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The Virgin Mary Challenge

In Minersville, Pennsylvania, the people are occupying their spare time in the dog days of summer by gathering late each afternoon to stare at one particular spot, where, believers say, a vision of the Virgin Mary appears. Oh, the Virgin Mary doesn’t appear with clothes and speak to anybody like a real person or anything like that. No, believers explain, it’s just that an image of the Virgin Mary seems to appear on a certain spot for a few minutes.

Well, for those people outside of Pennsylvania looking for something to do, I have a challenge. I’ve put together five pictures, one of which is a photograph of what the believers claim is the vision of the Virgin Mary.

First, identify the right picture.

Second, explain what in the picture shows that it is an image of the Virgin Mary, and not something else, like an image of a holy kangaroo, or just a natural pattern of shadow and light.

Go to our Virgin Mary Challenge page to see the pictures.

17 thoughts on “The Virgin Mary Challenge”

  1. Jake says:

    Image # 3.

    Because it’s obviously the Virgin Mary.

  2. Fruktata says:

    I say that it’s obviously a holy kangaroo. Who are you to contradict my faith?

  3. Mike O'Risal says:

    Even assuming that it’s the virgin Mary, why would anyone assume that her showing up on a garage door indicates that she wants them to go to church? If that were the case, why not show up at a church?

    I think this is all a divine reminder to get the scheduled maintenance done on our cars. Clearly, the Holy Spirits want us to change our oil and get some new spark plugs.

  4. The Animist says:

    I just had to make this pun…

    The people who saw the virgin mary, you sure they weren’t taking any bong hits 4 jesus?

  5. Steve Green says:

    My guess is ALL OF THEM!

    Just because I cannot see the virgin mary, jesus or the image of any other deity, does not mean others also cannot.

    We come preprogrammed to find faces. We see faces in clouds, mashed potato, chesses toast and cookies.

    This does not mean a god is sending us a personal hello. Get over it!

  6. Jeffrey Stauss says:

    Well, clearly it’s got to be image #4, as anyone but a heathen could plainly see. What we have here is a typical image of Mary encased in a glowing aura. If you look closely you can see within the oval aura the outline of a human form, wearing robes and with a kind of wimple-like headdress. Only a woman would wear such attire, and only the Virgin Mary would show up so attired and encased in a glowing aura. QED.

  7. Kishvier says:

    Well it’s obviously calling me to take over the world! DUH! If you don’t like it then it is heresy and I will send my legions of elvis impersonators to beat you with a sliper and a toaster until you submit to my will. Isn’t it obvious?

    BUT! If you find it discriminatory against your religion we will destroy it immediately for we do not wish to harm your alternate religion pride. Oh yes and we will ban the “REDSKINS” football team to make the indians happy too!

  8. crys says:

    I don’t see the virgin mary or any human in any of the pics, but in Pic #5 it looks like mickey mouse’s head with a teddy bear waving next to it.

  9. Holy Joe says:

    She’s in all the photos! Are you people blind or something? Oh ye of little faith!

  10. J. Clifford says:

    No. Actually, it’s a trick. The Virgin Mary is not in any of the photos. The Prophet Mohammed is, and he told me that he’s very angry about all the cartoons.

  11. Will C. Soon says:

    That’s ten bong hits and ten “Hail Mary’s” for all a ya that dare! Oh yeah, and if ya croak on the tenth bong hit the ten virgins are complementary.

  12. Maddy says:

    i am a kid here

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  13. Anonymous says:

    believe what you will but at the end of your of life, will you be happy where you end up?

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      If it’s Toledo, no. Do I have to go to Toledo if I mock the Virgin Mary?

  14. Anonymous says:

    i beleive in the images of virgin mary because i’ve received an image of my own on a neck tie two years ago and til this day it is still there despite of what it went thru.

  15. Anonymous says:

    if toledo is hell, then i wouldn’t want to be in your shoes! nor do i want to mock any religous figure.

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