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The 40 Million Year Old Virgin

When David Nunez’ father found a 14-pound boulder while looking for landscaping rocks in an orchard, “Everybody thought it looked like a turtle shell, but once he brought it home, we saw a figure on it.” Looking closer they saw a bluish-black stain that looks like the Virgin of Guadalupe. Father Harvey Fonseca, of Saint Jude Thaddeus Roman Catholic Church, is skeptical, saying “It’s usually just a coincidence when something looks like something else.” Rob Rogers, a professor of geology at Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock who says the rock is between 40 and 140 million years old, said he couldn’t see the image in the photos he’d been emailed. “I must lack imagination,” he said.

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Trial By Fire(place)

It was Easter Sunday and Connie Lopez of Refugio, Texas, was crying and praying in her dining room. When she looked up she thought she saw an image of the Virgin Mary in a stone above the fireplace. “It wasn’t there in December when we were decorating it,” she says. She was called inside and forgot about the image until April 19 when fellow parishioners came over for a spaghetti dinner and one of them saw it. Since then more than 200 people from at least 26 Texas cities have dropped by to see the stone. Some see Jesus, other angels, Our Lady of Guadalupe, or the pope. Viewing hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, at 406 Ymbacion St., Refugio, Texas.

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Hot Off The Griddle

While cleaning a griddle at the Las Palmas restaurant in Calexico, California, last week, a chef looked down to see what appeared to be an image of the Virgin Mary on the metal. The next day the Rev. Gerardo Fernandez of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church confirmed that the image was indeed a likeness of the Virgin. The griddle has been taken out of the kitchen and put on display in a storage room which the restaurant’s manager says will be renovated so people can continue to check out the griddle for free. So far more than 100 people have dropped by to view the ghostly griddle, including Renegado and Mr. Tempest, two Mexican wrestlers who were in town for an appearance at the local swap meet.

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Oh, Shell!

Nancy Kelly McCabe of Wellington, Florida, found a seashell in Palm Beach last August that she thought looked like the mirror image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in prayer. Since finding it she says “every negative aspect of my life has taken a turn for the positive.” That’s more than you can say for the mollusk who once lived in the shell.

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Mary On The Rocks

Irma Vega’s husband, who for some reason is remaining anonymous, was building houses in San Antonio when a special rock caught his eye. Looking closer, he saw the image of the Virgin Guadalupe on the rock. When he took it home, his wife turned the rock over and discovered an image of the Virgin Mary without the crown. They’ve set up a backyard shrine and welcome the public to 1450 Surfside to take a look.

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Mary With Pepperoni

Last Wednesday, which happened to be Ash Wednesday, a lunchroom worker at Pugh Elementary School in Houston, Texas, was washing a pizza baking sheet when she saw the familiar shape of the Virgin Mary on it. Word got around and soon crowds flocked to the school. The principal gave the baking sheet to the PTA to display on an altar outside a student’s house who lives nearby. The kitchen manager wanted the baking sheet back. The lunchroom worker, Guadalupe Rodriguez, wanted to keep it to set up a permanent altar. The principal played Solomon, negotiating a deal whereby Rodriguez keeps the baking sheet, the PTA gets to display it this weekend, and the kitchen gets a brand spanking new pan. Peace prevails.

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