Perception is a funny thing!

Perception is a very funny thing.  About once a week I will run across a news story or article where someone is claiming to have seen the face of Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary in some type of inanimate object.  I find it humorous that some people will actually claim to have had some life changing experience because they felt the presence of Christ while seeing his face on a piece of burnt toast.

Jesus in a frying pan

Jesus in a frying pan

Jesus in an X-Ray

Jesus in an X-Ray

Jesus on an iron

Jesus on an iron

Jesus in a cap of goo

Jesus in a cap of goo

Jesus on a peanut
Jesus on a peanut

I myself have not been so lucky to witness the vision of Jesus or his mother Mary in an inanimate object; if I did I would definitely try to prophet profit from it, by selling it on some auction site for some ridiculous amount of money.   Like the 10 year old who made a grilled cheese sandwich and Mary’s face appeared, it was sold for $28,000 on eBay.

The grilled cheese Virgin Mary

The grilled cheese Virgin Mary

Like I mentioned earlier, I haven’t been lucky enough to see any iconic religious figures in any food or nonliving items.  However I did get a vision from Conan O’Brien.

Conan O'Brien in dried emulsion

Conan O'Brien in dried emulsion

What could this mean?  Is he telling me to tune into TBS and watch his show?  Is it a miracle? Or is it nothing?  As I have said before hundreds of times, humans are pattern seeking animals.  Our brain is designed to create familiarity among things when it can, this is a perfect example of pareidolia.

Another “Weeping” Virgin Mary

A few hours away over in Reading, Ohio, many are claiming that a weeping Virgin Mary statue is housed at a small local religious library.  It is claimed that both believers and non believers have witnessed this statue crying. 

Many are claiming this to be a religious miracle.  This isn’t surprising being that almost every one of the thousands of “weeping” statues has been called a miracle. 

A Still from Video taken by local News

A Still from Video taken by local News

Here are a few quotes that the locals are saying about the crying statue.

‘Well I have faith that it is. We can’t always be sure, but I prayed to her and I feel better about it and I’m glad I came.’

‘Out of curiosity I went over and looked and it’s unbelievable. It’s forming. The tear is there. It does not look like it’s water or anything. It’s real weird, very weird.’

‘I believe it’s true. They were there. I saw them. I would imagine it’s a miracle.’

“You hear about it in other countries and then it’s here in Reading of all places. It is a miracle. I think something will come of it, hopefully, something good.”

Some are saying that the owners of the shop wanted to keep this spectacle a secret, fearing that the statue would stop crying if too many people found out.  Yet many locals consider this a sign from the Heavens and feel it should be shared with the community. 

There are many speculations as to why this statue has started to tear up; some are saying it happened when the rosary of Rev. James Willig, who has been dead for almost a decade, was placed into the statues hands.  Others are saying it started when a visionary, a person with unusual powers of foresight, came to the library for a visit last week.  I say it started when the owners or someone made of human flesh started to tamper with the statue; however I can’t be certain, I have not examined the statue myself.  Believe it or not, there are some clever ways one can make a statue “cry.”

In a book titled “The Unexplained” Doctor Karl P.N. Shuker, mentions a paper by Dr. Luigi Garlaschelli on how to make a statue weep.

“What is needed is a hollow statue made of a porous material such as plaster or ceramic.  The icon must be glazed or painted with some sort of impermeable coating.  If the statue is then filled up with a liquid (surreptitiously, through a tiny hole in the head, for example), the porous material will absorb it, but the glazing will stop it from flowing out.  If the glazing, however, is imperceptibly scratched away on or around the eyes, tear-like drops will leak out, as if materialising from thin air.  If the cavity behind the eyes is small enough, once all the liquid has dripped out there are virtually no traces left in the icon.  When I put it to the test, this trick proved to be very satisfactory, baffling all onlookers.”

So before one jumps to miracle status, perhaps this statue should be examined scientifically and skeptically.  The reason why this should be done is because, every weeping statue that has gone under examination has been found to either be a natural explanation such as dew or it has been tampered with by human hands, in other words hoaxed.  Statues do not cry.  But the 2 big red flags in this case are, outside cameras are not allowed inside, although people have been snapping pictures with their cell phones and that the statue of Jesus that is housed in a different part of the building has also started to cry.

Hopefully, Jason Korbus and I can set up an appointment to have a look at this miraculous weeping statue.  Thanks for reading Pork Rhine.