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Design Inference? Smelling a Rat in a Mars Photo

According to a Fox News story, "'Mars rat' spied by NASA's Curiosity rover," a rock photographed by NASA's Curiosity rover looks like a rat. You can see what they're talking about in the picture below:

Obviously it's not a rat -- it's a rock. UFO believers may believe some crazy things, but I don't think even they would suggest there are rats running around on Mars. So this is what we call a false positive for a design inference. But given the vague similarity between the rock shape and a rat, this clearly has low CSI, and should not have a triggered a design inference in the first place.

What I want to know is who is spending so much time scouring Mars photos to find this sort of thing?