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Kage Tenshi
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Someone said me about the Carpet in Aladin.
You can see "Devil" draw in the carpet.
It´s true?

[ 16. September 2005, 04:29 AM:   snopes ]

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Aquadude
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And you can see the devil in Jasmine's hair, too.

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NocturnalGoddess- naughty or nice?
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Do you have any screen-shots of this??

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Tootsie Plunkette
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I once did a costume presentation of Disney's Aladdin, including a carpet that 'flew' (a not-very-good picture of our group is here).

For our carpet I did an exact scale reproduction (double sided) in appliqueed felt and fabric paint of the design of the carpet. I copied the original flat computer model image in the book, Disney's Aladdin - The Making of an Animated Film. I have it open next to me now. The central motif is eight magic lamps surrounded by two sets of crossed scimitars. The body of the carpet is blue with light blue-violet smoke swirls. The border is an abstract pattern in gold and black flower-like designs and arabesques. At either end is a red and gold flame design, and in each corner is a snarling tiger head.

I see nothing that says 'Devil.' No writing at all. Nothing that looks even remotely like writing, neither in roman nor arabic letters.

I'm not going to scan the image. I fear Disney's legal department.

ETA: But I see some people don't!

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Maybe the "devil" thing refers to the "Cave of Wonders" tiger-heads in the corners. People will look for any excuse to get offended, won't they?
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I see tigers, scimitars, and flames (not to mention Disney's legendary attention to detail), but no devil.

- Pseudo "devil's in the details" Croat

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Saluki Worship
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My guess is that the person mistook those tiger heads for devil heads. The impression I got from the OP was that they saw a devil, not the word 'devil', but I may well be wrong.
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Tootsie Plunkette
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You may be right. I hadn't considered that, since I knew they were tigers.

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LittleDuck
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On the corners of the carpet are designs that look a bit like those fish you see with "Jesus" or "WWJD" in them...next you know, the Satanists will be jumping all over this conspiracy.

Little "the devil's in the details?" Duck

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TuFurg
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quote:
Originally posted by Lambda Scorpii:
My guess is that the person mistook those tiger heads for devil heads.

My assumption as well. The presence of the flames probably helped fan the, well...flames.

Anyhoo, I dated Satan for 4 months- and she didn't look a thing like that.

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Ron Miel
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Look in between the tiger heads. Take a couple of steps back from the screen and look. Imagine that you see it only briefly and moving. Can you see a red man with horns surrounded by flames?
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Ron Miel
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Look in between the tiger heads. Take a couple of steps back from the screen and look. Imagine that you see it only briefly and moving. Can you see a red man with horns surrounded by flames?
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Ron Miel
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Look in between the tiger heads. Take a couple of steps back from the screen and look. Imagine that you see it only briefly and moving. Can you see a red man with horns surrounded by flames?
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Silver
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nope, nope, and nope.

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Ulkomaalainen
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I see what you are trying to see, but, well...

my parent's bathroom has a tiled floor where there is this one tile directly in front of the toilet which I always (have to) look at when I am sitting there... if it isn't a face I don't know what is. Random and abstract graphics are often seen as something with a meaning because the human brain is programmed to do so when confronted with something in a hurry. But it is also programmed to analyze that it's different when having more time. So - can you see a simple geometric pattern made from triangles forming half-a-hexagon in it?

Ulko "half a hexagon plus" maalainen

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TuFurg
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quote:
Originally posted by Ulkomaalainen:
I see what you are trying to see, but, well...

my parent's bathroom has a tiled floor where there is this one tile directly in front of the toilet which I always (have to) look at when I am sitting there... if it isn't a face I don't know what is. Random and abstract graphics are often seen as something with a meaning because the human brain is programmed to do so when confronted with something in a hurry. But it is also programmed to analyze that it's different when having more time. So - can you see a simple geometric pattern made from triangles forming half-a-hexagon in it?

Ulko "half a hexagon plus" maalainen

[Big Grin] With my mom's bathroom it's a rug. There are several "people" or "creatures" I've found while it's just some harmless designs. Probably a quite common occurence even if not overly discussed.
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XhiXhi
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It's a byproduct of the inbuilt "face recognition software" that comes with the human brain, any ambiguous stimuli that could resemble a face seems to strike people as being one (who has not been petrified as a kid in a dark room, due to the misperception of shadows and the like [Eek!] )
"Faces enter the human visual experience from the very beginning of life. Studies show that as soon as nine minutes after birth, babies prefer to look at pictures that most resemble human faces. Moreover, young infants have great propensity for mimicking the facial gestures of people around them. Although infants practice many motor skills, these studies show that even at a very early age, humans devote a great deal of attention and energy to the movements required for facial expression. By adulthood, our infantile preferences translate into an ability to recognize human faces better than other visual stimuli. Psychologist Robert Yin conducted some of the first studies that compared recognition of faces with recognition of objects in healthy adults. He found that people recognized faces significantly more often than they recognized objects."
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There is also a specialised region in the brain devoted to the recognition of faces, as shown by studies on prosopagnosia (the inability to recognise faces)
http://www.psych.usyd.edu.au/staff/colinc/pdf/faces.pdf

some authors (and I'll be darned if I can find a cite for this...it's late)have suggested that the tendency to percieve salient forms in ambiguous or neutral stimuli is an adaptive trait to heighten attention to danger or other important aspects of the environment, i.e "Oh my God it's a snake! Oh no, whew it was just a stick on the ground, silly me" is a much better mistake for the individual to make than the other way 'round [Wink]

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Rehcsif
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The house I grew up in (still my mom's house) has birch doors and trim. You could see 'faces' in most of the doors. Fortunately, when I was a kid, they didn't scare me. The one looked like a lion to me, and others looked like people...

-Tim

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It might be interesting to note (at least to me) that traditional Muslim art never depicts living things, such as tiger heads. I'm not Muslim, but was told this is because man should never try to play god and "create" living beings. Thus the destruction of the ancient mountain-side Buddhas in Afghanistan a few years ago.
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Well, I'm a Christian and maybe I'll get shot for saying something like this but hey, we each have our own opinion and look on things, that's why I love freedom of religion and freedom of speech so here it goes: I think things only become bad when you make them bad. What child (like my 3 yr old) was watching Aladdin and said - "Hey mom there's a devil on that flying carpet." Instead of "look mommy the carpet is magic it can fly!" Come on now, some people have way too much thinking to do. It's just like a toddler running around the house naked or something - that baby has no way of knowing that what he/she is doing is "bad" until someone says, "you better put your clothes/diaper on or someone's gonna see your who ha or your ninnys." (yeah we make up crazy names for that stuff too). Personally, despite the undertones some people claim Disney movies have or despite whatever religion or whatever Walt Disney himself believed in, I enjoyed the movies as a child, some I enjoy to this day and I don't think my little girl is going to become 'possesed' or whatever because she watches Cinderella. But that's my opionion.
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