More on the Virgin Mary fence post.

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.

The first entry in a FARK Photoshop on this very subject illustrates my point perfectly. The rest of the entries are simply amusing. Put on some glasses and go enjoy.

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.

29 thoughts on “More on the Virgin Mary fence post.

  1. You can make shit like this up…..but, it doesn’t sell as well as reality.

    Of course, if you read “Lucky You” (I think that’s the title) by Carl Hiassen….you have much the same thing going on. At least, I think that’s the one with the turtles…..

  2. Les…Are you serious? Is that picture of a fence in coogee australia relly what the hoopla is all about!holy moly!all i see is a fence.Mr magoo would only see a fence.Even Stephen King with his failing eyesight would only see a fence.Catholics of the world me thinks there is a movement world wide to make catholics look sillier than we really are.

  3. Two things.

    For the record, I was startled by the “maryness” of my “first glance” view at the picture on the right..not the one on the left which looked like a woman with long white hair in a business suit. I’m not claiming anything spiritual or magical about this, but the flow of grain and shadows did make me go “wow.”

    I was not as impressed by the pictures of the martian-man rock.

  4. There’s nothing that says optical illusions can’t be very impressive. First time I saw the JFK profile in the lava flow picture I was impressed with home much it does look like a profile of the dead president. Or at least the profile of someone with a similar hair cut. Nothing wrong with pointing at something and saying “Hey, does that remind you of the Virgin Mary? That’s pretty cool!”

    But kissing and praying to it? Let alone clogging up the area by the thousands. It’s a cool thing to see, but it’s not going to cure your gout. That’s all I’m saying here. Go ahead and point it out and talk about how cool it is, but don’t get nuts about it folks.

  5. I would say the closest thing to a miracle in that picture is that I at least got to look at the girls ass without fear of her turning around and catching me.  If they say there is a sucker born every minute, do they also say that a miracle happens ever minute?  No.  Of course not.  It takes at least 100 suckers before it is considered a miracle.  Quick math tells me that a miracle would happen once every 2 hours, (roughly) follwing my previous theory.

  6. I live just up the road from that apparition and the best view in coogee over last summer was sitting at the Palace, beer in hand. having a chuckle at all the twits praying to a bloody fence!!

  7. i think the apparition of Mary is very much true… i have been studying that picture n think that it looks very much like Mary the mother of Jesus!

  8. That’s wonderful, Kyle. Thanks for sharing.

    But I still say it looks more like those big foam “We’re Number 1” hands you get at sporting events. Or a laser pistol…

    Maybe it’s all three! Maybe it’s the Virgin Mary saying We’re Number 1 and if you don’t believe her she’ll shoot you with a laser pistol!

  9. Hello All,
        I wish to comment about one thing.
        I just found out about this site last night, since it is passed midnigt already. I went and read on the previous post regarding to the Virgin Mary apparition. Virgin Mary image appears on a fence post religious types freak out
        I was literally dying of laughter from reading that page.  It is just WAY TOO FUNNY! =P
        You have very good insights about things, and certainly, your humor has brighten my evening.

                          sincerely, annie

  10. Hello everyone!!

    I’m from Sydney, Australia. And this “Virgin Mary” sighting at Coogee was pretty much in all the papers when it first got seen!!!! its been almost a year since it first “appeared” and its still in the papers NOW AND ITS ALREADY 2004!!! Ok, maybe at first I did kind of believe it is was the virgin mary but i wasn’t really into it and i didn’t bother going to coogee either coz i was really getting sick of constantly hearing about it all the time!! I kept 2 aritcles on it and after i read what you wrote about it, i looked at the pictures of “Virgin Mary” in the articles that i’ve collected and i studied them very closely and i’ve come to realise that it is a fence post and NOT Mary!! I agree that some people do need glasses but if they wanna believe that it really is her then i suppose we should let them!!! Anyways your article was really cool…. i like it!!! smile

  11. I belive the virgin mary appeared in sydney at coogee beach… mary has been appearing all over the world. she was seen in bosnia is 1981- 3000 people witnessed this event and she wrote the word” mir ” in huge firey letters in the sky which means peace in croatian ..mary message is for people to turn thier lives to god … we are in the times of great changes upon this planet.. it is stated in revelations in the bible – 12.1 a mysterious woman appeared in the sky her dress as the sun and the moon at her feet ..she wears a crown of 12 stars on her head – many who have seen mary world wide say she wears the crown of 12 stars on her head and that she glows like the sun…love and peace to all

  12. jill said…she was seen in bosnia is 1981- 3000 people witnessed this event and she wrote the word

  13. Hey Jill, I saw all those things at the last rave I went to. :lick:
    Brock, you naughty boy…you need a damn good spanking wink

  14. I love these ‘Mary’ sightings… Before I left Chicago for LA, there was a big-ass hullaballoo in my town over a cross in a local cemetery that, at certain times of day, was festooned with a garland of Christ’s blood. 
    You wanna see it, it’s at Mary Queen of Heaven in Hillside, IL. 
    I finally gave in and went to the site one morning, because, well, I just had to see what quality of miracle a crapacious little burg like Hillside could produce.  And what do you know—The cross glittered away from early morn till late afternoon with an amazing array of color.  Not Christ’s blood, mind you, but the lovely hues that morning dew and midwestern light produce every day.  This is something I never appreciated until I moved to Los Angeles, where the sunlight is pretty consistently bright and flat-
    In Chicago, the light in the morning is cold but soft, and warms and hardens throughout the day.  If you sat and stared at a single object for long enough, you’d see the change from blue to coral to red to yellow to orange to blue….. I was kind of happy that the devout were spending their time looking, if only because I hoped it might lead them to recognize the stuff of daily life that’s truly sweet, and who knows, maybe it did for some.
    But the one thing that REALLY made me happy was seeing the vast number of used condoms scattered around the ‘miracle’!
    Viva Bonobos!

  15. Stefanie said: Brock, you clearly are not getting enough sex these days

    .

    Tish said: Brock, you naughty boy

  16. I HAVE A MIRACLE PHOTO FROM QUEEN OF HEAVEN CEMETARY…I AM A 34 YEAR OLD MASTER BLUES GUITARIST & TELEPHONE REPAIRMAN..

    I BEGGED GOD FOR A SIGN & I GOT ONE..

    ANYONE WITH AN OPEN MIND-I WILL TESTIFY AND TELL YOU MY STORY AND SHOW YOU THE PICTURE-A SYMBOL APPEARED ON THE CROSS AFTER I HAD THE FILM DEVELOPED-I DID NOT SEE ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY WITH MY OWN EYES WHILE THERE…

    I AM A HARDCORE LED ZEPPELIN FANATIC & LOVE ROBIN TROWER ALSO!!!!

  17. I once was begged to fix a comp by 1 muslim chap near my place. Since I was the resident computer guy who does stuff for free and in the 9th grade .. this 7th grade chap asked me to fix his comp. He told that he’s dead meat if he didn’t get it fixed and promised me approx 20 USD to fix it. I couldn’t do much since the harddisk had a ton of bad sectors. I tried reinstalling windows many times but in vain. Kept crashing. So he’s like praying to allah and stuff. I’m like fed up. So I tell him “Dude your comp any ever gonna work. Get a new HDD” .. hes’ like “man please.. my dad will debar me from the comp” and i’m like “ok dude.. not even allah can fix your comp”… and then i switch the comp back on.. and VOILA it works.. check badsectors.. zero badsectors… he’s like all happy and gives me the 20 USD for something i didn’t do. THIS WAS A MIRACLE. A HDD STARTS WORKING AFTER HAVING MANY BAD SECTORS and doesn’t have anymore….he still thinks i fixed his comp.. .actually it was DIVINE intervention… haha maybe I believe this because I’m Catholic 😀 come to think of it.. scandisk must have given me a bad reading on whether it had badsectors or not… OB. no miracle there… oh well 😀 so much for the miracle story… my mates/aunt who i told this too.. thinks its God etc trying to show he’s all powerful.. why would someone/thing that powerful wanna show me he’s that powerful? some ego trip he on eh? anyway.. most probably bad software.. screwy scandisk 😀

  18. The IDE cable? If it’s loose it mimics the symptoms of a corrupted HDD? That’s a useful bit of information . Helped me solve a lot of problems just now….Thanks Les.

  19. Dear God
    Thank you for fixing that HDD.  Could you please take care of the following for me
    Both offside tyres will likely need replacing by next May.
    Boiler service.
    Drivers door lock, and save me £130 tomorrow.
    The stuff in the garden.
    My sons’ dyslexia etc (this should be easy- apparently you installed that, is their an uninstall icon?)(I’m including the hairy monster in this)
    J’s lazy eye. (Is this an intelligent design fault?)
    Work problems- especially my wife’s- again I’m told you can intervene in this sort of thing.
    Money Problems- ditto.
    Dad’s search for a cheap ISP. (this one’s not so important, but as you do computers…)
    Mum in laws dementia.
    Reconcile family members. (this is traditional may I remind you)

    Is their a fence/wall/tree/blanket/stone I should thank tomorrow?

  20. Driver’s door lock, and save me £130 tomorrow.

    The garage managed to get hold of a 2nd hand lock, and saved me £30 (about $60 in play money, sorry, I mean Republican USD). Does this count as a partial miracle- sort of cracked paving slab level?

    However, the Doctor/assessor for my youngest son (Evil Genius) was the same unhelpful one for my eldest (the Barrack Room Lawyer), and said no sign of dyspraxia, but ‘they didn’t test for dyslexia’ and lectured my wife on what she should have been doing with BRL- despite the 3 year struggle we’ve had getting the local authority to recognise and provide ‘statementing’. 

    This looks like balance, which isn’t you.  Do you have Buddah’s email, or can you pass this on at the next divine get-together? (Shiva, you look divine! What this old thing…)

  21. JESUS CHRIST IS REAL AND ALIVE. JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN.
    PLEASE ACCEPT HIM AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR TODAY, ASK HIM TO COME IN YOUR HEART, LEAD AND GUIDE YOU DAILY.
    PRAISE THE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

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