Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Glurge: Muslim girls buried alive by their father are fed and comforted by Jesus until rescuers come for them.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2004]
Variations: A December 2007 version added the information that the Muslim man killed his wife "because she was reading the Bible."
Origins: We first encountered this story in April 2004 when it began to land in the snopes.com inbox. It has since come to us labeled "News from Egypt," "Miracle in Egypt," and "Murder Miracle in
The story, as appealing as it may be, appears to have nothing to it. Despite the tale's claim that "The country is outraged over the incident, and the man will be executed," we found no news reports from Egypt about a man's murdering his wife and burying her along with his two still-alive daughters, let alone about the two little girls' being nurtured below ground by Jesus for
As to where the story came from, while a number of the forwards identify as the writer of the
I don't want to wait until our next newsletter to get this story out to you. It begins as a tragedy but ends as an incredible miracle. Victor received this by email a few days ago (5/20/04), and talked with family in Egypt to confirm the details that were given there on the news.A careful reading of that preface provides the information that the putative author did not pen the written account now so often attributed to her — the piece was instead something her husband received from an unnamed source. As for confirming details with family in Egypt, we can only guess what got asked and how it was answered.
Barbara "miracle whipped" Mikkelson
Last updated: 23 April 2008
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