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Comment: You can’t argue with faith

I recently read about a stain on the wall of a Chicago subway, interpreted by many as an image of the Virgin Mary embracing the recently deceased Pope, which is now a shrine named ‘Our Lady of the Underpass’. Frankly, other than its surrounding candles and crucifixes, the stain looks like many others on walls below ground level. It is different only in that it appears natural rather than due to an underpass-subclass interaction. (Too obscure? Think about the type of individual who paints crude graffiti in subways.) The official explanation is salt-containing water dripping from the road above.
Dermatology in practice 2006; 14(2): 4–4
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