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Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Belen Miracle Window
Here's a case of pareidolia from 1927. That was the year Mrs. Baca of Belen, NM glanced up at the window that had recently been installed in the attic of her family's house and noticed "an image of Christ ascending into heaven" on the windowpane. [miracles of intervention blog]


Soon thousands of people were flocking to see the "miracle window". The Christ figure could only be seen during daylight, and only from the ground. If you stood in the attic, the window looked perfectly transparent.

The image survived attempts to clean the window, even when it was cleaned with gasoline.

But puzzlingly, the image resisted being photographed. Many tried, but only one person, Fernando Gabaldon, succeeded in getting a shot of it. He then printed the image on postcards that he sold for 25 cents each.

The window is back in the news because it's recently been acquired by the Harvey House Museum in Belen and will be on display on Dec. 21 and 22.
Categories: Pareidolia
Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 18, 2013
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