"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

My Photo
Location: Australia

I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.


Beepbeepitsme has been added to The Atheist Blogroll. You can see the blogroll in my sidebar. The Atheist blogroll is a community building service provided free of charge to Atheist bloggers from around the world. If you would like to join, visit Mojoey at Deep Thoughts.

Subscribe to BEEP! BEEP! IT'S ME

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Satan Destroys Pet Shop

Pet Shop Owner: Turtle Has Satan Image After Surviving Fire

An Indiana pet store owner says a turtle that was the only animal to survive a fire at the shop has developed an image of Satan's face on its shell.

Dora said after the fire, an image appeared on Lucky's shell that appears to be the face of a devil. He said the turtle is not possessed but is very tame. He believes that in every fire the devil leaves his mark somewhere, and that Lucky was touched.

"He was saved for a reason, everything else had perished, even the other turtles, and I think that reason is basically to let people know that he was down there," Dora said.

The tendency to see human like faces in objects is called pareidolia. Pareidolia is a type of illusion or misperception involving a vague or obscure stimulus being perceived as something clear and distinct. For example, in the discolorations of a burnt tortilla one sees the face of Jesus Christ or one sees an evil like face in the burnt discolorations of a turtle's shell.

This misperception is used by believers to validate already held beliefs. For example, if one believes in the existence of the devil, or satan and is familiar with the cultural representations of such a figure; the believer can interpret indistinct markings as a match for an already creatively imagined image.


"All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

, , , ,



Blogger Roya said...

Funny, cuase I'm sure that if he saw the face of Jesus, he would have concluded that Jesus had saved the Turtle, and not burned down the shop.

12/9/06 4:05 pm  
Blogger Daniel said...

Turtles, left alone, live much longer than humans. Perhaps their minds are untroubled by silly fantasies.

12/9/06 7:46 pm  
Blogger Hobo Divine said...

Thanks for the link... um I think, not quite sure what to make of the pet shop owners findings.
But I do know this if it weren't for paradolia most animators would be out of a job.

12/9/06 10:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what Dora would see if presented with an inkblot....

13/9/06 12:05 am  
Blogger Parge said...

It looks like the face of a mule to me. Maybe the turtle was saved by some supernatural equine hybrid. Maybe it's come to spread a message of hope and peace and genetic manipulation to man and his four-legged brethren. That sounds plausible enough. where's my ?

13/9/06 12:32 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see you're keeping the score even Beep...:)

Maybe I'm just seeing things, but it sort of looked like the back of a turtle to me. I wonder if we'll see it on E-Bay...

13/9/06 9:17 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE hobo:

Face perception is part of cognitive development. Early childhood psychologists suggest that those babies who react to a human face have a better chnace of receiving comfort, food and care. Face perception would seem to be a form of non-verbal communication which is a 2-way street between young progeny and adults and may set up the pathways for the beginning of verbal communication.

It is also suggested that face perception is an evolutionary advantage, as this non-verbal communication better ensures the overall survival of the infant.

So, face perception is part of being human, I would think. And the "higher animals", (other hominids who have complex facial communication), also show an ability or a trait to do this.

Pareidolia is a slightly different kettle of fish, as this is face recognition or shape recognition used to validate an existing religious belief.

It uses the same trait, but is used irrationally in order to validate faith.

13/9/06 10:44 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE daniels:

Yeah, the good old turtle is only consumed with thoughts which are "turtle". These might go something like this: eat, poop, root, sleep.

Wow, that is so similar to some men I have known! (Just kidding :)

13/9/06 10:47 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE ted:

I feel like Don Chipp (you know the saying... lol

13/9/06 10:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

13/9/06 11:14 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE: "May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience."
"As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power."

Well, firstly, I don't have a "revering audience." I put the stuff out there and people either agree or disagree, or they are ambivalent.

Secondly, I do not believe in god, gods, the almighty designer, the creator, or an intelligent designer.

I think that science best explains the natural world, and in the everyday practices of our lives science provides rational, logical explanations.

The thunder god has been replaced with the knowledge of meteorology, the volcano god has been replaced with the knowledge of geology, the sea god has been replaced with the knowledge of oceanography, and astrology has been replaced by astronomy.

"The god of the gaps", the god which people choose to believe in an attempt to make sense of the unexplained, is the sound people make when they have stopped thinking.

13/9/06 12:04 pm  
Blogger Daniel said...

Top response to Dr Whoami, Beep. I hold similar views to you. I don't care what people believe but I do care when conflict between THEIR beliefs threaten my survival and the world. Cheers!

14/9/06 12:25 pm  
Blogger Bronze Dog said...

Ah, the turtle, again. When I see it, I don't think "Satan," I think "MMMMOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Looks like an angry Disney cartoon cow to me.

16/9/06 12:37 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I see a goat, not a satan.

19/9/06 1:30 am  
Blogger Kristine said...

Potatoes, turtles, dribbles of chocolate...small, er, potatoes. When the Savior appears in a piece of poop, let me know. Then we can say (all together now...): "Holy crap!"

21/9/06 1:40 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE kristine:

I can't wait for a piece of crap to appear on Ebay with the picture of some religious figure supposedly apparent upon it. But then, I have a weird sense of humour.

21/9/06 6:20 am  

Post a Comment

<< Home