Marty’s photo of the day #4398: I photographed this stork atop the remains of a decomposing church in rural Spain. According to superstition, a stork nesting atop a church brings good luck. While I don’t believe in any superstitions―whether organized or not―I appreciate superstitions that benefit wildlife.

Other than the stork superstition, another favorite of mine is the belief in shape-shifting pink dolphins in the Amazon River. Surely that belief protects the real pink dolphins from human dangers.

On the other hand, one of the news stories going around today is about a nun in Gower, Missouri, whose body had to be exhumed for the addition of a shrine. She was not embalmed before burial and came up well-preserved after four years. While the lack of decomposition is not unusual and easily explained by science, large numbers of people from all over the country are flocking to see the miracle nun―and actually touch the corpse!


Sometimes I swear there are two species of humans: those who live in the twenty-first century and those whose critical thinking ability hasn’t evolved beyond the sixth century.