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Matthew Coles is known contributor on Mighty Optical Illusions website. Previously he gave us permission to publish his Stillwater Reservoir Droste effect. I liked that picture so much, that I decided to use it permanently on our mac widget button in the sidebar. This time Matt contributed his newest artwork. It is called Golgotha, and it’s the name of the hill Jesus was crucified on. Golgotha Hill’s geographic feature resembled a skull. Another unpopular fact, is that hill had really bad smell. When people die, first thing their body does, is “opens” and let’s all the excrements out. Many people died crucified on that hill, so you can imagine the atmosphere. That’s also why demons in Dogma were called Golgotha Sh*t Demons. Continue reading this article for further story, and see Matt’s email inside.

Golgotha Hill’s location isn’t certain, but here’s an alternative site, in east Jerusalem near the Garden Tomb. You can see how it may looked like, and how skull motive could have looked.

Here is Matt’s email regarding his submission: “My name is Matthew Coles. I was the one that created the Droste effect illusion that you decided to use as sort of the widget icon. I’m quite flattered. Thank you for using it. It gives me something to show. Well I was bored at work again, and just started drawing my own rendition of one the coolest natural illusions in real life, GOLGOTHA. The location that Jesus Christ was crucified. Whether or not you are christian, it is still cool to know that he was in fact crucified at the hill Golgotha that had natural formations resembling a skull. Also golgotha translates to “skull” or “place of the skull”. I just wanted to thank you for using that picture I made, and just attach something else. Goodbye, Matthew Coles, Kaysville Ut, 84037″.

  • Anonymous

    i think this is really cool and weird. i’m glad somebody did this!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is an illusion?!

  • Anonymous

    Skull “motif,” not skull “motive”

  • Stargirl

    I think that that is relly cool and sortive strange how it seems tht nature has a mind of its own.

  • Simple_Plan_Luver

    Hey!That guy ate my poop!Why is a guy gonna go and do something like that

  • kdmaster

    are the pictures from skull rock in disneyland?

  • Anonymous

    No comment

  • Anonymous

    I find it slightly irritating that he said “Whether or not you are christian, it is still cool to know that Jesus was in fact crucified at the hill Golgotha”.
    Generally, if they’re not christian, they probably believe anyone was crucified there.

  • Anonymous

    dang i saw this right off!!
    but it was cool

  • Anonymous

    A Great Illusion. Very subtle, like all the best

  • Daniel K

    “Generally, if they’re not christian, they probably believe anyone was crucified there.”

    Did you mean “probably *don’t* believe anyone was crucified there”?

    Whether or not Jesus rose from the dead (as Christians would argue), you have to acknowledge that the Roman empire crucified many people. And there’s plenty of historical evidence (in addition to the Bible) that points to Jesus’ existence and crucifixion. If you can’t believe that much, you’ve really got to get your head out of the sand.

  • WeePee

    So is that the skull of Jeebus? I thought I saw a flying spaghetti monster in the 2nd picture!!!1!

  • Anonymous

    Did you mean “probably *don’t* believe anyone was crucified there”?

    Yeah, oops

  • Anonymous

    cool

  • Ted

    “Whether or not you are Christian, it is still cool to know that he was in fact crucified at the hill Golgotha that had natural formations resembling a skull. Also Golgotha translates to “skull” or “place of the skull”.”

    um, the hill was probably named after the skull, and not a coincidence

  • Anonymous

    Looks more like Darth Vader or a clone trooper to me.

  • Anonymous

    Flying spaghetti monster huh? Why do you think that you have to ridicule something just because you don’t understand it. The morals that we used to live by in this country were based on the Bible and the further that we stray away from those morals the faster our demise will come. We had better be making preparations guys. This thing is winding down fast.

  • Sammy Salter

    i’ve been there ;P
    its not really golgotha, as the site was used as a quarry between the time of jesus and approx 1000 years later, and such an intricate natural formation would not hold for 2000 years, too.

    truth is, no-one actually knows where he died and was buried. Church tradition dictates it was at the church of the holy sepulcre, but as that was divined by a vision of constantines mum about 2-300 years after it all hapenned anyway

    this photo was taken at a place called the garden tomb, run by christians of the protestant denominations who wish to provide an alternative view of the place of jesus’s death and burial. it was discovered in the 19th century, and is therefore historically invalid – its very unlikely this is the location.

    you did say it wasnt certain in the article, but i just wanted to give a bit of background info and matt seemed to portray the location as factual :)

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  • http://www.youtube.com Chatter box

    heh heh heh, funny,…….

  • order

    i found the web best

  • cindy

    AwEsOmE kEwL SwEeT :)

  • Me

    Thats really freaky…………………………….

  • smexy beast

    cooio
    is it an illution

  • niyosh felex

    it’s awesome,all my guys

  • xntrkman

    To say “in fact” ‘where someone who is a myth was crucified is rather presumptuous. There is NO historical proof of a man named Jesus christ who lived in that time, who was crucified. I mean, REALLY PEOPLE??? I guess you also believe that every day the Sun beats the darkness & every night the darkness concurs the sun… It’s like monkey brains in human bodies that people believe this shit…

  • xntrkman

    To say “in fact” ‘where someone who is a myth was crucified is rather presumptuous. There is NO historical proof of a man named Jesus christ who lived in that time, who was crucified. I mean, REALLY PEOPLE??? I guess you also believe that every day the Sun beats the darkness & every night the darkness concurs the sun… It’s like monkey brains in human bodies that people believe this $#!T…

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