Stuff that looks like other stuff

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.)

1224250319175_1And a sweet potato that looks like a legless fetus:

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But one for the atheists!


  1. newenglandbob
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    “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.

  2. Wes
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    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?”

  3. Posted July 9, 2009 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    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.

    Glen Davidson

    • GregV
      Posted July 9, 2009 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      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

    • Alan
      Posted July 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      “That’s why the science of nothing at all, ID, should be taught in schools.”

      Is is, it’s called religion class.

  4. Posted July 9, 2009 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    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.”

  5. Flaffer
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    “What are you going to do now? Visit a prostitute, I suppose.”


  6. hempenstein
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    It’s not unusual to find an eggplant that looks like Nixon, for example:

    • Michael K Gray
      Posted July 10, 2009 at 12:04 am | Permalink

      “I am NOT a vegetable!”

      (Could someone sprinkle some Watergate on my roots?)

  7. MadScientist
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    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.

  8. Posted July 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Great video!

  9. bad Jim
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    What part of “Thou shalt make no graven image” don’t you understand?

  10. CW
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    For some reason I just don’t see Mary being too into crucifix jewellery.

    • Michael K Gray
      Posted July 11, 2009 at 3:01 am | Permalink

      Because she never existed?

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