In back of the mobile home where they lived, the Rubio family built turned a 6-foot wood shed into a makeshift shrine, fitting it with glass doors. Soon it would be one of the state's more popular tourist attractions, drawing more than 35,000 people over the years, with some praying for diving assistance, according to one tourist guide. There's no word on whether the tortilla shrine helps in cases of heartburn.
The Miracle Tortilla is conveniently located just 30 miles from Roswell, a popular tourist destination for UFO believers. Coincidence? I think not.
In yet another Mexican food phenomenon, Oregon's 24-hour Church of Elvis in Portland displayed a "Miracle of the Tortilla of Turin" -- a corn chip imprinted with the face of rock 'n' roll's king of kings.
2. The Jesus Fish Stick
News of the Grilled Cheese Virgin Mary last week spurred Fred Whan of Ontario, Canada, to dig into his freezer for what some may believe to be a heavenly work of cod -- a burned fish stick resembling Jesus.
The 40-year-old man says he was cooking dinner for his kids and other children he was baby-sitting when the blessed event occurred. "No one wanted them because they were burned," he said. "So I thought I'd better give them to the dogs."
But before he threw the charred cake to the dogs' dish, he took another look.
"I said, 'That looks like a rock singer,' and then my son goes, 'It looks like Jesus,' and I said 'Well, it does, yeah.' "
So he kept this burnt offering as a conversation piece. Now, he's promising to put it on eBay, perhaps as the perfect keepsake for those who admire both St. Paul and Mrs. Paul. Holy tartar sauce sold separately.
3. The 'NunBun' of Nashville, Tenn.
A good cup of coffee is hard to find, and so is a breakfast roll with an uncanny likeness to Mother Teresa. On the morning of Oct. 15, 1996, the store manager at the Bongo Java coffee shop looked at a pastry and found the saintly nun staring him in the face
The legend of the "NunBun" was born. The confection was shellacked for all eternity as the media converged for a breakfast treat that was soon to be known as "The Immaculate Confection," "The Divine Dough" and "The Cin-a-Nun."
The bends of the roll just perfectly capture Mother Teresa's face, draped in a shawl, with cinnamon accentuating her deep-set, soulful eyes. Disbelievers still claimed the cinnamon roll more closely resembles Doc from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
Nevertheless, news spread worldwide, even to India, where Mother Teresa asked lawyers to make inquiries, concerned that a coffee shop was capitalizing on her name with souvenir T-shirts, postcards and bookmarks.
Eager not to earn the famous nun's ire, Bongo Java quickly agreed to remove her name from any items for sale, and strip certain offensive terms like "immaculate confection" from promotional literature. The coffee shop got to keep its trademarked term "NunBun" and sell images of the roll.
The death of Mother Teresa in September 1997 did not dampen believers' enthusiasm. The NunBun has joined Opryland as one of Nashville's most famous tourist attractions.
4. The Holy Eggplant
In March last year, a woman in Mendhasalis, India, sliced into an eggplant and found seeds spelling out "Allah" in Urdu script. Now, the vegetable is part of a shrine near her home, where some treat it as a religious icon.