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NC Locals Hail 'Kudzu Jesus'

A little bit of paradise near a hotdog stand

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 30, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Other states might be green with envy, but it's only North Carolina that can claim its very own "miraculous" Kudzu Jesus. The mass of runaway weeds growing up a power utility pole and wires near the town of Kinston looks remarkably like Jesus Christ on the cross, say several witnesses. “I thought I was crazy the first time I saw it and it resembled Jesus," said Kent Hardison, who runs Ma's Hotdog Stand less than half a mile from the vision. "Maybe he's looking out for us." One thing's for certain: Kudzu Jesus will likely be around for a while, notes the Kinston Free Press. Hardison, who frequently uses herbicide to destroy kudzu growing up local power lines, has decided against it in this case. "You can't spray Jesus with Roundup," he explained.

Kinston, NC, residents believe 'Kudzu Jesus' is looking out for them.
Kinston, NC, residents believe 'Kudzu Jesus' is looking out for them.   (AP Photo/Daily Free Press, Charles Buchanan)
A non-miraculous growth of kudzu.
A non-miraculous growth of kudzu.   (AP Photo/Roger Alford, File)
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