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Category: Pareidolia
Virgin Mary Tree — Residents of Polk City, Iowa noticed that a tree standing beside a busy intersection (3rd St and Bridge Rd) had on its side a six-foot tall mark that looks like the Virgin Mary. However, some people think the marks looks more like Jesus. Once it had been noticed (and the mark had likely been there for years unnoticed), people began leaving flowers at the base of it. [kcci.com]
Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014.   Comments (0)

Breaded Chicken Jesus — Ernesto Hernandez of Pennsylvania was about to eat his dinner, prepared by his wife, when he noticed that one of the pieces of breaded chicken on his plate seemed to have an image of Jesus on it. Although professing not to be very religious, he did tell the local TV news (WNEP in Scranton, PA) that seeing Christ's face on his plate "kind of took me back a minute." He also felt that it was some kind of sign. He put the piece of Jesus chicken in the refrigerator where, by the next day, it had shrunk in size.
Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014.   Comments (1)

Edgar Allan Poe Gum Mark — Redditor "famousmess" posted an image to the pareidolia subreddit, showing a gum mark he saw on the floor of the subway that looks like Edgar Allan Poe. What subway, I don't know. He concedes it's possible that it might be stencil art. However, he notes that, "it's real small and the same general size of the other gums... I know some street artists and showed them, consensus is gum but who knows. It would be a silly spot and size to get noticed." Edgar Allan Poe (for the sake of comparison) Continue…
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014.   Comments (0)

The Nessie Wave — If I were to make a list of the Worst Nessie Sightings Ever, Jonathan Bright's Nessie photo would have to be near the top of the list. To me it looks like a wave. Plain and simple. And yet he's managed to successfully promote this thing (and himself). He was a featured speaker at Scotland's first Paranormal Festival where he discussed the photo, and most recently his Wave-Nessie was the subject of a write-up in the Daily Mail. Bright took the photo on Nov 2, 2011 while taking a cruise of Loch Ness. That happens to be the same day that the skipper George Edwards [edit: claimed he]… Continue…
Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014.   Comments (4)


Smoke Pareidolia — A face was seen in a plume of smoke above a burning building in Fresno, CA. The face was said to have appeared just as someone was being saved from the building. Therefore, one eyewitness concluded that the face must be that of Jesus Christ. [yourcentralvalley.com]
Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2014.   Comments (2)

Jesus in Maple Tree — On the sixth anniversary of his father's death, Rhode Island resident Brian Quirk noticed that a silver maple tree in his yard had a mark that looked like Jesus on the cross. He noticed it while doing yard work. His mother, a devout Catholic, found "comfort knowing the image is there." His neighbor also said the image was a "compelling one." [NY Daily News]
Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014.   Comments (0)

Russians worship Jesus tree — After gardeners trimmed the old branches off a tree in the village of Burmakino in central Russia's Kirov Oblast last month, people noticed a pattern in the wood grain of one of the cut branches that looked like the face of Jesus. And other cut branches displayed what looked like the faces of his disciples. Now large crowds of people have begun gathering in front of the tree to pray and give thanks. [Daily Mail]
Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014.   Comments (0)

Jesus Pierogi — Robert Hellar was making tacos at the St. Andre Bessette church festival in Michigan when someone came up to him and said, "Jesus love polish food more than Mexican food." Hellar asked why, and the person showed him a pierogi that had just been cooked at another food stand. The pierogi appeared to bear the face of Jesus. The Jesus Pierogi was last reported to have been frozen until its owners could figure out what to do with it. [upi.com]
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014.   Comments (2)

Naan Pareidolia — A family resemblance spotted by Anthony Nelson while dining at Akbah's curry house in Middlesbrough. [metro.co.uk]
Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2014.   Comments (0)

Jesus or Devil Moth? — This moth was spotted by Yvonne Esquilin of Texas. She said that at first she was just amazed by the size of the moth. It didn't dawn on her until after she took the picture that she could see an image of Jesus in the pattern on its wings. However, others have pointed out to her that the pattern also looks a bit like a devil, which she thinks is "kind of creepy." [kxan]
Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014.   Comments (0)

Milkybar Pareidolia — While watching the World Cup, a British lawyer (Robin Jacobs) was eating a Milkybar and noticed that the design imprinted on the bar includes a phallic shape that he believes is inappropriate for children. A spokesperson for Nestle, the maker of the bar, responded: "Nestle is surprised and sorry to hear that Mr Jacobs thought the picture on the Milkybar resembles male genitalia, it is in fact an image of a horse’s head, the Milkybar Kid’s horse." This Milkybar phallus pareidolia is getting LOTS of press coverage, although it's not clear to me why since people have been talking… Continue…
Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014.   Comments (1)

Hair Curl Pareidolia — Kristin Kissee recently posted on Facebook a photo of her hair as it looked growing back from chemo and radiation back in November 2011. Apparently she just realized, as she was looking through old photos, that some of her hair curls in this photo appeared to spell "God". Although it looks to me like it could also spell "Good" or "Goo". [huffpost.com]. Hair-curl pareidolia is something you don't see that often. By far the most famous example of it is in that famous poster of Farrah Fawcett, where her hair curls kinda/sorta spell "SEX". Continue…
Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014.   Comments (1)

Holy Eggplants — Line cook Jemarcus Brady, who works at Gino's restaurant in Baton Rouge, LA., was recently slicing through an eggplant, when he realized that the seeds spelled the word 'GOD'. Brady said that seeing that word in the eggplant was like God himself "showing me, hey, I'm real." However, this isn't the first time the name of God has appeared in an eggplant. The phenomenon has a long history. Back in 2007, Felicia Teske of Pennsylvania also found the word "GOD" in an eggplant. Before that, in 2003, a woman in Mendhasalis, India sliced into an eggplant and found that its seeds spelled… Continue…
Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2014.   Comments (0)

Rusty AC Jesus — Christopher Goldsberry of Jackson County, MS said that when he saw the rust pattern on this old AC unit, he "knew who that was immediately." Of course, it was Jesus. Who else? But Goldsberry added, "The gentleman I purchased it from didn't see any of it. Think about it. They don't recognize what it is. Some people see it, some people don't. Think about that." [foxcarolina.com]
Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014.   Comments (2)

The Jesus Pancake — On Good Friday, the folks at the Cowgirl Cafe in Norco, CA were flipping pancakes on the grill, when they flipped one over and saw the face of Jesus staring back at them. Or maybe it's the face of Charles Manson, or maybe Frank Zappa. There's some disagreement on exactly who it looks most like. The "Jesus Pancake" is now being stored in a freezer, awaiting a decision about its final fate.
Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014.   Comments (4)

Loch Ness Monster spotted on Apple Maps — Users of Apple's map app have spotted something in Loch Ness. Gary Campbell, president of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, told the Daily Mail, "It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing... the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie." The image I've posted here is a detail-enhanced image, because in the original Apple map image, it's difficult to see much of anything at all. So what is it? The Southern Fried Science blog argues that it's almost certainly a boat wake. It explains the lack of a boat by the fact that the image was taken by a satellite: Continue…
Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014.   Comments (3)

Divine Tear? — A statue of the Virgin Mary outside a church in Griffith, Indiana has recently attracted attention because a stain on the statue's face looks like a tear. A water mark from rain would be the obvious explanation, but a young girl interviewed for the news broadcast says it's "A sign from God and shows us that Jesus actually did sacrifice his life for us." [ABC 6]
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014.   Comments (0)

Fire Dragon — If this was just a random unsourced picture on the Internet I would probably suspect that it had been manipulated to create the dragon effect. However, it comes from a professional photographer, Noel Celis of AFP Photo, and is hosted on Getty Images. And these sources provide no indication that the photo was manipulated in any way. So I have to conclude that it's real. In other words, that it's a case of pareidolia, rather than photo fakery. Getty Images offers this caption: "A fire breather performs in Chinatown in Manila a day before the Chinese New Year on January 22, 2012. The… Continue…
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014.   Comments (1)

Egg Pareidolia — Landon Austin posts on Instagram: "Making breakfast one morning I accidentally created #TheEggsOfAmerica." Strange, because I actually think it looks like Jesus. Continue…
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014.   Comments (2)

Mother Mary Miracle Shirt — Shortly before Christmas, Florida-resident Tim Symonds discovered that the image of the Virgin Mary had appeared in a tie-dye t-shirt he made. Symonds explained: "I have a basic idea of what the shirts going to look like but I tell every one God does the real art work because where the shirt folds and how the dye runs is up to him and it often makes different images." According to MySuncoast News, Symonds wasn't sure what he was going to do with the "Mother Mary miracle shirt." However, he said he "might try to sell it."
Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014.   Comments (6)

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