August 19, 2009
Kudzu forms image of Jesus
An image of Jesus, or what could be Jesus, has been spotted in a kudzu vine growing on a utility pole next to railroad tracks in Raleigh, N.C.
The resemblance was first spotted by customers of the Boylan Bridge Brewpub, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Wednesday. They pointed it out to John Morris, who runs the Web site Goodnightraleigh.com.Morris said he has a special interest in pareidolia, or finding meaning in random events, like the way a kudzu vine grows.
The kudzu Christ is about 30 feet tall with arms outstretched along the wires and a head seemingly bowed. The rear view resembles the 100-foot statue of Jesus looking down on Rio de Janeiro.
So far, the figure has attracted more jokes than worship in Raleigh, the state capital and a university town.
Poor Jesus, one poster said on newraleigh.com. "Guy hasn't had a
decent night's sleep in 2,000 years, and now he's got to pull a double
shift at the edge of a scrub lot. No respect."