TOPICS: Faces in strange places

EVER catch yourself gazing at a building or a pattern on the wall and think, ‘‘hmmm, that looks a bit like a face’’?
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Us too. Let’s share.

The Hunter’s best-known face-like building is probably the House on Glebe Road That Looks Like a Face. We’ve mentioned it before. It has a Facebook group.

But hidden faces can show up anywhere, and they can be creepy. Reader Abbey sliced up chicken one night to cook in a pan, and a clump of it formed what looks like a grinning skull. Still better for you than KFC.

These things appear because of a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia, where vague or random images suddenly seem significant.

(For lots of examples, check out facesinplaces.blogspot杭州夜网m.au).

Have you found a Hidden Face in an everyday object? Snap a photo, and send it to Topics.

Language barrier

TOPICS asked for words that are commonly butchered, or butcherised. Butchicated?

Sam from Maitland lists ‘‘Leaving ‘n’ out of government (goverment), saying preforming but meaning performing, arx for ask and leaving an ‘‘l’’ out of Aberglasslyn (Aberglassyn).

Changing ‘th’ to ‘dd’ resulting in Rudderford instead of Rutherford. The word ‘obviously’ is overused by sports commentators and players’’.

Martin of The Junction’s pet peeves include ‘‘Specific – pacific, Something – somethink, Anything – anythink’’.

And butchering a word can warp your intended meaning, says Martin.

‘‘Went to a retail launch for Virgin Mobile years ago and the girl was talking about the ‘spivs’ offered to salespeople (‘spivs’ are rewards for selling products – usually cash but sometimes products),’’ he says.

‘‘But she kept calling them ‘spliffs’, slang for cannabis cigarette or joint. ‘We are going to be handing out amazing spliffs and I have some here tonight’.’’

Web commenter JMO points out that ‘‘People who obviously couldn’t care less about something will say ‘I could care less’.’’

Special mention should also be made of the folks who never ‘‘saw’’ anything, but ‘‘seen’’ it all.

Second (hand) chance for clock

FORTUNE has chimed in the case of the lost clock.

Reader Dick McGuigan discovered the misplaced timepiece at a bus stop in Shortland, and wanted to find the owner. Helpfully, an engraving on the clock said it belonged to a Damien Wells.

Damien’s mum Debra has been in touch.

She tells us the clock, which her son received in 2004 as a trophy after a rugby league grand final, was stolen years ago from his sister’s house.

We wonder how it wound up at the bus stop.

‘‘I told him at the time ‘Your mother should take that clock and keep it with your other trophies’,’’ points out Ms Wells.

It turns out that Damien, now 28, plays first grade rugby for Hamilton and was picked this week for the Newcastle Barbarians.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve found on public transport?

SPOOKY: Chicken skull-o-pini,

HAPPY HOME: The famous Glebe Road house that looks like a face.

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