Pareidolia: Knothole in Floor.


Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus such as an image or sound being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds and hearing hidden messages on records when they are played backwards.

I see a lot of faces everywhere, and there is a particular one in the floorboards of my mom’s kitchen that not only looks like a face, but I was blamed for making it into a face!
I actually took this photo up too close; if you lean back from your screen you can probably see the smiley face more clearly.
While I was still living with my mom and stepdad, I was at work or something one day and my mom called me, furious, interrupting me at work because I had “drawn a smiley face on the floor”. I told her I hadn’t done any such thing but she refused to believe me and hung up. Once I got home, I finally convinced her that this knothole in the floor had its own eyes and mouth drawn in and I didn’t do it. It remains there, the subject of a now-amusing family story to tell around the table.