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Religious pareidolia quiz

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Religious pareidolia: the perception of religious-icon-shaped patterns where none were intended. Over the years, everyone from the Virgin Mary to Mother Teresa have been spotted in impromptu appearances on food items, freeway underpasses and almost anywhere you can imagine, often drawing thousands -- and sometimes hundreds of thousands -- of faithful pilgrims. So here's the challenge: which of the following examples of religious pareidolia were actually reported (and in many cases, celebrated) and which are made up?

A. The Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Ten years ago, a Florida woman was having her lunch when she suddenly discovered the image of Mary staring back at her, emblazoned on the grilled bread of her cheese sandwich. She wrapped the iconic sandwich in cellophane and cotton, and since then it has shown no signs of mold or crumbling, which the woman describes as "yet another miracle."

B. The Virgin Mary Piece of Firewood
About to ignite the wood in her fireplace, a Wisconsin woman (named ... wait for it ... Faith) realized that one of the logs had the Virgin's image on it. Naturally, she pulled it out of the hearth.

C. The Jesus Tortilla
A New Mexican woman found the image made with skillet burns on a tortilla she had prepared. She built a shrine to house the tortilla, which was visited by thousands of pilgrims after a priest reluctantly blessed it.

D. The Virgin Mary Panel of Wood
Diners at a California Souplantation restaurant noticed a strange pattern in the wood paneling above one of the booths: that of the Virgin Mary.

E. The Mother Teresa Cinnamon Bun, AKA "The NunBun"
A Tennessee coffeeshop turned a funny-shaped bun into an overnight sensation and a cottage industry, selling "NunBun" teeshirts, coffee mugs and other paraphernalia -- until a peeved Mother Teresa asked them to cease and desist.

F. Mary and the Chocolate Factory
Workers at a California chocolate factory were stunned to discover that a two-inch column of chocolate drippings which had accumulated under a leaky vat seemed to resemble the mother of God.

G. Mary Holding the Baby Jesus Pretzel
Need we explain further?

H. Jesus Pierogi
Not unlike the Jesus tortilla, but instead of building a shrine to the pierogi, its owners tossed it in the freezer and then tried to sell it on eBay.

I. Jesus Shrimp Tail
A California man believed he saw Jesus Christ's face on a shrimp tail. He said that when he ate his first shrimp, he had disregarded its tail, but then looked at it again and saw the face of Jesus. The man believed it was a sign, as he was going through a nasty divorce.

Answers after the jump!

A: True.
B: True.
C: True.
D: True.
E: True.
F: True.
G: True.
H: True.
I: True.

Yes, they're all true. And we've got the pictures to prove it:

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker
Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.


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