A remarkable photograph from a fire in Poland shows what appears to be an angel hovering in the sky over the scene. The jaw-dropping image was reportedly snapped last month as firefighters were battling a blaze in the community of Małdyty. The picture was subsequently posted to social media by the mystified fire department, who marveled at the wondrous sight and left their social media users to draw their own conclusions as to what can be seen in the photo.
When asked about the anomaly, one of the firefighters who had been on the scene understandably explained that “I didn’t see anything. The work is dangerous, I didn’t look around.” He went on to seemingly dismiss any possible otherworldly explanation for the oddity, observing that “I’ve seen strange figures in photos taken during our rescue operations before, but I don’t know if this is the way the light works or if the wind is causing the smoke to look like that.”
However, one of his colleagues had a different take on the picture, musing that “if we have such protection from the afterlife watching over us, I feel fairly calm about safety during the operation.” To that end, some have suggested that the eerie figure in the sky was some kind of guardian angel that was protecting the firefighters as they tried to stop the blaze. What’s your take on the curious image?
Looks like smoke coming out of a chimney to me. Grasping at straws here.
Speaking of holy images:
The Face of Jesus Appears in the Oddest Places
Jesus Christ is everywhere, but one Orlando woman thought she was going crazy when she saw his image in the bark of a dead tree in her front yard.
“It’s Treesus,” the homeowner, Kim, said on the eve of Resurrection Sunday. “I find it very odd. For me, it’s unmistakable, and I’m not particularly religious. So I don’t know what it means.”
The Orlando Sentinel agreed to withhold her full name and address because she fears her home would turn into a mecca of pilgrims wanting to see the image.
Here the face of Jesus manifests as a stain on a bathroom wall.
Grilled cheese sandwich, actually this one is the Virgin Mary I think.
There are no photos of Jesus (okay maybe the Shroud of Turin) and nobody painted him. So how did we determine that he looks like the guy on the Kit Kat chocolate bar?
The image seems to materialize in hot places
Why? Why would the Lord and Saviour, King of Kings, put his face on a bloody banana? He might only convert 2 or 3 people with this stunt. He should manifest on a giant billboard in Times Square.
Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.
There have been many instances of perceptions of religious imagery and themes, especially the faces of religious figures, in ordinary phenomena. Many involve images of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the word Allah, or other religious phenomena: in September 2007 in Singapore, for example, a callus on a tree resembled a monkey, leading believers to pay homage to the “Monkey god” (either Sun Wukong or Hanuman) in the monkey tree phenomenon.
Carl Sagan hypothesized that as a survival technique, human beings are “hard-wired” from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being face.
Oh wow Jesus, this is really going to help people quit smoking.
And then there are people nowadays who will never notice Jesus.