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Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Jesus or Mary in a tree
Donna and Frank Pascariello have a tree on their property that has a light patch on its bark. Of course, the patch MUST represent a religious figure of some kind. This is the rule whenever trees display any kind of discoloration. However, in the case of the Pascariello's tree, no one is sure exactly which religious figure it is. Jesus? Mary? A saint?

I think it looks like a generic ghost.
Categories: Pareidolia
Posted by The Curator on Wed Feb 27, 2008
Comments (15)
It's Saint Casper, the Friendly Holy Ghost.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  05:20 AM
This is obviously the Great Cthulhu.
Posted by Christophe Thill  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  07:23 AM
I think it's Osama bin Laden.
Posted by mara  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  11:23 AM
Looks like a Nazg
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  11:46 AM
It looks more like Cthulhu than Jesus or Mary. Someone needs to expand their reading selections. However, I have never read Lovecraft, but I've played one.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  12:47 PM
Looks like a nut!

Oh wait .. are we talking about the tree, or the people who think they see religious figures in trees?
Posted by Corwin, The Master Physicist  in  OC, CA  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  01:39 PM
I think it's telling them they should chop it down to build an ark.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  01:49 PM
I think it looks like Mr Burns in that episode of The Simpsons where people think he's an alien.
Posted by Madmouse  in  Edinburgh  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  04:38 PM
Boy, Jesus is getting lazy.
Posted by Marc  in  Chicago  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  10:45 PM
Marc, for someone who is over 2,000 years old (and isn't Mel Brooks) he has a right to get lazy if he wants to.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  11:39 PM
You know, my biggest issue with this sort of thing is that NOBODY ACTUALLY KNOWS WHAT JESUS LOOKED LIKE. But being born in the Middle East, he sure as hell didn't have the lily-colored ass most people seemed to think he had. If anything appears in any of these dumb images, it's just some random guy with a beard or random chick in a hood.
Posted by mangabottle  on  Thu Feb 28, 2008  at  07:01 AM
Sorry, no face at all this time, this one is just a tree trunk. Not even Emmett Kelly.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Plainview, Texas  on  Thu Feb 28, 2008  at  07:44 PM
If we're going to be imaginative about it, what does that upstanding bit of wood on the right look like?
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  London UK  on  Sat Mar 01, 2008  at  06:42 PM
Yeah, this one is really pushing it. With most of these things I can at least see a vague shape that, if looked at in an open frame of mind while cross-eyed and drunk, might be given the benefit of the doubt that it is indeed a blobby shape. But with this tree. . .all I see is a tree. No discolourations or textures or whatever that give even a hint of anything other than being a tree.

So obviously it's a representation of Mr. Griffin.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Sat Mar 01, 2008  at  08:44 PM
It looks like The Flying Spaghetti Monster to me!
Posted by Robert N  on  Mon Mar 03, 2008  at  12:14 PM
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