<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Can you see Jesus and Mary on this piece of sheet metal?

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Can you see Jesus and Mary on this piece of sheet metal?

As usual, the alleged image is vague at best, and no one really knows what Jesus or Mary actually looked like anyway, so why do people buy this crap? And we mean that literally in this case, because some idiot paid $1,575 on eBay for this $5 piece of metal.

Check out the breathless prose accompanying the photo on eBay (we especially like the apparently random Words In Initial Caps, the spelling of "closley," and the anonymous "people" who "verified" the authenticity of the image):

"Image Of Jesus on Sheet Metal, unpacked right from the crate. Had to do a double take! Totally amazed several people. You can actually see an image of him with arms in the air or a frontal and a side image of him. Felt Chills When I Held It!!!!

"This Piece has been seen on TV, Newspapers, Internet and Radio. This is no hoax, to see it is to believe it!

"This item IS the One and Only Original Piece."

[info added on March 5]: "We have just noticed that in the picture to the left of Jesus, there is an image of The Virgin Mary with her shroud on. Kneeling beside him. She is upside down in this picture. The nativity scene can be seen when the piece is upside down or looking closley at the picture. This has been verified by several people."

We think another "double take" might be in order...



Blogger Emily said...

notice all the comments with "you made it to the top of our list of notable ebay auctions" stuff?

I'm sure some of those are collections of "this is the stupidest ebay auction ever" items.

Also, the noteriety and "fame" of its ridiculousness also adds to the thing's selling power. whatever dupe it was who bought the thing probably knows perfectly well that it's not "real". But he's buying an artifact of internet noteriety. He's famous for being the guy who spent $1500 on "that one famous ebay auction a while back". He's probably a bored rich guy who loves myspace and stuff or something.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Ms. Lori said...

I’m the idiot who bought the piece, and I’m proud to display it in my doublewide trailer, right next to my Godly salami sandwich, in which the eerie image of George W. Bush is clearly seen within the pattern of fat particles.

9:12 AM  
Blogger The Rambling Taoist said...

I dunno. The face in the sheet metal looks more like Marlon Brando with his dentures out to me.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Emily: Yes, some people do seem to buy things for their notoriety rather than for their real worth. In fact, isn't that what most advertising wants us to do?

Ms. Lori: Congratulations on your latest acquisition. It'll be a perfect complement to your salami sandwich and your doublewide trailer - in which we can clearly see the image of Marlon Brando without his dentures.

Taoist: By golly, you're right! But the sheet metal is probably a better actor. Godfather 4, anyone?

11:11 AM  

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