Over the years, plenty of comparisons have been made between Donald J. Trump and, well, anything else, because surely the man is not of this world. This week, everyone is abuzz with the fact that the cyst inside someone's dog's ear looks just like Donald Trump, complete with puckered lips and tufts of poorly styled blonde hair. Jesus in a piece of toast (or potato chip/fish stick/any other kind of food) is so last millennium. This is 2017, people. If you're not seeing Trump's face everywhere, even places it has no business being, you're either not paying attention or you're living in some alternate reality where the American people didn't vote him into office. For your sake, I hope it's the latter.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are stuck in a country where Trump is the head honcho in American politics. Our only solace is to ridicule him as often as possible, which brings me back to the business with the dog ear. According to the BBC, the cyst belongs to a two-year-old beagle named Chief, who lives in northeast England. His owner, Jade Robinson, waited until he was sleeping to snap a photo of the cyst in his inner ear to send to a veterinarian. (Understandably, Chief dislikes having people mess with his inner ears.)
Robinson told the BBC that she "looked and zoomed in and out at this photo over 20 times and never saw Donald Trump," but a friend took one look at the picture and identified the resemblance immediately. Obviously, this is the kind of absurdity that deserves to be shared with the world, so Robinson posted the picture online, where it quickly went viral.
Can I get a drum roll? No? All right then.
The resemblance to Trump viewed from the side — the squinted eyes, the furrowed brow, the air of a toddler on the verge of throwing a tantrum — is unmistakable. Once Twitter users caught wind of the picture, it exploded in popularity. Within a few days, it was picked up by news sites (like yours truly) and appeared on Reddit.
Not everyone was thrilled to see the picture show up on their timeline.
Like many people who unexpectedly find themselves at the center of the Internet's collective attention, Robinson was shocked to see her dog in the headlines. "Can't believe my little beagle has went [sic] viral! Even on news websites!" she tweeted on Sunday.
Robinson told the BBC that Chief's ears tend to pick up dirt when he sniffs the ground, and he developed an infection despite her best efforts to clean them. "If you know anything about beagles you know how intelligent, active and curious they are and Chief certainly lives up to that — he's full of mischief," she explained.
Unfortunately, the veterinarian would need to sedate the pup, a relatively costly procedure, to examine him properly. Since the photo has gone viral, Robinson has set up a fundraising page on Just Giving to raise money for a vet to take a look at Chief's ear. On Tuesday morning, she had reached £360 of her £450 goal.
This is far from the first time a famous face has been spotted in an everyday object. Whether it's the man on the moon or Virgin Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich, seeing patterns in random places is a common part of life. The phenomenon is called "pareidolia," and while scientists aren't quite sure why it exists, they believe it could be behind many paranormal experiences, like sightings of UFOs and the Loch Ness Monster.
The sight of Trump's face in a beagle's ear may not be otherworldly, but it's definitely unsettling. At least the Cheeto in Chief can take comfort in the fact that people aren't comparing him to a blobfish anymore.