We’ve all heard of instances where people see religious imagery appear in the most unusual places.

For example, there is the New Mexican woman back in the late seventies who saw the face of Jesus in the burn marks of her tortilla.

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In Clearwater, Florida the Virgin Mary appeared on the side of a glass building.


There’s the Monkey God that was discovered in the trunk of a tree in Singapore.


Not to be outdone, the secular world has The Man In The Moon, The Old Man of the Mountain, the Face On Mars, and so on, and so forth.

This phenomenon of attaching significant meaning to random images or sounds is called Pareidolia.

Some pareidolias are pretty remarkable. Others require quite an imaginative leap to see something meaningful.

Significance is in the eye of the beholder.

Back in December, we received a prodigious amount of snow; at least for Seattle. One evening, as my wife and I returned home from dinner, my wife spotted our very own pareidolia. It wasn’t on a tortilla, or a window, or on the moon. It was in the snow, on the hood of my 2006 Honda Civic.

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At the risk of stating the obvious, this is Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, and star of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Sure, Jack doesn’t have the cachet of Jesus or a monkey, but he IS a king. Ladies and gentlemen, call me believer.

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