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Oh Hill!

madonna-rockLast summer, after a chunk of rock broke off the cliff during a small landslide, visitors to the small town of Casaletto Spartano, Italy, noticed something the locals hadn’t – an image in the rocks  they thought looked like the Virgin Mary. Since then hundreds of visitors have shown up to check out the “Madonna of the Rock” according to La Citta di Salerno website. Strangely, the rock happens to sit just below a path used by local people during religious processions.

“We don’t know what it is,” a villager told the Italia 2 news channel, “but the more you look at it the more it looks like a real Madonna,” including hands and a cloak hanging down.

When a local website asked a buzzkill geologist for his take on it he said “it’s a simple matter of erosion occurring over several millennia.”

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Branching Out Across The Border

mary-mexicoSeventy-five-year-old Dona Lidia, of Pocboc, Mexico, was on her way to work as a cleaner at the local high school when she spotted something in the trunk of a Melina tree that looked like the silhouette of the Virgin Mary. “I have been working here for 18 years and always take this route and I can assure you that the image was not there before,” she said. “‘I instantly had to tell my neighbors and when they came the word quickly spread.” Spread it did. Dozens of candles and flowers are left each day as an offering, despite some killjoys who say it’s just tree rings.  A group of residents held a festival around the tree today (December 12) and plan on asking the region’s bishop if the image could be considered as an official miracle. Madre mia!

 

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Trunk Show in Iowa

jesus_iowaAt a busy intersection on 3rd Street Bridge Road in Polk City, Iowa, an image has appeared on the trunk of a tree. A six-foot tall image that people think looks like the Virgin Mary, though some think it looks more like Jesus. Others think it’s Mary holding the baby Jesus. Whatever it is, people have been flocking there to see it. No one seems to know how it got there, just when it appeared, or even whose land it stands on. Mysteries abound.

 

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Quirky Sighting

crucified-treeBrian Quirk of Amelia Court in North Providence, Rhode Island, had returned from a visit to his father’s grave on the sixth anniversary of his death when he decided to relax by doing some yard work. There, in a small growth on a silver maple tree, he spotted a 3″ x 2″ image of Jesus Christ on the cross. “Curiously, it is in the same area where my father would sit outside during his last few months before losing his battle with cancer,” Quirk said. Area residents say they’ve been inspired by the image while Quirk has made my job easier by calling it a “quirk of fate.”

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Of Course it Might Have Been a Dyslexic Eggplant

god-eggplantChef Jermarcus Brady was slicing eggplants at Gino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge on Monday when, as he puts it, “I saw a miraculous image formed by the seeds. It spelled out the word ‘God’!” The restaurant’s co-owner, Gino Marino, who has been in business for nearly 50 years, said, “You could cut one million eggplants and you’d probably never see that again, it’s that rare.” Maybe even rarer. Brady and his coworkers took photos to preserve the memory. No word on whether they’ve tried to preserve the slice of eggplant or whether it was salted and sauteed along with the rest.

 

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The Apple of Jesus’ Eye

jesus-appleDavid Duran of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was making a batch of apple butter using his great-great-grandmother’s recipe when he noticed that one of the Fuji apples he was about to peel had an image on the outside he thought looked like Jesus holding a lamb. He took the apple to the local Sacred Heart church, where a priest blessed and anointed it. Since then, neighbors and area residents have been stopping by to get a glimpse of the unique fruit.

“Maybe it’s a sign from the Lord that maybe we need to change our ways and maybe look at things to be more positive in this world,” he told a local TV station.

Well, maybe.

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