The Parrot

If you look at this image, and read the text below it, you will shit bricks:

Original fractal art by K.R.Bayes (aka Koonak/duhgly2)

Original fractal art by K.R.Bayes (aka Koonak/duhgly2). Click for source.

Btw, those of you who follow /dev/random have probably seen this image last weekend. You might have found it amusing, disturbing or anything in between. I find it an awesome reference to David Langford’s work.

If you are confused as to the contents of the image read the two short texts by Langford available online: BLIT and comp.basilisk FAQ or pick up his book Different Kinds of Darkness.

Langford came up with an idea of a basilisk – a kind of image, which when viewed will “crash” human brain by provoking thoughts that are physically and logically impossible to think. The image above seems to be artists rendition of The Parrot – Langford’s very first basilisk he labeled B-1 in his stories. You have to admit it seems a bit creepy to look at. :)

I have no clue who made this and I would love to give the author full credit. Let me know if you find the source.

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44 Responses to The Parrot

  1. $ fsck /dev/brain :D

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  2. jambarama UNITED STATES Epiphany Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    You do realize this image isn’t really what it claims to be right? It won’t “reboot” your brain, or anything. I guess to be clearer, “Langford Basilisks” are an invention in a science fiction short story, as such they don’t exist – even when featured on /x/ at 4chan.

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  3. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Of course I do. This is why I posted links to Langford’s short story, and his mockup comp.basilisk FAQ page. ;) Come on!

    I read his short story “Different Kinds Of Darkness” few months ago in a SF magazine and then forgot about it, and forgot Langford’s name. I liked it, but I didn’t know that this was a recurring theme in his stories. Then I found this image on one of those radom LJ image pages and though it was a really cool idea.

    It just seemed a really interesting idea. I mean if something like that existed we would all be fucked. So I decided to look up some of the terms in that writeup to see if I can find some more info about it – like if it’s based on some real science. Within first two hits I got references back to that short story and went “doh”!

    When I read the story, I couldn’t really imagine how that damn thing would look. I think whoever created this image did a really good job – it does in fact look a bit like a parrot, and it is kinda creepy to look at. :)

    Hmm… So you’re saying that it surfaced at /x/? I’m wondering what is the actual original source.

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  4. This — thanks to the magic of Google Alerts, still watching for mentions of Different Kinds of Darkness — is the first I knew of the “real” Parrot. Thanks. I feel as though I have become folklore….

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  5. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Welcome Mr. Langford! I can take no credit for that pic – I found it on a random image site. But I think it’s actually better than what I imagined when reading your stories. :)

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  6. jambarama UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    Yeah sorry, I should give you more credit : )

    I do think I saw it on /x/ – doesn’t everything eventually trace back to 4chan?

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  7. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    [quote comment=”6479″]I do think I saw it on /x/ – doesn’t everything eventually trace back to 4chan?[/quote]

    Well, I think everything eventually ends up at 4chan so yeah.

    So since this image was posted on /x/ I must ask a question: would rule 34 on “The Parrot” be more or less deadly? Also, how long until said rule is posted on /b/?

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  8. jambarama UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    Lets hope there is never rule 34 on “the parrot.” In fact, the fewer rule 34s the better.

    That said, I’m sure it exists on 4chan already, though I’ll be it gets threaded in the /x/ thread rather than a new one in /b/ where people won’t know what the heck “the parrot” is.

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  9. JW UNITED STATES Safari Mac OS says:

    I want a cracker! Right Now! (But I don’t even like crackers..) still, I want a cracker! (No, I don’t..) Yes, yes I do.. I want a cracker! What’s happening to me?

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  10. Flameviper UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I dunno where it was created, but I found it on that asshole of the internet, 4chan. On /x/. Of course it’s bullshit, but bricks were shat anyway.

    I find most of my creepy/funny/misc. images on the *chans, where most of the content seeps in from other sites. The melting pot of image folders.

    Those short creepy stories are known as “creepypasta”, and there are a lot of them floating around.

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  11. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    @Flameviper – most of creepypasta is crappy. That said, few did freak me out when I read them at 4am in the morning, alone in the house with all the lights off save my desk lamp an the computer monitor. lol

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  12. Adam UNITED KINGDOM Opera Windows says:

    Looking at that picture actually gave me a headache…

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  13. Kelley UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    Adam – me too. Maybe it’s not entirely a load of ****?

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  14. Adam UNITED KINGDOM Opera Windows says:

    Even weirder, a few days later, I felt mentally drained for no reason whatsoever and ever since my sight has been going weird now and again, like I can see things but not pick up on them…

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  15. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    OMG Adam! You gonna die! LOL

    You’ll be fine. I posted this in October and I’m still around, doing great. :)

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  16. Adam UNITED KINGDOM Opera Windows says:

    Yeah I feel fine now, probably a negative placebo effect or somthing (nocebo effect?)
    BTW, why the hell am I the only Opera user? I’m surprised no-one else uses it…

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  17. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    There are more Opera users on this blog. Just not in this thread it seems. :)

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  18. BTW, why the hell am I the only Opera user? I’m surprised no-one else uses it…

    Because we like good browsers?

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  19. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    [quote post=”1992″]Because we like good browsers?[/quote]

    Don’t be so quick to dismiss Opera. It’s rendering engine is actually faster than gecko, and it is the only browser on the market right now which passes the Acid2 test. :P

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  20. A few things:
    1) I wasn’t aware ANY broweser passed the ACID2 test. So I guess kudos are in order.
    2) Opera has a extension feature (i think they call them widgets?) but nothing with the vast numbers of addons you can get with Firefox
    3) Firefox is an open source project and has lots of cool offspring (hello flock, and songbird)
    4) Firefox doesn’t charge for advanced support
    5) People don’t code their websites to the ACID2 standards, they code them to the firefox standards (to be honest)
    6) If you want to get a “non firefox browser” get Safari, which while it has issues with some javascript, its wicked fast and clean.

    More to come if need be

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  21. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    [quote post=”1992″]5) People don’t code their websites to the ACID2 standards, they code them to the firefox standards (to be honest)[/quote]

    There is no such thing as “Firefox standards” – they only exist in an imaginary universe that exists solely in the head of Joel Spolsky. Anything that does not conform to w3c is not standard by default.

    Anyways, whatever website works in Firefox should work in Opera, but not vice versa.

    You are right on all the other counts. No other browser has the community or the plugin library comparable to what we have in Firefox.

    Oh, and imho Opera > Safari but then again to each its’ own. :)

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  22. Stuart Edwards UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I saw the image and I’m mildly shitting myself, and I did feel a little dazed after I saw it…

    Hopefully I will be fine, but I hate this sort of thing

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  23. Adam UNITED KINGDOM Opera Windows says:

    I’m fine, you don’t see me slumped dead over the keybo-

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  24. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    But how did you post it if you died in mid sentence. This kind of stuff only happens when Candlejack kidnaps you, because he actually clicks the “post” button after h-

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  25. Adam UNITED KINGDOM Opera Windows says:

    Who said that you had to be alive to post, eh?

    Cursor was on the post button, nose fell on my mouse.
    By the way, who’s c-

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  26. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    Candlejack is a meme. If you say his name, he will kidnap you and hit post on whatever you were writing at the time just for shits and gig-

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  27. Scott AUSTRALIA Mozilla Firefox Linux says:

    I viewed the image, and I’m still alive. Maybe I’ll print a few of these out, and leave them lying around just to freak people out a bit.

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  28. KaisRar UNITED STATES Opera Windows says:

    I’m a professional web developer for a US National Lab. I

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  29. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    LOL. I guess KaisRar died before he could finish the sentence, and in his death throes managed to hit the “post” button. :P

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  30. Adam UNITED KINGDOM Opera Windows says:

    Woo! Another Opera user!
    Wait… They’re dead…

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  31. Flameviper UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Guys, Candlejack’s an old tired meme that stopped being funny a long ti

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  32. Josh UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    BTW wtf happened to /b/? Was Candlejack responsi

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  33. Anonymous NORWAY Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    You guys are doing it wrong, there’s no dash after saying Candlejack’s na

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  36. Cyrus AUSTRALIA Safari Mac OS says:

    Omg that’s crazy, after I looked at it I needed to do a s**t out of nowhere and I was really scared that it was actually working haha.

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  37. joey Internet Explorer Windows says:

    i was kinda freaking out too. i thought it might have been real and i got really excited but scared. To me its very interesting… im gonna use it to freak people out who dont know about it, and try and cause a panic. haha!!!! :)

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  38. Brianna UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    When I first looked at the image I got really dizzy and my vision went black. D:

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  39. Kenneth Bayes UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    This is my original artwork. It was stolen to be posted here and has nothing to do with this article. It was done in Sterlingware fractal program. It was done Saturday, August 03, 2002, 7:24:48 PM and is titled, Parrothallucination, (Parrot Vision). I am searching for the original poster and filing copyright infringment complaints for all websites I have found it posted on. If you wish to keep it on this site then please give me credit as the original artist, K.R.Bayes aka, Koonak, aka, duhgly2. otherwise please remove it. Thank you!
    I was asked for proof earlier at another site.
    http://entertainment.webshots.com/ph…33068624tcOkrT
    Check the date and check my email account here I used to sign up.
    Also I still have the original fractal spot for this.
    This is supposed to be included with all my work. Not sure why it isn’t on some sites unless having my work on those sites automatically copyrights it. I know Webshots does.
    “This image is copy written. It is free for personal use and may not be distributed on the web or in a file or disk in any form and may not be altered in any way. Not for commercial use. If you would like to use my work commercialy or on your site please contact the author (me) at duhgly2@xxxxxxxx.com. Once permission is obtained credit must be given once posted.
    Thank You,
    Kenneth R. Bayes”

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  40. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    @ Kenneth Bayes:

    Hey, I credited you under the picture and linked the image to the original on webshots. If someone clicks on the image it will take them to your original fractal art. I hope this is ok – let me know.

    I always try to credit the images I post here and link them to source, but sometimes this is difficult. For example I found this one on some image sharing site where it was uncredited. I believe that the text under the image was added by someone from 4chan’s /x/ board and popularized as an obscure creepy meme, which is how it entered circulation on various message boards and blogs and eventually landed here.

    This post was originally published in 2007 which is before Tineye was online. Nowadays when I find an uncredited image I want to post I run it through that search engine to see if I can find the author. It doesn’t always work either.

    Anyways, cool image. Were you aiming to create a parrot like shape or was this an accident? If it was intentional, were you inspired by Langfords writing or was this just a coincidence that your fractal image came out in this rather infamous shape?

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  41. John J. Rambo UNITED STATES Google Chrome Windows says:

    Pity the original artist didn’t elaborate any on his inspiration. I’d like to know more about the image from the image creator, as well. Also, it’s awesome that the author replied to your post. I bet that made your day, eh? I know it would mine.

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  42. Eridani UNITED STATES Google Chrome Windows says:

    @ John J. Rambo:
    Yes, it is too bad Mr. Bayes did not provide more insight into its creation. Fractals in general are rather unsettling to look at, so it seems natural that someone would try to weaponize them (though in the BLIT mythos it was not created for destruction, but rather a result from a experiment), hence Mr. Langford’s brilliant and downright creepy sci-fi series about them. Different Kinds of Darkness was awesome and really expands on the unique and disturbingly-weird world created in BLIT. But why is it the last? Mr. Langford, if you’re back here reading this, give us more BLIT!

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  43. Josh Google Chrome Windows says:

    Just saying, this is a load of bullshit. “Crash the human brain”. The human brain is not a computer that can easily be destroyed. The human brain is a learning machine. There is no image that can destroy the human brain. There are images that can cause distress and memory lose but nothing can crash the human brain. This is a stupid post.

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  44. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    @ Josh:

    You are correct. The image was an artist’s interpretation of a fictional “brain crashing fractal image” described in a series of science fiction short stories written by David Langford. In other words: yes, we know it can’t harm us. If there was an image that could “fry” your brain, I would most definitely not post it online like this. :P

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