Cartopareidolia: Seeing People and Animals in Maps

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Pareidolia is the phenomenon of seeing faces and other features in inanimate objects.  A common example is seeing features in clouds.  So, what does it become when people project features onto maps?  Perhaps, we can call it cartopareidolia?

The Map of the World is Really Just a Cat Playing with a Ball

Seeing An Ice Skating Dragon in a Map of Brooklyn

An example from Twitter:


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A Map of Australia is Half Dog’s Head and Half Cat’s Head

Seeing Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants in a Satellite Image of Venice

For purposeful maps displaying animals and people

Creating animals out of maps

Japanese artist Kentaro Nagai shifts the world’s features around to make animals out of maps: Turning the Continents of the World into Animals

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