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Praise the Lord and Pass the Parmesan

April 5th, 2011 (12:37 am)

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Praise 'Cheesus'!
Face of Jesus Appears in Three-Cheese Pizza

Apr 4, 2011

Steven Hoffer Contributor
Mozzarella miracle or half-baked deity?

The face of Jesus has apparently made yet another surprisingly delicious appearance, this time in a three-cheese pizza.

Maree Phelan of the Posh Pizza shop in Brisbane, Australia, made the improbably divine discovery last week when she pulled the pie out of the oven, news.com.au reports.

"I can definitely say this isn't a fake,'' she said. "The three-cheese pizza always comes out with very different colors.''

The pizza is currently vacuum-packed and awaiting the highest bidder on eBay, where the pie is being auctioned off for charity. As of this morning, 26 bids were placed, with the highest offer at roughly $160.

Why bid on this cheesy relic?

Shop owners believe that the pizza brings good luck. According to the eBay listing, "After discovering it, the owner of the store parked in a loading zone and didn't get a parking ticket."

Good omen or otherwise, Australian Catholic University associate professor Patrick McArdle says that the sighting "can't be a bad thing," but he also believes that "Pizza Cheesus" is "almost definitely not a miracle."

"We often rely on medical miracles because there is scientific proof it can't be explained by conventional science. That's where the validity comes from,'' he said. "You have to understand, we can't apply that kind of rigor to a piece of cheese."