I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

Seems Lindsay was on to something when she prompted me to do another article about “Demons and Spirits”. While doing my search this morning, the very first thing I came across was this photo of an alleged Demon peering out from behind a sofa pillow.

Apparently it’s making the rounds and it’s a big deal on twitter and Facebook. Some are claiming they can clearly see it and others can’t. It’s difficult to miss in my opinion but I made sure everyone would know where to look in lower photo.

Now, I fail to see why it has to be a Demon. It could be any number of things from a bust to a photoshopped person. I suppose it’s the expressionless look that is giving some people the heeby Jeeby’s.

Frankly, I didn’t feel much of anything when I took it into Visio and changed some of the attributes to bring the face out more.

As you can see, it kinda looks like a Chia head without the Chia. I also wonder why it seems to be the same color as the pillow?

Although pareidolia does not apply here, it is the most common explanation for most images in photos.

In fact, it’s amazing what the human brain can do. Below we see one example of what your brain is capable of and it does stuff like this without you even needing to think about it. Do the exercise and be amazed!

Stare at the red dot on this woman’s nose for thirty seconds. Then, look over at a blank white space (a piece of paper or an empty browser tab will do). Did you see the “correct” version of the image? Here’s how it works: stare long enough at an object and the eye’s photoreceptors (particularly the color-sensitive cone cells) lose sensitivity from overstimulation. Divert the eyes to a blank space, and the surrounding cone cells send out a …

While it’s the eyes that do the work, it’s the brain that tells them what to do.

So, as you can see, what you tell yourself you are seeing, is not always the case. Imagine all those ghosts, demons, spirits, aliens and crypto examples you claim to have seen. Could it be your own brain turning it into what you desire to see? After all, optical illusions are quite common.

I could get all clinical and scientific up in here but I don’t want to lose anyone in a fit of boredom.

Please, by all means, throw down a comment and tell me what you think.

Thanks to Unexplained Mysteries for the Demon Pillow tip.
Thanks to Yahoo for the photographic exercise.

Here are some other mind benders and optical illusions to keep you entertained.

  • Lindsay

    that girl picture is badass…all the way up until you realize it’s beyonce =\

    but that picture is kind creepy. looks like the doll from dead silence. ventriloquism scares the ever loving hell out of me.
    http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/[email protected]@._V1._SY317_.jpg

  • Ramon

    Lindsay, you mean as creepy as Jeff Dunham? 😉
    I never liked ventriloquism too. As a matter of fact, i have always been scared of dolls in general (or pictures).. they seem to follow me with there freakin’ eyes….

  • Lindsay

    i can’t lie, i do like jeff dunham. i love peanut and walter. i think because they’re not so ventriloquism-y looking. but it’s those damned wooden dolls. i hate dolls, too. i’ve had these two porcelain dolls since i was a little kid and i’ve ALWAYS had them hidden in my room somewhere. i still have them and they’re behind a bookshelf now haha

  • Afraid of dolls? Uncanny. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny

  • To tell the truth, it kind of reminds me of the Vendetta mask.

    I didn’t know this was going to evolve into a thing on dolls and ventriloquism.


  • whipthorn

    Scott, just out of curiosity, why do you say it’s not pareidolia? (also, the link doesn’t seem to work on that for some reason)

  • JohnP

    Actually…afraid of dolls ? This I think has been posted here before (could be wrong) but this is just a mess….http://thelostdutchman.hubpages.com/hub/The-Island-of-the-Dead-Dolls
    Apparently its a semi tribute to children that have drowned in the river…

    as for the picture in the article its seems obvious to me that it is a real person and his eyes have paradolia


  • whipthorn

    Oh, and I found a better photo here: http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/magonia1/article-2094339-1188DE0C000005DC-318_634x473.jpg

    It’s a doll in my opinion. The positioning of the pillow shows it is clearly resting on something resting on the couch. You can see that the pillows bottom lays parallel to the couch, yet it is clear enough to see the cushion of the couch is not supporting the pillow.

  • I see no real difference in the photos.

    As far as pareidolia is concerned, I find it hard to deny that it’s a face of some sort.

    By the way, I fixed that link, thanks.

  • thatguyfromsyracuse

    This person just so happened to take a picture of a pillow in their house as a demon was creeping around behind it? lol It’s the fringe of the pillow playing with your eyes. Sure, I can see it, but once you start looking through it, you can see what’s going on.

  • Holy crap, JohnP, that’s awesome. Way better than abandoned doll factory: http://io9.com/5874020/creepy-abandoned-doll-factory-will-haunt-your-nightmares/gallery/1

    I think the demon behind the pillow could be a) pareidolia, b)photoshop, c)doll-type-thing, or d) demon. I really don’t want to entertain the last idea cuz I don’t need another thing to fear, right now anyway.

    That Beyonce thing is an awesome trick.

  • Hey wait, is that a bigfoot outside the window?!

  • whipthorn

    Awesome, thanks for clarifying Scott, I just wanted to get your reasoning 🙂

  • JohnP

    Your pick has green eyes and the others dont///not sayin you played with it…but calling fake on this one for sure.

  • The Oshmar

    It almost looks like a Michael Myers mask, either that or your standard ventriloquism doll.

    Is it just me or does it look like a large body/mass behind the pillow, from the angle of the pillow and the sofa, seems like an odd angle to take a picture of the sofa unless you did it on purpose.