Images of Jesus are said to have appeared in everything from a grilled cheese sandwich to a sonogram, but now one British man is insisting that a fabric softener stain on his T-shirt is actually an image of the Messiah.
UK resident Martin Andrew said an accidental spill of fabric softener on a T-shirt resulted in the now-viral photograph Metro reported Wednesday.
“When the T-shirt’s the right way up, it doesn’t look like anything,” Andrews said. “But when you look at it the other way, it’s really Him,” he said, referring to Jesus Christ.
While Andrew is adamant that the image is actually of Jesus, he said his co-workers think the image resembles another famous male -- Fonzie from the 1974 sitcom “Happy Days.”
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“I showed my mates at work the picture, and one of them said, ‘I’ve heard you can find comfort in Jesus, but you’ve found Jesus in Comfort,” Andrews said.
Comfort is reportedly the fabric softener brand used to create the holy image.
A Miami, Fla., couple uncovered what they believed to be Jesus in their sonogram Monday, claiming to see the hair, mouth, nose and beard of Christ. The image was taken two months before the child’s birth in July last year.
In 2004, a 10-year-old's grilled cheese sandwich fetched a whopping $28,000 in an online auction after the original owner, Diane Duyser, said it resemebled Jesus’s image. Duyer, who claimed the sandwich never grew mold or fell apart during its decade-long life, was taken on tour before placing it with its new owner.
“We believe that everyone should be able to see it and learn of its mystical powers for themselves,” owner of the auction website Richard Rowe said.
A 2012 study conducted by the University of Helsinki in Finland said it is more common for religious individuals than nonreligious ones to see images of Christ in everyday objects.
Researchers published their findings in the Applied Cognitive Psychology journals, stating that out of the 47 adults studied, participants with religious values and beliefs in the paranormal saw more images versus religious skeptics. Participants were asked to find images of faces in lifeless objects in everything from tools to landscapes and rocks.
“An ability to see faces is more common in some people than others due to difference in how our brains process information,” study author Tapani Riekki said. “It’s normal and actually fun that our minds play tricks and triggers the face perception when no actual faces are present,” she said.