Pareidolia, they control ya

The Zippy from the 21st takes us into a world where hidden identities surround us everywhere:

(#1) Griffy gives the definition, and he and Zippy supply examples — in particular Karl Malden’s nose

Notes on pareidolia, on Karl Malden’s nose, and the Kinks’ “Destroyer”.

Pareidolia on this blog:

on 3/8/12 in “Lunar matters”, about the man in the moon

on 4/12/14 in “Is That Jesus in Your Toast?”

Karl Malden’s nose. From Wikipedia:

(#2) Malden and Michael Douglas in Streets of San Francisco

Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich; March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an American actor. He was primarily a character actor who “for more than 60 years brought an intelligent intensity and a homespun authenticity to roles in theater, film and television”, especially in such classic films as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) — for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor — On the Waterfront (1954), Pollyanna (1960), and One-Eyed Jacks (1961). Malden also played in high-profile Hollywood films such as Baby Doll (1956), The Hanging Tree (1959), How the West Was Won (1962), Gypsy (1962) and Patton (1970). From 1972 to 1977, he portrayed Lt. Mike Stone in the prime time television crime drama The Streets of San Francisco. He was later the spokesman for American Express.

Malden is a premier member of the Acting Corps (Page on this blog here), having taken on a gigantic range of varied character parts over the years. And his nose — bulbous to start with, then twice broken playing sports when he was a teenager — is famous on its own, even has a (joke) Facebook page. (As Arnold of the Alpine Nose, I am alert to distinctive noses.)

The Kinks. pareidolia > paranoia. “Paranoia, need destroyer, paranoia, they destroy ya” from the Kinks’ “The Destroyer”.  From Wikipedia:


“Destroyer” is a song by British rock band The Kinks, written by Ray Davies. It was released as a track on the group’s nineteenth album, Give the People What They Want, in August 1981

You can listen to the track here (#4).


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