This just in from Fox News (where else?) We may have another virgin Mary on our hands, though mom hasn’t gone so far as to admit to that. A woman in Ohio undertook to have an ultrasound image of her recently conceived baby, and instead of seeing the usual gray and white, ghostly image of a fetus, she found a picture of Jesus, apparently on the cross. At least, that’s what it looks like to me. I certainly don’t see a baby there, but I always have to be shown the fetus when I look at these ultrasounds. But that’s just me. I’ll bet her doctor can see the little thing.
It’s amazing what the human brain will do, isn’t it?
The baby girls legs are completely extended and straight in the photo, which resembles Jesus’ arms stretched out on the cross.
Her developing knees look like Jesus’ head with a crown of thorns.
Sledge said she also found it weird that when you turn the picture sideways, “her legs are perfectly crossed at the ankles, like Jesus’ legs would be nailed on the cross.”
This is called Pareidolia which I discussed a bit in a previous post.
As long as we recognize that this is one of those little tricks the human mind plays on us (like déjà vu, for instance) then it’s actually fun to imagine the types of images that really don’t exist in the world. How many of us have not, at some time, lain on the ground on a warm summer day, and looked for images and familiar shapes in the clouds?
In all fairness, I would suspect that most people, even those of the Christian faith, don’t take it as seriously as Fox News did, reporting it as serious news. There are some among the devout who will, but on the whole most people will think it’s a visual phenomena that people who want to believe will see, but others will just chalk up to the vagaries of ultrasound visual reproduction.
Of course, it’s only inevitable that the inevitable will happen:
Some people are encouraging the mom to sell the image on eBay, but she has not decided wether (sic) or not the image is for sale just yet.
So, let’s take a poll. What do you see there?