The twitter account @FacesPics exists for the sole purpose of rounding up one of the Internet's all time favorite things: photos of inanimate objects that look like faces.
The account's been around for less then a month, but already it's approaching 200k followers. Which kind of makes sense, if you think about it, because spotting non-face faces is fun and easy.
Pareidolia – the tendency to perceive random stimulus (e.g. a jacket zipper) as significant (e.g. ohmygod that jacket zipper is totally a piranha's mouth!) – is hypothesized to be a highly evolved survival trait. We're literally hard wired to spot faces, even where there aren't any. Pareidolia is why makeup artists can manipulate our perception of faces, and why a handbag can look like someone's angry mug:
Why coffee foam can remind us of a frog:
And why this jacket zipper really does look just like a piranha:
My personal favorite from @FacesPics' growing collection is this mophead, who is clearly not looking forward to today's work:
[Spotted on COLOSSAL]