noun. optical illusion involving the perception of a familiar pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist.
Pareidolia can be seeing a bunny in the clouds, Hitler in a teapot, Jesus in a chapatti, or whatever you want in an inkblot.
Landscape, however, provides some beautiful examples of pareidolia. And now, thanks to the geniuses at Google, NASA, and the makers of some facial-recognition software, they’re fun to find.
Take a look at some everyday pareidolia here. (That Norwegian snowman is unbelievable—but apparently real!)