Friday, August 10, 2007
From the Houston Chronicle:
A smudge of driveway sealant resembling the face of Jesus Christ [mirror image shown here --ed] has fetched more than $1,500 in an online auction.The capacity of some people for self-delusion never ceases to amaze me. The last time I heard about a "miraculous" religious image, it was when what Andrew Dalton aptly described as a "coochie-shaped stain on a concrete wall" drew pilgrims. In a sense, this one is better because it drew cold, hard cash.
The family that found the image on its garage floor sold it for $1,525.69 on eBay Wednesday, more than a week after the slab of concrete was put on sale.
"I really never thought I'd get any, to be honest," said Deb Serio, a high school teacher.
"It's fun to see what people say and think about it," said Serio, who has gotten hundreds of messages from around the world.
The family has hired a contractor to remove the section of concrete. The chunk will be turned over to the winner, identified only as "islandoffthecoast."
An active Lutheran, Serio considers the smudge just an odd occurrence — not a sign or miracle.
"There are some people who need this kind of thing to sort of start them on their faith journey. I don't," she said. "That's why I don't mind parting with it."
But still. This one looks even less like what it's supposed to than usual. I can't even see "Shroud of Turin" Jesus here. I looked.
You know what this looks like to me, and my reaction was immediate: Butters Stotch of South Park after he gets hit in the eye with a throwing star in "Good Times with Weapons". See the below image. To aid in the comparison, I flipped the above image of "Christ" from left to right.
Is the moral of this story, "A fool and his money are soon parted"? Or is it, "Get an eBay account and start looking at the litter box creatively each morning"? Your guess is as good as mine!