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Jesus in a Warming Tray
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 27, 2005
Status: Pareidolia Shortly before Christmas workers at a Florida restaurant noticed that mineral deposits had created a face-like image on the bottom of one of the warming trays they were using. They knew right away that this had to be the face of Christ. (Who else would appear on a warming tray?) According to this MSNBC article "A spokesman for the Stadium Club says they will not continue to use the pan." In other words, Jesus has ruined a perfectly good warming tray. Thanks a lot, Jesus. I assume the next stop for the holy warming tray is eBay.
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (28)
The Three Magi
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 20, 2005
Status: Fake Yes, that's Tony Blair on the left and President Bush on the right. In the middle is the Duke of Edinburgh. They're dressed up as the three magi. It's pretty obvious that the picture is fake. Bush and Blair didn't really don these costumes. But it's not fake in the sense of being photoshopped. These are actually dummies (wax dummies, specifically) that appeared in a nativity scene at London's Madame Tussauds last Christmas. (Victoria and David Beckham served as Mary and Joseph.) Church leaders protested the scene, and it was soon shut down after being vandalized. But this picture still seems to be circulating around.
Categories: Photos/Videos, Religion Comments (4)
Holy Bottled Water
Posted by The Curator on Thu Dec 15, 2005
Status: Real water, but it's not holy This is an odd marketing gimmick. This company is selling Holy Bottled Water. Of course, the label could easily be mistakenly read as Holy Water Bottled. But it's not holy water (in the sense of water that's been blessed by a priest). It's just regular old bottled water. The closest they come to explaining why their water is holy is this cryptic claim: From the River of Living Water flows 'Holy Bottled Water Inc.' Produced by man under the inspiration of God. They also make the strange claim that "WATER IS…
Categories: Food, Religion Comments (4)
Grandma Steals Baby Jesus
Posted by The Curator on Mon Dec 05, 2005
Status: True Virginia Voiers, a 70-year-old grandmother, has been charged with stealing baby Jesus from a nativity scene in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. "It was a lark, it wasn't any serious stealing,'' Voiers told the Lovely County Citizen newspaper of Eureka Springs. "My granddaughter commented that no one had taken the baby Jesus this year and said, 'Grandma?' I said, 'Oh, what the heck.''' Usually, the baby Jesus is returned by the thief. Voiers said her Saturday caper was the first time she'd taken anything from the nativity. "I didn't know we had a tattletale downtown,'' said Voiers, who is also a…
Categories: Pranks, Religion Comments (13)
Banner of Heaven
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 22, 2005
Status: Hoax website Banner of Heaven is (or rather was) a weblog run by a group of mormons who wrote about their experiences trying to balance the pressures of daily life with the demands of their religion. The cast included: Jenn: "a perky, 20-something Mormon, seeking an eternal mate in the Big Apple" Mari: "the shyest character, got her neighbor's package by mistake and was afraid to deliver it to him in case he got mad" Miranda: "the feminist who is disappointed in her husband's ambitions." Septimus: "a divorced returned missionary with social anxiety and sweaty hands" Aaron: "a wannabe prophet who sees God's hand in everything" and…
Categories: Religion, Websites Comments (9)
Police Officer Declares Himself Hindu Deity
Posted by The Curator on Sun Nov 13, 2005
Status: Impersonating a deity A male police officer in India has declared himself to be the reincarnation of Radha, the female consort of the Hindu god Krishna. Naturally, he dresses the part: Devendra Kumar Panda, a 1971 batch officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS), presents an odd sight draped in female attire - complete with nose ring, lipstick, finger and toe nails painted red - and singing hymns in praise of Lord Krishna and dancing. "Lord Krishna has himself assigned me the role of Radha and whatever I am doing is in pursuance of his wishes," 57-year-old Panda told IANS. However, his wife isn't buying any of it:
Upside-Down Christmas Trees
Posted by The Curator on Wed Nov 09, 2005
Status: Real Target.com is was selling an upside-down Christmas tree for $499.99. (Thanks to Travis for the link--which has now gone dead, therefore I removed it) I'm not religious, but my first thought when seeing it was that it would be a perfect holiday decoration for a family of Satanists, to accompany their upside-down crosses and crucified Santa. I know it's not a joke, or some mistake on Target's part, because Hammacher Schlemmer is selling the same thing for $100 more. I understand these things are supposed to be space-savers, but why not save space by buying a smaller tree? I guess I just don't see the…
Categories: Religion Comments (84)
Jesus Tree
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 31, 2005
Status: Pareidolia The latest face of a deity to be seen in a random object is the face of Jesus that some people claim they can see in the trunk of a tree on North Clinton Avenue in Rochester, New York. They're now calling it the Jesus Tree. Most of the time, when people start claiming to see the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich or Jesus in an oyster shell, I can at least make out the outline of a face. But in this case I can't see anything at all. Maybe you need to have more faith in order to be…
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (37)
Christian Mime Theater
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 27, 2005
Status: Real (I think) At last you can enjoy your favorite passages from scripture as interpreted by mimes: Christian Mime Theater brings scripture passages to life through the ministry of pantomime. During the “voice over” reading of the scripture, people come to life in various light pools across the stage, portraying modern enactments of the timeless Word of God. I'm assuming this is real and not some kind of Objective-Christian-Ministries style parody. After all, it appears that you really can buy the Christian Mime Theater video, and the rest of the site appears serious. But…
Categories: Religion Comments (41)
Giant Jesus Prevents Auto Accidents
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 20, 2005
Status: Unlikely (though the people who think it does won't care what I say) Along I-75 in Ohio there stands a 62-foot-tall fiberglass and styrofoam statue of Jesus, his hands raised into the air. It's very visible from the highway. Nicknames for it include Super Savior, Touchdown Jesus, Drowning Jesus (because it's located in front of a reflecting pool), and Jeeebus. It was completed last summer, and according to rumor there have been no accidents along the stretch of highway in front of it, although previously many accidents occurred there. Apparently Giant Jesus made the highway safe. Can this be true? According to an…
Categories: Places, Religion Comments (21)
Catholic Church as The Matrix
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 22, 2005
A Matrix-style poster depicting a Catholic priest as Neo isn't a spoof. The Catholic Church really is distributing these things. It's part of their new recruitment campaign: The poster's creator, the Rev. Jonathan Meyer, 28, associate director of youth ministries for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, says pop culture is the key to attracting young men to an occupation that has gotten bad press. "If we can get high-school youth to hang a picture of a priest in their room, that's huge in helping young men to answer the call to the priesthood," the cleric said. "Anyone…
Categories: Religion Comments (364)
Underground Real Estate Agent Kit
Posted by The Curator on Mon May 23, 2005
A lot of people worry that we may be in the midst of a serious housing bubble. But worry no more. If everyone simply buys a St. Joseph Statue (only $9.95) and buries it beneath their 'for sale' sign when they go to sell their house, they're guaranteed to get full price or more! This is the way to keep the bubble propped up forever. Put the power of miracles to work for you.
Categories: Religion Comments (33)
Pope Raisin
Posted by The Curator on Mon May 23, 2005
A raisin that is the spitting image of the current pope is up for sale on eBay: Yes My Friends, It Is Truly Amazing How This "Unmodified" Raisin Resembles The Pope In Every Way ~ Shape & Form ~ To The Smallest Detail The Eyes, The Nose, The Ears, The Mouth It's Like Holding The Pope's Head in Your Hand. But Smaller. There are four days left to bid, but I think people are hesitant to make an offer because they may not want to interfere with the starting bid of $6.66.
Categories: eBay, Food, Religion Comments (13)
Star Wars is Satan’s Tool
Posted by The Curator on Fri May 20, 2005
I went to see Star Wars last night. I hadn't planned to. The plan was that I wasn't going to see any movies until my book is done, which should be in early June (hopefully). But I was at the mall with my wife, and I noticed it was playing, so I couldn't resist. I talked her into seeing it. It turned out that there was absolutely no line, and no wait of any kind. We bought our tickets one minute before the movie started, walked in, and pretty easily found seats. (and we got a matinee price because it was only 5:30!). I was surprised. I…
Categories: Entertainment, Religion Comments (21)
The Reel in a Rock
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 10, 2005
Stop The Presses! The Creationists have disproven evolution! How? Because they found a fishing reel in a rock. The 'reel in a rock' seems to have been around for quite a while, but I've only heard of it now. What a treat I've been missing. Dan Jones says that he found this thing twenty-five years ago while trout fishing. It was lying right out in the open. It's a chunk of Phyllite rock with an old fishing reel embedded in it. It's pretty obvious that someone has drilled a few holes in order to insert the reel into the rock, but the…
Categories: Religion, Science Comments (34)
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