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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:20 pm    Post subject: keeps a swirl of moldy Cheez Whiz in a vault Reply with quote

What is this woman doing, I don't understand,

Pareidolia You know how every so often you read about people who see Jesus Christ in a tree trunk? Or some woman in Ohio who keeps a swirl of moldy Cheez Whiz in a vault because she sees the visage of Elvis? That’s pareidolia: the phenomenon of finding the familiar in an improbable place.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:31 pm    Post subject: Re: keeps a swirl of moldy Cheez Whiz in a vault Reply with quote

hiromichi wrote:
What is this woman doing, I don't understand,

Pareidolia You know how every so often you read about people who see Jesus Christ in a tree trunk? Or some woman in Ohio who keeps a swirl of moldy Cheez Whiz in a vault because she sees the visage of Elvis? That’s pareidolia: the phenomenon of finding the familiar in an improbable place.


Okay, I looked to see where you got this quote, and it was in an article about using unusual vocabulary words.

This word, Pareidolia, (which I had never heard of before, by the way) means the phenomenon of finding the familiar in an improbable place. The rest of the paragraph is about some examples of this. One example is people who see Jesus Christ in odd places, such as a tree trunk. Another example is someone who might see Elvis (Elvis Presley, a famous singer who died some time ago) in a swirl of moldy Cheeze Whiz (a kind of processed cheese). It sounds like she liked Elvis a lot, so decided to save the cheeze whiz (which is why it got moldy) in a vault. This would be the same kind of thing where people say they saw a famous person's face in a piece of toast, for example.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorikeet, Now I understand it correctly. Thank you very much.
First I mistook vault for sky and didn't understand what Cheeze Whiz is, so I guessed she saw some clouds like cheeze.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hiromichi wrote:
Lorikeet, Now I understand it correctly. Thank you very much.
First I mistook vault for sky and didn't understand what Cheeze Whiz is, so I guessed she saw some clouds like cheeze.


You had some pretty good ideas then. Cheeze Whiz is a hard thing to figure out Very Happy
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