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Virgin Mary in piece of wood spotted by Utah man Dean Hansen

Dean Hansen discovered the Virgin Mary in a piece of wood while chopping trees with a friend.
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A Utah man thinks this piece of wood bears a striking resemblance to the Virgin Mary. (KSTU/Screengrab)

A Utah man says he's spotted the Virgin Mary in the most unexpected of places -- a piece of wood.

Dean Hansen made the divine discovery about six weeks ago when he and his uncle were chopping pinyon pine wood in central Utah for tent posts and firewood, Salt Lake City TV station KSTU reported.

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"When we first saw it, we were like 'Wow,'" Hansen told the station.

He's keeping the 3-inch-thick circle of wood in a safe place as he decides whether to put it on display, The Huffington Post reported.

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Not to be outdone, the blessed virgin also showed up in a tree trunk in Sleepy Hollow, New York, this past summer as well as one in New York City.

The discoveries beg the question: What's with the Virgin Mary and trees?

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