No, the Starbucks “barista” (or whatever you’re supposed to call them) hadn’t heard that question before.

And he didn’t know what a Rorschach ink blot was (it’s a random pattern that psychiatrists present to clients, and ask them what associations it conjures up).

But look at the pictures (above right and below) and tell me you don’t see a resemblance.

And no, while I’m no doubt a little sleep-deprived these days, I haven’t otherwise been seeing UFO’s, religious figures in cloud formations, etc.

**Since a Rorschach ink blot, by definition, is anything you want it to be . . . the answer would be “yes.”

P.S.: Apparently, Starbucks itself has had a little fun with this notion; the company put up the ad below on the side of Manhattan building in 2009.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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