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You had to go to Mars to find a rock "face" better that the Old Man of the Mountain. Like the Old Man, this doesn't look anything like a face when viewed from different angles.
Friday, May 3, 2013

Mourning New Hampshire's greatest pareidolia, 10 years after the Old Man fell

The Old Man of the Mountain collapsed 10 years ago today, as many news folk (including me and others at The Telegraph) note.

That chisel-jawed profile was a classic pareidolia - a random shape that our pattern-seeking brains turned into something with meaning. We are, of course, particularly good at turning things into human faces, so in that sense the Old Man was nothing special. But what a great profile it was.

One of the things I asked people in my "man in the street" story was whether they thought the profile should ever be replaced as a New Hampshire state symbol. The answer, unanimously, was no.