40 Times People Experienced ‘Pareidolia’ And Managed To Snap A Photo For All To See

Have you ever looked into the sky and noticed some familiar figures in a patch of clouds? Or maybe a face in a mud splatter on the side of your car? This phenomenon is called pareidolia and everyone experiences it from time to time. Experts say that this psychological phenomenon is a consequence of the brain’s information systems. It causes us to see patterns in otherwise random or inanimate objects.

Wherever you are, or whatever you’re doing, you can experience this phenomenon. But don’t let it shock you because this is a normal human tendency. Although it rarely happens, we tend to perceive specific images in random stimulus when we least expect it.  It’s not often that you look at a slice of toast to find Jesus’ face on it. Or find a slice of banana bearing the face of your dog. Most of these occurrences are coincidental, indeed. This is why people make sure to snap some photos of it whenever they come across one.


Amazing Pareidolia – Dragon Tree

dragon tree wooden charizard

Human brains are able to construct these illusions because we are primed to see images in every corner of the visual world. This explains why we have a natural tendency to see faces where there are none. The word itself is derived from the Greek words para, meaning something faulty, and eidolon, meaning image. It often has religious undertones which explains why religious people and those who strongly believe in the supernatural are more likely to experience it.


“I thought that lady was a Muppet”

funny pareidolia muppet lady


“When the dog looks like your slice of banana.”

funny pareidolia dog banana slice


“These Two Rocks Look Like A Mother Breastfeeding Her New Born Child”

rocks look like breastfeeding baby

Sometimes, artists take advantage of this phenomenon to embed hidden images in their works. This technique adds a bit of mystery to their artwork. In the field of psychology, the phenomenon is often used to gain insight into a person’s mental state.


“I Want To Believe”

pebble looks like alien head


“Let Us Out!”

funny pareidolia bell peppers screaming


“Pulled The Door Handle Off And He Was As Shocked As I Was.”

broken door knob is shocked

However, this phenomenon is not only limited to visual perception. There’s also auditory  pareidolia where listeners are able to perceive hidden messages in popular music. Allegations of backmasking in popular music have stirred controversy in the past. One of the most controversial cases is the song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ by the Beatles. When you play the song backwards, you can hear the words ‘Paul is dead’ which sparked the infamous urban legend that Paul McCartney has already died and has been replaced by a lookalike.


Baked Potato

funny pareidolia baked potato


“Pigeon Poops Portrait Of Itself On A Leaf”

funny pareidolia pigeon poop portrait

“There Is A Lion Wearing Sunglasses On The Belly Of This Grasshopper”

grasshopper body lion wearing sunglasses


“A Cute Dog But Actually Just Rust”

funny pareidolia dog tile rust


“The Snow On Top Of This Mountain That Looks Like A Lizard”

snow lizard on top of mountain


“This Overflowing Cupcake Ended Up Looking Like An Elephant”

overflowing cupcake looks like elephant


“I Found A Piece Of Driftwood That Looks Like A Dragon’s Head”

driftwood looks like dragon head


“This Boiled Egg Exploded While Cooking And Looks Like A Snail.”

funny pareidolia cracked egg looks like snail


“Looks Like There’s A Goddess In This Orange”

goddess inside an orange


“I’m Flying!”

flying projector mount looks happy


“My Car Seems Pretty Happy About The Snowstorm”

funny pareidolia snow covered car smiles


“What house would you belong to? I found this behind my office.”

traffic cone wizard sorting hat


“Bubbles That Form A Little Cat Shape”

funny pareidolia tea foam forms a cat


Funny Pareidolia – T. Rex Cactus

t-rex-shaped cactus


“This Shadow Looks Exactly Like A Man’s Head. Lone Peak, Big Sky, Montana”

funny pareidolia man head shadow mountain


“I Wonder Which Song Was On”

dancing poles funny


“Dog Stick I Found”

funny pareidolia dog stick


“The Pattern On My Dog’s Chest Looks Like A Cat Mid Sneeze.”

dog chest fur cat pattern


“She’s Having Twins”

funny pareidolia knee baby faces


“This Orchid Really Looks Like An Eagle.”

orchid looks like an eagle


“And that’s when I stopped washing my hands”

bahtroom sink face with runny nose


Alien Pickle

pickle alien head


“My drink looks like a crocodile is looking at me.”

canned drink has crocodile illusion


“The Ice In My Glass Sort Of Looks Like A Face”

ice in the glass looks like man face


“This Pure-Bread My Friend Got At A Restaurant”

flat bread looks like a dog


“Found A Rock That Looks Like A Shark”

rock looks like a shark


“Stupid Sexy Flanders”

funny pareidolia stupid sexy flanders


“How Fast Was The Ostrich Running When It Hit The Tree?”

wood plank ostrich


“The most terrifying half-tomato I’ve ever had.”

funny pareidolia crying tomato slice


“An affectionate, but slightly nosey tin man comforts a disused industrial building…”

giant tin man checking a building


“I’m a happy li’l monitor stand, yup, yup, yup.”

happy monitor stand


“Waterfall of the Bride – Peru”

waterfall of the bride peru


“Whatever This Chair Is Going Through, I Can Relate.”