Do you remember the Magic Eye craze several years ago: a picture of squiggly lines or confused images which didn’t make sense, but if you stared at it in just the right way, you’d see a 3D image.
I could never make those things work.
But we had wallpaper in our bedroom and bathroom made up of swirly images that, if I stared off into space for a while, thinking of something else, suddenly I’d see a picture take shape in the wallpaper.
I guess you could call it an optical illusion, or sometimes it is the optical version of a homonym — a shape or object that can look like several different objects. There probably is an official word for such things.
That is kind of the premise behind Melli‘s ABC challenge. We’re supposed to find everyday objects that resemble letters of the alphabet, but we’re not to put something together to make the shape, and we’re not supposed to photograph letters themselves in a sign. We’re taking two letters at a time, and this week we’re looking for I and J. But along with this challenge I wanted to share some other optical homonyms. I am saving the best for last!
First my I and J. You can see straight lines that could be used for an I everywhere, but I really wanted to find something with the top and bottom crossbar (I would have loved to have found a lower case i — I’ll be interested to see if any of the other participants did.) The closest I could come is this — the side of the CD holder on the computer desk.
The J I noticed a while back: this is a hook outside which will support hanging plants when the weather gets consistently warmer.
Some years back when this piano was new, the one thing I didn’t like about it was that I thought the book support on it looked like kidneys:
Then a friend pointed out that it also looked like an insect’s eyes or twin embryos. I don’t know if that made me like it any better, but it was interesting!
Our “sunroom” has wooden paneling, and right above the computer desk is what looks to me like an eye:
Also on the ceiling of this room is what looks to me like an animal’s face. It’s a high ceiling and I can’t get quite close enough to get a good picture of it, but here’s the best:
In real life it does look like a 3D image: it looks like it is emerging from the paneling.
For the record, I really don’t like Southwest-style decorating, either the color or the shapes (no offense to those who do), but other room renovations have taken precedence over this one, and we just haven’t gotten to it yet. This long shape looks like some kind of bug to me:
And this looks like a man with a Mohawk wearing a gray suit:
Finally, our church has a “ladies’ lounge” connected to the restroom.
The wallpaper is made of these white-on-white urns or vases with bouquets and garlands of flowers:
But I noticed one day that from across the room it looked like a series of Gene Shalit faces, complete with bow tie:
Don’t you think?
(For my international readers, Gene Shalit is a book and film critic whose trademark look includes bushy hair and a bow tie.)