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Crucified Alien MRI Pareidolia

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The Apparition of Virgin Mary in the inverted MRI scan of Pamela Latrimore’s brain is making the rounds, which was the opportunity for us to show here the exclusive, never-before-seen and almost as moving related religious imagery of the crucified alien above. That comes from a hip MRI scan of another woman. The amount of detail is quite interesting, you can even feel the pain of the alien (or would it be The Passion of the Grey?).

Well, enough of the unfunny jokes. Doctor Marco Lazzeri kindly clarified to us that:

crucifiedalienscanfullthumb432 “It’s a hip MRI, performed in the coronal plane (front to back). This is one of the last sections, far to the back. The black circle, [which also looks like a monster face] up there is the large intestine, sectioned. The head of the alien/anti-Christ is a piece of the uterus, and the eyes are the normal uterine veins. The body is composed of parts of the uterus and the vagina. The arms are the large uterus ligaments. Coming out of its feet, that black line, is gas inside the vagina. Those white “little fingers” a bit further down are the vulva labia. Everything white is fat, in vaginal labia, thighs and inside the pelvis.”

Which means, obviously, that that’s just pareidolia, our pattern-hungry brains recognizing not so arbitrary things in very arbitrary images. Things that are not really there. And Brazil has also been the stage for another interesting example of pareidolia from diagnostic methods.

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Seeing the comparison above, you can somehow see that there’s something like a vague impression of the man on the right in the x-ray on the left. Mostly the ears and eyes. Well, some people think that’s a miracle, or at least, proof of one.

In the cities of Pará de Minas and Leandro Ferreira, Minas Gerais, there are many stories from people who believe they were cured thanks to “father Libério”, a local catholic priest deceased in 1980 who, though not officially, is worshiped by the locals as a saint.

Last year, young student Walace de Souza was hit in a road, breaking his pelvis and suffering from internal hemorrhage. Doctors “gave him three days left to live”, tells his father.

But two months later Walace was not only still alive, he was able to stand up. The recovery was “miraculous”, which only made their surprise greater when they saw the x-ray of Walace’s pelvis. Yes, the man who appears in his pelvis is father Libério, the non-official saint.

The local church is investigating if that would be considered a miracle to be included in the process to canonize Libério, but Fantástico TV show quoted doctor Paulo Bahia classifying it as an “optical illusion”.

“The eyes are formed by the sacrum, that is the bone that makes up part of the pelvis, the ears are formed by the ilia, also a bone structure of the pelvis, the mouth is gas from the intestines, as well as the face is partially formed by the bladder that is full in this case”, he explained.

If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, guess what Walace de Souza was doing when he was hit in the road? He was taking part in a religious procession. I can certainly understand that he and his family were glad with the recovery and were prone to see divine intervention rather than a bad diagnostic, but this is surely a case where faith didn’t help very much in the first place.

Pareidolia can be quite surprising indeed, though in these cases it is just slightly amusing. Virgin Mary in a brain scan is more easy to discuss in a dinner table than these ones from the lower parts which end up inevitably involving intestines and bladders, gases and urine.

Sure, they are, for the exact same reasons, funnier. Haha, this post has the v-word. Three times.

[Many thanks to Marco Lazzeri]

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