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By on February 6, 2011, with 133 Comments

I’m not exactly sure if Jerome Santucci discovered this interesting phenomenon, or did he just report what he learned. Apparently, if you observe Mount Rushmore from certain point, you can see that four former US presidents aren’t the only ones present.

Turning the photo for 90 degrees can help you visualize the fifth persona even better! Who would you say it represents? Think this was by accident or intentionally planned?

Anyway, here’s an interesting fact about Mount Rushmore: did you know that the four presidents carved into the granite were initially planned to be depicted from head to waist? Unfortunately, lack of funding forced construction to its end. Either way, the memorial still attracts approximately two million people annually! You can see Gutzon Borglum’s (man behind the idea) original plans by visiting this wikipedia page.

  • Jerome

    I got this from Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy Blog: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/

  • step aside, I’M A DOCTOR !

    could some one explain it plz?

  • serber

    hehe thats homer simpson

  • Chelsea

    SSSOOOO wierd!!!!


    cant see it

  • InnocentBystander

    I see Nixon!!!

  • melinda

    I think I see a woman’s body but no head.

  • Davor

    I don’t see it. Where am I suppose to be looking?

  • Kevin

    thats pretty cool, it looks like a really old man.

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised no one has commented yet…

  • Alice Willyis

    I think it looks like Bill Clinton. With the hair-do and everything!

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  • tee kay

    Cool illusion
    I had always understood that the reason for not completing was due to the dark line of rock that is seen in this photo. It is a band of Schist in the Granite and proved to be too unstable for carving.

  • meh

    am i the only one seeing popeye?

  • Slammer

    Ha ha looks like Frankenstein!

  • coolkid

    i dont c it

  • Nixygirl

    I don’t see it?

  • Nixygirl

    oh yep…now I do :)

  • coolkid

    some show me in the pic where the 5th or
    if there is a 5th face is
    cause i dont c it
    circle the face in red or outline it
    or something any thing

  • anon

    If you posted every picture that “sort of” looks like a face, this site would be over run with shitty picture. Please try to keep your posts about true illusions.

  • Grace

    It resembles Thomas Alva Edison. Seriously. ps go Steelers!

  • Jesica

    wat an amazing discovery

  • he

    wow interesting

  • Steve Riese

    Kind of looks like an Orc from Lord of the Rings!

  • CBD

    Not many presidents have such astounding facial hair, but I would probably have to say either Rutherford Hayes, or James Garfield. Or Mick Foley. :D

  • Elena Lilies

    I don’t see it! i stared at it forever and nothing. im usually very good at these and i even looked it up on the internet after but i still could see it, could anyone point it out to me?

  • dana

    I think you can see the fifth persona better from far away — and if you DON’T turn the picture 45 degrees. :D

  • SnowBerey

    abraham lincoln?

  • La Lionne

    The 5th face looks like Homer Simpson!

  • http://cybolic.wordpress.com Christian Dannie Storgaard

    Is that… The Hulk?

  • Mars

    wo! That is pretty cool… The eye is the bottom presidents chest, the nose is his head. I am not American, and don’t know all their names…

  • Dru Blr

    Looks like Tricky Dick!

  • ThorButtox

    What is more interesting to me if you look at the light rock to the left of the rock chip pile in the top photo it resembles a standing person cradling something like a baby.

  • Care Bear

    Looks lika a Kennedy.

  • OhioCPA

    I’m not seeing it….. can you give a clue?

  • uhh

    I don’t see any other face there.

  • oli

    definitely an accident in my opinion. looks like a monkey.

  • William

    Well, If the illusion is that the big round shadow is the eye, and one of the presidents head is the mouth, then it looks more like a monkey to me :P

  • Shtnly

    I don’t see anything… the outline of the entire mountain kinda looks like a profile of a face (looking left), but that would be a stretch.

    That was a cool fact about Mt.RM, though.

  • Ravenn


  • Ravenn

    Gutzon Borglum´s father, Jens Møller Børglum, was a carpenter from Denmark (my contry) who migrated to USA and became a doctor.

  • patch

    Kind of looks like Kennedy.


    Wow, the mountain is eating Roosevelt!

  • Penny Lane

    What am I supposed to see? I can’t see it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Haviland/100000657164709 Richard Haviland

    Abe Lincoln, maybe?………

  • Chris

    Well, I think it was planned! AH, those geniuses.

  • http://facebook.com/tianna T.storey

    I say its richard nixon with his sad and grumpy face

  • Dolphin

    Cool…Very,very,cool…I like face illusions…

  • Maartin

    looks to me like nixon…

  • KayBeQueenBee

    Abe Lincoln? I clearly see “the beard”.

  • Ron Chapman

    Kind of looks like the greatest recent President, Ronald Reagan to me.

  • Mary Beth

    Is Lincoln suppose to look like Elvis???? What am I missing here??

    • Mary Beth

      Or is Washington suppose to look like B. Franklin? Neither of them were presidents, but thats all I can potentially see for now.

  • Jacque Talboy

    Abe Lincoln?


    Look’s like Richard Nixon to me.

  • a person

    where’s the last face???????

    • Its a face

      Its a face pointing to the left dumb asses

    • adam

      its the entire mountain as a whole that makes the face, dont focus on one area look at everything together and you’ll see the face looking to the side (washington’s head is the nose)

  • Crowler

    Yea that does remind me of Nixon

  • John Kerr

    Of course having agreed with Mr. Collins and giving some granite a Nixon avatar, I took one last glance at the stony silhouette and NOW I must add that I also think George W. Bush could arguably be seen in the same stone.
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  • patrick

    its lincolns face along the edge of the mountain

  • Mary Beth

    I see…..maybe Nixon, maybe Regan too.

  • jerome

    its along the outline of the mountain

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-McRae/100000479198917 Karen McRae

    I see two other faces. One right below Washington. The nose is right below Washington’s chin and it looks like a guy with a beard. Jesus, maybe?
    Then if you look at the whole rock formation, you can see a hair line, an eyebrow, eye, very bumpy nose and a big chin. He doesn’t look very happy.

  • lacy b

    looks like an Indian… Geronimo

    • Vivian

      It looks like a caveman! really really cool

  • Happy

    OMG!! Its Owen Wilson!! lol

  • PEO

    It`s a Simpsons caracter.

  • Anushka

    I see it, but it’s a stretch.
    Everyone’s seeing faces in things because they’re looking for them and forcing themselves to see it.

  • mikaela

    why can’t i see it?

  • Donna

    It’s strange, but it looks like New Hampshire’s Old Man in the Mountain that collapsed in 2003.

  • Debbie

    the gravel and trees look like a skull?

  • Jeff

    It’s Nixon. LOL

  • http://www.burographik.com Marc

    Actually, I knid of think that the sideways pcture looks like Homer simpson haha, nothing to do with presidents but its kind of funny!

  • Jacque Talboy

    Nixon is a great answer!

  • Brad Bear

    It’s A Native American exacting REVENGE!!!!

  • tm

    It helps if you squint at the bottom picture.

  • Randy

    Rotate it the other way for #6 — a capped face, squinting, with mouth open and teeth bared.

  • bob

    wow! is see it! it first scared me when I saw it.

  • jambolo jiggens

    There is a face under washington’ s chin. G.W.’ s collar on the left side representing the nostril of the face. It is a profile (side view) shot. It’s only a partial face of a man with what looks like a goatee. ha ha weird

  • ObserverTheRealOne

    If you close one eye, squint with the open one, move your head away from the screen, slightly ‘blur’ the focusing eye, turn your head slightly to one side a bit… use a polarising filter… you might just be able to make the profile of…

    … a heap of bloody rocks!

  • Veronica

    Don’t look at the rocks. Check out the sky.

  • nebs

    there’s a lady

  • potato

    no joke i see a gurrila

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shang-Khong/100000035882954 Shang Khong

    people keep getting dumb in this forum, what the hell ??? If you can see or neither, just tell people you cannot see or asking for hints, DON’T POST BALONEY . ..

  • c

    itsssss HOMER

  • http://umorafro.blogspot.com MISAEL DA SILVA

    It’s “The Thing” from Fantastic 4

    • suzanne becker

      I agree “the Thing”

  • GaryZ

    Down below the monument, to the left, there’s a whitish area that looks something like a fawn’s head.

  • suzanne becker

    I see the face, but it doesn’t resemble anyone in particular.

  • Ric

    The whole mountain is the profile of a face, Washington being the nose and under that is the chin. The shadowy area between lincoln and roosevelt is the eye.

  • Cass

    I think you’re all on devil’s lettuce! I can only see the whole figure in much detail of one of the seven dwarfs if you tip it up the other way.

  • Cass

    … and a camel’s face (maybe in sunglasses) at the bottom of the turned picture. Presi’s faces to the left. I think I’m gettin it – it’s a side profile – the nose next to the blue sky? The shadow area is an eye? He needs plastic surgery for that probuscus.

  • mike nelson

    Homer Simpsom!!

  • xanti walls

    ok to be honest it looks like a monkey once you find it

  • Ziggy

    Doane Robinson, who was the Superintendent of the South Dakota State Historical Society, was the force behind Mt. Rushmore.

    Gutzon Borglem, was the sculptor.

    Doane Robinson, originally wanted to immortalize early explorers and Native American Chiefs, but that plan changed in order to get congressional support and funding for the project.

    As such, the fifth face, carved into the mountain, is the face of a Native American Chief; this is hidden, in plan sight.

    The whole Mt. Rushmore project is amazing!

  • Tony

    King Kong.

  • Brian C.

    It would be none of our present presidents. If it’s any president, it’s Ulysses S. Grant.

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  • The Face

    It is the face of God…

  • Jessie

    Why is that lady standing there? (ha, made you look!)

  • Dan

    Holy crap its Evlis !!

  • Ihr

    It can’t be Reagan or Bush or Nixon or even JFK because it was done b4 their time. Don’t you people know your history? I think it is just the human brain making a face out of the faceless. I’m sure everyone has seen faces in tree bark or wood or on the front of cars. This is the same thing.

  • Ron

    There is a sixth face.

    • Ron

      Turn the second photo right and look all the way to the left of the mountain. What do you see? Plant of the Apes???

  • kate

    if you turn it left what does the whole picture look like!

  • http://yahoo.com mgm9

    I think it looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger

    • oliver

      it’s a gorilla, we are on the planet of apes

  • KLB

    I see two faces and one woman’s body. First is the skull at the top left of the second picture, then flip the second picture upside down and you see an angry revolutionary solider. Then the woman’s body is below Washington and it looks like a dress (the shadow) a great woman is behind every man right? going by the fact that Washington is jutting out and the dress is a shadow (technically behind him)

  • Matt

    what about the alien face when looking straight on in the upper left corner of the mtn. Whats up with that?

    • Jip

      Oh. That’s just Tony. He lives with Alfred.

    • SeyMichelles

      @Jip YES. Tony also doesn’t like bushy eyebrow’d-Brits :3

  • Neftaly

    It looks like some kind of Abbnormal figure so different it looks like omg.. Could it be NO!! President Obama??

  • TaraChill

    When you say woman are you talking about the little girl looking figure? It almost looks like she is leaning forward to peck Washington on the cheek. I think she’s much more interesting than the fifth face. 2pzjjug.jpg

  • Stevie

    The 90 degree profile is clearly Nixon!

  • BKS

    I kind of saw an ape face when I first glanced. PLANET OF THE APES!

  • Lemonjuice

    i’ve checked dozens posts earlier and didn’t see any comments regarding of what I am actually seeing there. very visible! it is a head and a face of an elephant. far right in the original photo. trunk is hanging down the crack in the mountain. there are some other photos that capture that elephant’s head shape too. look it up :) anyone else see it?

  • Hal

    Looks like a bunch of stupid politicians to me, no matter what they look like.

  • So what

    All that is is a picture of the man in the mountain in New Hampshire before it collapsed. This is no where near mt Rushmore!

  • MrsAtticusMitchell

    it looks like abraham lincoln

  • Anon

    Carved into a sacred Indian mountain.

  • joshua

    that is just the 4 faces sideways

  • Janice Mickelson

    Our family visited mt. Rushmore around 1970 and I took a photo of the faces, and a perfect picture showed up of a native American male from the shadows. It was as though it was part of the monument.

  • tony clifton

    why,it’s me! I do belong there actually.

    • Janice Mickelson

      I will find that photo. It is wonderful.

  • kathie

    We have built in image recognition
    DNA to recognize faces.It makes us see faces in everything. biology dudes!

  • Fireblade


  • Yoooooo

    Its Bush… The illuminati was the creators of the mountain and knew this time would come. They are slowly but surely taking over

  • The6X

    It’s no wonder no one can see the 5th face, the picture is turned upside down! Just flip it over and the face becomes as clear as day, with mouth open, teeth & all (the eyes are squinting & either the forehead is furrowed or he is wearing a cap of some sort. He also has a mustash & a goatee.

  • smh

    John Quincy Adams

  • minoaka

    The is the great Indian chief, Sitting Bull memorialize in stone by Mother Nature. I need not say more. Look him up and you may come to believe that there’s no such thing as accident.

  • miranda

    this sooooooooooo0000oo cool

    P.S i was joking

  • greenqueen

    Looks like old Leo Da Vincci.

  • Laurinda

    I thought it looks more like Jay Leno! :-D