Gotta Watch: 2010 holy sightings; screwy history; li'l dribbler
December 30th, 2010
11:42 AM ET

Gotta Watch: 2010 holy sightings; screwy history; li'l dribbler

The Year in Holy Sightings: Spirits show their faces in some strange places in CNN.com's compilation of the best holy sighting videos.

That's textbook ... or is it? Students, if you're contemplating copying and pasting your term paper from the internet, think again. This kind of "research" has backfired on a Virginia textbook author who did just that. You won't believe some of the preposterous statements in this fourth-grade history book ... like the claim thousands of blacks served in the Confederate army,  an assertion many historians say is unfounded.

Kid's got game: This video speaks for itself. This kid takes dribbling to a new level. Twelve-year-old Jordan McCabe - yes that's his real name - will leave you mesmerized with his skills on the court.

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  1. Jason

    These religious nuts crack me up.

    Get this, I took a dump this morning and OMG praise the lord! I saw Jesus in the toilet bowl. I'm certain it was him... all skinny, with a frown and that middle eastern brown glow. Next to him were 12 little kibbles which must have been the apostles. Holy moly. Gives the last supper a brand new meaning. And after marveling at the awesome sight for minutes, when I finally wiped the dingleberries off... I saw another image of the that little brown man. It looked like a xerox copy of shroud of Turin!

    December 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwighthuth

      Typical pagan that still follows the dove between the rocks.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dwighthuth

    Wasn't there a few episode's that CNN devoted to an attempt by the ancestor's of the Confederacy where they were attempting to re-write their history from the time of the Civil to paint their side of the story as being in fact the victims of the war. From the fog of the past emergers the ARAGOS the Chalice of the Agamogenesian illuminating her sails. A war that included the freeing of the slaves that had been kept by the South since the very first southern colonies had purchased slaves from African's who sold their own people in slavery? Why would blacks so willingly serve those that had treated them so harshly to fight against those trying to free them? If blacks had fought for the Confederates during the Civil War willingly then why was there so much uproar about them having rights and freedoms during the 1960's? You would think that such an honorable group of states gathered to fight would have granted them ( the black) their freedom's after the war to the Confederate States honor in tact. Why would those (blacks) who willingly fought against the Union Army be put through so much despair? Because of the fact that those left of the Confederate States members did in fact keep slaves and treated them brutally which has tarnished their reputation's ever since then.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Come again? In english please... or are you having one of those 'speak in tongues' moments?

      More schooling and less church would do you some good.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stephen

    Carl Sagan famously discussed "holy sightings" as 1) genetic variation and 2) that the human mind is programmed in a sense to recognize patterns and to recognize faces. I buy that far sooner than I do God's face on a block of wood or something.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      I felt sorry for Carl Sagan. On his death bed he asked a Christian, " So what can you tell me about this GOD of yours"....Looks like the bar was closing on old Carl and all of the sudden, reality hit. What a SAD way to die.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Very wrong, AJ. His wife detailed his last hours. Religious people were not present. That is fiction. And you have lost any credibility you had to begin with.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flippy1124

      Where do you get this info? Do you need to say these things in order to lseep better at night?

      December 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Carl included his end-of-life thoughts in Billions and Billions, which he composed when he was very sick. He did not feel "closed in." Rather the opposite.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Christians love to tell their "death bed" stories. You gotta believe, because WHAT IF?

      December 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rod Venger

    tommas,

    "Perhaps the answers to these questions are currently out of human comprehension (most people truly underestimate how small and insignificant we are) or we will never be able to answer them. That does not give anyone an excuse to make stuff up."

    Someone once said something like, "Saying 'I don't know' is the beginning of wisdom". Fascinating though that you have such a certainty that God does not exist simply because there's no scientific "proof" of His existence. You accept the Universe for what it is, even admitting that some of it is beyond our comprehension...yet dismiss the idea that God is beyond our comprehension. Being a Christian is ALL about the search for God. Astrophysics is ALL about the search for the answers to our Universe. How biased is it to accept the search for one and not the other? A TRUE scientist wouldn't exclude God...he'd go out and look for the evidence of Him...that IS the scientific method, is it not? Saying that "God does not exist" is an anti-science claim.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      I agree, with the huge amount of unknown, it is unwise to say something does NOT exist. In fact there are whole studies in logic and philosophy about proving non-existence, or at least trying to. Most scientists say "there is no evidence for." If there is no evidence for a deity, then why believe any number of conflicting specifics promulgated by religions across the globe.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      I do certainly not rule out there is something greater then what we understand. But once you even use the word "god" you are already assuming way too much.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      No one can say that God does or doesn't exist. The problem for Christians is that non-beleivers use the Bible to judge the "reasonableness" of the existence of God.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Observer,
      The majority of christians use the bible to define god. The word god should be replaced with "unknown", then I would have nothing further to say.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jonnyposter

    It is nice to have miracles validated with all this scientific proof of crying statues, apparitions, and holiest of images implanted upon our common tin cans and smudgy dirt balls . Rocks with faces that talk. It helps to keep me believing what I know can't be true. If you knew I was just a typing kangaroo that broke into a church in the outback in Kunamulla Australia you might not believe me, but on the internet I am anonymous and so can get away with it. The church has begnu levitating..and the dace of Moses is staring at me from a marble tile.....you will have to excuse me.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jackson

    The passion on both sides of the religion issue makes me wonder what the hell is going to happen when the new God book comes out. Looks like January now for "The Way It Really Happened" by God. {{shiver}}

    December 30, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      If the new god book arrives similarly to the previous sacred texts, then the actual author, presumably a deity, would be unseen. Someone will deliver the book to the publisher and say, oh my deity had me put this down. Like going on the mountain alone, or writing your text from behind a curtain. A government committee to select the certified "god" texts among all the mystical writings out there could be created.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joy

    Funny that people assume that these images are Holy. Just because you see a face does not make it the face of God.....duh!!!

    December 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AJ

    Is this the place to write and complain about how Christians get to much "free press" and how Christians are gullible? It is? Im out of here....Hey Science, if the theory of evolution is correct, then why have we stopped "evolving".....Constant change is evolution. Where are my twenty toes and four noses? Did we stop Evolving Charles Darwin...or were you just flat wrong? I will go with the last one...

    December 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      What? You would seem to have no concept of geologic / evolutionary time. Evolution is a slow process wrought by many factors. Many. The Earth is 4.5 billion years old and we showed up about 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. SLOW. We live only about 75 years and would not notice in a lifetime evolutionary changes. And some of the changes you suggest are preposterous and silly. Sign up for Geology 101 and Bio 101 at the nearest Uni.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Natural Selection requires that species change occurs over generations. Species have not stopped evolving. Evolution through natural selection is supported by volumes of supporting evidence. Christian Creations relies on a single book and in-fact a single story. What about all the other creation stories promulgated by other religions? If you currently have twenty toes and four noses, would you be trying to make a point by asking where are your ten toes and one nose?

      December 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Sorry Stephen, Man has been around for over 400,000 years as we just found out. Not a neanderthal. But Man. Dude, you really need to finish HS Biology before you embarrass yourself anymore

      December 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      According to the folks at the Creation Museum, the earth is near 6000 years old. You see they calculated the ages of all the people mentioned in the the Bible's Genesis chapter. You should bone-up on your Creation Studies.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      @Stephen..I also believe that people lived quite a bit longer than 75 years. There are historical records of humans living far past 200 years. Methuselah lived 969 years... It is with the modernization of man that life spans were diminished by disease and famine and such. It isn't until recently our life expectancy has come back up to 75 years with modern medicine being a major contributor.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      "Historical records" = Mythology. Due to diet and so forth, early humans did not live to be 900 years old. Such a claim is fantasy akin to unicorns, Bigfoot, and UFOs.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flippy1124

      @Joy–Really? Historical records?? If I wrote something in a book does it make it true? Stop being so gullible. Of course I believe you are a troll trying to rile people up so why am I wasting my time?

      December 30, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      @Stephen. You talk as if the Bible was written yesterday. It is a well known fact that the Bible is full of Historical facts. The authors are recorded as well as early traditions and geneologies. I would suggest before desputing what it contains that you actually read it for yourself.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flippy1124

      @joy - Reading a book does not prove anything. It's historical fact that many on this planet, a long time ago, thought it was flat. Its historical fact that many thought the sun revolved around the earth. Your point is invalid. The way to prove something is to observe, experiment, etc... Not rely what is written in a book.

      December 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Joy, ever read Heroditus? Bede? Snorri? Early "histories" have an extremely hard time separating verifiable fact from hearsay and tall tales. It is the leading problem in interpreting early histories. The Bible may say the sun comes up in the East and sets in the West – okay, we can verify that. The Bible may turn around and say that people live to be 900 years old. We can safely dismiss that as nonsense. Such is the case with the Bible and other early histories.

      December 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      @Joy. I've read the Bible. I submit many of the skeptics and outright god deniers on this board have read the Bible. Reading does not translating to believing. I read the Bible because, true or not, it is basis for much of our culture. Understanding the culture does not mean you believe culture's many stories brought through time.

      December 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      @Stephen..that is exactly the point. We cannot possibly prove what happened then for ourselves. None of us were there. But if I were to go on your theory then I would say that all historical records are tainted by man's creativity and therefore cannot be taken as fact. So then what do we believe? I for one am not a historian and cannot and will never be able to prove any of this information. I can't even give a completely accurate account of my own life. But taken by 2 or 3 or hundreds of people...I can then take that as fact. I would hardly believe then that the scholars of the time that were putting together this collection of books written in early ages would vote to keep such text that was not at the time something they themselves found to be true. Their reputations were at stake.

      December 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joy

    So which came first? The Sun or the Earth? Can science answer this question? I guess it was in the big bang...all the planets were formed from at the same time. Good thing the sun was intelligent enough to back far enough away from earth as to not scroch it...

    December 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      You are right Joy. Hummm. I wonder why the sun is PERFECTLY set in our solar system to be at just the right degree to keep us from burning up. I think Charles Darwin evolutionist pals are also wondering why the earth has air so we can breath. How did that happen Charlie?

      December 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      Right, and why the trees have fruit that tastes good to humans....If everything evolves then the trees should have evolved to protect themselves and produce bitter fruit so that it would not be eaten and the seeds would be allowed to grow and produce more trees....I mean aren't the trees as intelligent as we are? Why would one cell be more intelligent than the others? Did someone plan that? and why do snakes still have no legs?

      December 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flippy1124

      @ Joy - Cant you ask the snake why it doesn't want legs?

      December 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      @Flippy: I will as soon as we figure out why the single cell that made him is less intelligent then the single cell that we came from. Any thoughts?

      December 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flippy1124

      @Joy - Sure, lets start out with the environment, and the certain needs to adapt to it. Evolution is not linear so it doesn't mean one branch from the evolutionary tree will go extinct because another branch evolved from it. This process takes a very long time, so being that we live on average 80 years, we would never notice these changes. However, we have fossils to go by that makes this theory plausible. There are reptiles that have evolved from snakes that do have legs because its need to adapt to its environment. The reason there are still snakes today is because they are able to adapt to there environment without the use of legs.

      December 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    This so called almighty being in the clouds created the entire universe and all living things in 6 days and takes off for probably millions of years and finally decides to make a comeback on a roasted peanut? We've come a long way since we first popped up in this vast universe thats full of life and have done and created amazing things with our own bare hands. It's the 21st century, we are reality and must discard fairy tales if we wish to advance ourselves any further.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      "on a roasted peanut" -- I am still laughing...

      December 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jbjankins

    It was great when I found god. I took a crap the other day and like a star shining from heaven in the toliet, there he was. He was staring up at me from the bowl like a glorious god he is. Praise Jesus! Praise the almighty god!

    December 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    I've read through a bunch of these comments and am always amazed how hard some people work at trying not to believe in God. You'll claim all kinds of reasons like you can't see him, you can't touch him, etc. Your reasoning almost always is based on the 5 senses. Some will argue a logical point but this, too, is based on the 5 physical senses. How many of you have considered the 87th electron in a specific uranium atom? Why not??? I bet everyone will concede it's existence. Or a particular tree in Madagascar? Or a particular star in the LMC? Yet you work so hard at arguing against God. If he doesn't exist, why do you even consider it at all? If he doesn't exist, why are you wasting so much time on him????? You'll also accept the ethereal 'being' called Nature and refer to it as intelligent and purposeful. Hhmmm.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Melvin

    This is obviously a reflection of someone standing nearby with a scarf wrapped around their neck. A spirit in color. This really going off the deep end.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. St. Germain

    Jesus Christ does indeed exist, he is pure Love Energy, calling on Jesus Christ will radiate Positive Energy because he is divine and the son of Living God who came to die on the cross as a sacrifice to his father to save mankind who believes in him. Right Now we are in the End Times Jesus warned us in his ministry and his disciples kept on with their divine work, all christians who know Christ have been able to actually talk to him, God responds in very mysterious ways, The rapture is also imminent Jesus did say there will be two in field one leaves and one stays, in revelation GOD himself warns the world and says: he who believes in my son and does his will and follows my comandments I will keep you from the HOUR of TRIBULATION!!!! I AM A SERVANT OF GOD AND THE RAPTURE IS COMING VERY SOON BEFORE DEC 21 2012, ON THAT DAY ALL UNBELIEVERS WILL BE SLAUGHTERD BY THE BEAST AND HIS REPTILIANS, There is a coming ALIEN INVASION, FOR ALL UNBELIEVERS IN THE ONE TRUE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE, EVENTUALLY AFTER 7 AND HALF YEARS GOD WILL DESTROY THE BEAST AND ALL UNBELIEVERS' MURDERS, RAPISTS, EVIL PEOPLE ETC....... LONG LIVE THE MESSIAH JESUS HOLY CHRIST MY DIVINE BROTHER WHO DWELLS INSIDE ME AND THROUGOUT THE COSMOS, AMEN LIGHTWORKERS I SALUTE YOU!!!! THE EVIL NEW WORLD ORDER WILL ONLY LAST 7 AND HALF YEARS THEN THE 1000 YEAR REIGN OF GOD BEGINS FOR ALL RIGHTIOUS AND FIRM BELIEVERS OF THE UNIVERSAL GOD OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!! LONG LIVE JESUS CHRIST!!!!! THE MESSIAH

    December 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Well, THAT totally made no frakkin' sense. Pass English much, Germain?

      December 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      You can kiss my "Left Behind."

      December 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Talk to ya Dec 22 2012 ( you do realize how many times the same thing has been said and did not come true)

      December 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • St. Germain

      CHRIS YOU ARE A LOST SOUL, YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND MY MESSAGE BECAUSE YOU ARE A VICTIM OF THE MATRIX, RIGHT NOW MANY ARE LOST THEY DONT SEE THAT THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS MANAGED BY THE ILLUMINATI LUCIFERIANS THATS WHY WE HAVE WARS AND RUMORS OF WAR, AND THAT'S WHY THE WHOLE PLANET IS A PRISON PLANET BECAUSE IT IS SECRETLY RULED BY MASONS AND FAKE JEWS, JESUS CHRIST WARNED US ABOUT SECRET SOCIETIES!!! MANY DO UNDERSTAND ME BECAUSE THEY HAVE AWAKENED THEY HAVE THE CHRIST CONSCIENCE!! YOU MUST HAVE A CHRIST CONSCIENCE IN ORDER TO BE RAPTURED!! YOU CAN START BY FASTING AND PRAYING AND ASK GOD TO REVEAL HIMSELF!! HE WILL!! ALL HUMANS ARE SONS OF A LIVING GOD!!!

      December 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joy

    I guess it was the Monkey that could stand up straight and pick the fruit from the trees that won out in the evolutioninary selection over ones that had the sense of smell as sharp as a dogs. Therefore now we are standing upright rather than being able to smell food miles away. Gotta love that evolution junk!!!

    December 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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