This is a quick story, but one that’s weird enough to warrant a few minutes of laughter before Ancient Aliens returns this evening to educate us about how aliens stage-managed the Civil War as part of their master plan for America. Last month, some in the UFO community began to claim that ancient astronauts carved a profile of the Roman god Mercury into the surface of the planet Mars. Scott Waring of the pareidolia-infused UFO Sightings Daily blog posted a NASA Mars Global Surveyor image later picked up by the content-recycling Inquisitr website that he believes shows Mercury carved into the Martian surface.
What we are looking at here is quite complex. Its [sic] the head and shoulders of Mercury made from linked structures. The structures have a gold color to them. This reminded me a lot of the old Mercury dimes I collected when I was a kid. The winged head is what really gave this Mars formation away.
Waring posted a comparison between the Martian image and the Mercury dime.
It should probably be obvious to anyone other than Waring that we are looking at a natural formation that only roughly resembles an image from American currency. There are no indications of artificiality, despite Waring’s assertion that the formation is composed of connected structures. Personally, I see a cameo of a young Queen Victoria, but that’s just me.
But what’s especially funny is that neither Waring nor the Inquisitr writer who recycled him is aware that the “Mercury” dime is a misnomer. The figure depicted on the coin isn’t Mercury, and it isn’t even a man. The head wears the distinctive Phrygian cap of Liberty, and the woman wearing that hat and representing the goddess Liberty is believed to be modeled on Elsie Stevens, the wife of poet Wallace Stevens, whom sculptor Adolph Weinman had used as his model for an earlier bust. The Martians, though, must have had incredible foresight, not just to know that Elsie Stevens would be born thousands of years later but that U.S. Mint officials would have misread the 1890 act that restricted changes in coinage to no more than once per quarter century as requiring a change in design, prompting the creation of the Mercury dime in 1916.
4/10/2015 07:18:48 am
Another typical example of apophenia
4/10/2015 07:21:04 am
Better still, Pareidolia
4/10/2015 08:13:04 am
Only roughly resembles an image from American currency? Yes.
4/10/2015 08:20:36 am
Looks like Vegeta from DBZ to me, hah.
4/10/2015 05:36:07 pm
Goddammit, Shane! NWS that shit! :)
4/11/2015 06:51:06 am
It's better than Sexy Cthulhu!
4/11/2015 07:48:40 am
4/10/2015 09:40:40 am
Everyone's looking at it wrong. If you look at the lower right side, it's clearly a shark taking a bite out of something.
4/10/2015 05:35:09 pm
Before I read the blog post, the answer is "No" once again, isn't it? :)
4/10/2015 08:39:05 pm
Clearly, aliens were trying to recreate the FTD logo. Just because they're aliens doesn't mean they don't like receiving floral arrangements, too. :)
4/11/2015 09:40:14 am
Ah, the wondrous realm of bad Photoshop. That's not even an image. It's someone's fan art done up to look like Mars. Try again, AA.
4/13/2015 12:51:00 pm
Looks more like the proposed, in-progress, as-yet-unfinished Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota!
4/13/2015 12:53:02 pm
Really does look like a shark, one out MAD Magazine Spy v.s. Spy?
4/15/2015 09:55:14 am
Looks like Scott Waring has taken down the dime post? He likely feels pretty foolish, but maybe not? A great deal of his posts seem to be made in jest? Unbelieveable how many folks fall for such baseless internet "proof" of ET! Still no one in history has hard evidence of any ET craft or actual visit?
4/16/2015 06:40:55 pm
I don't know if I should be asking this but why would extraterrestrials want to do an image of a old dime on Mars? Don't space aliens have better things to do with their time than drawing things on Mars?
terry the censor
4/20/2015 03:38:42 pm
> Scott Waring of the pareidolia-infused UFO Sightings Daily blog
4/20/2015 10:50:49 pm
I've never read Mr. Waring's site. It seems that you guys don't like it.
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