December 24th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Ohio woman says markings in pistachio look like Jesus' face

Some call a central Ohio woman a little "nutty," but she says to use your imagination.

Michelle Phipps, of Dublin, thinks an image on a pistachio shell she found has a striking resemblance to Jesus.

A co-worker brought the nuts into the office to share with other employees. Phipps said one of the nuts stood out from the rest.

Her co-workers thought they saw some other images in the nut.

"We all started joking about it and talking about it. One thought it looked like Jason from a movie, or Freddy Kruger or George Washington. All sorts of things," Phillips said.

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  1. Muneef

    Dear's, am happy for you seeing you spirits are up high and just hope not all just caused by enjoying spirits,haha.
    Any way commenting on your posts yes we do some times see images on fruits or nuts or stones but how can we tell it to be looking Jesus or like Muhammed when no one has a true image of either of them and that any images made for Jesus are of mere imagination of few from the past?
    Guess until now you have not decide if Jesus looked Whiteman or Blackman or Darkman of Middle Eastern complexions...?
    Once a day before Iraq invasion my farm labors brought me a one Mango Fruit from one of my farm trees and it was having like a mouth with lips open as if shouting out No No No but you did...!?

    Well looking closer it actually looking closer to the image above it looks like having a black beard and a complexions closer of Abraham Lincoln a great man that fought against salvery and freeing slaves for ever towards which he had pay out his life for it...?

    And such image could be an advanced warning that some one who had taken Abraham Lincoln as a example and wanted to achieve a similar achievement for Humanity during his life in rule "you know who" is at great danger and could be facing a plot being prepared by his very own people or party!? Wonder if it will be in favor of a strong woman?

    For which I pray for him the mercy of Allah to save him and grant him strength and assistance to achieve all good deeds towards world peace...Amen.

    December 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
    • Reality

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      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

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      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

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      December 26, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  2. Bozo The Clown

    It looks like me! I now proclame this the "Year of the Red Nose"! All ye who read this shall begin wearing one immediately or face my wrath!

    Sheesh, give me a break!

    December 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  3. jonathan

    Shall we worship a nut 🙂

    December 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  4. Mr. Sniffles

    Definitely Charles Darwin as a young man.

    December 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  5. Dorien

    "one of the nuts stood out from the rest" ... that's funny. Obviously Ms. Phipps.

    December 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  6. BB

    I'd consider it blasphemous to degrade your god by thinking you see his image on such a mundane object as a pistachio nut.

    December 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
    • jonathan

      It's called idolatry BB 🙁

      December 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
    • USN Atheist

      Yea, a grilled cheese sandwich is so much more tasteful...MMMmmmmm...grilled cheese sandwich. Face of a "god" or not, it wouldn't have lasted a minute with me.

      December 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  7. greg

    I had a very similar experience. I was enjoying a few walnuts with my martini and as I lifted the final nut to my lips I looked at the nut but did not realise until I had begun chewing that there had been a representation of Jesus in the manger on the nut. I have saved the chewed nut and will send it along to the vatican so they may do a restoration of same.

    December 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  8. Steve

    If you use your imagination my penis looks like jesus. Lucky I don't go around showing everyone.

    December 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
  9. Derek from Boston

    I see a caveman......with a black right eye......and a woman who needs to get her nails done.

    But seriously, it's a bearded face. It could be anyone. Maybe Jesus needs to start signing His name.

    December 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
  10. bill

    Are all you people blind? It's clearly Bob Marley.

    December 24, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  11. Randoms

    The real evidence of belief here is that everyone thinks this type of extreme worshipping is just a saggy load of ppoop.
    Some people are stuck so far back in faith to believe they won't just eventually die and rot. Oh well -to each his own, just keep it out of the news, it is cheap.

    December 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  12. Luke

    Think she'd have varnished her nails up a bit before taking a photo...

    December 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Happy Holiday's -Luke...!

      And... a wishing you a tremendously wonderful 2011.


      December 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  13. Infidel

    I didn't read the full piece to see if it mentions the two requirements that usually correlate with finding Jesus in a nut, potato chip, green bean, what have you – the discoverer is usually Mexican and catholic. I don't know why Mexican catholics can find the face of Jesus in just about any vegetable or junk food.

    December 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
    • Peace2All


      From the Article:

      "Michelle Phipps, of Dublin, thinks an image on a pistachio shell she found has a striking resemblance to Jesus."

      So... it looks like she's probably not 'Mexican' (a guess obviously). Don't know about the Catholic part... but, I certainly wouldn't rule it out.


      December 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  14. Smite Me

    "I'm sure she'll put it on ebay, where some a * * clown will pay a lot of money for it."

    Then maybe she can afford a manicure - gross...

    December 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
    • Infidel

      OMG. I, nor any of the above readers it seems, would have even noticed until you said something. lol.

      December 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  15. James Chin

    It is beyond me how some people convenient interpret according to their own personal belief, ideas and in this case perhaps stupidity

    December 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
    • jonathan

      That is why idolatry is unacceptable in Jewry and in Christianity.. 🙂

      December 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
    • Cori

      I think you mean Judaism, my friend. But you do have a good point. Idolatry is distinctly prohibited in most, if not all, branches of the faiths, yet I cannot think of a better word to describe this.

      December 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  16. Jay

    The women IS a nut.
    I'm sure she'll put it on ebay, where some a * * clown will pay a lot of money for it.
    Jesus was a mythical figure.
    There is no god, no afterlife, no nothing.

    Have a nice day.

    December 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
    • jonathan

      You are wrong Jay......Jesus is risen from the dead..but he did not come in nuts and other forms of idolatry; but but the Holy Spirit..It is a wonderful day as they all are and ever have been...even the day Jesus died..though it was dark and gloomy in three days the true light shined again and for evermore.. amen 🙂

      December 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  17. Frogist

    Looks like Voldemort... It's the dark mark! Run!

    December 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  18. michele

    It looks like Michael Myers from Halloween...not the comic

    December 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  19. Dutch

    Why would Jesus or Mary decide to appear to people on a pistachio, a cafe griddle, a bathroom door, an oil leak on a parking lot, window film on a hospital window or any of the other 1001 places people claim to see these images? I forgot the grilled cheese sandwich. Good grief.

    December 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
    • MRM

      why not?

      December 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Ah... dude, I am glad I didn't ask that kind of a speculative question. I'm afraid, logically speaking, @MRM has ya' on that one.

      Your only move is an ongoing speculative debate on the 'why's' of this. Or... you could just not respond. Which in my opinion, would be the best move.


      December 25, 2010 at 5:08 am |
    • jonathan

      Because idolators look for signs..but there shall be no sign given to them except that which Jesus already explained..His resurrection and the power that comes with it...the Holy Spirit which raised him from the dead and enlivens our mortal bodies that we might know that he is true and that he is alive from the dead..Amen 🙂

      December 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  20. ness

    The mind of the religious is ready to accept and believe anything...even a face on a pistachio shell.

    December 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • jonathan

      Shall we worship a nut??? 🙂

      December 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
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