February 11, 2003
If you're feeling skeptical...

You're probably just not squinting hard enough!

I try to imagine eavesdropping on this scene and all I hear is "Look over there - it's the Virgin Mary! Why she's here to protest the war in Iraq, of course. It must be that Mother Teresa's doing. It's a complete miracle! Now, let's gather round & pray."

Fortunately, for those of us with a few marbles left, there is a God.

Posted by at February 11, 2003 04:00 AM

I like the Mother Teresa bit -- how long before she gets confused with the Virgin Mary? 100 years? 200?

The cult of the Virgin Mary is actually a fascinating study, from Our Lady of Akita in Japan, to Fatima in Portugal to Guadalupe in Mexico (my personal favourite). How did this figure, who's not mentioned much more than a dozen times in the Bible, become the instrument for such widespread devotion? Is it a gender thing?

you know, if I squint my eyes, the water bottle on my desk starts to look a little like her (head crowned in blue, arms open to receive her children). Do you think I should contact the Evian people?

Posted by: marijke on February 11, 2003 02:46 PM .

Yes, immediately, let the Evian people know. If nothing else, it could be the start of an excellent ad campaign, and I'm being serious here.

I feel a bit boring for posting this story. It's like making fun of Bush, instead of refraining out of respect for a man with serious learning disability. But I couldn't stop myself. There's something about this quote: "It'll be pretty close to where it was before, but I can't guarantee the miracle, I can't guarantee that I can get the Lady back. But I tell you what, it'll be a great coup if I could."

A miracle! A coup! I fuckin' love it!!!!

Posted by: on February 11, 2003 03:40 PM .

Go Jesus!!

Posted by: on February 11, 2003 03:41 PM .

Leave it to Wisconsin to tell it like it is:

"I saw an apparition but it wasn't Mary," Garry Quinn of Hocking, Wisconsin in the US, said referring to the beach's bikini-clad babes. "It's hot out here, so if she does show up, hopefully she will be wearing sunscreen."

from theage.com.au

Posted by: beaners on February 11, 2003 06:17 PM .

I love it!

Posted by: on February 11, 2003 06:55 PM .

The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of an expanding

Posted by: Party Poker on November 4, 2004 08:31 PM .
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