Humans tend to see things in random objects, like clouds, or fruits and vegetables in this case. Pareidolia is the official term, and it's the psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) which is perceived as significant. It's the audiovisual form of apophenia, which is the perception of patterns within random data. Combined with apophenia and hierophany (manifestation of the sacred), pareidolia may have helped ancient societies organize chaos and make the world intelligible. Continue reading for more.
Matt, an ex-automobile sales manager, and Jessica Johnson, an ex-billing specialist, decided to quit their jobs, sell everything they owned and bought a boat to live the dream on a $1,000 per month budget since August, 2011. They've visited 16 countries so far. The couple said: "Our lives were the typical American Dream. Go to school, get married, buy a house, start a career. So far we've also left out the part of having 2.5 kids. For too long we had spent all of our weekends in front of the TV without ever doing anything productive or enjoyable. We realized this needed to change." Continue reading for photos of their journey.
At first glance, it may look like a lightning storm, but they're actually portable tesla coils in-action, captured by photographer Marc Simon Frei. To create these, he arced objects to a Tesla coil, but he's also been experimenting with different kinds of LED-illuminated clouds as well as a few interesting shots of wool clouds sprouting tiny lighting storms. Continue reading for more images.
Paris-based graphic designer Nicolas Amiard blends the Star Wars universe and the real world into a seamless photo series, showing what some of the ships would look like if they crashed in iconic locations here on earth. Whether it be one of the enhanced photos shows a Millennium Falcon colliding into the water surrounding lower Manhattan, New York or another glorious image of a large star destroyer landing in front of Paris' Eiffel Tower, you'll find it here. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of twin babies talking to each other for the first time.
Zahir Batin from Malaysia is both a Star Wars fanatic and photographer, so he decided to combine his two lives in his latest project. Simply put, he takes all kinds of action figures, and set them up in real-life scenarios, whether it be taking snap shots of Clone troopers on speeder bikes or R2-D2 scaring off a stray cat. You can't leave out a helmet-less Darth Vader plotting his next move. Continue reading to see some of his best work.
While cat love sleeping in boxes, dogs can snooze just about anywhere, but there are the few who might've been humans in past lives and absolutely prefer human beds over smaller ones. "The idea that dogs should never be allowed on the bed comes from old dominance theories which many of us ignore with no ill effects. Dogs are highly social, but they are also very flexible. They will prefer to be with the members of their social group, whether it is other dogs, cats, children, or adults. Where they prefer to sleep indicates who they consider their BFFs," according to The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading for more.
It looks like a snake, probably moves similar to one, but is actually the Dynastor darius darius, a harmless caterpillar with mind-twisting camouflage. When the larvae transform into butterflies or moths, this creature - native to Trinidad - mimics the head of a Gaboon pit viper to successfully fool even the toughest of its predators. The transformation takes approximately 13 days, a time in which this mimicry is its only line of defense. To make it even more believable, the chrysalis hangs on the underside of forest leaves at a carefully selected angle. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Abandoned villages are nothing new, but over time, nature slowly reclaims them. This fishing village on Gouqi Island in China is one of them, and Tang Yuhong, a photographer based in Nanning, shows us just how mystical they can be. Gouqi Island belongs to Shengsi, an archipelago at the mouth of China's Yangtze River, that consists of 400 islands. It'll only be a matter of time before it becomes popular with photographers. Continue reading for more pictures.
No, these images are not Photoshopped, they just show real icebergs that have flipped. The ice ultimately looks so majestic when flipped because the newer ice has been melted away, and air is compressed out of the ice as it formed into a glacier. Prior to flipping into a body of water, all of the unexposed ice looks like this when the newer layers are stripped away. That density is why glacial ice looks so blue. Continue reading for more interesting pictures.
Lab technician Tasha Sturm at Cabrillo College in California has just released a mind-boggling photo series that illustrate the wonderful, yet slightly creepy, world of microbes that lives on human skin. This colorful petri dish filled with microbes, including yeast and fungi, are that of her 8-year-old son's hand after he finished playing outside. Continue reading for up-close shots and more information.