Thursday, May 28, 2015

* I WONDER *

IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER I WONDER
(which I haven't written in a LONG time!)
 
 
 
 
I wonder how many people (adults and children alike) still look up at clouds and find joy in "seeing" various things: animals, objects, faces, etc.
 
I've enjoyed doing that for many years and I believe it's one of my favorite simple pleasures, but I had no idea there is an actual word for it: Pareidolia: (par-i-DOH-lee-a) Seeing Faces in Unusual Places.
 
Various websites can easily be found, explaining more about it, and it really is an interesting subject, to me, anyway!
 
So, why am I writing about Pareidolia in my "I WONDER" post?
 
WELL, this afternoon I washed out Vern's food and water bowls with an SOS pad, and then instead of throwing it immediately away, I put it aside on top of a paper towel. Then I finished rinsing and drying, and put the bowls back on the floor.
 
When I looked back at the used SOS pad, I laughed out loud, because this is what I saw:


From this angle, I see a cute, little animal face, like a baby seal.  
 
 
 
 
From this angle, I see a scary face: scary eyes,
 and a screaming mouth.

* I promise I did not touch the pad or change it in any way. I just took the top photo from an angle and this one I took straight on.
 
 
  I wonder.....what do YOU see??


16 comments:

  1. I still watch clouds and interpret the shapes I see. I hope I never stop.
    I am obviously in sentimental mode this evening. I saw your seal, but your scary face struck me as a lonely face - crying for attention.

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    1. Hi EC! I'm so glad you're a "cloud watcher" too! I can also see the lonely face you described in the SOS pad.

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  2. I see precisely what you see. Wrote an essay on pareidolia back in 2011, November, I'll go get it: http://trainrideoftheenigmas.blogspot.com/2011/11/word-list-9-pareidolia.html#comment-form
    It's an amazing idea that opines the "man in the moon" was carved at random by billions of years of meteor collisions.

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    1. Hi Geo! Long time no see!! Thanks so much for stopping and commenting, and also for the link. I really do want to read it, so I'm making a note to myself ! :)

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  3. I used to see faces in the older car grills.

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  4. I don't spend as much time Cloud Watching as I used to, but I still can't help myself when I'm out driving (of course, this works better when I'm a passenger), but even when I'm driving and stopped at a red light, I'm often scanning the clouds.

    The top SOS pad looks like an old guy with rather large bulbous nose and a slightly confused expression. In the bottom one... yep, the silent scream. yikes.

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    1. Robin, thank you so much for stopping and commenting!! I do the same as you....even when driving, if I see unusual clouds, I just HAVE to keep looking.....but I also get my eyes back to the road every now and then, too. LOL
      I love your description of both SOS pads!

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  5. Ha, I thought sure you saw Donald Duck. I did!

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    1. That's funny, Claudia! And yes....I can see Donald in that first one, too!

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  6. It took me awhile, but I did see the baby seal.

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    1. Hi Donna! Thanks for stopping and commenting! Love getting your input, too.

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  7. Thank you for my Sunday morning laugh!

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    1. Hi Deb! Thank you SO much for stopping and commenting...AND I'm so glad I gave you your Sunday morning laugh! LOL

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  8. I thought if you add 2 big round ears that the first one looks like Mickey Mouse.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Hey, Pat! I can also see Mickey Mouse in the first one!

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