Lamest pareidolia ever? Satan appears on a bathroom tile in Budapest

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a connoisseur of pareidolia.

The various shapes and contortions the human mind can impose on clouds, stains, pancakes, trees, toast, Lava lamps, toilet seats, and even medical imaging tests never ceases to amaze me. We are pattern-seeking creatures, and our brains will go to great lengths to impose familiar patterns onto objects. Sometimes, however, I have to call ’em as I see ’em, and this bit of pareidolia is just lame: Satan on a bathroom tile:

A family abandoned their bathroom fearing it had been possessed by the devil after an image of Satan appeared overnight – in a tile.

Laszlo Csrefko spent a fortune renovating the room at the family home in Bekasmegyer, Budapest, with a new bath, shower and tiles.

But after taking her first shower, horrified wife Andrea, 47, fled from the bathroom when she spotted the horned head of the devil in one of the tiles.

“I was naked coming out of the shower and I could suddenly see his eyes staring into me. I just screamed and ran,” she said.

Husband Laszlo, 52, explained: “We can’t clean it off and it wasn’t there when we put the tiles up. It just appeared overnight and nothing can move it.

Odd. If I really thought it was Satan, I’d either remove the tile and replace it with a fresh one, or I’d break out my Led Zeppelin albums.

Looking at the the tile, I am unimpressed. Sure, it looks like a face, but…Satan? I’m also amazed at how tiny it was. How on earth did Andrea see it? It occupies one small corner of a tile. Beware…mini-Satan! Who knew Satan had such awesome wavy hair and such a long nose?


Personally, I think it looks more like Beethoven, which would be even more amazing than Satan. Think of the fantastic music that could permeate the bathroom while i’m sitting on the can!


All hail, Beethoven!


At least, until Laszlo Csrefko gets an exorcist to cleanse his bathroom of evil spirits.