Pareidolia Trots Through Egypt 

So today an interesting (well not really) video was brought to my attention. The video was taken during a riot in Egypt. Supposedly during this video the image of a horse can be seen riding through the crowd. Now that doesn’t seem strange at all, right? Well according to many people, most with no sense of reasoning seem to believe that this is one of two things, 1. A ghostly horse or 2. One of the four horsemen which is found in the book of Revelation.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. – Revelation 6:8
I tend to agree with number 2, looks like it is the start of the end of the world…I always knew this was inevitable…no I am kidding.

It is almost amazing at some of the responses I have seen in regards to this video.

“Just shows the reptillian horseman vibrating at a differnt frequency.
The reptillians are behind the uprising, they have started to cause the problems so there can be chaos. After which when everone is confuced they will come in for the kill and eat everyone.”

“definitely a white horse ridden by an Indian.”

“its the first of the four horsemen… war or conquest… he seems to be pretty effective in causing conflict…”

“The still shots DO look like a horse and rider but the movement of the image looks sooo unnatural and more superimposed. Did any horse and rider get killed in the riots??”

“I think it might be a hologram.”

“As to why the rider is backwards…at President Kennedy’s funeral procession there was a riderless horse with a boot put in the stirrup backwards to symbolize that the rider was dead. The rider of this “pale horse” could therefore symbolize Death.?”

These comments go on and on, I am sure you get the point.

The anomaly in this video is interesting and after I was told I was supposed to see a horse, magically I saw a horse. But is this anomaly really and supernatural rider on a horse that disappears after a few “trots?” No, what people are experiencing is something called pareidolia. Pareidolia is a psychological phenomena where one takes a vague image or sound and turns it into something of value. Classic examples of pareidolia would be seeing the face on mars, seeing Jesus and/or the virgin Mary on pieces of toast or seeing a ghost horse riding through a riot in Egypt.

What we are really seeing here is an obvious glare on the lens of the camera. If you watch the video there are two other glares that follow the same pattern. Let’s think logically just for a second, if it’s the coming of the pale horse or whatever, why is it no one in the crowd noticed this amazing omen? Doesn’t make much sense does it? However some people can not be reasoned with, especially when someone tells you “God put it there for only the people watching on video to see.”

Anyway, thanks for reading Pork Rhine.


About Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic
Bobby Nelson is a skeptic, writer, and co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio. His personal blog can be found online at At one time, Bobby was what could be called a "true believer" in paranormal phenomenon. Having been an active investigator of the paranormal for 12 years with several different Toledo based teams, he has examined countless claims of activity. But years worth of research and investigation proved to him that the evidence for these claims are generally lacking and, furthermore, the vast majority of so-called scientific paranormal investigators were using improper methodologies which caused them to draw both false and misleading conclusions.

6 Responses to Pareidolia Trots Through Egypt

  1. smijer says:

    I dunno… I thought at first that it was a real horse and rider that was called “ghost” because of funny lighting and because of disappearing behind a real object. Looking closer, I don’t see how that’s possible, but I’m not sure this is pareidolia. I think it may be either a fake or a camera fault of some sort, showing a glare/reflection of a horse & rider that is actually off-camera. Sizes, shape & movement are a tad to precise to make me suspect pareidolia.

    I think until someone does the homework and gets the high-res tape (I’m sure the original news organization has it on file), and releases a systematic explanation, it’s too early to pick a single explanation. People are apt to start thinking that pareidolia is just another word for “things skeptics can’t accept or explain away” if we aren’t careful.

  2. smijer says:

    Yeah – check this video: – I’m tentatively guessing we have a reflection on window glass between the camera & the square, and that the reflection is a real horse & rider.

    • Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic says:

      Although i am not certain I think that the “ghost horse” is a reflection of the fire, however I’m not closed off to other explanations. Thank you for your comments.

  3. When I first saw the image, I thought,’ could this really be one of the riders of Revelation?” I have such strong beliefs in the Bible. But it does say in the Bible to try all things to see if they are true to what The Lords word says. I wish I knew more about how things are done on T.V., but I don’t. IF this is from God. I’m pretty sure he will let us know in some way. Here’s to hope.

    • Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic says:

      Well if this wer a true sign from God I would assume that the people there would have noticed the “rider.” I dont think God would show us a sign through a video that went viral on youtube.

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