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?

Some examples:


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Australia can be split into a dog’s head and a cat’s head

This image has been circulating for so long it’s impossible to track the original author:

The World is a Cat Playing With Australia

Once again, New Zealand gets slighted with this reimagination of a world map.

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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