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The King of Pareidolia (and rock ‘n’ roll)


This time, it’s from Colorado, and it’s the King:

Rock collector LaDell Alexander, 60, has found a stone she swears has the face of the rock king Elvis Presley on it and has taken it home and plans to sell it on eBay in August, near the 30th anniversary of his death.

Alexander said “people are calling me the Elvis Rock Lady. Seven out of 10 people see Elvis (on the rock).”

Hmmm. I wonder what the other 3 out of 10 people see on the rock.

So is this a hunka hunka burnin’ rock?

In all seriousness, though, if Ms. Alexander can use the Elvis Rock to separate some credulous fool from their money, who am I to criticize? Of course, given that in some quarters Elvis worship reaches the level of what seems like a bona fide religion, it’s not surprising that the King would start showing up on various objects and patterns–just like Jesus and Mary.

By Orac

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