A Whole Bunch of Pareidolia

I've been falling behind on my pareidolia updates. So I'm lumping all the recent sightings together in one post:

Spumoni Jesus
Some patrons of Hatch Family Chocolates in Salt Lake City claimed to be able to see the image of Jesus in a 3-gallon bucket of spumoni ice cream. Me: I can't see it at all. Spumoni Jesus started to melt, so they ate him. (Thanks, Bob!)

Face in Log
This one has been getting a lot of attention. Ernest Ward, a groundskeeper at Magnolia Cemetery in Maryville, Tennessee, cut a tree limb, revealing a discoloration that looks like a human face. (What, not Jesus?) The Telegraph thinks it looks like the Queen.

Palm Tree Jesus
A family in Margate, Florida spotted Jesus on a palm tree outside their home. The guy gets around. To me that face doesn't even look vaguely like the traditional, iconic representation of Jesus.

Texas Virgin Mary
The Herrera family of Midland, Texas spotted the Virgin Mary on a tree trunk outside their home. Many locals gathered at their house on the fourth of July to see it for themselves.

Winter Park Jesus
Joe Lewis, a resident of Winter Park, Florida, claims that shadows created by street lights outside his home form an image on a tree that looks a lot like Jesus.

Virgin of Guadalupe Found on Rock
California-resident Jaime Garcia says he was down-on-his-luck until he found a rock that seems -- to him at least -- to show an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe appearing before Saint Juan Diego. In the thumbnail, Garcia's rock is on the right, and on the left is a representation of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Finding the rock inspired Garcia to quit drinking and smoking. He says: "People used to think I'm crazy. Now, they're thinking different." Cranky Media Guy says: "Yeah, now they think he's out of his f---ing mind!"

Pareidolia Religion

Posted on Sun Jul 13, 2008


You know, all my neighbours claim that there is a face in the tree out in front of my house. I don't see it, but maybe I should take a picture and post it on the forum to see if anyone else can.

At least no one is claiming it's Jesus.
Posted by MadCarlotta  on  Sun Jul 13, 2008  at  03:34 PM

The virgin Mary (pic 4)
has a huge nose

Is she a witch?
Posted by Sharruma  on  Sun Jul 13, 2008  at  03:46 PM
Palm Tree Jesus looks more like David Bowie to me.
Posted by Jessica  on  Sun Jul 13, 2008  at  05:04 PM
I was thinking Palm Tree Jesus looked like the cover of New Order's Low Life album.
Posted by MadCarlotta  on  Sun Jul 13, 2008  at  06:05 PM
I agree, Jessica, it does look more like Bowie.

And, haha, #2's neat. I live near Maryville.
Posted by Lucy Boomcrackle  on  Sun Jul 13, 2008  at  06:07 PM
Pardon me for this, but Number Four looks like the part of the male anatomy which would make a virgin a FORMER virgin. Just sayin'.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Mon Jul 14, 2008  at  12:43 AM
Spumoni Jesus? I see two Jesuit priests (perhaps) in the lower right and a Peter Maxx rendition of Bob Marley in the middle.
Posted by Christopher  on  Mon Jul 14, 2008  at  05:18 PM
The face in the log looks like something drawn by Paul Klee.
Posted by Christophe Thill  on  Tue Jul 15, 2008  at  02:27 AM
I believe that many gods,religious figures etc. manifest themselves on trees,rocks,logs,ice cream,food etc. on a regular basis.

~greetings from Tokyo, the weather is wonderful and the scenery is fantastic
Posted by Chang Long Chiophudefretgtgnbjkgnjkdhgljgorouihjrh  on  Tue Jul 15, 2008  at  08:35 AM
No food here, I see. Some Christians gave me a free slice of cake the other day, but no matter how hard I look, I can't see the face of Jesus on it. It must be one of the tiny minority of cakes that are just cakes.
Posted by Mr Henderson  on  Tue Jul 15, 2008  at  02:52 PM
Spumoni Jesus looks more like Fu Manchu with a small Amy Winehouse standing in front of him.

I think Palm Tree Jesus looks a bit like James Dean, or maybe Elvis.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Wed Jul 16, 2008  at  05:09 PM
The only way that tree's Jesus is if Jesus was embedded in carbonite.
Posted by RyanG  on  Tue Jul 29, 2008  at  04:37 PM
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