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The Virgin Mary and Foodstuffs

FortKnox (169099) writes | more than 9 years ago

Enlightenment 10

Sounds like an LPet JE title, don't it?

Well, looks like 10 years ago some dude was making grilled cheese. Took a bite and saw someone looking up at him.
It was the Virgin Mary in his grilled cheese! Well, he perserved it for 10 years... and it gave him luck in the form of winning at a local casino (for non-Catholics, the Virgin Mary is known for her poker prowess...) for a total amount of $70k. Of course, nowSounds like an LPet JE title, don't it?

Well, looks like 10 years ago some dude was making grilled cheese. Took a bite and saw someone looking up at him.
It was the Virgin Mary in his grilled cheese! Well, he perserved it for 10 years... and it gave him luck in the form of winning at a local casino (for non-Catholics, the Virgin Mary is known for her poker prowess...) for a total amount of $70k. Of course, now he's ready to sell it. Why? My guess is that he's lost all his money at the casino.....

Its still an interesting picture.

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CNN.com says eBay pulled it (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 9 years ago | (#10832718)

article here: http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/11/16/ebay.sandwich.ap/ index.html

Re:CNN.com says eBay pulled it (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#10832812)

This is the repost of her original. At the top she pleads with ebay not to pull it cause it isn't a joke (to her).

Amazing what people choose to see (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10833062)

Miracles in everyday occurances. This reminds me of the picture many of the charismatics were passing around my Catholic Church in my hometown- an OBVIOUS double exposure of a sunset with a very famous European painting of St. Mary behind it (right down to a few spots where the paint had flaked over the centuries being quite visible in the picture). How anybody can consider any of this to be miraculous, just points out that a miracle is really just a coincidence that somebody chooses to believe in.

Re:Amazing what people choose to see (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 9 years ago | (#10835312)

Pareidolia explains it all [badastronomy.com]

Re:Amazing what people choose to see (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10836015)

It also explains why I'm so unlikely to see such miracles- part of my Asperger's is general face blindness. A human face is just another object to me- and I have a devil of a time recognizing people on the street.

Sweet (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#10833390)

Time to warm up the ol' flatiron and iron me up some virgin miracles! Hey Sam if you read this, it could be our ticket to xmas cheer eh? :-)

Re:Sweet (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#10835724)

OMG! Totally new sig is in order!

Re:Sweet (1)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 9 years ago | (#10844441)

They sell a toaster that will burn an image of Hello Kitty in to a piece of toast. Someoen needs to market one that will burn various religious icons.

Staring into chaos (1)

dead sun (104217) | more than 9 years ago | (#10834678)

One could guess that browning bread is as much of a process of generating white noise as just taking snapshots of static on a TV, but with a worse resolution.

From there, we should assume that given a piece of bread we know nothing about, some portions will brown and others will not. Depending upon the quality of one's cooking, this should be rather random. Like noise.

Now, looking at the sandwhich in question, we see there is obviously a pattern that can be generated has in a local area, a portion that looks something like a person, surrounded by other randomly browned chaos. There seem to be about 4 shades of brown here, and the resolution is poor. Still, assuming Mary's only a 25x25 image, that's 4^(625) or about 1.9 * 10^376 combinations that can occur in that area.

Now, a piece of bread that size probably has a resolution of about 100x100 pixels. That gives 76 positions both horizontally and vertically on a piece of bread which can hold a 25x25 image, or 76^2 = 5776 discrete locations to look for our 25x25 Mary. That yields about a 1 in 3.3 * 10^372 chance of this particular Mary popping up on a piece of toasted bread. Obviously this Mary could be altered by a pixel here or there, a shade of brown in a pixel here or there, so the chances are a lot better. Heck, there's even room for improvement in the image quality.

Now, it's clearly a non-zero probability, so Mary was bound to pop up on a sandwhich eventually. However, looking at the image I'm inclined to think somebody not only had a bad frying pan, but applied butter a little too hard, creating a recession in the center, which allowed so much of the sandwhich middle to retain that bread color.

More comforting to know is that there's a better chance of generating Mary in 3x5 pixel lettering in a completely generated by random noise 15x5 black and white image. Surely that'd be more alarming than a bit of sandwhich which looks like some ambiguous face. That's only about a 1 in 3.8 * 10^25 shot. Or more simply, about 8.7 * 10^346 times more likely.

Clever Marketing to Cynical People (1)

Keith Russell (4440) | more than 9 years ago | (#10839011)

Funny. To me, it looks like Mira Furlan. I guess "I found Ambassador Delenn in my grilled cheese sammich!" doesn't have that catchy hook that "I found the Virgin Mary in my grilled cheese sammich!" does. Certainly won't pull down the big bucks on eBay, unless a bidding war starts between a couple of Babylon 5 fans with an excess of disposable income.

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