Friday, February 15, 2008

Guess Who? 2008-2-15 #2

Electric iron casts image resembling the holy virgin

The home altar in Blanca Villa's Cathedral City bedroom has candles, flowers and a biblical storybook. But the focal point is an ordinary looking Black and Decker steam iron that Villa bought five years ago at a Wal-Mart.

When the closet light hits the iron's metal just right, the reflection on a nearby wall bears an uncanny resemblance to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

The Virgin of Guadalupe image appeared in Cathedral City, near Palm Springs, after Contreras ironed his son's pants and placed the appliance on the ironing board for Villa to use. He recalled seeing only a shapeless reflection on the wall.

But when Villa was about to grab the iron, she shrieked. The light had been transformed into what Villa believed was a miraculous visit from the Virgin of Guadalupe...

...Meanwhile, Blanca Villa keeps her closet light on 24 hours a day.

"The first night, it was hard to sleep, because I don't like the light," she said. "But it doesn't bother me now. I'm afraid that if I turn the light off the whole night, the image won't be there anymore."

Yeah, but her son has been going pants-less all this time. And the rest of the family is growing weary of the equally depressing alternatives of going about all rumpled or trying to afford a large dry-cleaning bill each month.

Black and Decker, meanwhile, is trying to figure out how to sell more appliances that people will buy and not use. "It sure saves on us having to do complex engineering when we don't have to put any electrical parts inside because we know these will never get used."

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