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Can You Spot Faces in These Everyday Objects?

To some people, these images will look pretty boring. To others, they will be looking right back.

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Why we see human faces in inanimate objects

Have you ever seen a dog in the clouds? What about a face in this wall in Italy? The reason these fun but odd occurrences happen is because of pareidolia. This psychological phenomenon can cause people to see specific, meaningful shapes in random or vague images. It’s also how psychologists draw conclusions from the controversial Rorschach inkblot tests. Studies suggest that people who are more religious or believe in the paranormal and those who are neurotic or have negative moods are more prone to experiencing pareidolia. Are you one of them?

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Fire hydrant… or a new Muppet character?

With the humorous expression on its “face,” this old fire hydrant could easily befriend Kermit the Frog or Big Bird. After all, they all have the same big bugging eyes. Now, can you spot the differences in these 10 photos?

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Two-faced mountains

Landscapes in the American southwest are riddled with mountainous rock structures like this one in Nevada’s Valley of Fire. If you look closely, you can see one (or more!) faces residing in their crevices.

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The saddest nut you’ll ever see

At first glance, it’s hard to tell what the heck is in this picture—other than an extremely sad face. This is actually half of a chestnut, and it apparently did not like being cut up one bit. See if you can spot what's wrong with these altered photos. More than 1 in 3 people can't.

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Would you live in this screaming house?

Spectacular ocean views, a clear sky, blossoming flowers, why wouldn’t anyone want to live on this Greek island? Oh yeah, the house looks like it saw a ghost.

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You'll be floored by this face

We sure wouldn’t want to step on a floor making this surprised face. Don’t miss these other cool photos that will make you look twice.

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The shocked furnace

Some people look at this image and see an old piece of machinery that has seen better days—but you may see something else. Can you tell what’s going through that furnace’s mind?

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Don’t worry—bee happy

Without context, you may think this photo is of a papier-mâché smiling mask or a mythical woodland creature with a sense of humor. It’s actually a red hornet nest, which is certainly nothing to smile about.

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Good ol’ Rusty

Is this just ugly rust ruining a once shiny new ship, or is it a creepy-looking face? Hey, we can’t tell you. It’s whatever you think you see first, after all. Check out these tricky optical illusion photos that aren’t at all what they seem.

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The happiest leaf you'll ever see

It looks like this leaf decayed in all the right places to bring us a happy face that's honestly kind of cute. Disney, can you work with this?

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