Fabric Softener Jesus: Martin Andrew Sees Christ In Laundry Stain Because Why Not

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 22, 2013 4:06 PM EDT

Fabric Softener Jesus
This is the image that Martin Andrew created in a laundry room mishap. (Photo: Twitter)

A fabric softener Jesus is making the rounds online today after a UK man spilled some laundry chemicals on his shirt and is claiming the resulting stain is nothing short of divine. Martin Andrew, the "creator" of the fabric softener Jesus stain, tweeted a photo of the T-shirt. He told Metro that finding the fabric softener Jesus is really a matter of perspective.

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"When the T-shirt's the right way up it doesn't really look like anything... but when you look at it the other way up it's really Him," he said.

His co-workers were not so quick to believe in the fabric softener Jesus. Instead, they told Andrew it looks like Fonzie from "Happy Days."

"I showed my mates at work the picture and one of them said, 'I've heard you can find comfort in Jesus but you've found Jesus in Comfort,'" he told Metro. Comfort is the name of the brand of fabric softener Andrew used to create the fabric softener Jesus stain.

Jesus has been busy lately. In addition to the fabric softener Jesus appearance, the Lord of Hosts also decided to photobomb a sonogram in Miami. In February, Jesus appeared in some bird poop on a man's window. He has also appeared in a Google Maps image, a dog's butt and a grilled cheese sandwich.

Of course, leave it to Jesus' mortal enemy, science, to come along and try to explain away His works. The phenomenon that causes us to see things like the fabric softener Jesus is called pareidolia. The word is derived from the Greek words para, meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of, and the noun eidōlon, meaning image, form or shape.

The basic science behind it suggests that humans developed an ability to recognize faces in random patterns as a survival technique that helped our ancestors identify other humans through vegetation or over long distances. As a result, we are hardwired to see "faces" from what are otherwise random patterns. So the fabric softener Jesus looks like Jesus because you think it looks like Jesus, not because it actually looks like Jesus.

Now, we all know someone who would like to argue about whether or not Jesus is real and turn the whole thing into a debate about religion. Don't argue. Just humor them, and then buy them one of these for Christmas.

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