November 17, 2004

Bidding war for 'Virgin Mary sandwich'

A decade-old grilled cheese sandwich bearing what could be the image of the Virgin Mary is garnering intense interest on an internet auction site.

The sandwich went up for sale on eBay last week, drawing bids of as much as $22,000 US before the auction site pulled the item down on Sunday. Nearly 100,000 page views had been recorded before the auction was ended.

This is great! It’s a sandwich with the mother of God on it. No matter what your beliefs are, you have to acknowledge that a meal in the shape of such holiness is both a tasty snack and wholesome, too!

In honor of this, let’s have another “Top N Listmania.”

In the comments, post your “Top N Strange Places for Familiar Faces.”

Posted by James at November 17, 2004 3:34 PM
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To start things off:

* Babe Ruth's face appearing in the bruise of a police-battered Boston rioter
* Janet Jackson's face appearing in the next Superbowl half-time

Posted by: James at November 17, 2004 5:03 PM

I think the "face" in the sandwich looks like Faye Dunaway.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 18, 2004 11:18 AM

George Dubbya's face in the yellow snow.

Johnny Damon's face mystically appearing on utility poles all over New York. (true story)

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at November 18, 2004 11:20 AM

I agree with Patti. Why is it that any time a vaguely female face is seen in an object, it's the Virgin Mary?

Let's see, faces in strange places.

Dick Cheney's face in a flyover of a rain forest.
John Ashcroft's face in the marble swirls on a statue of justice.

Posted by: briwei at November 18, 2004 11:30 AM

George W. Bush's face on Mount Rushmore.

Why doesn't anybody make a big deal when Satan's face appears in a Kansas wheat field or on my television set? It happens all the time.

Posted by: Mike at November 18, 2004 11:45 AM

Has anyone read "What's the Matter with Kansas? Middle America's Thirty-Year War with Liberalism"?

I'm thinking about it. Go here for a review (and to buy from an independent bookseller):

Strange face in a strange place: Henry Kissinger's puss in a bowl of Vietnamese noodle salad.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 18, 2004 12:11 PM

The author of that book was on the Daily Show last night, and I was intrigued.

Posted by: Julie at November 18, 2004 12:33 PM

True store: I know a guy who saw Henry Kissinger naked once, by mistake.

Thanks for that book pointer, Patti. Also, some good listmania items here.

Mike: Why doesn't anybody make a big deal of those satanic faces on your TV? You said it yourself, because it happens all the time! ;) But sometimes they do raise a stink. There was that satanic face on 9/11.

Posted by: James at November 18, 2004 1:06 PM

Better link for the satanic face thing at Snopes , of course.

Posted by: James at November 18, 2004 1:12 PM

He's a handsome devil, all right.

Posted by: Julie at November 18, 2004 1:20 PM

I learned a new word from Snopes: Pareidol

Here's the link from Snopes:

Posted by: Patti M. at November 18, 2004 1:25 PM

On a separate comment, how many twisted perverts do you expect will end up at your site looking for a "Virgin Mary sandwich". :) I know. I'm a very bad man. :)

Posted by: briwei at November 19, 2004 12:59 AM

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