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22 July 2009 @ 08:08 am
Another Rorschach Test For The Credulous.  
Just about everyone who knows me knows that I am an atheist and that I've been one just about as long as I can remember. What they may not know, however, is that I'm a little bit arrogant about it. My wife, the Lovely Mrs. byoolin's trebuchet, noticed this early in our relationship and brought it to my attention.

"Just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean you're smarter than people who do," she said.

"But I am," I said, cleverly.

As you might well imagine, this line of discussion continues from time to time and remains unresolved.

Then again, it's hard not to feel superior when you've got people who think the pattern in the bird shit on their pickup truck is an image of the Virgin Mary and when "a steady stream of family, friends, neighbors and strangers has stopped by to pray" over it.

The article below, "Image Of Virgin Mary Appears In Bird Dropping On Area Family’s Truck", originally appeared at http://www.kwtx.com/offbeatnews/headlines/50946582.html on July 16, 2009.

Image Of Virgin Mary Appears In Bird Dropping On Area Family’s Truck
Reporter: By Shannon Dillon, KBTX-TV

BRYAN (July 16, 2009)--The Pachuca family of Bryan says an image on their pickup truck is a miracle.

The image that came in an unlikely form of a bird dropping appeared on Sunday.

That was the first time Salvador Pachuca had been back to the home since having an accident there four months ago.

"I told my brothers come over here and see what this is and they say this is the Virgin," he said.

Family members made their way outside to see the image on the truck's side mirror.

Cristal Pachuca said she took pictures and began making calls to invite others to see, what she describes as, a miracle.

"We just all feel protected. It's a blessing to our family and to everybody that comes to see it," says Cristal Pachuca.

Cristal says the truck doesn't get much use, but last weekend her husband decided to take it out of their garage and wash it.

A few moments later the image appeared.

Since Sunday, a steady stream of family, friends, neighbors and strangers has stopped by to pray and take pictures of the image.

The Pachuca's say the image is more than a coincidence especially since it happened on the 12th.

The family says in Mexico, Dec. 12 is celebrated as the day of The Virgin Guadalupe.

Onlookers say the image is a miracle because the distinct colors and outline of the image on the truck match the image of Virgin Guadalupe.

The Pachuca's say they will continue to welcome anyone who wants to see the image, because the image isn't going to go away anytime soon.

"I think we're going to just put it on a shelf outside, probably take off the mirror and keep it there cause its something special to us. I'm not going to wash it off," says Cristal Pachuca.

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(Anonymous) on July 22nd, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
Yep, and in subway wall rust too
I think the Virgin appeared underneath an el overpass in Chicago. But here's my question for you: are the people who pray to these sightings more less stupid than the ones who bid on such items on eBay? (This is Kris.)