John Stone sent along another example of pareidolia. He says it’s Christ on a crotch, and that he’s going to clean up on the t-shirts and licensing…but I’m pretty sure he’s completely wrong, and he’s targeting the wrong market. Look closely.

It’s definitely a Wookie with a blaster.


  1. #1 Efogoto
    March 23, 2006

    Definitely Bigfoot! Proof at last!

  2. #2 Curmudgeon
    March 23, 2006

    Yup, I’m down with the wookie thing.

  3. #3 jrochest
    March 23, 2006

    Nah, it’s a boreal version of the Shroud of Turin.

    Who knew the 2nd coming would be a tree?

  4. #4 PZ Myers
    March 23, 2006


    How can it be bigfoot or the shroud of Turin? It’s got a blaster.

  5. #5 IAMB
    March 23, 2006

    Bigfoot? Somebody’d better call Dr. Meldrum.

  6. #6 Efogot
    March 23, 2006

    Sorry PZ. I just wanted to present both sides of the issue.

  7. #7 Dustin
    March 23, 2006

    I can’t help but slip into utter disillusionment over the fact that people can think that Jesus intervenes in worldy affairs to present his likeness in drywall following a devastating hurricane that he couldn’t be bothered to stop.

    Really, that’s pretty messed up.

  8. #8 idlemind
    March 23, 2006

    That, friends, is a mermaid. And a pretty well-endowed one, too.

    (I was referring to the tail fin.)

  9. #9 plucky punk
    March 23, 2006

    Don’t wookies carry like crossbow type things?

    ACK! I am a geek.

  10. #10 Dr. Squid
    March 23, 2006

    It looks more like Divine on the movie poster for Pink Flamingos.

    Complete with gun.

  11. #11 Rick @ shrimp and grits
    March 23, 2006

    It’s the space shuttle blasting off.

  12. #12 PenetratingShaftOfTruthAndSemen
    March 23, 2006

    Looks to me like a phallus with a swollen glans.

  13. #13 Kagehi
    March 23, 2006

    Bah!! You are all wrong. Its Merlin. He was sealed in a tree remember.. The whole cave version was made up by evil anti-Merlin heretics.

  14. #14 Sean Foley
    March 23, 2006

    How can it be bigfoot or the shroud of Turin? It’s got a blaster.

    The astonishing technology of the Bigfoot Civilization (like blasters, pyramid building spaceships, and the Loch Ness Monster) far outstrips our paltry scientific advances.

  15. #15 The Brummell
    March 23, 2006

    Plucky, it’s called a “bowcaster”. I think I outrank you, geekwise.

    I agree: Wookie with a blaster (who said they HAVE to carry a bowcaster?)

  16. #16 dAVE
    March 23, 2006

    wookie – just ’cause Chewbacca used a bowcaster (jeez! you ARE a nerd, The Brummell) doesn’t mean EVERY wookie uses one. That’s just stereotyping!

  17. #17 plucky punk
    March 23, 2006

    You’ve uncovered my secret anti-wookie stereotyping. I am so ashamed…

  18. #18 Zeno
    March 23, 2006

    Well, I’ve heard the expression “Christ on a crutch” before, but “Christ in a crotch” is a new one.

    I doubt it will catch on.

  19. #19 decrepitoldfool
    March 23, 2006

    The face of Mary is clearly visible on its left shoulder. It’s Chewbacca with a Mary-shoulder.

    Wait – we don’t know what Mary looked like.

  20. #20 PZ Myers
    March 23, 2006

    What, Zeno, you’ve never heard a woman in the throes of passion cry out “Oh, God” before? What do you think she’s talking about? It’s a good name, beats “Floyd” anytime.

  21. #21 Sarahkm
    March 23, 2006

    Perhaps because I’m an oversexed grad student, but I definitely don’t see Jesus or a wookie.

  22. #22 Interrobang
    March 23, 2006

    I don’t want to argue with you, PZ, but that’s definitely a leftover from a production of Hamlet — for sure it’s Hamlet’s father’s ghost. The figure is wearing a crown, has its hands crossed over its chest like a corpse, and has no feet. QED. *grin*

  23. #23 Christian
    March 23, 2006

    Has anyone sent this yet to FARK to be photoshopped?

    Christ on a Crotch would be a lovely theme.

  24. #24 ivan
    March 23, 2006

    true nerds know that it’s spelled Wookiee. *ahem*

  25. #25 Frumious B.
    March 23, 2006

    I got yer Christ on a crotch riiiight here.

  26. #26 Chris Clarke
    March 23, 2006

    You guys are on crack, allayez.

    It’s obviously one of the Tnuctipun with a bunch of helium balloons.

  27. #27 Opiwan
    March 23, 2006

    Heh, Chris… you sure it’s not just a ptavv with a disintegration beam?

    *pushes the button and turns on the Slaver stasis field*

    Oops, I did it again!

  28. #28 idlemind
    March 24, 2006

    Oh, I get it! A mirror image of the pattern continues underground. It’s a playing card. The King of Spades, I believe. A bit elongated in the picture, but from a bird’s-eye perspective it would look in proper proportion.

    Maybe he should start looking carefully at the other trees along that street. Could be a winning “hand” in some state lottery! Or crows engaging in cartomancy…

  29. #29 plucky punk
    March 24, 2006

    I can’t believe there’s a wikipedia article about wookie(e)s…

  30. #30 Azkyroth
    March 24, 2006

    I’m gonna cast another vote for “phallus”-synonym here.

    “Christ on a crotch?” Hardly. Now, “Christ’s crotch” might at least fit the visual evidence…

    And a tree is the perfect place for that sort of apparition; he was a carpenter after all.

  31. #31 Zeno
    March 24, 2006

    What, Zeno, you’ve never heard a woman in the throes of passion cry out “Oh, God” before?

    Damn. I just knew my virginity would eventually cause me trouble.

  32. #32 jc.
    March 24, 2006

    Its definitely not Christ. Ive scientifically checked this image with every existing photograph of our Lord and they just dont match up. Ditto with the virgin.

  33. #33 rubberband
    March 24, 2006

    The “face” is pure Creature from the Black Lagoon.
    However, what appear to be mammaries must then be something else, because no way was the Creature a mammal (scales, gills).
    Folded arms, with elbows prominent?
    It does appear to be praying. . . .

    Lastly, I ABSOLUTELY SAW a perfect image of the FSM the other night in my, uh, spaghetti. Proof positive of the validity of that faith.
    (I ate it.)

  34. #34 Carlie
    March 24, 2006

    “Perhaps because I’m an oversexed grad student, but I definitely don’t see Jesus or a wookie.”

    How on earth can anyone be an oversexed grad student? I never had any time…

  35. #35 Lya Kahlo
    March 24, 2006

    It’s CLEARLY a wookie! And if anyone diagrees with me I’ll have the Holy Tree Crotch Wookie smite them!

  36. #36 Platypus
    March 24, 2006

    OK, it’s not quite the same thing, but if we’re going to have pictures of trees whose shape suggests something else then I just have to include this: Packing Wood.

  37. #37 Carla78
    March 24, 2006

    Hehe…the phrase “Christ on a crotch” is just darn funny.

  38. #38 BronzeDog
    March 24, 2006

    I vote Wookiee, too. He looks like he needs to go to the bathroom really badly, though.

  39. #39 Webs
    March 24, 2006

    I can see the whole wookiee thing, but I still think its proof that trees have a penis.

  40. #40 Keith Douglas
    March 24, 2006

    I thought mermaid too, for some reason.

  41. #41 King Spirula
    March 24, 2006

    I see a tree sporting a woody.

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    July 8, 2006

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