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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Samsung invents the on/off switch
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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Mayor Appears on Tree
image Donald Stephens, Mayor of Rosemont in Illinois for fifty-one years, died on April 18. But now he's come back. On a tree. The Chicago Tribune reports that:
Eerily, a likeness of the late mayor's face has appeared on a tree outside the village-owned health club, according to some people who have seen it. In a town still grieving for the larger-than-life mayor, who died April 18, the mysterious image is sure to add to the Stephens mystique.
I find it amazing that people think it's the late mayor and not Jesus. Though, according to the article, some observers did initially think it resembled Jesus. Apparently, to really see the resemblance, you need to stand inside the health club and look out at the tree through the glass doors. And probably having a couple shots of whisky doesn't hurt either. (Thanks, Joe)
Categories: Death, Paranormal, Pareidolia
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 07, 2007
Comments (13)
Freaky! It looks like Seth Green.*

* Well, it looks like Seth Green as much as it looks like the mayor.
Posted by Tah  in  Idaho (Yes, Idaho)  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  05:09 AM
Actually, I thought the mayor looked a little bit like Larry Flynt, so maybe the tree is looking for a free Hustler subscription.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  05:40 AM
Hmm, the mayor could pass for Bob Hope or Jack nicholson with hair, the tree on the other hand looks like, well a tree with a bit of bark missing. I suppose if you wanted you could imply it looks like Jesus, but it looks more like the Flying Dutchman from Sponge Bob.
Posted by derek  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  09:21 AM
whoever the bloke in the tree is, he looks nothing like the dead mayor. Woody Harrelson, perhaps? Leaf Phoenix? Peter Barkworth? John Rhys Davis? (Voice of Treebeard - geddit?)

Okay, I'm going to stop now.
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  11:07 AM
That is CLEARLY John Kerry.
Posted by Aiea  in  Chicago  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  01:25 PM
You're all wrong. It's Richard Nixon.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  01:46 PM
Looks more like Jesus *inno*
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  02:23 PM
It does look a little like Mayor Stephens, but not as much as it looks like Emmett Kelly.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Longview, Texas  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  04:02 PM
It reminds me of those blotchy "negative" photos that were so popular in the late '60s, which is perhaps why it looks kind of like Jimi Hendrix to me. It also reminds me slightly of Bob Marley, probably for the same reason.

It doesn't look anything like the Virgin Mary, however, so that's some comfort.
Posted by Kathleen  in  Indiana, USA  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  04:46 PM
Kathleen said:

"It doesn't look anything like the Virgin Mary, however, so that's some comfort."

Hmm, now that you mention it...
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Jun 08, 2007  at  06:17 AM
Do you think the tree wil take kick backs and blood money from the mob just like the mayor
Posted by Mangler Marco  in  Lombard, IL  on  Fri Jun 08, 2007  at  11:18 AM
I think it looks an awful lot like Ronald Reagan. Perhaps he's coming back from the grave to haunt the trees of this town in an effort to promote conservation.
Posted by Justin  in  Colorado  on  Fri Jun 08, 2007  at  06:39 PM
Oh, good theory, Justin.
After all, it was the Great Prevaricator who said both, "Trees are the biggest source of air pollution," and "When you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all."
Posted by Big Gary  in  Big Thicket, Texas  on  Fri Jun 08, 2007  at  08:34 PM
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