Friday, July 14, 2006

Allah Egg - The Next Big eBay Novelty?

Remember the grilled cheese sandwich with the image of the Virgin Mary? It sold for $28,000 on eBay in 2004. And of course, there are a lot of other Virgin Mary items that have sent believers and collectors into a frenzy over the years.

This phenomenon has a name - Religious pareidolia, which is is pareidolia (the perception of a pattern where none is intended) involving religious themes, especially the faces of religious figures.

But what about other religions? Don't they have grilled cheese sandwiches with images on them that you can see if you squint just the right way? I don't know if they do or not, but it appears that Islam now has it own oddity. Scott's Spot has uncovered a report from the village of Stepnoi in eastern Kazakhstan that a chicken has laid an egg with the word "Allah" inscribed on its shell, Kazakh state media
reported Thursday.
The egg was laid just after a powerful hail storm hit the village.

"Our mosque confirmed that it says 'Allah' in Arabic," Bites Amantayeva, a farmer from the village of Stepnoi in eastern Kazakhstan, told state news agency Kazinform.

Next time we have a thunderstorm I'm taking a walk in the woods. I'm thinking the lightning's gonna split a big oak tree and burn a Star of David into one of the pieces. If you can't see it, just squint a little more. Then bid on my auction.


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