the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features
Are birds falling from the sky examples of pareidolia, eschatology, or something else?
The first story of 2011 to grab the attention of just about everybody is shocking and mysterious. On New Year’s Day, residents of Beebe, Arkansas found thousands of dead blackbirds in the street. Days later, Louisiana residents discovered hundreds more deceased birds. Each event in isolation was disturbing enough, but with such proximity, it has been hard not to start drawing conclusions. Within days, the dual …
What do the Latin phrases and symbols on the dollar bill mean?
Whether you call it a buck, a single, a one, or a bill, the linen and cotton-blend currency resting in your wallet at this very moment contains a smorgasbord of images, symbols and Latin phrases – some hidden in plain sight. What do they mean and, once deciphered, can they unlock a series of veiled messages from our forefathers? The word dollar is derived from …
Word Origin for pareidolia
C20: from para- 4 + eidolon
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