Sep 12 2012

Pareidolia Play Along 3

This is a post by guest blogger Ellen Bulger

Here’s another cryptic photograph for your rorschaching pleasure. What do you think was really in front of the camera? What might the sort of person who sees saints on a taco see? If you were in a therapists office and this was a polychrome inkblot, what would it bring to mind?

If you want to analyze carefully, based on evidence and knowledge, go for it! If you prefer to extrapolate wildly, hey that’s cool too. If you just want to make outrageous shit up, well it’s not like there isn’t a precedent. Just do it as an art form.

Extra points for making us laugh.

Ready, set, go!

© Ellen Bulger


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    That looks like the front end of some kind of fly, with the compound eye at the bottom and the proboscis going off to the upper right. However, I’m an etymologist, not an entomologist, so I could be wrong.

    1. 1.1

      I concur, except that I think that the mouthparts are extending to the lower left and that the orangey lines extending to the upper right are the antennae.

      As to type of dipteran… eh. I’m not familiar at all with anything but the parasites… given the the bristly head, I’m guessing a tachinid or a flesh fly.

  2. 2

    The big blue thing in the foreground looks like it could be a compound eye, so I think it’s some kind of insect. A hairy insect.

  3. 3
    Nathaniel Frein

    Insect was my instinctive thought. This has to be the first time, though, that I’m not doubting it two seconds after I first see it :3

  4. 4

    You are trying to steal some of Dana Hunter’s “dragonfly” thunder.

  5. 5

    Thing looks like a mess :P But its probably an insect they are covered in hairs to sense their surroundings and as others have pointed out the bulge looks rather compound eye like. Dragon flies don’t have a proboscis so its probably a species of dipteran.

  6. 6

    I’m going for insectoid of the arachnid kind. I see spidies! :)

  7. 7
    Nathaniel Frein

    See, there’s the blue-ish bulge at the bottom middle of the picture, but what makes me really think that it’s a compound eye is that there’s a similar one in the upper left corner, and the two of them look like they have symmetry with the long dark blur that looks rather like a proboscis (to me).

    Now, assuming it’s a bug, I’m betting it’s not an arachnid because I’m pretty sure arachnids have simple eyes, not compound eyes (but I could be wrong).

    Ugh. The crippling self-doubt these pictures inspire D:

  8. 8
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    It’s definitely an Umber Hulk. It’s a picture taken by a guy mere seconds before his head was bitten off.

  9. 9

    Bumblebee? Some sort of hairy bee, anyhow. Base of the antenna.

  10. 10

    A tank with sea creatures? Looks like an anemone in the lower front.

  11. 11

    A Shoggoth?
    The critter from Cirith Ungol?

  12. 12

    my first thoughts were “compound eye” then “proboscis” then it was “my sister’s big toe,” but then “ball peen hammer” occurred to me. I was about ready to write that down when “foodelee-doodelee” struck me for some reason, and then in quick succession, “caraway seed,” “twelve feet,” and “dog pie.” But then I realized how stupid I had been.

    (apologies to Steve Martin, “Cruel Shoes”)


  13. 13

    Dragonfly porn, obviously.

  14. 14

    clearly bigfoot sperm

  15. 15
    Sophia, Michelin-starred General of the First Mediterranean Iron Chef Batallion

    A silver spoon scooping goo from beneath Liberace’s fashinably gaudy, though hairy patella.

    Also, some kinf of insect :P

  16. 16

    A bug. Other than that, idk.

  17. 17

    The first thing that popped into my head was cactus, but then the stuff below looked almost like berries, but likely not. Now I’m trying to think of sea creatures it could be. Not really an urchin or a sea anemone, though it looks like it could be a bizarre cross.

  18. 18

    It’s an extreme Close up of the Lexx from the show of the same name.

    Or just a horsefly.

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