The coffin. On Mars


There it is.  In the middle of the photo.

There could be a mysterious stone coffin on Mars. Or, more likely, it’s just the latest example of pareidolia — seeing faces and other objects in our surroundings.

The phenomenon refers not only to seeing things in objects, but spotting something significant in anything random. That includes hearing messages on records that aren’t there — and also common space-based sightings like that man in the moon or the Moon rabbit.

Scott Waring, a blogger who writes about examples of suspicious objects in space as well as other conspiracies, said that a coffin-shaped rock he spotted — which then went viral — should be enough to make the Mars rover turn around and go back and investigate.

“It looks to be about one meter across and a foot and a half wide and high. Lots of alien species are short, including a species of greys.” (Greys are the kind of alien often depicted in cartoons — with big heads and smooth grey skin, from where they get their name.)

This has nothing on the skull on Mars.  


But a look at the larger pictures show just how many potential objects of interested could be spotted in that one photo alone. There are hundreds of rock formations in the shot — any of which could have tumbled in such a way as to look like something else.

The phenomenon is part of our evolutionary heritage, according to some scientists, helping us to detect faces from birth.

Dr Nouchine Hadjikhani  told the BBC: “If you take a baby just after a few minutes of life, he will direct his attention toward something that has the general features of a face versus something that has the same elements but in a random order”.

Seeing something significant is almost always a better bet than not doing, in terms of evolution. Early humans unsure of whether a shape in the distance was an animal or just a nicely-formed rock, for example, would have almost always been better choosing the former option and running.

The best one so far, is this one I think



Some people believe that we used to live on Mars, but came to Earth to escape a dying planet.

It has always been believed that if there was a race of aliens (Martians)
on the planet Mars they would have been technologically advanced
and superior than our current civilization; however, theory number two
would suggest that Martians were somewhat close to our modern
age technology and knowledge.  This would make a mission to save
their race from a dying planet very difficult in means of preserving
everything they have amounted.  Picture a civilization with a
technology like that of the 1960 space program.  Could such a
civilization land on earth (where more humans could have existed) and
re-establish a technologically advance civilization again?  Perhaps
they did and our technological advancements have been knowledge
that has once existed and we are once again beginning to perfect it.

Our interest in Mars is one of “home sickness” and our desire to
re-visit our past.  If we truly are “beings” that came from Mars long ago,
then we are the descendants of the Martian people and going to Mars
to seek our history becomes more than just a journey into the Solar
System, but rather, our historic duty and obligation!

Jokes aside, the question remains:  what is our fascination with that planet?  As a species we’re spending a lot of resources on its (re?)exploration.   Is this part of human history, rather than the future?


– The Independent,


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