Pods With Pareidolia
• If you’ve ever seen a face on a piece of toast, or an animal in the clouds, you’ve experienced pareidolia (from the Greek para for other and eidos for shape). Carl Sagan proposed that this is a survival technique: humans are hardwired to instantly recognize faces or familiar objects from seemingly random patterns. Less credible, was the claim by Japanese paleontologist Chonosuke Okamura that fossils from the Silurian period were in fact tiny humans, dinosaurs and other animals. He was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for his imagination.
• Does this collection of seed pods trigger a playful pareidolia?
More reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia