Presleidolia

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Aug. 13 2011 7:04 AM

Presleidolia

Hey, I haven't posted a fun pareidolia (patterns that look like faces or figures) news article in a while, and this is a good one: a man in Finland found this interesting image on his wall:

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Of course, the article claims it looks like the Virgin Mary.

Now look: I know that the standard depiction of Mary is usually with her head bent, covered in a cowl, with a robe of some sort. That kind of figure lends itself to pareidolia -- it's an easy shape to make, from oil stains to an MRI. But this is a pretty far cry from even that! Unless Mary's head is a perfect sphere.

It looks very much like this is a simple reflection off a window or other shiny object. The way the light plays on the wall makes that clear. Of course, I cannot rule out a supernatural influence... so if it's not Mary, who is it?

I have a hunka hunka burnin' suspicion:

Of course, that picture of The King is from his album called... "Promised Land".

COINCIDENCE?

Tip o' the sequined cape to Timo Jousimo.



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