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Fried potato with 'face of Jesus Christ' for sale on eBay

Paul O'Mahony · 14 May 2009, 13:48

Published: 14 May 2009 13:48 GMT+02:00

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Restaurateur Sylvia Szepanski told The Local that she witnessed the first appearance of the "holy" vegetable first hand in the kitchen of her restaurant at the Söderslätt Golf Club, 20 kilometres south of Malmö.

"Our chef was frying some potatoes when suddenly one of them hopped out of the frying pan and set itself apart from the others."

But opinions differed initially as to the nature of the alleged apparition. Szepanski's voice turned to one of wonder as she reenacted the moment.

"I said, 'Look, it's the face of a child angel'.

"But the chef said, 'No, it's the face of Jesus'."

Szepanski soon agreed that there was indeed something Christlike about the shapes visible in the fried peel and news of the potato Jesus was fed to the local media.

"We've had people coming here asking to see the potato. We have set it up in a sort of plastic crib in the kitchen," she said.

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But with business brisk, Szepanski said staff did not have time to welcome curious visitors into the kitchen. Instead the "miracle" root vegetable has been put up for auction on eBay, where there have so far been no bids.

Bishop of Lund Antje Jackelén was not immediately available for comment regarding the Lutheran Church of Sweden's view on whether everyday items could attain a form of religious significance.

Paul O'Mahony (paul.omahony@thelocal.com)

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16:18 May 14, 2009 by DeepFriedTwinky
OMG! PLEASE STOP IT! I hate when someone claims they have something in FOOD!!! An appearance of something!! And you know what, someone will buy too!!!
16:51 May 14, 2009 by peropaco
And what does JC suppossed to look like?
18:12 May 14, 2009 by The Master
Given the absence of a photograph of Jesus, and the limitations of the fried potato medium, the similarity may be quite approximate.
21:10 May 14, 2009 by tucsonan
It's the ear of Jesus!
22:12 May 14, 2009 by NewinSweden
Business is business with no doubt.. so please do not show to muslims this potato, otherwise they will find that the pic would look lik someone else.. then get offended for that.. then it will end up in a rosengarden explosion hehe
22:20 May 14, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
I just don't see it myself...
22:21 May 14, 2009 by Markbase with an Invisible Q
Second "coming"?
22:26 May 14, 2009 by Inletwatcher
I don't know whats wrong with you people. Very clearly that is the image of the very one and only SON OF GOD. Jeeze. I can see it without my glasses on. The eatery will make zillions on this work of art. Just look at it.

22:33 May 14, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
It be the foetal Jebus...
22:34 May 14, 2009 by Markbase with an Invisible Q
Meh. I think Mutley's dog butt is much more convincing.

But then again, I'm a Mormon.
22:56 May 14, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
It's actually my own butt.
22:59 May 14, 2009 by Jamtjim
I believe that carbon dating shows that the potato come from the time of jesus, give or take a few minutes or so...
23:01 May 14, 2009 by Markbase with an Invisible Q
Is that the latest testing though? Can't be too sure...
00:19 May 15, 2009 by Miss Kitten
The bid was at $1.75 earlier today. Now it's up to ten bucks. Wow...people are actually bidding on it.

One thing I want to know is, how come whenever someone sees a face in food (or anything else for that matter) why do automatically assume it's the face of Jesus or the Virgin Mary? How come they don't say, "Oh look, honey. There's the face of Keith Richards in my grilled cheese sandwich." :shrugs:
00:53 May 15, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
Pigeon once saw what looked the baby Jebus in his vomit.

Except it wasn't Jebus, but he had vomited over a baby.

Hit the bus window and rebounded it did.

Mum unhappy.
01:04 May 15, 2009 by freethinker
Poeple will pay for anything....hmmm...if people want to throw money away just pass it on to me...lol I know I'll find ways to spend it...lol
01:13 May 15, 2009 by Querist
Question: Would The Local have disseminated the following?

'Fried potato with 'face of Mohammad' on eBay'

Yes - or No.

Things that make you go HHhhhmmmmm...

06:06 May 15, 2009 by Mzungu

Most stupid occurrence for sometime...

*what is the world coming to?*

:footnote: NO.

Stupidity is catching...

08:54 May 15, 2009 by Jamtjim
There is a good scientific reason why people see "face of jesus" in potatoes, rock formations etc. of the face of the devil in smoke from the collapsing twin towers.

The "software" in our brains is set up to present information to us based on a "model" of the world around us. As a safety feature it is much better to mistake a shadow for an attacker than an attacker for a shadow. Therefore we are prone to create mental images where infact none exist.

This is why we see faces in clouds... or especially if you are cathiolic, undereducated and often female, the virgin mary!
09:05 May 15, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
When last cloud spotting, I saw Father Christmas in his burning sleigh.

Rorschach test?
09:56 May 15, 2009 by Paulo +fab muscular than Jonnhy
The only certainty about it --- It's crap before(junk food) and after() you eat it! LOL
10:07 May 15, 2009 by Paulo +fab muscular than Jonnhy
Potato Butt Plug --- In this case I have no doubt it is what it is...
10:15 May 15, 2009 by Inletwatcher
Seeings it is a slice of a potato, where is the other half?? Did someone eat the likeness of JC? What is the punishment of that..or did it fall under the laws of communion giving the right to drink of his blood and eat of his flesh.

10:27 May 15, 2009 by tom.
I think it is just a crisp but from the look of it I would hazard a guess and say that it is saint and vinegar flavoured.
10:35 May 15, 2009 by Miss Kitten
The scientific term for this phenomenon is pareidolia.

Here's an example of it:

10:43 May 15, 2009 by Mzungu
Spot on...

10:47 May 15, 2009 by Miss Kitten
I'm guessing there must be a separate term for the phenomenon of seeing penises in everything. Freudeidolia, maybe?
10:51 May 15, 2009 by Mzungu
Maybe Phallophobia ?
10:53 May 15, 2009 by Miss Kitten
Wouldn't that be the fear of penises?
15:24 May 16, 2009 by omiabucket
i like potatoes....
17:24 May 16, 2009 by Miss Kitten
This potato pereidolia isn't nearly as popular as the Virgin Mary grilled cheese. It's been two days since I last checked the and its bid on eBay has gone up from $10.00 to $10.50.
18:54 May 16, 2009 by Kooritze
IT,S A MIRACLE!!!!!!!!
13:09 May 17, 2009 by dtes
13:25 May 17, 2009 by Nicole?Pappa?
In my bathroom their is a wooden tile on the floor with the face of "The Scream" painting by Edvard Munch. It`s kind of spooky. How did it get there?
13:34 May 17, 2009 by Markbase with an Invisible Q

I wonder how much you could get if you ripped up that bit and put it on E-Bay?
15:43 May 17, 2009 by Mzungu
Any offers?


*one only....at present!*
15:49 May 17, 2009 by Princess P
If you turned it the t'other way up, that could probably pass for Jesus too.
15:56 May 17, 2009 by Mzungu
Except when it decides to fly.

(attached image not shown)

*one of his angels perhaps?*
16:19 May 17, 2009 by Kind Man
(attached image not shown) Allah is written from the cloud in Arabic which mean God in English.
16:28 May 17, 2009 by Mzungu
Self explanatory(attached image not shown) ...
16:30 May 17, 2009 by Kind Man
What do you call those guys who always think negative?
18:59 May 17, 2009 by Mzungu
19:10 May 17, 2009 by Markbase with an Invisible Q
00:47 May 18, 2009 by freethinker
Wow this thread is still alive...lol Hey anyone out there thinking of spending money things like that...well pass the cash over to me. I promiss I'll laugh my way to the bank!
15:22 May 28, 2009 by Mzungu
Haha...It was always said,'Marmite' is an earthly miracle...

Family see Jesus image in Marmite


*reminder, must restock the back gold*
15:23 May 28, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
EDIT: Just saw Mzungu's post above...Though thought it rude not to include pic of alleged the messianic Marmite.

And just like Jesus, this thread comes back from the dead to eat your brains!

Family see Jesus image in Marmite

(attached image not shown)

15:25 May 28, 2009 by Mzungu
Best get your thumb out ya ass...

*slow, or just another great mind?* ::wink::
17:25 May 28, 2009 by Miss Kitten
I have changed the name of the thread to "The Pareidolia Thread." Any and all appearances of Jesus's or anyone else's face in various foods, cloud formations, bathroom doors, or other miscellaneous objects may be posted and discussed here.
17:31 May 28, 2009 by Princess P
Yep, that definately clarifies the meaning of the thread.
17:36 May 28, 2009 by Miss Kitten
Pareidolia is the scientific word for the phenomenon for seeing faces in inanimate objects.

Scroll down to post #26:

17:37 May 28, 2009 by VikingHumpingWitch
Marmite Jesus has particularly excellent demonic eyes.
17:44 May 28, 2009 by Princess P
Yeah, I know. But it's hardly a well known or frequently used word and therefore is as clear as mud.
17:47 May 28, 2009 by Puffin
Perhaps it's devil marmite
17:50 May 28, 2009 by VikingHumpingWitch
Looked at another way, that marmite lid looks less like Jesus and more like a man giving a handjob to a kangaroo.
17:51 May 28, 2009 by Miss Kitten

I tried to make the topic a little clearer, but remember that almost anyone can change it to whatever they want (within reason).
09:49 June 13, 2009 by AlexAkesson
SOLD: Jesus Christ potato head on eBay $16.40 http://ow.ly/dROa
09:53 June 13, 2009 by Miss Kitten
The Virgin Mary grilled cheese sold for thousands of dollars. I guess the market must be flooded with Jesus Christ veggies this time of year.
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