Cateidolia

Cateidolia

Cateidolia

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May 23 2012 10:41 AM

Cateidolia

Via my pal Miss Cellania (possibly not her real name) at Neatorama, I saw this short cat video which is really pretty funny:

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Ha! This is a great example of audio pareidolia; hearing (instead of seeing, as it's usually done) some recognizable pattern in a completely unrelated series of noises. It helps a lot if you're cued in some way to hear it with subtitles. In this case the title of the Neatorama post had me listening for the words "I don't want to", but I think I would've heard it anyway.

But I wonder: if they were going to a dispensary and asked the cat what they were getting, would you hear "marijuana"?

Check out the posts below for more of this sort of thing. The first one still makes me laugh.

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