A little pareidolia, anyone?

Ya gotta love it. Whether it be the Virgin Mary under a freeway overpass on W. Fullerton Avenue in Chicago or on a window in Perth Amboy, NJ, or the face of Jesus on a shell, on the wall of a shower, on a sand dune, a potato chip, or (my personal favorite) a pierogi, it would seem that human capacity to attribute miracles to the tendency of the human brain to see images in patterns is never-ending.

This time, Jesus has appeared to a man in Connecticut, who, according to this story, is selling holy hardware on Ebay. (Where else?):

MANCHESTER, Conn. Feb 26, 2006 (AP)— Thomas Haley was unloading supplies for his job at Hardy’s Hardware when he said something odd caught his eye: the face of Jesus Christ on a piece of sheet metal.

Now, Haley and a co-worker are hawking the holy hardware on eBay, hoping potential bidders will agree that the blurry oil stain on the sheet metal does, indeed, resemble Jesus.

“I mean, it hasn’t done anything miraculous as of yet, but seeing it is kind of groovy,” said Haley, 23. “Just seeing it brightens people’s day.”

Haley said he was unloading a supply truck two weeks ago at the Manchester hardware store when he turned a corner and was awe-struck by the holy likeness gazing back at him from the $15.49 piece of sheet metal.

Since then, Haley and 18-year-old co-worker Jonathan Jackson have shown the piece to a few other workers and customers, and even took it on a short pilgrimage to a nearby hair salon. They say several people agreed with their assessment, although a few suggested it looks more like legendary rock singer Jim Morrison of The Doors.

“Some people said, ‘Are you sure it’s Jesus?’ and I think, ‘Who else would come to give us a sign, Groucho Marx?’ ” Jackson said. “I think it’s a good thing. Maybe it’s trying to give some people hope.”

Apparently so much hope that these guys are trying to get a “buy now” price of $10,000 on Ebay.

Sadly, the link to Ebay wasn’t in the article. I looked for it on Ebay and was surprised to see just how many things with a purported face of Jesus are for sale there. However, I think I found it here:


I can sort of see a face there, but have trouble really seeing Jesus. It is rather psychedelic-looking though.

Maybe my faith just isn’t strong enough.

(Hat tip: Big Heathen Mike.)