Today  people all around the world will be celebrating the genius that was Martin Gardner.  Go here to see if there is an event in your area.  I will be staging a short Gathering for Gardner event in Edinburgh tonight, just prior to Edinburgh Skeptics in the Pub at 7.30.  Venue details here.

Here are three lovely examples of our amazing ability to see nonexistent faces and bodies in stuff …..

What do you think?  Which is your favourite?




  1. My fave is the 3rd, because I haven’t seen it b4. And it looks like someone crucified, almost similar to a medieval triptych vision of Jesus’ execution.

    The first 2 are from a cool site that pictures faces in everyday objects, a subject touched upon quite perfectly in the early pages of Carl Sagan’s “The Demon-Haunted World”.

  2. Very good photos. It is easy to see a face in almost anything. I really like the Tree Trunk look like a very elegant lady.

    1. Yikes! After reading your comment, I was compelled to look again. Her left breast seems so perfectly formed, nipple and all, I now agree with you. What a bummer!

  3. Although faces are hard to resist, I found the Jesus-like tree form the most convincing, even though the face was less clear.

  4. I like all three, for different reasons.

    Interesting that some people immediately see Jesus in the third one. I see Athena, or possibly Helen of Troy.

  5. I love, love, love, the tree lady! I am always finding faces in nature and love stumbling across them and photographing them.

    1. Love the dancer tree from Martha. Better than the photoshopped effort. My favourite is definitely the tap-face. Poor thing!

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