Like the Shroud of Turin and UFOs, when we come upon an image out of its
normal context, we interpret it according to our own social customs and beliefs.
It is hardly surprising, therefore, that when Bill Johnson of Midway, North Carolina noticed a strange marking in the interior of a downed tree, he thought it resembled Jesus Christ. complete with robe and halo.
As reported in The Winston-Salem Journal:
It all started about 10 days ago, Johnson said. A large limb had fallen from a cherry tree in his front yard. The landlord came and cut the broken limb into smaller pieces, stacking the limbs by a bench next to the tree.
Johnson said he first saw the image when he was out walking his dog, Pogo.
“I happened to look down there and I said, ‘That looks like Jesus,'” he said. “It just amazed me.”
The newspaper doesn’t record what Pogo thought of it, but dogs and trees…
And that, really, is the point. Pogo wouldn’t see the same image as Bill, and neither would just about any of Britain’s Baby Boom generation, who would immediately recognise Dr. Who’s most famous adversary.