Have you ever looked too closely at something very common…. a thing or even a word…. and concentrated so hard on it that it made what was once familiar almost unrecognizable? Stare at a color image printed on paper, and it suddenly morphs into a vast multitude of colored dots. Keep saying the word particular over and over again and it just becomes…… weird.
OK, maybe that’s just me. But check out this squirrel above. At first glance, it doesn’t seem very noteworthy. A squirrel looking towards the camera, mouth agape due to a nut it’s carrying…
Do me a favor and click on that photo, so it shows up nice and big on your monitor (I hope you read my blog with a PC, otherwise it probably looks really weird anyway on a phone screen). Now stare at the squirrel’s face. Keep looking at it. Did a cute squirrel face just go right into the uncanny valley for you?
Squirrels’ eyes are normally pretty dark to begin with unless light’s directly reflecting off of them… but combined with that nut turning his mouth into one really bizarre, blacked out soul sucking grin makes his face look more like an off-putting Halloween mask. At least I think it does….
This week’s Saturday Squirrel…. cute or creepy? You decide.
Have a great weekend everyone!
He’s still very cute. It just looks like he has a big smile. 🙂
Yes, a big hollow smile!
It’s a fine line between cute and creepy. This guy could go either way…
Seriously, look at him long enough and he just gets weird looking. The non-red squirrel that stalks your nightmares…
Nah, just cute.
But I wouldn’t feed him after midnight…
His eyes might glow in the dark!
Is that a nut in your mouth, or are you just happy to see me?
Well, everyone should be happy already with a nut in their mouth…
I’m seeing a sneer if ever there was one.
It’s all about perspective…
He got angrier the more I looked at him heh.
I think the cocked back ear adds a bit of menace to him…
Creepy should always be that cute.
Possums have been pulling that off well for years…
One ear longer than the other…..weird “white eyeglasses” around his eyes…..wicked grin on his face – but he’s still cute – the look works for this squirrel but I wouldn’t want to date him if I was a girl squirrel. EEK.
Well, we can’t see all of the attributes a potential mate might be interested in….
He’s seen some battles. Look at those ears. He looks like he’s laughing.
One of his ears is shorter than the other, too.
I often use a common word as a variable name when I’m programming and after a little while it no longer looks like a real word.
I saw a woman the other day whose eyeballs were completely tattooed black. She and this squirrel are soulmates😳