Holy crepe!

By Phil Plait | September 21, 2007 9:53 am

Well, that title was just waiting to happen, wasn’t it?

Via The Friendly Atheist, a man who found Jesus in a crepe he made for his girlfriend:

Jesus

As usual, it doesn’t look like Jesus to me. But I know who it is…

I can only assume the girlfriend in the story was named Wendy. The guy who made the crepe is named Kyle! Shoulda been Stan. Oh well.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Pareidolia

Comments (52)

  1. DCB

    Looks like Charlie Brown to me!

  2. ABR

    Rotate the image 90 degrees to the left….it’s the Walmart Smiley Face guy but he’s been assimilated by the Borg!!!

  3. I was thinking South Park took, but I was thinking Randy, not Stan. It’s certainly not Jesus or Santa.

  4. Drew

    ABR you beat me by 8 minutes. It’s clearly a smilin’ Locutus of Borg.

  5. I can kind of see a South Park Jesus, but Randy is a fine vision as well.

  6. Doc

    It’s Mr. Bill! Oh nooooo!

  7. Mena

    I see a panda but my version of pareidolia usually results in animals, not humans, for some reason.

  8. En Angleterre, we call them “pancakes”.

    Doesn’t lend itself to such a good joke though.

  9. I have to disagree. That looks like a clear winner of the Strong Sad Lookalike competition to me.

    http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Strong_Sad_Lookalike_Contest

  10. Jen

    Just out of curiousity, does anyone have a link to the original “jesus crepe” story? I can’t seem to find it, and the Friendly Atheist doesn’t have it listed either.

    In my search for the jesus crepe, I did find out that the virgin mary appeared on a tapestry at a church in Florida yesterday. Check out the video:

    http://www.nbc6.net/news/14171967/detail.html#

    Pareidolia is so much fun! lol!

    Jen:)

  11. OtherRob

    My first thought was Kevin Smith.

  12. To me, it looks either like a sad smiley with an open mouth, or a rotated happy smiley (mouth on the left) with a black eye…

  13. Navneeth

    Rotate 90* counter-clockwise

    Monocled smiley

    Smiley beaten black and blue

    Of course, there’s the winking smiley

  14. Bharat

    Me thinks this was a cowardly attack by those dastardly atheists on the pure belief of the true believer. Not a real manifestation.

  15. Tim

    I’m not looking for sympathy, but I was raised Roman Catholic. I’d don’t see any resemblence to any artist’s imagining of Jesus. I would have to agree with the black-eyed Wal-mart smiley.

  16. Andy C

    Well, this has to be the most pathetic case of pareidolia I have ever seen. To even claim it as a face is stretching the imagination somewhat!

    Oh, and “Why would Jesus provide us with an image of himself that is open to two interpretations?”….

    Please, somebody tell me that, that is a joke, and not really part of this guy’s email. I know in the last few days we’ve seen examples of some intolerable stupidity, but surely it can’t get worse?

    Can it?

  17. Phil

    “En Angleterre, we call them “pancakes”.

    Doesn’t lend itself to such a good joke though.”

    ‘Holy pancakes!’ is still a funny phrase to me, heh.

  18. To me it looks more like one of the Clancers from the Nintendo 64 game “Mischief Makers”

  19. Arthur Maruyama

    My first thought was “Jared: the Butcher of Song.” More details here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Smith

  20. Friendly Atheist said he got it as an email; from the phrasing it seems to obviously to have been sent tongue-in-cheek.

  21. Donnie B.

    If it’s a crepe, it must be Suzette.

    Nice to know she’s with Jebus now.

  22. Jason

    It occurs to me that with a little practive in ‘creative spatulaing’ you could churn out pareidolia pancakes pretty quickly. Perhaps we could gather a collection to start a business to do it. (:-)) (smiling pancake smilie)

  23. At least, he didn’t find Jesus in a bowl of chili.

  24. Sure looks like Strong Sad to me.

  25. Doc

    [homer] mMMMmmm … Jeebus [/homer]

  26. kakos

    It’s a depiction of Odin losing his eye for the wisdom of the ages. Notice how one eye is bleeding.

  27. Irishman

    From reading the entry and the comments, this appears to be the original story, a parody of pareidolia.

  28. Tukla in Iowa

    Yep, definitely Strong Sad.

  29. Don’t be silly, it’s not Jesus in the crepe. It’s obviously this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scream

    Sam

  30. Rav Winston

    That is definitely Strong Sad.

    –Or maybe Saddy Dumpington.

  31. BlondeReb3

    It looks like a smiley with a black eye to me. Oh poor smiley, they’re going to eat you.

  32. Darth Curt

    It’s a grey! The aliens are coming!

    Well, it could easily be a grey as it could anything else… pbtbtbtbt

  33. Darth Curt

    As for that Virgin Mary thing on NBC… I don’t see it. The other thing I don’t see is the shadow of the pole holding up that boomarang thing that IS casting a shadow on the wall. What’s up with that?

  34. KaiYeves

    It’s a smiley face pirate with an eyepatch. The universe was wishing the guy happy TLAP day!

  35. Troy

    They need a commandment not to take the Lord’s face in vain.

  36. Michelle

    Jesus? WHERE?

    They’re really active minded.

  37. Just looks like a bunch of crepe to me

    J/P=?

  38. Mek

    This is clearly an extragalactic proto-Jesus. Break out the guns, fellas, God don’t be lovin’ no Andromedan imposters of his pure Milkyway-born son.

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  40. Lyle Gaulding

    I went to see Jesus on the screen door in Port Neches Tx. and found Budda on a floor tile at the I-10 & MLK Mc Donalds in Beaumont.

  41. Sergeant Zim

    I think Kai is right it IS a pirate…

    Of course, this would be appropriate, in the Church of the FSM

    May you be Touched by His Noodly Appendage

    Ramen

  42. Quiet Desperation

    >>> I was thinking South Park took,

    Is he related to Peregrine Took?

  43. It’s the Creped Crusader! :D

  44. HQ

    Have you ever been on a wagon drawn by a Belgian horse?

    It’s about five to seven feet from the wagon’s seat to the business end of the tractor.

    You learn when to hold your breath early in life. And I don’t need pancakes to remind me.

    But looking at the posted image, I am reminded of how much some people in the news these days remind me of my youth. And the tractor! ;) Without the long swishing tail.

  45. thaumaturge

    That’s Jesus? My first thought was that it looked an awful lot like Strong Sad from Homestar Runner.

  46. StevoR

    The guy in the Scream sounds right to me too … but someone beat me to it I read.

    Would Jesus appearing on a cheese /cheese platter be a case of Cheese-face Christ!? ;-)

    (Sorry couldn’t resist – one bad pun deserves another!)

    Paeriodia : silly, funny and given wereallydon’t have aclue what Jesus actually looked like miore than abit ridiculous.. Although given what I learnt from ‘Dogma’ (movie) it seems Christ was an African-Palestinean Jew …

  47. StevoR

    The guy in the Scream sounds right to me too … but someone beat me to it I read.

    Would Jesus appearing on a cheese /cheese platter be a case of Cheese-face Christ!? ;-)

    (Sorry couldn’t resist – one bad pun deserves another!)

    Paeriodia : silly, funny and given we really don’t have a clue what Jesus actually looked like more than a bit ridiculous…

    Although given what I learnt from ‘Dogma’ (movie) it seems Christ was an African-Palestinean Jew …

  48. StevoR

    Sorry for the double post thought I’d caught it to correct in time ..

    Pretty sure I’ve misspelt paraeidolia (spelling???) too .. D’oh!

    Y’all know what I mean anyway – I hope!

  49. Rolando

    It looks like that barfing pumpkin to me.

  50. To me, it looks more like a salamander and a tadpole (or a sperm) chasing each other in a circle, with some random stains in the middle.

  51. sirjonsnow

    I want to see one that has the actual words “I am Jesus” on it.

  52. Irishman

    Darth Curt said:
    > As for that Virgin Mary thing on NBC… I don’t see it.

    It’s a crappy picture. I think what they are looking at is the shadow on the white cloth hanging below the table behind the candle. The shadow is caused by light downward on the glass candle holder, where the cylindrical candle holder, circular rim, and stress patterns in the glass form a shadow remeniscent of a hunched form wearing a hood. Must be Mary. But I could be wrong, hard to tell from the description in the article.

    > The other thing I don’t see is the shadow of the pole holding up that boomarang thing that IS casting a shadow on the wall. What’s up with that?

    Not sure what is up with the shadow. From what I can discern, there are a couple of bright light sources shining on the altar from a couple of angles. The shadows from the uprights appear to be washed out by multiple angle lights casting multiple faint shadows. Not sure why the “boomerang” is dark contrast, though. I imagine seeing up close in person would help.

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