Filed under “Pareidolia”
January 18, 2012
December 15, 2010
A standpipe disguised as a rooster
Pretty sneaky, standpipe. Pretty sneaky.
August 6, 2008
I See Darth Vader
I’ve never been a fan of hotel room coffee, but it’s better than nothing. However I was a bit surprised to find Darth Vader hiding in this coffee maker recently.
Previously: I See AT-AT Walkers
July 28, 2008
I see AT-AT walkers
I’d heard the rumor that the AT-AT walkers in Empire Strikes Back were inspired by Oakland’s container cranes, and while the resemblance is there I wasn’t surprised to read that George Lucas has debunked the rumor.
However, I recently saw these container cranes in Quebec that look even more like AT-ATs than those do. Maybe I can get a new rumor started.
Previously: I see the Death Star
December 25, 2007
I see a Sandcrawler
It’s been a while since I’ve seen something from Star Wars hiding in plain site, so maybe my brain was a little too primed to find one. But sure enough, I found this Sandcrawler hiding behind an Anthropologie store this week.
July 5, 2007
Idea: The Alien Stapler
I recently rewatched the Alien movies. I must still have Aliens on my mind because today I got a little creeped out by my stapler (it’s the one on the right):
All this leads me to the thought: They should make a stapler shaped like the Alien. And it should have one of those staple trays that reloads by extending outward, instead of having to open the top.
Previously: Yip-Yip Martian Binder Clips
March 5, 2007
“Binder clip. Yip. Binder clip. Yip yip yip yip.”
February 14, 2007
I see the Death Star
Whenever I walk through the Union Square subway station, I have to navigate through all these vertical I-Beams that are all over the place. It always reminds me of something, but I couldn’t figure out what. Finally it dawned on me. It’s the first stage of the Death Star level in the Star Wars arcade game. Watch this comparison video to see what I mean:
(Nothing is wrong with your speakers. The video is intentionally without sound)
January 1, 2007
I see R2-D2
I saw this garbage can the other day. It reminded me of R2-D2.
Previously: I see storm troopers.
July 6, 2006
Terrorism makes this ad special
Am I the only person who looks at this IBM ad and sees a depiction of the World Trade Center after the first tower was hit on the morning of September 11, 2001? This explosive image that I guess is supposed to express creativity or something looks to me more like smoke and flames rising from the tower, just moments before the second tower was struck.
Is it as blatantly obvious as I think it is? Or is it just that I made the association because I saw this ad displayed poster-size and back-lit at my departing gate at the airport?
Update: Wow. Judging by the almost 50 comments so far today, I guess this isn’t going to go down in history as my most successful post ever. Fark.com sent lots of people my way, and some Farkers can sure be vicious in the comments (welcome to my site, Fark readers — I hope you explore the rest of it while you’re here). Just to be clear, I’m not someone who sees 9/11 imagery everywhere I look (or faces on Mars, etc). And I certainly wasn’t offended by the ad. I too am bothered by people who confuse simply being reminded of a tragedy with actually being offended by whatever triggered that memory. I just thought this particular ad looked so obviously like the twin towers to me that its placement at the airport of all places could have been thought out a bit better. But people see all sorts of things in different ways, and I guess I’m not in the majority with this one. At any rate, you can read on in the comments to see lots and lots of people who disagree with me, and a few who agree. But be warned: Some of the less mature Farkers’ responses may not be suitable for (but perhaps were written by) young children.
May 30, 2006
Is that a Pepsi logo on that Coca-Cola product?
This weekend I saw a poster advertising the new Coca-Cola Blak, some sort of Coke-and-Coffee hybrid.
But then I looked more closely and was shocked at what I saw. Is that a Pepsi logo on the bottle of Coca-Cola Blak?
Am I seeing things? It is a slightly distorted Pepsi logo, right? I mean, I’m sure it’s supposed to be some sort of riff on the Coca-Cola swooshy ribbon thing, but it sure looks like a stylized Pepsi logo to me. Will this go down in history as another great Cola Packaging Snafu?
May 2, 2006
I see storm troopers.
What ever it is I think I see, becomes an imperial storm trooper to me.
At least, that’s the first thing I thought when I saw this car yesterday. Maybe I’m reaching. Or maybe it’s just a slow blog day.