Testicular Pareidolia

I’ve mentioned pareidolia before. Well the latest case to hit the news comes from The Telegraph UK. Apparently, a man suffering from testicular cancer has a tumour with a face.

The image of the man’s face, seemingly in some distress, was sent to Urology, the International Society of Urology’s official journal, and was published in the journal’s September volume.

G. Gregory Roberts and Naji J. Touma, from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, had conducted the ultrasound to examine an unusual mass in the testicle of a 45-year-old patient.

Writing in the journal, they said: “The residents and staff alike were amazed to see the outline of a man’s face staring up out of the image, his mouth agape as if the face seen on the ultrasound scan itself was also experiencing severe epididymo-orchitis,” wrote the authors, referring to an inflammatory condition.

“A brief debate ensued on whether the image could have been a sign from a deity (perhaps ‘Min,’ the Egyptian god of male virility); however, the consensus deemed it a mere coincidental occurrence rather than a divine proclamation.”

Personally, I thought it looked a bit like Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence.

Lawrence of Arabia

For all I know however, it could be the spitting image of Jesus.

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending.

The testicle was removed and the mass was discovered to be harmless.


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