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Miracle Fountain Gushes Water
Status: The miracle of plumbing
image Due to the honesty of Wadowice's mayor, the town has lost out on a great opportunity to profit from a phony miracle. When water began to gush out of the base of a statue of Pope John Paul II, located in this Polish town, the devout (and gullible) thought it was a miracle. They declared it a "miracle fountain" and eagerly started filling up bottles with the water. Unfortunately for them, the water had a far more mundane source:
their belief in what they thought was a "Godly experience" was shattered by town mayor Eva Filipiak. She admitted the local council had installed a pipe beneath the statue, reported the Daily Dziennik. "We didn't mean anything by it, it was just supposed to make the statue look prettier," said Filipiak.
What the article doesn't mention is that the statue was apparently just installed last month, which explains how the plumbing work was done without anyone noticing.
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 31, 2006

So it's not a miracle fountain? Fiddlesticks. I guess I'll go unpack my bags then.
Posted by Dae Dae  in  Charleston, SC  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  12:24 PM
Ugh! I hope those people weren't drinking that water. I mean, who would drink water that came from an unknown (and highly suspect) source.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  03:26 PM
Well, plumbing is pretty amazing, when you think about it.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Plainview, Texas  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  04:14 PM
Sheesh! How dumb can people get?
Posted by Meerkat  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  10:20 PM
In Italy every time there is a spot, a shape, a stain near a statue... someone sees a "divine sign" and the next day there are hundreds of people praying
Posted by Al from Italy  in  Milan, Italy  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  04:08 AM
People are so stupid. Who would think this was magic not knowing if there was a pipe inside? Doh.
Posted by MikeFM  in  Utah  on  Mon Jul 30, 2007  at  03:31 PM
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