I’ve been waiting for another case of pareidolia and, by no surprise, the Daily Mail delivers Jesus appearing in the grit and crumble on the side of a take-away Chinese restaurant.
Mr Ridley, 39, immediately took a photograph of the bizarre sight outside the Mayho Chinese Takeaway.
He said: ‘We were a little drunk at the time and went to get something to eat.
‘We were waiting for our meal outside when we saw it.
‘It was Jesus looking right at us, we were shocked and couldn’t believe it. ‘It’s a miracle!
‘The best thing about it is the face is actually facing the direction of St Luke’s Church so it looks like it is supposed to be there.
‘Since I took the picture, we have shown it to loads of people and all of them can see it instantly.
‘It is amazing and they can’t believe it.’
I wonder if they tell their friends they’re looking at Jesus, or if their friends come to that (silly) conclusion without prompting. People always seem willing to believe it’s Jesus.
Side note, I was listening to a Skeptics Guide podcast a while back that mentioned something called audio paredolia. Quoting what Steven Novella wrote about it later:
Skeptics love talking about pareidolia, whether visual or audio, because it is right in the sweet spot of the skeptical skill set – understanding why people often come to dubious and even bizarre conclusions because they fail to understand the nature of the human mind. It’s also fun and easily demonstrated, and so it makes an excellent skeptical lesson – your brain can be fooled, you can be fooled, and in order to properly interpret this one needs only to understand a little bit about how our brains work. Our brain actively process sensory input, making many assmptions, and forcing fits to recognized patterns. Our brains do not give a truly objective and accurate representation of the world. It give a human one – full of pattern recognition – sometimes real, sometimes forced.
Also in there is a link to a video of a group of singers performing a gospel tune of some kind. The subtitles provided don’t match what they actually say, but what it could sound like they’re saying. What it sounds like they’re saying is nothing you’d expect…