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(Billings Gazette)   Todays mysterious apparition of the Virgin Mary is brought to by Billings, Montana, and a chunk of agate   (billingsgazette.net) divider line 54
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2009-01-20 09:37:58 AM
That's a really pretty rock. I'm just not seeing the virgin, though...

Maybe the dude found and consumed another type of rock?
 
2009-01-20 09:49:21 AM
Is it just me, or does the shadow kind of look like cock and balls?

img187.imageshack.us
 
2009-01-20 09:52:19 AM
If Jesus is the source of living water I would have thought He'd offer it in pints or gallons, not quartz.
 
2009-01-20 10:09:17 AM
That rock has been around for hundreds of millions of years before God invented himself. Wouldn't it be better to say that God looks like this rock?
 
2009-01-20 10:35:17 AM
Sybarite: Is it just me, or does the shadow kind of look like cock and balls?

that was my first impression....
 
2009-01-20 10:53:41 AM
Is it wrong that upon first reading this headline, all I saw was "virgin" and "Montana" and instantly assumed it was about Miley Cyrus?
 
2009-01-20 11:04:29 AM
Miley's no virgin, just ask Billy Ray.
 
2009-01-20 11:07:58 AM
I see a left breast, belly button, and hand on her side.

/been watching too much porn I guess.
 
2009-01-20 11:08:07 AM
Fondle My Sweaters: Is it wrong that upon first reading this headline, all I saw was "virgin" and "Montana" and instantly assumed it was about Miley Cyrus?

Well, you know there is no way that it could have been a virgin sheep...

Being Montana and all.

Sybarite: Is it just me, or does the shadow kind of look like cock and balls?

Turn the the image 90 degrees to the right and... Why yes, it IS a cock and balls!

PENIS!
 
2009-01-20 11:09:10 AM
Outrage at busty Virgin Mary models (new window)

i39.tinypic.com

A model dressed as the Virgin Mary poses during a performance in Santiago January 13, 2009. A prominent fashion designer has sparked outrage in Chile by dressing up models like the Virgin Mary -- in some cases with ample, near-naked breasts. The Roman Catholic Church condemned Ricardo Oyarzun's plans for a show featuring the models, and a conservative group tried unsuccessfully to block it in court.
 
2009-01-20 11:11:14 AM
Oooh look! A nondescript blob! It's jeebus!
 
2009-01-20 11:12:07 AM
nope don't see it.
 
2009-01-20 11:12:50 AM
Take that off face-book right now if she's breast feeding him.
 
2009-01-20 11:13:02 AM
Sofa
King
Stupid
 
2009-01-20 11:13:46 AM
GungFu: in some cases with ample, near-naked breasts.

I'd be outraged too! Near-naked?! Those ample breasts need to be free!

=Smidge=
 
2009-01-20 11:14:20 AM
Chunk at a gate?

www.mutineermagazine.com
 
2009-01-20 11:14:50 AM
I'm a religious kind of person, but I just don't see it?
 
2009-01-20 11:15:42 AM
I know she's a virgin and all but,
that chick gets around...
 
2009-01-20 11:15:57 AM
Meh, either Jesus or the Zig-Zag man lives in my ottoman
i26.photobucket.com
 
2009-01-20 11:18:38 AM
Fondle My Sweaters: Is it wrong that upon first reading this headline, all I saw was "virgin" and "Montana" and instantly assumed it was about Miley Cyrus?

You think she's still a virgin?
 
hej
2009-01-20 11:20:19 AM
Seems like this is a pretty big stretch, even by Jesus sighting standards.
 
2009-01-20 11:25:48 AM
Isn't everyone tired of this stuff yet?

People only do this to get attention because they know it will get them in the news every time (for reasons beyond my understanding).
 
2009-01-20 11:27:33 AM
Is it just me, or does the shadow kind of look like cock and balls?

Oh blessed stumpy peener agate, deliver me from evil this day. And fix my friend's liver, would ya? Amen.
 
2009-01-20 11:29:11 AM
Todays mysterious apparition of the Virgin Mary is brought to by Billings, Montana, and a chunk of agate random crystalline formations and wishful thinking
 
2009-01-20 11:30:23 AM
It looks like an alien killing a hobbit with a tire iron.
 
2009-01-20 11:34:16 AM
"mysterious"??
"INTERESTING"?!?!

NO, subby, it's not. It's stupid, sappy, or silly.
 
2009-01-20 11:37:10 AM
And the Pope mobilizes his army.
 
2009-01-20 11:40:28 AM
I see a blob in a rock.

When I squint and look at the blob, tip my head kinda sideways and really TRY to see something there, I see "The Thinker".

But the rest of the time, I see a blob in a rock.
 
2009-01-20 11:41:05 AM
databit: And the Pope mobilizes his army.

yes, we're all quite mobilized.
 
2009-01-20 11:41:25 AM
jynxyu: Well, you know there is no way that it could have been a virgin sheep...

Being Montana and all.


Dick!

Actually, I can hardly be mad about it. Great state, LOTS of idiots. The more vocal ones inhabit the Billings Gazette Online threads...there's just so much stupid...

The Gazette is so hard up for pagehits that they post EVERY SINGLE FARKING inflammatory letter to the editor that gets sent to them. It got old. Some of the boneheads on BGO make Darconix look like Socrates. YA RLY.

Not that I see that kind of 'greenlight all the volatile stories for pagehits' behavior on any major news aggregator site with a domain name that rhymes with 'park'. :rolleyes:

/end rant
 
2009-01-20 11:45:37 AM
Onkel Buck: Meh, either Jesus or the Zig-Zag man lives in my ottoman

That looks more like your ottoman is broadcasting Al Jazeera.
 
2009-01-20 11:46:15 AM
Some Wapo: Dick!

I went for the low hanging fruit, sorry. I've drove through Montana several times and have yet to see any sheep so I wonder where that comes from...
 
2009-01-20 11:47:26 AM
All I see is two penguins. And I don't think either of them are virgins.
 
2009-01-20 12:00:55 PM
jynxyu: I went for the low hanging fruit, sorry. I've drove through Montana several times and have yet to see any sheep so I wonder where that comes from...

Heh - low hanging, maybe, but necessarily untrue. :)

Reed Point, on I-90 between Billings and Bozeman; they even have a sheep drive every year. "Get out yer' hip waders and velcro gloves, boys! Who brought the Vaseline?"

/Honestly officer, I was just trying to help him over the fence...
 
2009-01-20 12:01:02 PM
What a traveling tramp. She was in my oatmeal just yesterday ...
 
2009-01-20 12:11:57 PM
nobodys_goose: Onkel Buck: Meh, either Jesus or the Zig-Zag man lives in my ottoman

That looks more like your ottoman is broadcasting Al Jazeera.


Damn, that really disturbed me!
 
2009-01-20 12:20:13 PM
Onkel Buck: Meh, either Jesus or the Zig-Zag man lives in my ottoman

Dude, hate to break it to you, but that's definitely Vladimir Lenin there in your ottoman.

i731.photobucket.com


i731.photobucket.com
 
2009-01-20 12:24:18 PM
FTFA: Skillicorn, 63, is battling a tumor on his liver along with chronic cirrhosis caused by a blood disorder that produces too much iron, destroying his liver.

You know, the easiest cure for too much iron is phlebotomy. You donate blood every four to six weeks and it maintains your iron level.

However, there is no known cure for religious idiocy.
 
2009-01-20 12:39:08 PM
Worst jesus/mary image in a object, evar.
 
2009-01-20 12:41:33 PM
Okay, I must admit to being somewhat befuddled for the longest time about all these "Virgin Mary sitings", then it finally hit me how they happen, and more importantly, why none of them look all that remarkable--or important--to me. Now, before I go further, let me explain meself. I want to forestall those folks who think I am some sort of Mariamachist (Mary hater). This would hardly be true. My own Church (Orthodox) refers to her as Παναγια (all-holy) and Ό Θεοτοκος (God-bearer). For us, she is the "Joy of all who Sorrow". We even commemorate her parents, the Righteous Ancestors, Joachim and Anna. I'm just letting people know that I'm not questioning these "appearances" from hatred of the Holy Mother of God.

No, I'm questioning them from an "aw, c'mon, now" perspective. What I've seen of these "appearences" is that they all bear some vague, passing resemblence to a slender, veiled figure. Now, for me, Orthodox, this is no big deal. We've got gazillions of slender, veiled figures in our iconography. Indeed, it's a convention of the Byzantine style upon which most Orthodox iconography is based to render women and youths of either gender as slender and graceful--it reflects the grace of their existence in heaven. Likewise, female saints are routinely rendered as veiled, especially those of earlier centuries, when a veil (or scarf) was common to women in general. Angels are also often rendered in a similar fashion, although an angel is also likely to be portrayed as being solid and steady, instead. These conventions used to be common throughout Christianity.

However, Western Christians have abandoned their ancient pictorial forms over the millenia, substituting "realistic" (worldly) depictions of what, to us Orthodox, is better rendered with an other-worldly air. There is only one exception to this. The Blessed Virgin is still depicted somewhat as she has always been shown. In addition, vulgar (popular) culture has completely redesigned what women and the young are expected to look like. What this means is that the last remaining gracile, veiled figure that most Western Christians have present at all in their minds is the Θεοτοκος, the Mother of God.

Thus, while someone like me might go "Oh, that vaguely resembles any number of icons, but it's probably not some special Divine sign--there's nothing that particularly stands out about it.", someone without my background will just go "VIRGIN MARY!"--they don't have any other context to interpret it in.
 
2009-01-20 12:46:21 PM
What-EVER. I don't see anything. Except maybe the cock & balls.

/macro mode... use the macro mode, dude!
 
2009-01-20 12:58:18 PM
Silly_Sot: Wall O Text

Dude. This is fark. Just call the guy a sheeple and get on with your life.
 
2009-01-20 01:11:05 PM
Silly_Sot: Okay, I must admit to being somewhat befuddled for the longest time about all these "Virgin Mary sitings", then it finally hit me how they happen, and more importantly, why none of them look all that remarkable--or important--to me. Now, before I go further, let me explain meself. I want to forestall those folks who think I am some sort of Mariamachist (Mary hater). This would hardly be true. My own Church (Orthodox) refers to her as Παναγια (all-holy) and Ό Θεοτοκος (God-bearer). For us, she is the "Joy of all who Sorrow". We even commemorate her parents, the Righteous Ancestors, Joachim and Anna. I'm just letting people know that I'm not questioning these "appearances" from hatred of the Holy Mother of God.

No, I'm questioning them from an "aw, c'mon, now" perspective. What I've seen of these "appearences" is that they all bear some vague, passing resemblence to a slender, veiled figure. Now, for me, Orthodox, this is no big deal. We've got gazillions of slender, veiled figures in our iconography. Indeed, it's a convention of the Byzantine style upon which most Orthodox iconography is based to render women and youths of either gender as slender and graceful--it reflects the grace of their existence in heaven. Likewise, female saints are routinely rendered as veiled, especially those of earlier centuries, when a veil (or scarf) was common to women in general. Angels are also often rendered in a similar fashion, although an angel is also likely to be portrayed as being solid and steady, instead. These conventions used to be common throughout Christianity.

However, Western Christians have abandoned their ancient pictorial forms over the millenia, substituting "realistic" (worldly) depictions of what, to us Orthodox, is better rendered with an other-worldly air. There is only one exception to this. The Blessed Virgin is still depicted somewhat as she has always been shown. In addition, vulgar (popular) culture has completely redesigned what women and the young are expected to look like. What this means is that the last remaining gracile, veiled figure that most Western Christians have present at all in their minds is the Θεοτοκος, the Mother of God.

Thus, while someone like me might go "Oh, that vaguely resembles any number of icons, but it's probably not some special Divine sign--there's nothing that particularly stands out about it.", someone without my background will just go "VIRGIN MARY!"--they don't have any other context to interpret it in.



Jesus was an extraterrestrial.
 
2009-01-20 01:25:20 PM
"I'm going to try to sell it on eBay. I'm not sure what it is worth, but to me it's priceless."

So if it is priceless, why sell it?
 
2009-01-20 02:21:04 PM
@Some Wapo: You were so full of fail you just couldn't cut the mustard with the rest of us AWESOME BG posters. You suck sheep balls all the time and just got tired of being TOTALLY PWNED!! See you at dinner tonight. ;-)

As far as Mary in the Agate...I just don't see it at all. Nice discussion going on that thread though.
 
2009-01-20 02:35:11 PM
"it's a streetlight"
 
2009-01-20 02:35:40 PM
It proves the buble TRUE!!!
 
2009-01-20 02:39:53 PM
Amazing new pet 'Blob in a Rock!'
 
2009-01-20 02:55:41 PM
This is one of the coolest VM's I've seen. It was however destroyed by some kid while I lived their (in Clearwater FL.). Amazing that some idle punk could totally make my day with a random act of violence!

/www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/5296 (new window)

if link doesn't wotk, then cut and pasre : )
 
2009-01-20 02:56:19 PM
uh...PASTE : )
 
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