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By Albert Moran

Recently, a very disturbing image has taken social media by storm. The photo uploaded on New Year’s Eve has many people believing the gates of hell have been opened. The photo is very blurry, and easy to mistake for an angel or demon, because it really does look like a creature with wings, and a horned head.

According to Inverse.com, “When a brain receives a visual suggestion that doesn’t make sense, like a shadow that suggests both a vague palm tree and a winged humanoid, it tends to “fill in” the information that’s needed to match up with what it expects.” So what do most people think? The results are more surprising than you may think.

Apparently, the majority of South Gate High School students agree it is a demon. In a poll of 36 students, 28 were convinced they were looking at a demon, two believed it was an angel, and the final six said it was definitely a tree. Is it a menacing winged animal from the depths of hell, or a simple palm tree? Logic dictates it is indeed a harmless palm tree, however, if the photo does harbor evidence of a live demon, you might want to avoid Laveen, Arizona.