Miraculous tile will end the pain

By Phil Plait | March 19, 2009 9:00 am

One of my favorite web comics is The Pain– When Will It End? I love the drawing style — it’s sort of a throwback to the 30s, but really it’s because it’s so cynical and beaten down it makes my outlook seem positively optimistic.

The Pain- When Will It End? comic panel

Anyway, this week he takes on pareidolia, and it’s pretty funny, though very much NSFW. But here at BA HQ we feel the need to spread the love of all things seeing-faces-in-random-patterns-wise. I’ll need to email him and tell him about my own shower encounter… at least the face he saw was his own. I don’t need dead communists staring at me any more. One is enough.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Pareidolia

Comments (15)

  1. George Filippenko

    Phil, I can see at least five “faces” in the above photo. And I haven’t looked at it upside down yet.

  2. If he wants to sell that on Ebay, he’d better come up with another theme. Elvis or Jesus do better but for best results he should claim it’s the Virgin Mary.

  3. QUASAR

    What a long face!

  4. T.E.L.

    I think some of the drawings remind me of Mort Drucker’s style of caricature.

  5. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    Neat.

    Although this church will get a very expensive water-into-wine trick.

  6. TheElkMechanic

    Yes, but why did Genie Scott and PZ join the tile cult?

  7. IVAN3MAN

    For a minute there, because this is an astronomy blog, I thought it was another ‘face’ on Mars/Moon/Mercury/What-bloody-have-you!

  8. Man, I keep forgetting to read The Pain on a regular basis. Even though I would classify myself a bit more on the optimistic scale, I too love The Pain because it’s so cynical and beaten down.

  9. IVAN3MAN

    Larian LeQuella: “Man, I keep forgetting to read The Pain on a regular basis.”

    Hey, man, The Pain have a new RSS Feed facility: thepaincomics.com/painfeed.xml

    That will keep you up-to-date, unless bloody CENTAF blocks that as well!

  10. Another Eric

    I see the face of a dog, can you see it? The long face, the dark wet cold nose in the lower right corner…

  11. It takes a special kind of mind to look at a fossil skull and “see” a random rock shaped by wind and water, yet look at a random rock and “see” the face of Jesus… Just a thought…

  12. MadScientist

    I think it looks like a penguin with goiter.

  13. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    “why did … PZ join the tile cult?”

    Because octoPZys are suckers for tiles.

    “why did Genie Scott … join the tile cult?”

    Tile piles is an anthropologist’s wet dream.

    “why did Phil Plait join the tile cult?”

    To show what an Bad As…tronomer he is.

  14. anon.

    Looks a bit like H.P. Lovecraft to me.

    Can Great C’thulhu’s return be far behind??

  15. Grump

    @Larian LeQuella

    Even though I would classify myself a bit more on the optimistic scale, I too love The Pain because it’s so cynical and beaten down.

    Even Vincent van Gogh, in the minutes before he ended his own life, was more optimistic than Tim Krieder. I still don’t believe that when he was tested for clinical depression the test came up negative.

    I’m less pessimistic that Mr Krieder, and I don’t even have a blood-stream, just the occasional red corpuscle floating in a stream of psychoactive pharmaceuticals!

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