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Woman Finds God In Bruise • Dolphins Considered "Non-Human Persons"

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• A woman from Florida claims she returned from a visit with the doctor only to find that her bruise contained an image of Jesus. She says the appearance of the face "strengthened her faith." ABC Newscasters aren't convinced. •

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I have never, ever understood the whole 'I saw Jesus/Virgin Mary in a pizza/dirty winshield/air freshener' business.

People know there aren't any photos of these people, right?

How do you know Jesus didn't look like Danny DeVito? Maybe you should look for the Big Jee on the side of a Limoncello bottle. Or you might have more luck looking for him after draining a liquor bottle...

You, dear lady, have a bruise that looks vaguely like a bearded man. Devendra Banhart, maybe. Or Grizzly Adams. While that is very, very exciting, I don't see why this is on the national news. FFS.