Saudi man captures cloud shaped as ‘child riding a bird,’ but the internet calls it ‘Pareidolia’

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A combo image shows the cloud shaped as child riding a bird. Photo: Abdul Karim Al Majed

Gulf Today Report

A Riyadh resident saw some unusual clouds on his way this vacation in Thadiq last Friday, that went viral on social media with some calling it while others say it could be a psychological phenomenon called “Pareidolia.”

According to Saudi newspaper Sabq, the sky of the Riyadh region was the scene of a strange scene when a cloud formed in the form of a small child riding a bird.

The amazing sight was documented by a Saudi man  on his way to vacation in Thadiq.

The video and photo has been the point of debate among the users of social networking sites over the past two days.

Abdul Karim Al Majed was driving his car from Riyadh to Thadiq for his usual vacation, however, what he saw in the sky on Qassim Road that day, made him stop aside, and get out of his car to document that amazing scene that may not be repeated.

The cloud took an amazing shape, like a small child riding a bird, at the time when the sun was setting on Friday.

Majed was somewhat hesitant to publish the photo on social networks, but one of his friends urged him to publish it.

He says: “I never imagined this interaction, my account is full of interaction, and notifications in a way that I have tried in my life, and it is not my habit to publish my photos…”

While some of the Twitter users explained the reason for seeing such shapes in the clouds scientifically, noting that it is a psychological phenomenon called “Pareidolia.”

They also explained that it is a state that makes the mind respond to linking random shapes it sees with a real reality, such as imagining a picture of a human being on the moon or on the clouds.

While some questioned the authenticity of the image, stressing that it had been manipulated using the “Photoshop” program, others published a video clip, categorically doubting the certainty.

Activists on Twitter circulated the photo from different sites, while others published pictures similar to clouds formed in the form of animals or birds.

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