A church. A gravesite. A funeral home. Those are the places you’d expect to find images or statues of Jesus.
But not on your dinner plate.
Some have reportedly found images of Jesus or the Virgin Mary in their food or other mundane objects.
And that’s actually quite normal. A new study published in Cortex found it wasn’t unusual to see Jesus or other religious symbols in everyday objects. And it doesn’t matter whether or not people were told they would see an illusory image — about 35 percent of people saw the image anyway.
But what are some of the instances in recent history when people saw Jesus or biblical people in objects?
Here’s a look at six different times people saw a religious image in something mundane and regular:
Even something as simple as a receipt can play host to an image of Jesus. Back in 2011, an engaged couple believed they saw Jesus’ face on their receipt. Upon first glance, there was no face. But upon returning home and looking at the receipt, the face appeared, the couple told a local NBC affiliate.
“Then the more you look at it, the more it looked like Jesus, and it was just shocking, breathtaking,” said Jacob Simmons, who saw the image, according to a local NBC affiliate.
The image of Jesus surfaced on toast, too. Linda Lowe, from Lake Bowen in South Carolina, claimed she saw the image of Jesus in her grilled cheese toast, according to online news site Goup State. She didn’t bite the sandwich, instead leaving it for all to see.
“I know there’s a lot of people who believe there’s some divine reason for it being there,” said Ms. Lowe to Goup State. “I just don’t know, but I could never eat it.”
Jesus wasn’t the only one to appear in grilled cheese. In Miami back in 2004, the Virgin Mary was spotted in a grilled cheese sandwich, according to The Associated Press. The sandwich was sold for $28,000, the AP reported.
In 2003, the Virgin Mary was in national news for appearing on the side of a hospital in Milton, Mass. BBC News reported on the occurrence, saying that more than 25,000 traveled there to get a snapshot of the image. The hospital, despite the attention, didn’t do anything to take down the image, mostly because of the positivity it gave patients and people living in the area, BBC reported.