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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Ghost Tree
imagePeople have been crowding around a seven-metre betel nut tree in Kuala Lumpur. The tree has developed what looks like a human face on one of its fronds, the reports say. The owner, Miah Majid, told reporters that the tree had previously sported the shape of an eye.

"Superstitious village elders have advised onlookers not to make any comments when they pass the tree, reports said. Other enterprising villagers are selling photographs of the face for 2 ringgit (US$0.55)."

Good to see a slightly lower-tech way of making money off it, rather then using eBay...

(Thanks, naiart.)
Categories: Pareidolia, Photos/Videos
Posted by Boo on Wed Sep 13, 2006
Comments (23)
It's the Virgin Mary. It's not a face, she's pregnant with Jesus and those are her breasts. She seems to be missing her head, but I'm sure it's her. Who else would it be?
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  10:32 AM
It looks like Gumby, dammit.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  11:41 AM
The ancient gods of Easter Island have returned!
Posted by Phred22  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  11:50 AM
beetle nut contains THC so its easy to see why its an evil tree.
Posted by booboo  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  11:58 AM
Give it time, picture of this thing will be showing up on eBay.
Posted by Lounge Lizard  in  El Paso, Tx  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  01:20 PM
I think it might be Emperor Palpatine, he gets a bad rap.

I do appreciate the one link that felt the need to add a giant arrow in the picture so I would know where to look to find the face. So much more suggestive in that one.
Posted by J.P.  in  Texas  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  01:47 PM
I also see breasts, saggy ones, off to each side. But then again that may just be a psychosomatic response... because i really really like breasts. Remember those green women from Star Trek? Kirk was always such a lucky bastard...
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  05:41 PM
No one will be laughing when it starts demanding "Feed me Seymour!"
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  05:50 PM
It's a Sleestak; probably in hibernation. Lookout Will!
Posted by Floormaster Squeeze  in  Spring Hill, MA  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  07:25 PM
I agree with Alex. It's Gumby Dammit. Or it's got bugs under the bark. dammit
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  09:52 PM
are you tryin' to say that my apples ain't what they oughtta be? Oh, no, it's just that we don't like little green worms...or gumbys, dammit. What a world
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  10:04 PM
on third thought, it looks like a giant asparagus, or boobparagus, depending on your outlook. dammit
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  10:07 PM
Looks like a palm tree from the outer space!
Posted by tinay40  in  philippines  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  02:18 AM
Meh it's just John Lennon again.
Posted by Ed  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  05:55 AM
Wow! A sleestak, that's even a farther reach back in time than the Audry 2 referance. A good one though.
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  10:30 AM
I don't think it looks very Sleestaky. The eyes sag too much, a Sleestak's are rounder. And their heads are round with a spike on top. The mouth isn't wide enough and the nose slits are missing.

Sorry, I still go with a headless Virgin Mary, in a family way.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  01:17 PM
Gumby? Sleestak? I feel like I've missed out on so much...am I the only one who's stupid?

Either way, I think it's an interesting comment on the nature of pareidolia that some people see a face and others see breasts...
Posted by Owen  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  01:32 PM
OK, Google is helpful...not a Sleestak I think, but it could be a very evil Gumby. Maybe one thats been filing its teeth.
Posted by Owen  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  01:35 PM
"Evil" Gumby? No such thing... a mutally exclusive term, to be sure, like "Military Intelligence"... Evil Pokey, maybe... Evil Blockheads, no doubt, but Evil Gumby? No way, see he was once a little green ball of clay, but you should see the things he does today- he can walk into any book with his Pony Pal Pokey too, if you've got a heart than Gumby's a part of you... Next somebody will say "Evil Davey and Goliath"...damn
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  01:50 PM
Wow, at least in this case the face is really obvious. It's a nice change from the usual blurry spot.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  08:27 PM
It's the Tabonga from "From Hell it Came" ! Watch out !
Posted by Christophe Thill  in  Paris  on  Fri Sep 15, 2006  at  06:28 AM
It's the Jolly Green Giant in his vegetative state! Oh yeah, I'm good.
Posted by Name Here  on  Fri Sep 15, 2006  at  11:02 AM
it's M'Bonga, the evil cursed tree from the 1950s classic turkey "From Hell It Came"! (How bad is it? One critic said "and to hell it can go!")
Posted by dreibel  in  Toronto  on  Sat Sep 16, 2006  at  09:43 PM
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