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The Fifth Face of Mount RushmoreI’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.

The Fifth Face of Mount Rushmore


133 Responses
  1. Jerome says:

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

  2. step aside, I'M A DOCTOR ! says:

    could some one explain it plz?

  3. serber says:

    hehe thats homer simpson

  4. Chelsea says:

    SSSOOOO wierd!!!!

  5. BRANDON says:

    cant see it

  6. InnocentBystander says:

    I see Nixon!!!

  7. melinda says:

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

  8. Davor says:

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

  9. Kevin says:

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

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’m surprised no one has commented yet…

  11. Alice Willyis says:

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

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  12. tee kay says:

    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.

  13. meh says:

    am i the only one seeing popeye?

  14. Slammer says:

    Ha ha looks like Frankenstein!

  15. coolkid says:

    i dont c it

  16. Nixygirl says:

    I don’t see it?

  17. Nixygirl says:

    oh yep…now I do :)

  18. coolkid says:

    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

  19. anon says:

    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.

  20. Grace says:

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

  21. Jesica says:

    wat an amazing discovery

  22. he says:

    wow interesting

  23. Steve Riese says:

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

  24. CBD says:

    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

  25. Elena Lilies says:

    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?

  26. dana says:

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

  27. SnowBerey says:

    abraham lincoln?

  28. La Lionne says:

    The 5th face looks like Homer Simpson!

  29. Mars says:

    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…

  30. Dru Blr says:

    Looks like Tricky Dick!

  31. ThorButtox says:

    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.

  32. Care Bear says:

    Looks lika a Kennedy.

  33. OhioCPA says:

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

  34. uhh says:

    I don’t see any other face there.

  35. oli says:

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

  36. William says:

    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

  37. Shtnly says:

    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.

  38. Ravenn says:


  39. Ravenn says:

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

  40. patch says:

    Kind of looks like Kennedy.

  41. LOLCAT says:

    Wow, the mountain is eating Roosevelt!

  42. Penny Lane says:

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

  43. Abe Lincoln, maybe?………

  44. Chris says:

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

  45. T.storey says:

    I say its richard nixon with his sad and grumpy face

  46. Dolphin says:

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

  47. Maartin says:

    looks to me like nixon…

  48. KayBeQueenBee says:

    Abe Lincoln? I clearly see “the beard”.

  49. Ron Chapman says:

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

  50. Mary Beth says:

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

    • Mary Beth says:

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

  51. Jacque Talboy says:

    Abe Lincoln?

  52. ROBERT COLLINS says:

    Look’s like Richard Nixon to me.

  53. a person says:

    where’s the last face???????

    • Its a face says:

      Its a face pointing to the left dumb asses

    • adam says:

      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)

  54. Crowler says:

    Yea that does remind me of Nixon

  55. John Kerr says:

    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.
    Again, this is not a happy Mr. Bush. Probably some pesky voter wanting to be heard, he has FAR MORE important thins to deal withf
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  56. patrick says:

    its lincolns face along the edge of the mountain

  57. Mary Beth says:

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

  58. jerome says:

    its along the outline of the mountain

  59. Karen McRae says:

    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.

  60. lacy b says:

    looks like an Indian… Geronimo

  61. Happy says:

    OMG!! Its Owen Wilson!! lol

  62. PEO says:

    It`s a Simpsons caracter.

  63. Anushka says:

    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.

  64. mikaela says:

    why can’t i see it?

  65. Donna says:

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

  66. Debbie says:

    the gravel and trees look like a skull?

  67. Jeff says:

    It’s Nixon. LOL

  68. Marc says:

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

  69. Jacque Talboy says:

    Nixon is a great answer!

  70. Brad Bear says:

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

  71. tm says:

    It helps if you squint at the bottom picture.

  72. Randy says:

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

  73. bob says:

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

  74. jambolo jiggens says:

    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

  75. ObserverTheRealOne says:

    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!

  76. Veronica says:

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

  77. nebs says:

    there’s a lady

  78. potato says:

    no joke i see a gurrila

  79. Shang Khong says:

    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 . ..

  80. c says:

    itsssss HOMER

  81. It’s “The Thing” from Fantastic 4

  82. GaryZ says:

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

  83. suzanne becker says:

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

  84. Ric says:

    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.

  85. Cass says:

    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.

  86. Cass says:

    … 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.

  87. mike nelson says:

    Homer Simpsom!!

  88. xanti walls says:

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

  89. Ziggy says:

    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!

  90. Tony says:

    King Kong.

  91. Brian C. says:

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

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  93. The Face says:

    It is the face of God…

  94. Jessie says:

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

  95. Dan says:

    Holy crap its Evlis !!

  96. Ihr says:

    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.

  97. Ron says:

    There is a sixth face.

    • Ron says:

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

  98. kate says:

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

  99. mgm9 says:

    I think it looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger

  100. KLB says:

    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)

  101. Matt says:

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

  102. Neftaly says:

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

  103. TaraChill says:

    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

  104. Stevie says:

    The 90 degree profile is clearly Nixon!

  105. BKS says:

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

  106. Lemonjuice says:

    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?

  107. Hal says:

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

  108. So what says:

    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!

  109. MrsAtticusMitchell says:

    it looks like abraham lincoln

  110. Anon says:

    Carved into a sacred Indian mountain.

  111. joshua says:

    that is just the 4 faces sideways

  112. Janice Mickelson says:

    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.

  113. tony clifton says:

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

  114. kathie says:

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

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  116. Yoooooo says:

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

  117. The6X says:

    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.

  118. smh says:

    John Quincy Adams

  119. minoaka says:

    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.

  120. miranda says:

    this sooooooooooo0000oo cool

    P.S i was joking

  121. greenqueen says:

    Looks like old Leo Da Vincci.

  122. Laurinda says:

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

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