The Hand of God April 27, 2009

The Hand of God

This was being sold on eBay but it has since been taken down.


That’s apparently the “Hand of God“:

Paul Grayhek, 52, listed the rock formation he dubbed the “Hand of God Rock Wall” on the online auction Web site eBay. The highest bid was $250 early Sunday, with three days left to go in the auction.

The hand-like formation, approximately 9 feet tall and 4 feet wide, appeared in Grayhek’s backyard after a rockfall during Lent on March 8, he said.

The buyer will “basically be buying the rights, complete and exclusive rights” to the rock, including literary and movie rights, according to Grayhek.

You have to be pretty desperate to see anything in the rock formation.

It does raise a question I always have when I see this sort of thing: Does the person seeing the pareidolia actually believe it’s a sign from God? Or are they just saying it to dupe the gullible?

I have the same question for “professional psychics.” How many of them know what they’re doing is a scam and how many of them believe they have some mystical powers?

(Thanks to Nick for the link!)

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  • Reginald Selkirk

    Which side is the thumb? I get the impression God has an extra finger or two. Must be due to a developmental abnormality.

  • FalseImago

    @Reginald, hah, I was thinking the same thing.

  • I know of at least two people deep into the psychic stuff. One girl does readings and all sorts of other paranormal stuff. In the cases I’m aware of, they are not scam artists and actually believe in that garbage.

  • Seriously. If we’re made in God’s image, why does God’s rock hand have at least six fingers?

  • I was skimming job ads on Craigslist and found one that was working via phone from home, will provide all training, but very nondescript. I already smelled scam, but checked out the listed website. Still not much information, so I googled the person listed–#1 was a psychic, same picture as the website, so I think she was hiring. How could such a person not be intentionally perpetrating a scam?

  • Larry Huffman

    So this was removed?

    Damn, I was looking forward to the novel and subsequent summer blockbuster movie about this. And to think, someone almost had that lucrative franchise for only $250.

  • Larry Huffman

    Mouse…when you call her you should say “of course, you know who I am and why I am calling.”

  • Reginald Selkirk

    “of course, you know who I am and why I am calling.”

    That’s what Caller ID is for.

  • j swift

    Being a lefty, I can make it out as the divine being’s left hand(the whole making God in your image thing you see)but if so God has six fingers and someone lopped off his little? finger. Maybe God is an alien after all…..

  • Zar

    Movie rights? For a rock? Are they going to do a Warhol tribute by filming the rock for 18 hours?

  • Alz

    Or.. the chosen race of god had six fingers. However, like many species on the planet, was eventually wiped out by the human race. God, in sorrow, withdrew from the world.

  • Richard Wade

    Does the person seeing the pareidolia actually believe it’s a sign from God? Or are they just saying it to dupe the gullible?

    Trying to sell it on ebay is kind of a big clue.

  • DeafAtheist

    I wonder makes him think it’s God’s hand? Maybe it’s Paul Bunyan’s.

  • DeafAtheist

    As for psychics I don’t know any but do know people who believe their claims. I had an ex-girlfriend in my early to mid 20’s who worked for the Cleo psychic hotline. She didn’t read tarot cards. She rolled dice then consulted a manual and then told the client whatever the book said based on whatever number was rolled. She kept a regular deck of cards to shuffle for sound effects and rolled the dice on a soft surface so the client wouldn’t hear them.

  • I know one person that does palm and tarot readings in addition to his mentalism act. It’s interesting that he knows his mentalism is just trickery but he honestly believes in the in the palmistry and tarot readings he does.

  • Pseudonym

    I think it’s pretty easy to tell which “psychics” are charlatans and which ones aren’t.

    Most psychics (and by this I mean the ones you don’t see on TV) are, I think, honest people who believe what they’re doing. In many cases, they probably have some natural skills (e.g. being a good listener, good at reading body language) which, channelled appropriately, might indicate that they could have had a successful career as a psychologist or counsellor.

  • gribblethemunchkin

    For the whole “do they believe it” bit, Derren brown (British Mentalist and illusionist) has a book out called Tricks of the mind where he writes at length about this. His opinion is that most people that claim to be psychic do indeed believe it, but that the vast majority of those that do it for a living do not, and this this becomes more the case the more famous and wealthy they become through it.

    He recounts an experience filming in a class for psychics where they were trying to “read” some extras. They were all believers and the lengths to which they could rationalise their wrong answers was quite incredible.

    I highly recommend the book. And in fact his stage show if you ever get the chance, he does a lot of stuff on how the mind deceives itself that applies very much to religion and psychics.

  • Vincent


    That’s obviously the hand of Buddha from Kung Fu Hustle!


  • I occasionally read tarot cards as entertainment at Halloween parties. It makes me a little uncomfortable when people tell me how accurate my readings are, since I *know* I’m making stuff up.

    My sister, who’s unfortunately into woo, assures me that I actually have an untapped psychic gift and that even though I think I’m doing completely fictional readings I’m unconsciously coming up with accurate information. It’s hard to argue with that kind of mental gyration so I generally content myself with rolling my eyes.

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