Can you see the skull in this photo?

In my final entry for the Public Radio Talent Quest, you can hear my ghost tour guide Jim taking a photo of a supernatural skull lurking inside the Tomb from Hell. I take a look at the photo on my camera and tell him it kind of just looks like trash people have thrown into the tomb. Now you can decide for yourself! Identify the skull in this photo (click to go to Flickr and enlarge):

Tomb from Hell?

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Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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  1. While I see something that might be interpreted as vaguely face-like, I don't see anything that looks remotely like a (human?) skull.

    Either way, if you really want to see something, what you should not do is looking at the larger, clearer version of the picture, but instead make the whole thing smaller and more blurry, so your brain has more variables to work with when turning shapeless smudges into eyes and mouths.

  2. I got nothin'. I think I see what exarch is interpreting to be vaguely face-like, but not really.

    Cool pit, though. There used to be a WWII-era bunker on this hill near my home. The land it was on got bought out by some developers who wanted to put a golf course on the side of the hill or something daft like that and who ended up actually just building a suburban development at the base of it. But anyway the bunker looked kinda like that. Old, concretey, and full of trash. And no skulls.

  3. I think I see it. It's beyond the trash, top-center, in the shadows. Because of the shadows, you can see a bunch of shapes but no color and low-contrast and almost no depth. Like jenigray said, you have to look for the two eyes, which before to me looked like two chips in a piece of stone.

  4. it's there at the top of the right wall, right in the top right corner of the photo. induced by… is it Gestalt's Closure? in combination with Paradolia(sp?)

    in fact, having gone looking for the woman in the dress from ella's comment, the woman in the dress is involved in the skull…

    maybe it's the Tomb of Satan's First Mistress? (wait, is that like the First Lady of the grand old USA? (why do you guys call her a First Lady, I mean, who is the second?))

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