I See Faces (Part iii)

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I thought it was a good time to dig into my file of ‘Inanimate Objects that Have Faces’ after hearing that an award had been won by a team of researchers, lead by Kang Lee, from the University of Toronto on Thursday. These scientists looked into this phenomena, called ‘pareidolia‘, and won an IG Nobel Prize for their work. That’s a prize that parodies the Nobel Prize and are given out to 10 people from around the world each year for their research in unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. (You can read more about this year’s honorees in this article at BBC News.)

So, it has now been proven that humans are hard-wired to see order in randomness. They analyzed brain scans and determined that the same parts of the brain lights up when we see faces in inanimate objects as when we see real ones.

And it’s not only people who see faces … chimps see them too.

Without further talk, here are some of the faces I have spotted during the past several months …

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^ Trashy Face ^

hotel-lobby-face

^ Look out below! It seems that this hotel lobby wasn’t feeling very well ^

sangria-face

^ … while this glass of Sangria was quite happy ^

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^ Speaking of drinks, we has a couple in this club as the Velvet Rope Face looked on ^

ironing-board-face

^ ‘Come on Lou, ironing is not that bad’ ^

gate-latch-face

^ Having a good laugh at the prospect of locking you out ^

christmas-face

^ Cold nose in December ^

leaf-face

^ Please leaf me alone. I’m hiding ^

tree-face

^ Tree is company ^

car-face

^ Damn this traffic ^

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^ Sad at the art gallery ^

suitcase-face

^ Do you really have to go? ^

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Thanks for giving my site some of your face-time :)
xo loulou

See ‘I See Faces’ Part i here, and Part ii here.

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Waiter, There’s a Flower in my Salad

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A plant that I’ve never grown before, that I tried out this summer, is Nasturtium.

Throughout the season it looked healthy and interesting with its unique round variegated leaves, but it took its sweet time with any flowers. There was a single bloom in July and then nothing. That is until September … now it has quite a few.

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There were enough flowers in fact, to serve some up in a salad. Yes, in case like me you didn’t know, Nasturtiums are edible.

Neither Nick nor I had ever tasted them, so I made us a salad using some of the leaves and flowers, mixed with lettuces, celery and cucumber. Then I made him wait while I took about a hundred pictures. Ok, I exaggerate, but it looked too pretty to just dig in.

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Finally, some homemade dressing was ladled on and a plate was handed over.

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Nasturtiums are quite delicious. They’re nippy like a mild cross between arugula and radishes, and not at all perfume-y.

Thank you for dropping over. Wishing you a happy Friday and excellent weekend to follow.
xo loulou

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