Thursday, 28 December 2017

Hoodie Hound

The weather in Dorset brightened considerably yesterday, though it was still very cold with a cutting north wind, so we went down to Charmouth for a wander along the famous fossil beach. Where I saw the spectacle above. If I had to nominate my weirdest Christmas moment, this would have to be it.

The "uncanny" is a psychological condition classically defined as "doubts whether an apparently animate being is really alive; or conversely, whether a lifeless object might be, in fact, animate", leading to a disturbing, temporary "cognitive dissonance" in the observer. Colloquially, though, I think it can be said that any cognitively-dissonant event is uncanny when the brain is briefly locked into a "WTF state" (i.e. "What the Freud is THAT??"). I had a serious dose of the uncanny seeing that shamanic, dog-headed woman simultaneously staring at me while picking over the pebbles in her fancy wellingtons. I'm slightly short-sighted these days but hate wearing my glasses, so it took me a few myopic seconds to determine that she was, in fact, wearing a hood that, yes, was also a dog's head. Luckily, for once I had the presence of mind to raise the camera and press the button before she raised her head and spoiled the effect.

So I wonder where I might get one of those? I can think of a few people I'd enjoy treating to an uncanny moment or two... Woof!

Charmouth Beach


Your Name Here said...

Go to Amazon, search for "animal head hats".

Mike C. said...

Aha! Now those are idiotic hats! Mostly a bit too cute for a man of my years, but I'm very taken by the "Brown Bear Animal Head Helmet Mask" ... Grrr!