Can a bodily ailment be turned into an asset? Keith Larsen would certainly agree and he suffers from pareidolia. If you are unaware of the term or what it signifies, here is a rundown.
Pareidolia is a condition in which a person sees faces, animals or things in inanimate objects, where none exists. For example, seeing smiling faces or animal forms in the clouds and the like.
When Larsen realized he could perceive a specific image in an ambiguous visual pattern, he did what he does best…create characters out of them. Not only this, he turned them into his own creatures, basing them on stories that he depicted in his poems.
Just sample Larsen’s marvellous creations. He converted a twin metal hook on a door, used for hanging clothes, into a drunk octopus with boxing gloves on spoiling for a fight.
The little poem he composed for it goes like this:
“I’m the drunk octopus looking to fight. Fear the left hook and the jab of my right. You’re at an advantage, my eyes are offset, yet I’ll surely win this one, I’m the safe bet. Even with six legs behind my back, this will be no match, but I can’t leave this wall, I’m stuck, I’m attached.”
When Larsen laid his eyes on a yellow water hydrant on the sidewalk, he simply turned it into a dandy dapper character with a bowler hat, a monocle and a moustache to match!The poem he wrote was:
“I’m a dandy dapper dampener. Fires tickle my fancy, those are no match for me. Remove my monocle you must, for the water to flee. When it comes to parking, I know I’m a nuisance, but when your dog pees, I’m somehow translucent. I’m a damn dampened hydrant.”
I Hope to see these hidden characters soon in movies & cartoons shows.