Thanks to the kind folks at Reuters and Yahoo! News I can present you with the following photo on the right of the amazing Virgin Mary fence post at Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia. Click the pic for a bigger version.
According to the accompanying text with this picture if you happen to look at this particular fence post from about 300 meters (1,000 feet) away, at a certain time of the day, and squint then you’ll see the likeness of the Virgin Mary. The left half of the photo is shot out of focus to simulate this effect. The photo on the right is how someone with decent eyesight actually sees the fence post. Oh, and the chick with the low-rider jeans is one of the aforementioned faithful touching the fence post in hopes that she will be blessed.
Now I’ll admit, if you have really shitty eyesight then the image on the left could remind you of the Virgin Mary. It could also remind you of one of the star-fighters from Battlestar Galactica or maybe a laser pistol from some bad sci-fi flick. It could be one of those giant foam “We’re #1” fingers pointing up for that matter.
The point being that if it takes a certain angle with a certain light and some really shitty eyesight to see it then I fail to understand how it qualifies as anything close to a miracle. Get some fucking glasses people and stop squinting at everything and you won’t be seeing weird shit.
UPDATE 2/11/02: Seems some folks in Sydney must be getting mighty annoyed with this nonsense as some vandals took it upon themselves to tear the fence post down. The Randwick City Council quickly rebuilt the fence in the hopes that visions of the Virgin Mary would return and continue to prompt thousands of faithful Catholics to mill about and do nothing productive.
The repaired fence has sparked some debate on whether or not the image of the blessed mother can still be seen with some folks declaring she’s still there and others saying they can’t see the apparition any longer. The latter group is probably made up of people who’ve recently gotten new eyeglasses.
The vandals, however, have struck again this time painting the fence post in question black. This new development has the city council considering “hiring a security company to patrol the fence.” That’s right, the city council is apparently goofy enough to hire a security company to protect a fence post so a bunch of goofy Catholics can continue to kiss it. You can’t make shit like this up.