Did Jesus manifest himself in Newport woman's potato chip? [PHOTO]

Categories: Religion
Divine message or just a rotted potato?
Carol Isaak found comfort in what she took to be a sign from above that everything will be alright. The administrator of the Potato Association of America isn't so sure.

Newport resident Isaak, 67, cracked open a bag of ripple-style Clancy's chips the night before Easter. She had just gotten her snack on when she was given pause by what appeared to be an image of a crucified Jesus Christ smack-dab in the middle of a chip.

"It seemed like a sign or something," Isaak told the Pioneer Press. "I got all fuzzy and warm."

Here's Carol's chip:
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Isaak explained that her husband, Vern, has recently been going through some health problems, and she took the Jesus chip as "just a comforting thing telling me things will be OK." She added that she wanted to bring the chip to church on Easter to show her minister, but decided against doing so because she was afraid it would break.

Of course, this is far from the first time somebody has seen a divine likeness on a potato chip. Some, like the Isaaks, find deep spiritual meaning in the resemblance. Others, like Lori Wing, administrator of the Potato Association of America, think there's a more naturalistic explanation.

Wing told the PiPress that just this year, she's already heard of Christ chip sightings in Maine and Canada.

"No matter how hard I look, I don't see it," Wing said, adding that she believes the Christ likenesses are the product of diseased or rotted potatos, not divine intervention.

But ultimately, if Carol's belief that Jesus is sending a message of reassurance through a potato chip is a source of comfort and reassurance, then why quibble? Misguided or no, one of modern religion's most important functions is to serve as a source of meaning in a world that often seems meaningless. And haven't people said all along that He works in mysterious ways?


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8 comments
John Titor
John Titor

I love it that whenever some sort of shape appears that might possibly be interpreted as humanoid appears in a food item, people automatically assume it's jesus or the virgin mother or some other crap. This much more closely resembles the Abu Ghraib photo referenced by Jeremy B than anything. Seriously - no distinguishing characteristics are visible. How can you assume it's Jesus? It could be Lenin, or Cleopatra, or Toulouse-Lautrec. Or it could be satan, trying to mislead people!

Or it might just be a hollow spot in the middle of the potato. They often have that cruciform shape - do a google image search for "hollow heart potato". Although this one http://bit.ly/Iqy821 looks a bit like an airplane. And it's pointing down! Like it's crashing!!! It's a message from God! Cancel your next flight and take the train instead! (Clearly, God is a liberal, promoting the use of passenger trains.)

Cynic
Cynic

I think it looks like a Klansman.  Not quite as uplifting as an image of Jesus.

PointyNipples
PointyNipples

I can't believe the woman was eating Ruffles Original potato chips.  Those chips are terrible.

amiller92
amiller92

Looks more like Abe Simpson.

Joe
Joe

That's clearly Zoidberg.

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

Maybe Jesus is trying to tell the chip manufacturer they need to use better quality control.

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

I was thinking Abu Ghraib--but yes, a hooded figure either way.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

It's obviously a dragon sock puppet.  Come on people....

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