Life imitates art: a tree stump in Ireland said to resemble the Virgin Mary. Residents are militantly protesting its removal. (Thanks to Butterflies and Wheels for the link.)
And a sweet potato that looks like a legless fetus:
But one for the atheists!
14 thoughts on “Stuff that looks like other stuff”
“This melon blows my tomato out of the water!”
The third one is a bit more hilarious than the other two, but not by much. Thanks for supplying three big laughs.
Whenever one of these pareidolia phenomena hit the news, I always ask myself, “Are these people really that gullible? Or are they all just playing along because they think that’s what they’re supposed to do?”
Well just think of it, life has all of the marks of non-teleological evolution, from the use of fairly unpromising (but what evolution is constrained to use) parts like terrestrial legs morphed into wings, “poorly designed” transitionals, evolutionary “clocks,” the succession of life, and nested hierarchies, and that’s all a coincidence.
Turns out it was all designed, and evolutionary theory is our pareidolia. You know, because evolution of the flagellum 2 billion or so years ago isn’t understood in all of its details.
Evolution is just based on billions of coincidences that appear to point to a set of determined causes, but which happen to mean nothing at all. That’s why the science of nothing at all, ID, should be taught in schools.
Nice. I am reminded:
“Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise.”
— Douglas Adams
“That’s why the science of nothing at all, ID, should be taught in schools.”
Is is, it’s called religion class.
You left out the punchline from the Irish story!
“A spokesman for the Limerick diocesan office said the “church’s response to phenomena of this type is one of great scepticism”.
“While we do not wish in any way to detract from devotion to Our Lady, we would also wish to avoid anything which might lead to superstition,” he said.”
“What are you going to do now? Visit a prostitute, I suppose.”
It’s not unusual to find an eggplant that looks like Nixon, for example:
“I am NOT a vegetable!”
(Could someone sprinkle some Watergate on my roots?)
Wow – the virgin tree stump sure has some huge tumors. Will she need a tree doctor or will they miraculously disappear?
I think the fetal sweet potato should be nailed to the virgin to make up a matching set.
What part of “Thou shalt make no graven image” don’t you understand?
For some reason I just don’t see Mary being too into crucifix jewellery.
Because she never existed?