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Jesus in the Door
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 18, 2008
Ten years ago Wendy Divock felt a touch on her cheek. She thought it was her husband touching her, but when she turned around, he wasn't there. What she saw instead was an image of a face in her closet door. Initially Wendy and her husband called the image the "guy in the door," but after doing some research on the internet they decided that it was Jesus. The pastor across the street assures them that the image is "very significant and that it's authentic." The Dovicks have created a site, jesusinthedoor.com, to publicize their door. They're selling 8x10 glossy photos of…
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (23)
Solar Mary
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 11, 2008
According to the website dnaindia.com, 50 people in the Kottayam district of India have lost their vision after gazing into the sun for hours trying to see an image of the Virgin Mary: Though alarmed health authorities have installed a signboard to counter the rumour that a solar image of Virgin Mary appeared to the believers, curious onlookers, including foreign travellers, have been thronging the venue of the ‘miracle’. St Joseph’s ENT and Eye Hospital in Kanjirappally alone has recorded 48 cases of vision loss due to photochemical burns on the retina... There are quite a few people still seeking…
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (1)
St. Patrick’s Day Moved
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 25, 2008
Angela emailed me to ask if it's true that St. Patrick's Day has been moved this year, from March 17 to March 15. Yes, it's true. At least for the Irish. The problem is that Easter falls unusually early this year, which means that the traditional date for St. Patrick's Day, March 17, is going to land in the middle of Holy Week (the week immediately preceding Easter). To avoid this, Church authorities have ordered that religious celebrations for St. Patrick's Day occur instead on March 15th in Ireland. Similarly, in Chicago organizers have moved the annual parade an entire week earlier, to avoid conflicting with Palm Sunday.
Categories: Religion Comments (8)
Jesus (or a lobster) in a tree
Posted by The Curator on Tue Feb 12, 2008
Here's another "Jesus Image in a Tree" for my collection. This one was found by Pennsylvania resident Craig O'Connor. MyFoxColorado.com reports: By counting the tree rings, O'Connor believes the tree was at least 40-50 years old. As a furniture maker of 25 years, O'Connor has worked with wood and seen plenty of different stains and marks. He says this one is radically different from all the others. O'Connor is a Catholic and believes it's a sign from God. When asked what the message is, he replied that it's like Jesus saying, "Believe…
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (10)
Jesus Hides in Potatoes
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jan 25, 2008
Renee Brewster of Florida found Jesus while preparing potato salad. His image was clearly visible in the moldy rot that had formed in the center of the first potato she split open. She put aside the holy potato and finished making the potato salad, which reportedly tasted excellent. According to MyFoxOrlando, Renee and her husband feel that "the site of their savior in a potato has reinvigorated their faith." But Cranky Media Guy wonders if this is manufactured pareidolia, noting that, "For the first time in memory, I can actually make out the figure they think they see."
Categories: Food, Pareidolia, Religion Comments (7)
Brother Roshan Wants Your Donations!
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 24, 2008
Canadian police are searching for two men who "falsely represented themselves as a spiritual healer and his assistant." Which raises the question: what counts as a real spiritual healer? The healer guy advertised himself on the radio as Brother Roshan. He used a magic trick to con his victims out of money. CTV.CA reports: Roshan wrote the names of each of his client's family members on each egg. He then placed the eggs in a covered pot of boiling water. Once they were cooked, he took out each egg and broke them open. When he opened the…
Categories: Con Artists, Religion Comments (2)
Is Bigfoot really Cain?
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 15, 2008
Here's a Bigfoot theory I haven't heard before. Apparently there are some in the Mormon church who hypothesize that Bigfoot may actually be Cain, condemned to walk the earth forever. Matt Bowman provides some scholarly elaboration on this theory on the Mormon Mentality blog. Apparently the Bigfoot-Cain connection traces back to a story told by an early leader of the Mormon church, David W. Patten. Patten claimed that in 1835 he encountered Cain walking along the side of the road. He wrote: "He walked along beside me for about two miles. His head was about even with my shoulders as I sat in my saddle. He wore no clothing, but was covered with…
Categories: Cryptozoology, Religion Comments (27)
Virgin Mary on Living Room Wall
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 03, 2008
A New Mexico family reports that an image of the Virgin Mary has appeared in the pattern of the texture of their wall. Their granddaughter says, "I think God is trying to tell us something, like a message from heaven." Maybe that message is, "Don't get a job applying wall texture." Is it just me, or are these Virgin Mary sightings getting harder and harder to see? I can barely make this one out at all. Bob forwarded me the link with the comment, "How ridiculous would a 'sighting' of the Virgin Mary have to be before the news would refuse to report it?" I…
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (21)
Jesus X-Ray
Posted by The Curator on Thu Dec 13, 2007
A Florida man who recently had a chest X-ray says that he can see Jesus in it. Which raises the question, just what HAS that guy been smoking? Personally, I can't see it at all. (Thanks Joe and Bob)
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (21)
Virgin Mary in Pancakes and Trees
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 16, 2007
We've got a pareidolia double feature. First up is an image of the Virgin Mary that some claim to see in a sycamore tree that was burned in the recent Southern California fires. The tree is located off the Sierra Highway in Los Angeles County. KNBC reports: Believers have left flowers and other offerings in front of the tree, turning it into a makeshift altar. Some also have left notes, hoping to be blessed after seeing the vision. Second up is a
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (16)
Fake Stigmata Controversy
Posted by The Curator on Fri Oct 26, 2007
During the 20th century, Padre Pio was one of the most famous and popular Catholic monks. He died in 1968 and was made a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002. He was recently declared the Patron Saint of New Year Blues. Pio was particularly famous for the supernatural phenomena associated with him. In particular, stigmata were said to have mysteriously appeared on his hands and feet. But a new book argues that Pio faked his stigmata: a book called Padre Pio and the Italy of the 19th Century, by…
Categories: Body Manipulation, Religion Comments (72)
Towel Jesus
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 22, 2007
From Cranky Media Guy, with the comment, "New horizons in pareidolia": A Houston woman says the face of Jesus is a message sent straight from God and left on a bathroom towel... She says she used the towel to clean an air conditioner. "I guess it just got stained," she said. So Lucille washed it. And bleached it. Twice. And then her granddaughter used the towel. "It kind of scared me, because I was going to dry my hair," Desiree Ramos recalled. "But then I just threw it.…
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (12)
Fake Holy Water Warning
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 12, 2007
Health officers in Britain have issued a warning to consumers to be on the lookout for fake holy water. From the BBC: The water is advertised as coming from the sacred well of Zam Zam in Mecca, the most holy city in Islam, and demand increases during Ramadan. The warning does not cover genuine Zam Zam, which is sourced from the Well of Zam Zam, located within the Masjid al Haram in Mecca. Councillor Audrey Lewis was concerned Muslims may be exploited into buying counterfeit Zam Zam during the holy month of Ramadan. She said: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia forbids…
Categories: Health/Medicine, Religion Comments (7)
New From Elliot: Church of the SubGenius
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 05, 2007
In his new article in the hoaxipedia, Elliot gives some background info on the Church of the SubGenius -- the church which may represent a genuine religious movement, or may be just an elaborate joke. The Church of the SubGenius is affiliated with the Universal Life Church, "an organization that has been legally (in some states) offering tax-exempt ministerships to all who apply regardless of religious or non-religious affiliation." Years ago I sent away to become a Universal Life Church minister, but I no longer have any clue where I put the sheet of paper saying I'm a minister. I've sometimes thought about starting my…
Categories: Religion Comments (16)
More Faces in Trees
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 01, 2007
At least two or three faces seen in trees seem to get reported a month, and I faithfully note them here. Here are the latest: Lodi, California: Emily West was doing some meditating over the weekend in her sister's backyard in central Lodi when something caught her eye. "I looked up and saw the face of Christ in the fence and I said, "Whoa," West said. She called her sister Ana over to ask what she saw. She too agreed, it was the Son of God. Cranky Media Guy forwarded me this story with the comment, "If this is the…
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (16)
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