Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pareidolia of the day: Holy shit!

You can see it, right? Right? I haven't
been spending all of this time staring
at bird feces on my windshield for
Today's incidence of pareidolia is a doozy. Or a, I'm just not going there. The title for this post was enough. For the record, pareidolia is
a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse.
Or in this case, bird poo. From Bryan, Texas:
Image Of Virgin Mary Appears In Bird Dropping On Area Family’s Truck 
The image that came in an unlikely form of a bird dropping appeared on Sunday. 
That was the first time Salvador Pachuca had been back to the home since having an accident there four months ago. 
"I told my brothers come over here and see what this is and they say this is the Virgin," he said.
Family members made their way outside to see the image on the truck's side mirror. 
Cristal Pachuca said she took pictures and began making calls to invite others to see, what she describes as, a miracle. 
"We just all feel protected. It's a blessing to our family and to everybody that comes to see it," says Cristal Pachuca. 
Cristal says the truck doesn't get much use, but last weekend her husband decided to take it out of their garage and wash it. 
A few moments later the image appeared. 
Since Sunday, a steady stream of family, friends, neighbors and strangers has stopped by to pray and take pictures of the image. 
The Pachuca's say the image is more than a coincidence especially since it happened on the 12th. 
The family says in Mexico, Dec. 12 is celebrated as the day of The Virgin Guadalupe. 
Onlookers say the image is a miracle because the distinct colors and outline of the image on the truck match the image of Virgin Guadalupe. 
The Pachuca's say they will continue to welcome anyone who wants to see the image, because the image isn't going to go away anytime soon. 
"I think we're going to just put it on a shelf outside, probably take off the mirror and keep it there cause its something special to us. I'm not going to wash it off," says Cristal Pachuca. 


  1. I love it that they're named Pachuca. Something about that just makes me smile every time it comes up.

    When did we stop referring to Juan Diego's claimed vision as the Virgin OF Guadalupe?


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.