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A Marmite Mystery? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

marmiteMarmite is a yeast paste favored by Brits and Aussies, but somewhat shunned in the states. Having actually tried the stuff, I do wonder how folks can enjoy it. But then again, I like peanut butter and Fluff sandwiches, and I understand that marshmallow creme is a rather American phenomenon.

And though I've opened exactly one lid of marmite and countless dozens of lids of marshmallow creme, I can't say that I ever noticed anything quite as noteworthy as that which Claire Allen discovered on the lid of her marmite jar as she made lunch for her four year old son.

I find an interesting parallel here. First, not having grown up with marmite, I'd never consider serving it to my kids as I think it's inedible. Second, I don't see anything that resembles "Jesus" in the lid. Given that there's no photographic or other visual record of Jesus, his Mom, or anyone else in his family, I do wonder why people assume that any vaguely face-like shape, which our brains are so keenly wired to detect, is Jesus or Mary. Honestly, it looks like a random smear of marmite to me.

montoyaBut... if I look closely and squint, I can see the face of someone who I've encountered on screens big and small. Given this well-known character's insatiable appetite for revenge, it seems likely that even a jar of marmite would offer no refuge for the man who killed his father.

If had six fingers, I might find this particular jar a bit disturbing.

 

 

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written by JeffWagg, June 20, 2009
And it seems Phil covered this a few weeks ago. Interesting parallels, as I was unaware of his article until now. http://blogs.discovermagazine....-of-grace/
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It is perfectly obvious
written by COOL Skeptic, June 20, 2009
A dog smoking a cigar.
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written by JeffWagg, June 20, 2009
And someone else believes the image is actually Ted Nugent: http://shanghaijill.files.word...nugent.jpg
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written by TDjazz, June 21, 2009
Frank Zappa sticking out his tongue?

Snidely Whiplash in need of a haircut?

Jesus wearing sunglasses and smoking a cigar?
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written by TDjazz, June 21, 2009
Whew! I'm safe!

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written by TDjazz, June 21, 2009
Oops--ignore "Whew! I'm safe" post.
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written by TDjazz, June 21, 2009
http://www.goohf.com/
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written by stacyhead, June 21, 2009
It looks like the SAW movie puppet, I defininetly don't see Ted Nugent.
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How to eat Marmite
written by atholk, June 21, 2009
Well like the way there is a difference between taking a bite out of a cow, and grilling steaks, there is a wrong way and a right way to eat Marmite. The thing with Marmite is you have to understand that it's really more of a "spice" than a "sandwich topping". The general rule for an application to toast is "scrape it on, scrape it off", and leaving a thin layer of it behind.

Everytime I see an American "try Marmite", it's been spread on the bread a quarter inch thick and they take a hugh bite of it. Then the gagging starts. Trust me, that much Marmite makes even people who LOVE Marmite shudder.

A jar of Marmite should last a couple months even with daily use at breakfast.
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written by Gr8wight, June 21, 2009
I see an alien in profile (he's looking towards the right of your screen), and he's wearing sunglasses.
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SS. MOULD?
written by Michael K Gray, June 21, 2009
I had originally assumed that the oddity that was uncovered was the "SS MOULD" enscription that you can see in the lid, not some inscrutable form of pareidolia.

Now, to those fans of Marmite (and its evil twin Vegemite), being Poms and Aussies (and Kiwis), we spell "Mold", as in bathroom scum, as "Mould". (The proper way!)

The SS Mould would be a steam-powered water craft of some type.
Perhaps it is not yeast sludge after all, but diesel fuel oil sump scrapings?

(A confession: as an Aussie, I generally have our locally made* vegemite substitute nearly every day during breakfast.
They must put cocaine in it or something!
Its a bit like beer: foul when one first tries it, but it grows on you to the point where it becomes a compulsion.)

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* The US company KRAFT now owns the Vegemite brand.
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written by Culmidon, June 21, 2009
Jesus, Schmesus, it just looks like someone sticking his tongue out at everyone. Hmmm, maybe it IS Jesus after all!
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written by LovleAnjel, June 21, 2009
I see Lemmy from Motorhead.

Even spread thin, I couldn't take Vegemite. Incomparable to marshmallow fluff!
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written by The_Libertarian_Otaku, June 21, 2009
I see something that's pretty NSFW in there.

Never heard of marmite until now, though it sounds pretty unappetizing to me. (Also, I see no reason to put a U in "mold".)
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written by CasaRojo, June 21, 2009
Looks like Linda Lovelace with a...er..a... smoking a cigar.
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written by stacyhead, June 21, 2009
Oh I see jesus is either Ted Nugent or the puppet from SAW. HA!
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Just another bit of Woo from the Examiner
written by ghostchaser, June 21, 2009
If this were a real media outlet it would be much more depressing. However this is the Examiner that we are talking about.
This publication is so deep in parastupid content that there is no way anything that comes from it can be taken seriously.

I keep up on a lot of the nonsense in Denver via the Examiner. Here is a list of some topics covered by Examiner "reporters":
# Denver Extraterrestrial Contact Examiner
# Denver Paranormal Science Examiner
# Denver Phenomenon Research Examiner
# Denver Progressive Examiner
# Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner
# LA UFO Examiner
# Nashville UFO Examiner
# National Intelligence Examiner
# Paranormal Examiner
# Phoenix UFO Examiner
# Pittsburgh UFO Examiner
# Sacramento UFO Examiner
# Seattle Exopolitics Examiner

We have attempted to contact the Examiner and offer viewpoints from a skeptical point of view, but our requests have never been answered.

Thanks,
Bryan
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written by Willy K, June 21, 2009
Maybe its spoo? smilies/wink.gif
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written by JWideman, June 21, 2009
Well, Lemmy IS God.
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@jwideman
written by tctheunbeliever, June 21, 2009
Of course! I knew Jesus didn't have any warts!
Marmiterhead?
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If you turn your head to the left...
written by That Guy, June 21, 2009
The marmite (rather than the lack of marmite) forms a long necked dino. Proof that dinos were really real, and loved marmite.

Every time I see one of these, I am inspired to make my own and sell them on ebay. It really does not look that hard. Other people do most of the work, after all.
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Huh?
written by AlmightyBob, June 21, 2009
Jeff wrote >>
I can see the face of someone who I've encountered on screens big and small. Given this well-known character's insatiable appetite for revenge, it seems likely that even a jar of marmite would offer no refuge for the man who killed his father
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Ok, am I the only one who doesn't know who we're talking about here?
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written by daveg703, June 21, 2009
No, A-B, you are not alone, but we may be the only two that admit our ignorance in this instances.
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written by daveg703, June 21, 2009
Comment in haste, repent in haste. Typo should be "instance."
Sorry.
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Ignorance
written by FrankH, June 21, 2009
I also was ignorant, but if you look at the properties of the photo you'll see that it is called "montoya.jpg".

A little bit of Googling narrows it down to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inigo_Montoya
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Spoo?
written by GusGus, June 21, 2009

Well, I know who Inigo Montoya is (I'm a couch potato!), but what's "spoo?"
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Who actually LOOKS at condiment lids?
written by Metatron, June 21, 2009
Or, if you did, what are the chances it would be in any kind of orientation conducive to pareidolia?

My first Marmite incident was 15 years ago. I thought it was some sort of molasses spread, so I spread it pretty thick on a cheese sandwich (it sounded good at the time). Crap! That taste was a surprise, and a lot of surprise at that.

I really like the stuff. My wife detests it. Very polar substance.
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written by Skemono, June 21, 2009
Well, I know who Inigo Montoya is (I'm a couch potato!), but what's "spoo?"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoo
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Looks like...
written by Brookston John, June 21, 2009
One of the Bikers that the late David Mann used to paint. Big mustache, Cool-Ray sunglasses...
I like Marmite, it's salty and earthy, and yes, most yanks slop it on a sammich like it was Habenero Salsa or something.
Never had Vegemite, not available around here.
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written by BillyJoe, June 21, 2009
I think I'm the only Aussie who hates vegemite.
At least the other five in my family love the stuff.

(Marmite came later and was an imitation)
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written by MadScientist, June 22, 2009
Inigo Montoya? I don't teenk so. Eet looks like Ringo Starr to me. Are we going to have a holy war about who this smear of toxic sludge resembles?
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written by Dooyoowoowoo, June 22, 2009
"Are we going to have a holy war about who this smear of toxic sludge resembles"

Hell yeah! Isn't that what religion is all about!
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turn it 180 degrees
written by DoctorSeth, June 22, 2009
it's two seahorses trying to go at it doggy style
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written by pxatkins, June 22, 2009
If you turn it 45 degrees anti-clockwise (counterclockwise if you're North American, widdershins if you're from County Durham) you will clearly see a swimming yellow duck. What does it all mean ... smilies/smiley.gif
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written by Lee, June 23, 2009
I honestly thought the allegedly noteworthy part of the image was the text "SS MOULD" on the lid. After all, no one wants mouldy food.
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Obviously
written by Griz, June 23, 2009
That's Captain Hook.
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written by Kimpatsu, June 23, 2009
That's not Jesus; it's the Phantom of the Opera!
And Marmite is delicious. Americans just have no taste. Maybe that's the miracle?
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Brits put beans on toast for breakfast
written by Griz, June 24, 2009
Finding that out at a buffet in Orlando some years ago really solidified the culinary gap between us in my mind. But as far as food fouls are concerned, Americans are no better. We put sugar in and on everything.
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written by EmJay, June 24, 2009
Looks like Charles Manson to me.

And I prefer Promite - I'm guessing it has more sugar than Vegemite, but I've never checked.
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Sorry Billy Joe, but no cigar
written by Rense, June 27, 2009
Marmite was invented in 1902. Vegemite didn't appear until 1922.
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written by BillyJoe, June 27, 2009
Is that right!
Hmmm...I heard about vegemite for ages before I ever came across Marmite.
...that's probably because I live in Australia.

(You ARE right - or at least Wikipedia agrees with you)
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Marmite and peanut butter
written by StephenRG, June 27, 2009
As Jeff W likes peanut butter, he may consider trying Marmite with it - it's a traditional combination. (Perhaps peanut butter becomes a gateway spread... smilies/wink.gif
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More Delightful Sangers...
written by BillyJoe, June 27, 2009
Peanut Butter and Cheese. smilies/smiley.gif
Peanut Butter and Jam. smilies/smiley.gif

And slightly off-topic:
Egg and Banana smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gif

(My daughter has become my first convert to egg and banana sangers)
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Thanks for pointing that out
written by Bolus, July 03, 2009
OMG, I never realized how much Mandy Patinkin looks like Jesus!
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Some (not so) relevant ponts...
written by Steevogrande, July 07, 2010
Gee, where to begin...

- I've never seen Jesus in this manner, nor Mary on my burnt toast (now there's a combination!) but I did once think I saw the image of Shaggy from Scooby Doo in the grain of some fake wood paneling on my wall...

- If that is Jesus, he looks like he's been out on a bender- pehaps Marmite is the secret ingredient to an "almighty" hangover cure?

- Let's hope some other religions don't get hold of this and mistake the identity, or fatwahs could ensue against the poor manufacturers...
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