Friday, September 12, 2008

Tasked With a Face

I've read my habit of finding faces in random stuff might be a psychological quirk. It’s a form of apophenia, which Wikipedia says may be linked to "psychosis and creativity". Comforting! I’d feel better if that read "psychosis or creativity".
Here’s an explanation I like better - Our brain is actually hardwired to see faces, to avoid missing one hiding in the bushes and preparing to leap out and rip our own face off. I made a project of rounding up a few lurkers, which got me thinking:

How many times does this guy check the locks before leaving the house?
Maybe meditation would help. Breathe, breathe.

Do you think Freckle-face's mommy makes him wear galoshes?
And pins his homework to his sweater?

Does the zoo know Coco is missing?

Will the Scopes boys knock me down and take my lunch money?

What are Linus and Schroeder up to?

Did Ms. Birch find her plastic surgeon in the Pennysaver?

Just what did Wally here find so shocking?

Do you think Woodrow likes being tickled, even a little bit?
He might not have a sense of humor, but how about this bird:

Okay, maybe a sense of style, anyway.
Might as well face it. We're being watched.


LW said...

Oh wow, what a definition ..
I too see faces and silhouette in things all of the time …
I always felt that it was a creative mind….

I enjoyed this post and love the tree faces...


Rena said...

You labeled this in "dumb pics" but hey, it's the farthest thing from that. It's awesome! You could make a book with all these pictures! And you should -- :)


adrienne said...

Louise - I think we're okay as long as we don't start actually reading messages into it...

Rena - I also thought something like it would make a fun book!

C.R. Evers said...

LOL! I guess there is a fine line between phsychosis and creativity, isn't there? ;0)


Sara Cox Landolt said...

Love it! I will show these to my boys. Great idea for a post. The Pennysaver comment made me laugh.


Brenda said...

Now you have me looking at everything with a different eye...I can't believe all these years I went around not seeing faces that could rip my face I will see faces in everything...grin...

Great pics!

adrienne said...

Christy - My family might agree with you!

Sara - Love that you want to show it to your boys. What a nice compliment!

Brenda - Okay, hopefully some of them are friendly :)

Carrie Harris said...

LOL! We have a stone fireplace, and it stares at me. I know EXACTLY what you're talking about here. Thanks for the laugh!

Kim Kasch said...

This was a great post! I see faces too - I wonder if it's a writer-thing...?

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I do too! My family thinks I'm nuts. I love the faces you found. For some reason it's comforting.
Maybe I am crazy! But at least I'm not the only one!

Suzie said...

I saw the faces too is it catching? What have you done to me? ;)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I always thought outlets looked like faces, too. Inventive post!