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March 28, 2004

God’s will. Your ecumenical minute from Fafblog:
Yknow at a time when all sorts of big angry grumpy people are talking about “Wars between Islam and the West” and “Clashes of Civilization” and stuff it is great to see stories like this one that show that God is workin to unite our fractious world religions.

After creating burritos bearing the likeness of Jesus and a fence post that looks like the Virgin Mary, God has now introduced a miraculous lamb in Hebron born with the word “Allah” on its back. All of these miracles can only mean one thing: that God is the God of Christianity and the God of Islam, and he really likes drawing on food and animals.

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Larry B ::: (view all by) ::: March 28, 2004, 02:46 PM:

And don't miss the posts on Glofish(tm). I nearly sprayed coffee out my nose.

Remember to support Federal Fafnir's Glofish Amendment Amendment. It's the American thing to do.

Anna FDD ::: (view all by) ::: March 28, 2004, 04:09 PM:

A couple of skeptic friends of mine wanted to go around town spraying harmless bacteria on walls in the likeness of Mickey Mouse. The mysterious and doubtlessly portentous likeness would develop over the span of a few days.

They desisted because they were afraid of Disney suing them, but they still regret not getting around to it.

JM Kagan ::: (view all by) ::: March 28, 2004, 09:43 PM:

V.I. Lenin seen in shower curtain! Photos here:


Check through the site for a lot of other wild things seen on Mars and in nebulas.

"People would rather be bunked than DE-bunked."
---L. Sprague deCamp (IIRC; if not, would someone please correct me?)

chance ::: (view all by) ::: March 29, 2004, 02:05 PM:

Nice to see God is busy with the lambies. Much more tractable than people. If only he could stop his minions from spreading hate


Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: March 29, 2004, 05:12 PM:

I bought a doughnut that proved that Zen was the one correct way. See, it had the "0" symbol used in Zen texts to symbolize emptiness.


Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: March 29, 2004, 05:24 PM:

But Josh, you weren't supposed to think about the doughnut...especially not about the hole in the center of the doughnut. Don't.

pericat ::: (view all by) ::: March 30, 2004, 09:00 AM:

In order to be closer to God, I dug out my Crayola markers and a razor, but the cat won't come out from under the bed.

I'm still wondering how long God's copyright lasts, and if this would be considered a derivative work.

Michael ::: (view all by) ::: March 30, 2004, 04:24 PM:

My God, that really looks like Lenin!

adam ::: (view all by) ::: March 31, 2004, 06:56 PM:

Too bad the Hindus weren't clever enough to design simpler-looking gods, or they'd be in on this too. Nobody's ever going to see Ganesh on a hubcap or find a summer squash that looks like Vishnu.

I'm going to design a deity that looks like Charlie Brown or Hello Kitty. The faithful will find millions of miraculous holy sites to choose from in no time...

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: March 31, 2004, 09:31 PM:

Oh, I dunno, I see Kali-Ma around...and I saw Shiva in my spaghetti one time.

I just don't think it's a miracle. Happens all the time.

janeyolen ::: (view all by) ::: April 01, 2004, 09:06 AM:

Remember the Nixon potato? It really DID look like him. Not sure what God had to do with either Dick or the tater though.


Jill Smith ::: (view all by) ::: April 01, 2004, 09:24 AM:

Jane -

Perhaps it was a Godly April Fool's joke. "Hey Peter, get this: Tricky Dick as Mr. Potato-Head!"

I always suspected God had a rather juvenile sense of humor. Cf: the platypus.

Mark Gritter ::: (view all by) ::: April 01, 2004, 09:55 AM:

It's very annoying to me that all these apparations are believed to be the Virgin Mary, when there are so many other saints to choose from! How does one tell it isn't, say, Saint Catherine of Alexandria? Or one of the other Marys?

NelC ::: (view all by) ::: April 01, 2004, 10:20 AM:


Yeah, but they do have those big mammals that are spitting image of Ganesh. Must be a Hindu miracle!

Andrew Willett ::: (view all by) ::: April 01, 2004, 12:57 PM:

I love the Shiva-in-the-spaghetti image, Xopher. I guess whether or not to eat it (him) is an easy one...

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: April 01, 2004, 02:17 PM:

Yes, Yum nama Shiva, yum nama Shivaya! NeoPagans are nothing if not theophagic. I see my gods in all the food I eat (when I have time to look). Since we worship grain (among other things) it's just not that big a stretch.

I sing in the choir of a liberal Episcopal church, whose policy is that Communion is open to anyone, whatever "faith journey" they're on, and whatever it means to them. Since sharing bread is a community-building thing, I used to take the bread (until I went on Atkins). And they use real bread most weeks; one day when it was particularly good I said "Wow, Christ sure had a yummy body today!"

Lucky for me, they chose to be amused rather than offended.

Timothy Butler qx ::: (view all by) ::: April 04, 2004, 07:22 PM:

I was walking in the park today, and saw a leaf that looked exactly like Adam's figleaf. It's a miracle!

David Lloyd-Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 05, 2004, 10:18 AM:

The kashrut of locusts is as follows: they are treif, i.e. not fit to eat, unless they have the word "truth" written in Hebrew on their bellies.

Truth in Hebrew is "emet," and is written with a set of vertical lines that are far easier to find than Hirshfeld Nina's. You can find it in the wrinkles on the belly of any locust you look at during a drought.

Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: April 05, 2004, 12:36 PM:

Maybe forgetful ants look up and see what they are. "Oh yeah."