(Pocket-lint) – There is a part of human disposition whereby we see shapes or familiar patterns in otherwise obscure or everyday objects. As a child, you probably saw animals in the clouds or monsters in the shadows.
As an adult, we less often seek out these shapes in unusual places, but we’re still prone seeing faces in unusual places – a glance at an everyday object and you might see a face smiling back at you. Sometimes these comical faces stick with us and tickle us to the core.
You’d be surprised just how many gadgets and gizmos feature these faces. Sometimes it seems like manufacturers are doing it on purpose to bring their products to life and give them character but it’s usually just coincidence.
We’ve picked out a selection of the very best faces spotted in tech and elsewhere for you to enjoy.
Remember Stephen King’s “Christine”? What if the car was a vampire instead? A suspicious, angry-looking vampire automobile. We’d certainly have a good chortle riding behind this car.
One happy bin
Despite living what we can assume is a pretty rough life, full of rubbish and bad smells, this bin remains one cheerful chappy. Beaming from ear to ear as he sits casually at the edge of this car park.
The surprised house
A house that’s surprised and happy to see you. This must be a great home to come back to, like a happy puppy that’s just glad to have you back.
Roberto the security bot
This one reminds us of Futurama’s Roberto – the slightly stabby, certainly crazy criminal robot from the future. Here it seems that he’s been decapitated and attached to a wall to act as a security camera instead.
If you had letters, bills and junk mail stuffed into your face everyday then you’d probably feel like this too. Poor old letterbox, all worn out and downtrodden.
Tanks for the fun
This armoured fighting vehicle looks like it’s having the best of times. The little men sticking out of the top look like googley eyes and really help finish off the hilarity.
Unhappy bath taps
We tend to find baths relaxing and satisfying, but even sitting in a refreshing bath, the face on this tap might be enough to ruin the experience. We can’t decide if it’s unimpressed or disinterested or both.
Mr. T the tape measure
We pity the fool that doesn’t enjoy this tape measure. Far less bling than the original Mr. T but at least you can take this one on an aeroplane.
This house isn’t in the mood
This house meanwhile, just isn’t in the mood to celebrate. Even decorated for 4th of July celebrations, it looks unamused at best.
Planes having a chortle
Talking of aeroplanes, how about these happy chappies spotted having a chortle on the runway. They’re certainly having a good time.
A pepper that’s seen better days
Woah, this pepper sure looks a little under the weather. We hope he tastes better than he looks.
The miserable handbag
Ladies do like to carry around a lot of stuff in their handbag. This bag has seen some things that really took a toll.
The yawning chair
We’re not sure if this chair is yawning or cracking up. Still got some character though, the cheeky chap that he is.
A box that’s disappointed in you
Dumped in a puddle and left to rot, this poor little cardboard box is full of disappointed vibes.
The scary celeriac
Even vegetarians might baulk at this tasty morsel. More like a rotting skull than a tasty morsel, this fridge dweller is chilling in more way than one.
We see your double yolkers and raise you an egg man throwing his hands in the air like he just doesn’t care. With a little white potruding from his head he looks almost like a Teletubby too.
Another shocked handbag just hanging around watching you. Surprised plug sockets are taking a good gawp too.
Happy junction box
While a lot of the other pieces of tech and gadgets on this list are feeling a bit down this junction box seems pretty happy with current affairs. (See what we did there?)
We’re finishing this list off with this little guy. Come on. He’s hilarious and cute. What’s not to like.
Happiness in heating
This thermostat loves heating the house as much as your Dad hates you turning it up. The incredible beaming smile warms our soul and would bring us happiness even before the boiler kicked in.
Shocked sunglasses holder
This poor storage box is shocked by the things you keep trying to put inside it. Shocked and dismayed with your constant need to stow away items while you drive. Disappointed at the state of your car and your cleanliness.
You call that driving?
We’ve heard of backseat drivers, but this cars light setup seems to have an opinion on your driving and it’s not good. You’re driving too close! Calm down with that brake pedal. So judgy!
He’s hardly buzzing
A simple intercom system. Press a button and speak to the homeowner or drop them a note through the slot. This guy is surprised with what you have to say and quite frankly he’s hardly buzzing about it either.
Speed is thrilling. Cars have been bringing joy to mankind since they were invented all those decades ago. It’s only fair that they too have a little fun and enjoyment along the way. This little motor looks like he’s having a fantastic time of it.
Coffee is confusing
Coffee is confusing. There are so many different types, flavours and styles. It’s no wonder this little coffee machine looks so confused all the time. We’d take pity on it if we didn’t need our daily caffeine fix.
Two brothers, happily measuring together
A simple pair of temperature gauges sit happily displaying their measurements for all to see. They’re happy to be together and we’re happy to see them.
Happiness from eliminating creases
Ironing is dull. We’re sure we can all agree on that matter at least. Though if you had this iron, you’d surely crack a little smile every time you tackled the laundry pile. Getting the creases out of shirts has never been so pleasing.
The motivated mower
This cheerful lawn mower is pleased to be of assistance. He’s happy to trim that grass. He’s pleased to be of service. He’s happy to be of some use for a change, rather than just being cooped up in that dark shed at the bottom of your garden.
No happier feeling than clean underwear
Doing the laundry is hardly the most thrilling of household chores but this washing machine seems ecstatically pleased to help get it done. He does seem a little on the smug side though and we’re not sure how we feel about a smug washing machine.
Happy heating in the home
In the cold of winter, a gentle warming from an electric heater is just what anyone needs to bring them comfort and happiness. This little heater seems just as happy to provide that warmth as you would be to receive it.
Children’s toys with a life of their own
An innocuous little toy aeroplane has apparently seen some terrible sights or at least has been roughly treated at the hands of his owners. Please, won’t you release him from his misery?
I am Groot
This little wiring box bears a passing resemblance to Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. A cheerful chap with a simple life. We love him nearly as much as we loved the film.
Looks like you missed a bit
This beard trimmer isn’t too sure about your new look. Maybe you need to take a little more off the edges or just admit a clean-shaven look is more your style.
A surprisingly modern lamp
This lamp is surprised to be lighting the room or perhaps he’s surprised to be attached to the wall. We’re not sure. Smart design though, we like it. Reach out and touch the gaping wormhole-like mouth at your own peril though.
He’s eying up your money
This dispenser is eying up your cold hard cash but is happy to dispense his goods to make your life easier. We’re not sure we trust him though, he looks a bit shifty.
This light switch is designed purposely to look like a face, so it’s cheating the system a little to add it to this list but we love it too much not to. Finding happiness in the little things in life – like turning the lights on and off, is something special.
The lights are on but is anyone home?
This light is ecstatic to just have a chance to illuminate your way as you wander down the streets at night. He’s so pleased with a simple job.
Hey buddy, got your parking ticket?
It’s a simple existence, full of purpose and use to others, but just imagine how you’d feel if people kept stuffing your face with paper tickets all day long.
Voltage metering is shocking fun
Although it might be cheating slightly (as this is image technically upside down) we can’t help but feel that this electrical measuring device is seriously enjoying his life. All those amps, volts and ohms are thoroughly thrilling; Electrifying even.
This mixing machine looks like he’d be surprised no matter what you put inside him. Surprised and disappointed he’ll never get a chance to taste the sweet mixes for himself.
He holds all the power
This little guy has the ability to suck in power and put out sound, but he’s not too happy about it. Maybe it’s the owner’s choice of music that’s a disappointment? We’ll never know.
Nobody move, this is a stick-up
This CCTV camera has seen some things in his day and he’s had enough. Now he’s armed, dangerous and on the loose. We suggest you don’t cross him or find yourself on Crimewatch.
Sanding is exhausting
This electric sander isn’t especially happy about the role life gave him. Sure, there are the perks like all the fun of vibrating and the power he has over surfaces he touches, but is it a satisfying life? His face says probably not.
Big brother is disappointed in you
If someone was always watching, what would they think of what you did last summer? This camera has witnessed some terrible things that have left him stunned and confused.
You’re really twisting my dials
This little guy is getting immensely fed up with having his dials twisted. If he could talk, we’re sure he’d have a thing or two to say about it and we’re not sure you’d like what he had to say.
The poorly washing machine
This washing machine is feeling a tad under the weather. We’re not sure what the owner put in the last wash, but this poor washer looks like he’s caught a stomach bug and is really having trouble keeping things down.
Must be fun on fly-bys
Going at supersonic speeds must be a blast. This jet certainly seems happy about it anyway. Imagine seeing this rear end passing you by as you’re high in the sky. Odd thing for a combat aircraft to have a giant happy face on the back. Maybe it’s purposely designed that way to calm hostile situations. After all, who’d want to be the one to shoot this cheerful chap down?
Imagine seeing this rear end passing you by as you’re high in the sky. Odd thing for a combat aircraft to have a giant happy face on the back. Maybe it’s purposely designed that way to calm hostile situations. After all, who’d want to be the one to shoot this cheerful chap down?
A happy chappy aeroplane
This cheerful chappy is just happy to do what he was born to do. Get that propeller spinning and off up into the sky and he’s happier than any of his land-locked brethren.
A surprised telephone
When the telephone was first invented and came into use, most people using them for the first time probably pulled a face not too dissimilar to this. Shock and surprise at an amazing technology we all take for granted now. Alternatively, you could argue that this telephone had heard something he really wished he hadn’t.
Happy or worried?
Two faces in places for the price of one with this one. Happy on one side, utterly panicked on the other.
Although astronauts may be excited about going into space, it seems like this capsule very much isn’t. Poor thing.
Writing by Adrian Willings.