The Cookie Monster of the Sea?

Stove Pipe Sponge, Aplysina archeri

 

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Yes, it looks like a wacky version of Cookie Monster, but you’re actually looking at a purple sea sponge, unlike any other.

Earlier this year the rare sea sponge was discovered by a scuba diver. The resemblance is purely a coincidence, due to a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia.

Pareidolia causes people to see random images as something more significant than they actually are. In this case, we see a famous muppet. The word is derived from the Greek words para — meaning something faulty or wrong — and the noun eidōlon — meaning image, form or shape.

Here’s some famous examples of seeing things that aren’t actually there:

pareidolia6_face-1

pareidolia4_face

pareidolia_skull

pareidolia5_face

skullflower

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23 Responses to “The Cookie Monster of the Sea?”

  1. ninjapies44
    September 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Again, you can’t trust your eyes.
    headsup.boyslife.org/can-you-really-trust-your-eyes/

  2. Cookie Monster
    September 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    ME LIKE COOKIES!
    ME NO LIKE IMPOSTORS…

    • Sonic
      September 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi cookie monster, I am in total agreement with you. Although, my version is “ME LIKE CHILIDOGS! ME NO LIKE IMPOSTERS…” :)

      • Billybobjoe
        October 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

        But cookies are better.

      • Kirby
        October 22, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

        Hey Sonic and Cookie monster! My version is…
        “Me like tomatoes…
        but I like imposting! (Is that even a word?)

    • Cookie monster's uncle
      October 31, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

      KILL THE IMPOSTERS!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!

  3. artist
    September 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    the skull flower is cool

  4. Third-Wheel
    September 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    That is amazing! P.S. I LOVE COOKIES!!

  5. cheesebuger123
    September 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    that is awesome and weird at the same time

  6. Potato
    September 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    If I saw that skull face in the flower I’d freak out.

  7. 8of12
    September 26, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Haha that is SO cool!!

  8. the nintendo fan
    September 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    who says that muppets cant get wet

  9. Why?
    October 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Why is the Boys’ Life links put up & down, not left & right??? :? Example:

    Boyslife.org
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    • Why?
      October 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      Instead of :? ,I wanted to do :| . Sorry.

    • Clay Swartz
      October 2, 2013 at 9:39 am #

      Should be fixed now, Why?.

      • Why?
        October 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

        No, it still is going up & down. :| :| :| :| :| ????????????????

      • Why?
        November 2, 2013 at 10:52 am #

        It’s good now. ;)

  10. DOGMAN4444444444444
    October 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    NDGEKDGFLYDMNFCGJ

  11. DOGMAN4444444444444
    October 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Looks like a vacuum-fish.

  12. Billybobjoe
    October 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Those are creepy.

  13. lolguy781
    November 21, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    it looks like the imposter of cookie monster has no eyes.

  14. lolguy781
    November 21, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    omg the flower skull is scary XD lol

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