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Pareidolia Play Along 6: The Reveal

This is a post by guest blogger Ellen Bulger

In this installment, Ellen reveals the answer to Pareidolia Play Along 6: Creation Myth.

Old with Rivets © Ellen Bulger

Rivets on the vertical supports for a rusty old railroad bridge. I thought they were quite handsome. I did not stand, however, under the bridge when there were trains going over it.

Trestle-Xs © Ellen Bulger

machineintelligence – I’ll search the area for petrified squirrels and get back to you on it.

lochaber– Solid plan except for the soap-in-a-sock slings. Rocks would be available. Socks, not so much.

peicurmudgeon – Looks like a ruin, but still in use. I’ve never seen anyone do any maintenance on it. This, in the land of the Mianus River Bridge, worries me.

Emu Sam – Good, good! I was going to ask about the paper, but you’ve thought of everything. Do you make your paper like this?

Susannah – Bridge not track, but close enough.

maddog1129 – And you know the thing about crocodilians is that they can just lay there and wait, quiet as death, until something tasty comes in range.

sheila – If you ever decide to start up a matriarchal religion franchise, I think the folks at Scientology Inc. would be sweating the competition. Allow me to present you with a fine pair of granite ovary totems, or maybe they are Neolithic bowling trophies, I’m not sure.

Good Name for a Bar © Ellen Bulger


  1. ericblair says

    These photo games do not strike me as proper examples of pareidolia. Wikipedia defines the term as “a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.”

    What that says to me in my own words is recognizing something familiar in a random or unfamiliar sensory input – there was one place I used to have a job where the computer workroom had a lot of machines with cooling fans running. When I had to work alone at night, those fans gave me the creeps because they sounded like whispering voices. That is (auditory) pareidolia.

    What we’ve been presented with here is something familiar photographed in an unfamiliar context or from an unfamiliar perspective and asked to see if we can either guess what it is or make up an image, like a Rorschach blot. The comics page of the Milwaukee Journal (once called the “Green Sheet” because it was printed on green newsprint) used to feature a weekly item called “A-Muse-Ums”. It was a photograph of an item, or a part of an item, from the Milwaukee Public Museum collection with the captioned question “Whatizzit really?” That’s what the photos posted in this collection remind me of. It’s got some interesting images and the guessing game is fun, but it’s not really pareidolia.

  2. sheila says

    Why thank you Ellen.

    Actually, of course, they are the sacred eggs of Eidelbar. One hold endless harvests and the other holds victory against our enemies. Perhaps I can work out how to open them so we can gain these blessings.

    Of course, I’d have to concentrate. No mundane digging up tubers or risking my neck in the hunt. Just food and warmth and sexy fellers – it’s a very modest investment for the tribe really.

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