Two thousand ten is over. I’m not sad to see it go, but I also wasn’t craving the annual mulligan that comes with Jan. 1. Regardless, Happy New Year.
As already mentioned, the waning of the calendar year is a time for making charitable contributions and for media outlets publishing year-in-review features. (See here.) Another example comes courtesy of Marc Hartzman writing at AOL News. Hartzman recaps Jesus sightings from 2010:
Jesus Outside a Pub: Earlier this month, Jesus made headlines for allegedly appearing on the facade of an Australian pub. A local was first to point out that paint chipped away near the front door seemed to form an image of Jesus with outstretched arms.
Google God: Google proved that it truly can find anything—even God. Gawker posted an image captured by Google Street View cameras in Switzerland that seemed to show the Lord hovering over a lake.
Gawker blogger Max Read suggested the “blurry, possibly robed figures” could be “God and His only begotten Son,” or perhaps just “something on the camera lens.”
Comments on Gawker showed not everyone agreed. Several readers had a simpler explanation: “bird poop.”
Telephone Pole Jesus: This past September, in rural Hathaway, La., drivers felt they were being watched over from above as they sped down the highway, thanks to a growth of vines around a utility pole resembling Jesus on the cross.
“That was brought there by him,” Rickey Navarre told local station KPLC. “He might just be telling us something, you know: ‘I’m looking over you, I’m going to answer your prayers.’”
But electric officials received a different message: danger. The vines were growing near high-voltage lines, and to prevent believers from trying to climb the pole and touch Jesus, the foliage was removed.