The mind easily engages into projections onto an object, past, present or future that distorts the perception of the object.
A man who went to Nasruddin, the eccentric mullah.
In his pocket, the visitor had an egg. He asked Nasruddin: What do I have in my pocket?”
Nasruddin said “Give me a clue.”
The visitor replied: It is shaped like an egg. You will find yellow and white inside. It looks like an egg.”
“Some sort of cake” replied Nasruddin.