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June 19, 2003 9:51 AM   Subscribe

Virgin Mary lurks in Boston hospital. Or something.
posted by xmutex (25 comments total)

 
Yo, I've got a rash on my nuts that looks like the pope!
posted by zekinskia at 9:59 AM on June 19, 2003


Thanks for sharing, zekinskia. You're just hoping to attract pilgrims aren't you, especially young nubile Catholic schoolgirls aren't you. Yes you are.

Why don't they just clean the window? Or would that be sacreligious?
posted by orange swan at 10:05 AM on June 19, 2003


You'd think the holy mother would appear as something more attractive than a vomit stain.
I'd like nothing more than to help some of these fools part with some of their money. If there is a god, he has indeed provided us with sheep waiting to be sheared.
posted by 2sheets at 10:05 AM on June 19, 2003


Looks like she gained some weight. Or is she pregnant again?
posted by Gargantuan at 10:16 AM on June 19, 2003


Does anyone but me think it's unusual for the primary coverage of an event in Boston to be covered by the BBC?

Oh, and as the article points out, it is not as simple as "clean the window." The problem is a broken seal, allowing moisture to get between the panes of the double-pane window. It's sort of like a glass sandwich. Fixing it very likely means replacing the whole window.

So with everyone complaining about the high and getting higher costs of medical care in the States, these guys are saving money by allowing certain suggestive people to think it looks like a religious icon. I suppose we should all be thankful it isn't the image of Cthulhu.
posted by ilsa at 10:18 AM on June 19, 2003


that's great that people are seeing something in that blob. i for one, do not. what i find really interesting, however, is that no one really cares about the fact that there is a chemical leak at a hospital. i think there should be more concern about what is leaking, then what the imagination can make out of a spot.
posted by chrisroberts at 10:23 AM on June 19, 2003


I Never Liked This Field, Don't Get It, Not Gonna Use It

Nice. This shows up as the title in my RSS Reader. And everyone else's. Very informative.
posted by drinkcoffee at 10:23 AM on June 19, 2003


Well don't I just feel like the horse's patoot now.
posted by xmutex at 10:26 AM on June 19, 2003


xmutex, you are forgiven.
posted by drinkcoffee at 10:29 AM on June 19, 2003


Shouldn't this be a comment to this thread?
posted by Geo at 10:31 AM on June 19, 2003


My dog knocked a can of paint down my Aunt's stairs once, and the splotches on the basement wall looked like an entire nativity. I tried to tell her she should let the word out and charge admission, and we could charge for pictures with the Holy Dog, but she just bought another can of paint and painted the whole wall.

And then spent the next 15 years teasing me about the can of paint. I, however, maintain my innocence in the matter. It was definitely the dog who did it. Unless it was the hand of God. But definitely not my fault.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:41 AM on June 19, 2003


Cool.
I've got 5 windows on the front of Chateau Pericles; I'm gonna get some windowlene and paint on a pictures of the virgin Mary, Ganesh, Buddha, Guru Nanak and write "Bismillah" in Arabic Script on the 5th, then stick a bucket by each for the donations and I'm gonna make me a million.

I'll buy you all a beer, of course.
posted by Pericles at 10:43 AM on June 19, 2003


HOLY SH1T THAT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE THE VIRGIN MARY!!!1
posted by jpoulos at 10:44 AM on June 19, 2003


God communicates in mysterious ways. Sometimes it's with shaving cream (scroll to bottom picture, bottom paragraph).
posted by tss at 11:12 AM on June 19, 2003


First look, Barney Rubble but more like you see him on a vitamin. Guess if I stared at any object long enough I could find it's image in anything. Looks more like a maiden from behind with long hair.
Ps why would she appear in a window if she appears in every catholic church?
posted by thomcatspike at 11:37 AM on June 19, 2003


I'll be interested to see if the BBC responds to my suggestion that they include a link to this Skeptics' Dictionary page on pareidolia.
posted by raygirvan at 12:06 PM on June 19, 2003


I think it's the smaller smudges inside the dark blob that are supposed to be her. It kind of looks like her hair is silver-gray and she's looking off to her right (my left) while blowing a big bubble-gum bubble. Although that might be more likely for a vision of the other Madonna.
posted by stefanie at 12:20 PM on June 19, 2003


If you'll pardon the self-link, I've seen her before.

I may actually be going down Saturday to see this one. More to see the knuckleheads trying to cure nana's cancer than to see a miracle. I hope to return with video and photos. I may even bring my *very* Catholic mom with me to get her take on it.

I wonder how long it would take me to get tackled if I approached with a bottle of Windex?
posted by bondcliff at 2:12 PM on June 19, 2003


Relp Raggy! I raw a rooky rhost!
posted by moonbiter at 2:22 PM on June 19, 2003


Then you haven't seen Jesus himself appear on a chapati?

Yes, there are too many morons in my country.

Question to god: why do you insist on these "mysterious ways"? Don't you know we idiots prefer to work with the simple and direct?
posted by madman at 3:05 PM on June 19, 2003


that window doesnt look virgin at all. i bet lots of windows have been with that window.
posted by Peter H at 3:48 PM on June 19, 2003


Here's the fortean times simulacra page. Great photos that illustrate how easily we can "see" things and without the crazy belief system.
posted by skallas at 4:32 PM on June 19, 2003


Then you haven't seen Jesus himself appear on a chapati?

I prefer my Jesi on a tortilla.
posted by Wet Spot at 4:35 PM on June 19, 2003


I didn't know The V-Mary looked so much like Mortal Kombat's Sub Zero.
posted by nthdegx at 10:43 PM on June 19, 2003


So why is it that when these goofballs think they see the image of a face in a tortilla, or a paintstain, or whatever, they can identify it as Jesus or his mom? It's not like they have any photos to compare to. Why not identify them as Socrates or Hypatia of Alexandria?
posted by tdismukes at 8:35 AM on June 20, 2003


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