967 - Pareidola strikes again!
Monday, March 22, 2010

Skeleton in Scuba image

While there is a small chance that this actually is a skeleton, the idea that this image shows a skeleton is silly. If this woman took a picture of one, she would have certainly seen it in person and recognized it.

The idea is that the skeleton is actually the body of Natalee Holloway. If so, it was a very lucky find! If not, we probably won't hear anything about this again, certainly not a retraction or clarification from CNN.

"When I looked at that photo, I said, 'By darn, that certainly does look like a skeleton. You can see the skull. You can see where the eye sockets were. You can see where the chin was. It's lying flat on its back. And its arms are cradled around. You can almost see fingers. And then on the one sleeve it looks like some kind of maybe clothing that's deteriorating."

It is sad and scary that in a world full of people who are massively incompetent when it comes to even looking at things (for example, when New Yorkers panicked about Airforce 1 flying over Manhattan), the police and media just take a picture like this and run with it. No wonder people see lights in the sky and assume aliens are behind them; the average person simply has not been given the tools to make observations and come up with reasonable explanations.

This is what a (simulated) dead body looks like underwater:

posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, March 22, 2010  
  • At 3/23/10, 4:27 AM, Blogger Arjan said…

    they should've only mentioned it after they knew for sure..now it just gives false 'hope' to her parents.

    That scubadiver-corpse looks awesome..is it real? It looked a bit like a doll.

  • At 3/23/10, 3:09 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    Sorry I should have made that clear - these are simulated bodies to train divers on how search and recovery. Bodies are generally never left in shallow water, something about respecting the dead and all that crap. But one might argue that leaving them there is a good warning to scuba divers who take on too many risks.

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