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Cheesus and Mary
Two examples of religious pareidolia have made headlines recently. The first is "Cheesus" -- a Jesus-shaped Cheeto found by Steve Cragg, a youth director at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston. He actually found it a couple of years ago, but decided to unveil it recently in honor of Easter.

The second is the Virgin Mary on an Easter egg. KGBT reports: "Veronica Cervera said she was making "cascarones" by dyeing hollow eggshells on Good Friday when an image suddenly appeared. Cervera is convinced it's the Virgin Mary." I can't see the image at all. It looks like a white smudge to me.
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 25, 2008

What a friend we have in Cheetos.
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Tue Mar 25, 2008  at  03:23 AM
that immage on the egg looks more like the shape of ireland to me
Posted by Sensibleken  in  dublin  on  Tue Mar 25, 2008  at  06:29 AM
Thalidomide Jesus
Posted by outeast  on  Tue Mar 25, 2008  at  09:10 AM
The glare of the photo light wipes out any discernable image for me on the eggshell. The Cheeto looks like a lot of the sculptures from Neolithinic times.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Tue Mar 25, 2008  at  01:36 PM
That Jesus was bright orange is sort of plausible, if you assume that he had a metabolic disorder involving carotene metabolism and/or jaundice, but I never realized he had such short arms and legs (outeast, I'm pretty sure Thalidomide didn't exist circa 4 BCE). It seems like this would have been mentioned in somewhere in the Scriptures.
Posted by Big Gary  in  San Juan, Texas  on  Tue Mar 25, 2008  at  02:34 PM
People really gotta stop seeing images of Jesus in things. God forbid a cheeto should look like a cheeto...

whats next... a bleech stain that looks like muhumad?
Posted by DJ_Canada  in  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  on  Tue Mar 25, 2008  at  03:25 PM
I'm sure it's been mentioned before, but does anyone else know about the deal with the Old World Santa Claus face appearing on one side of a split peanut, sans shell? Just asking. It might not be Santa to some, more like Gandolf in a hair net. Oh, the egg smudge looks like an albino cave bear turned upwards.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Mar 25, 2008  at  10:09 PM
actually DJ Odd it seems like only jesus and his mama are the ones making cameos on food items... its strange
Posted by JOOdd  on  Wed Mar 26, 2008  at  03:47 PM
I just got released from the hospital after having my appendix removed (hence my absence from this site for several days).

I'm wondering if my scar looks like Jesus. I'll have to have my wife take a look. I could use an influx of money from believers to pay the doctor and hospital bills.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Mar 28, 2008  at  04:31 AM
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