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?

Don’t forget, this very important round ends Sunday night at 11:59pm ET. Log on and vote here!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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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 think I see it! Yeah, it's right there, next to the–… oh wait, that's a Skittles wrapper. Damn sneaky ghost skulls.

  3. Why would it matter even if there *was* something that looked like a skull, given that all kinds of things have been thrown in there?

  4. I see what looks like two eyes (white spots) toward the top center of the pic. Nothing that looks like a skull, though. Unless I REALLY use my imagination!


  5. 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.

  6. Oh for God's sakes people, it's so obvious: The skull is behind the face of John the Baptist! Jeeze, wake up and smell the frankensense. How many times do I have to explain it!

  7. You guys are all idiots. As a true believer the answer is obvious. It is a ghost and it right in front of your nose. You can’t see ghosts or they would not be such. You have to BELIEVE.

  8. 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.

  9. You know, on the right wall, there is an image of a woman in an evening dress. Do you suppose Bex was imprinting herself on the site?

  10. 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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