Okay, before you read this you need to start the video below.
I bet Heywood Banks, the comedian singing the uber-catchy melody that should be playing right now, has a full inbox this morning because Big Butter Jesus was struck by lightning last night. This is all that remains…
One of my Facebook friends described it as a praying mantis.
I’ve driven by BBJ, located just off I-75 between Dayton and Cincinnati, many times. I will miss him, not as one who misses a religious monument, but as one who misses the world’s largest piece of fruit located in your home town. It was a roadside attraction. There’s not much left to say that Banks hasn’t sung already, so I’ll just wrap up with a few select quotes from the story about the flaming Jesus in the Dayton Daily News.
“It meant so much to so many people,” Browning said. “The statue can be destroyed and gone, but Jesus can’t be.”
“God struck God, I like the irony. Jesus struck Jesus,” said Dawn Smith, 25, of Hamilton, who was among those standing outside the vehicles along Union Road. “I had to see it. What else are you going to do on a Monday night?”
“It sent goosebumps through my whole body because I am a believer,” said Levi Walsh, 29. “Of all the things that could have been struck, I just think that that would be protected. … It’s something that’s not supposed to happen, Jesus burning,” he said. “I had to see it with my own eyes.”
“I can’t believe Jesus was struck,” said his brother, who noted the giant Hustler Hollywood sign for the adult store across the street was untouched. “It’s the last thing I expected to happen.”
I hope Jesus was insured.