wesley

Glee Pareidolia

I apologize for the lack of updates recently; I have been very busy. I promise to have a few updates over the weekend.

In the meantime, friend of STTLJ Plum told me that pareidolia was featured in this week's episode of Glee. She also sent me this highly entertaining summary for you readers:

In last night’s Glee, the socially awkward group of teenagers tackled such important issues as spirituality, loss, parental love, cardiac health, and, of course, Grilled Cheesus.

A significant portion of the episode is dedicated to ex-quarterback Finn’s pareidolia experience, as he finds that his George Foreman Grill has imprinted the image of Our Cheesy Lord onto his sandwich.

This, of course, means the sandwich has special powers. Of course, Finn can’t start wishing his wishes on an empty stomach, and so he eats the non-miraculous half of Grilled Cheesus.

Throughout the episode, Finn prays to Grilled Cheesus three times, and all three wishes are granted. His football team wins the first game of the season, his prudish girlfriend lets him touch her boob (just the side), and he gets to be quarterback again.

“What up, Grilled Cheesus? I've gotta ask you something. I didn't go to Sunday school so I don't know if God works the same as a genie and I only get three wishes, but...”

In the end, though, school counselor Emma explains to him, “God works in all kinds of mysterious ways, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't spend a lot of time trying to speak to us through sandwiches,” to which a super sad Finn replies, “It was sorta cool feeling like I had a direct line to God. Now I just feel like everybody else. You know, like we're all just floating around in space. I don't like that.” And then he breaks out in a rendition of REM’s "Losing My Religion." Of course.

In the end, everyone is pretty much the same, if more depressed. Kurt still doesn’t believe in flying spaghetti monsters (or God), everyone is long in the face as they sing Joan Osborne’s "What if God was One of Us," and Finn loses both the special powers of Grilled Cheesus and the potential for some easy eBay money.

I’m sure the guy who found the Virgin Mary in his dirty cigarette had a similar experience.

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Tags: glee
October 06, 2010 @ 7:31 AM PDT by Wesley

Pareidolia Roundup

For any UK readers: the parody play Messiah on the Frigidaire will be performing in Hertford, England from September 24 to October 2. I have not seen it myself, but it looks highly entertaining.

More parody: A Toilet Full of Jesus.

An amusing comic on the origins of religious pareidolia. An even better one from a couple of years ago. Be sure to hover over the red circle right below each comic.

Jesus is everywhere! The comments have a couple of good pictures, too. I like this one.

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September 08, 2010 @ 9:05 AM PDT by Wesley