Often times our brain gets tired and likes to play tricks on us. Considering all the stress we have from work, exhaustion after a long day of trying to accomplish tasks, no wonder we end up without a string of energy left. However, tired or not, sometimes we end up seeing things that are not really there. To be more exact, a picture of things that look alike with an object, person, or whatever other image that is familiar to or brains. For example when we are staring at the clouds, and we think that we’re seeing the shape of a cat.
All this experience is known as pareidolia. This is the tendency for perception to impose a meaningful interpretation on a nebulous stimulus, usually visual. This way one sees an object, pattern, or meaning where there is none. There’s a whole subreddit dedicated to this phenomenon r/Pareidolia or “pictures of things that look like other things”, which is an online community that counts around 513k members. These people share all the things they saw that actually looked like something else.
It is quite funny actually how we can swift our perception over something and not be able to bring it back to the starting point once we change it. If we see a cat shape on a cloud, we won’t be able to un-see it until the cloud fades away. Therefore, all the images below will play the very same trick with your mind.
We made a collection with the most famous pictures in this subreddit. So, sit back end enjoy scrolling down this gallery of illusions.