Monday, August 4, 2008

Let the Cheetos fall where they Sybil Adelman Sage

People report encountering religious figures in unexpected places, sighting Jesus or Mary in a window. This will never happen in our house since our housekeeper is compulsive and would immediately spray Windex on anything unusual.

Food is another source of discovery of religious and representational shapes, the most recent by a woman named Kelly Ramey, who believes she found a depiction of Christ in a bag of Cheetos, which she named, "Cheesus." This is another experience I will never have since I pop junk food into my mouth without stopping to look at it. It's conceivable I've eaten all the apostles without noticing, my own version of The Last Midnight Snack.

Some sightings have proved to be profitable. A grilled cheese sandwich did well on e-bay, and a cornflake shaped like the state of Illinois garnered $1,350 earlier this year. Ramey plans to keep her divine Cheeto in a safe deposit box, perhaps waiting for the economy to turn around before putting it up for sale.

We don't hear of Jews finding godlike images in strange places, but that may be because we're commanded, "Thou shalt have no other Cheetos before me."

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