Repost: Happy pareidolidays!

By Phil Plait | December 25, 2011 7:45 am

[I don't repost very often, but this one from last year still works. -- The BA]

I know some people have Christmas on their mind today, but this is a bit too literal: a brain scan taken at Newcastle University turned up a familiar face nose:

I always pictured him as somewhat bigger.

The part of the brain they were imaging? The hippocampus. Eh, close enough.

Happy holidays to all, and to all a clear night!

Tip o’ the stirring creature to BABloggee Michael Lonergan

MORE ABOUT: hippocampus, Rudolph

Comments (11)

  1. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. DigitalAtheist

    Merry Christmas, Bright Blessings, Scintilating Solctice, and happy any other holidays going on where ever you happen to live.

    Even after reading about what this particular bit of pareidolia is supposed to be, I stilld don’t see it, and that is unusual for me. My brain likes to make me see stuff like that.

  3. Gary Ansorge

    Yeah, Phil. HAve a wonderful, relaxing time with your loved ones.

    Shalom!!!

    Gary 7

  4. DrFlimmer

    Merry Christmas and an accident-free slide into the new year! (to roughly translate the German greetings ;-) )

    Everyone enjoy your time!

  5. Cyc

    Rudolf the Red Nosed neural cluster.

  6. Trebuchet

    Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Brain-Deer….

  7. QuietDesperation

    Looks like the Aboriginal version.

    Aragung the red nosed badagarang.

  8. I wanna hippocampamus for Christmas…

  9. QuietDesperation

    Silly pony. Hippos don’t go to college.

  10. Wzrd1

    Wow! The ONLY way that I got to see it was to RAPIDLY scroll it past.
    Regular viewing removes that effect and I only notice details…
    But, that rather matches my reading and even skimming speeds, rates that annoy most people.

  11. Paul in Sweden

    God jul och gott nytt år! Merry Christmas and happy new year to all! :)

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