Monday, March 24, 2008


Steve Cragg, a Houston, Texas, youth minister discovered this Cheeto a few years ago. At first he thought it looked like a dog, but then he turned this cheddar-flavored gnarl of corn meal and thought it looked like Jesus, and one of the kids named it: Cheesus.

For a couple of years, Cheesus surveyed this temporal realm from a spot on one of the youth minister’s bookshelves. According to this KTRK report, Cragg made his discovery public in the name of Easter cheer. But, he says, “I do not think that God makes Cheetos that look like Jesus or creates images of Himself on screen doors. I do know that God reveals Himself to us in a zillion different ways . . . Seeing the image of Christ in a Cheeto means that I was able to imagine it. God's creation is full of signs and things that can and do remind us of Him."

Cragg’s thought certainly fits with the old Madonna of the Toast credo – What do you see? – so maybe he’s just a guy with a good sense of humor. It doesn’t seem like he’s gearing up to sell it on eBay, so I guess it’s back to that perch on the bookshelf.

Speaking of eBay, and another small, crunchy foodstuff, that Illinois Corn Flake sold! The auction was reinstated, thanks to the guile of the two McIntire sisters. Selling a perishable item is verboten on eBay – it’s why the Virgin Mary Pretzel didn’t sell. According to this FOX 5 report, though, these two young ladies devised a way to get around the rule. They auctioned off a coupon redeemable for the state-shaped corn flake. Genius!

Monty Kerr, owner of a trivia website, paid $1,350 for the coupon. The money is going to be used for a McIntire family vacation. Kerr is going to drive from Austin, Texas, to Virginia to pick up the cereal bit. Apparently, he will include the item in his traveling pop-culture museum.

I hope it has a gift shop!

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