I am posting this for Pam, who commented that she was intrigued by the "Touchdown Jesus" I mentioned in my prior post.
Before June 14, 2010 if you were driving near Monroe, Ohio on I-75 you would see this statue in front of a church. It portrays the top half of Jesus, rising out of a pool, making a "touchdown" gesture with his outstretched arms. Thus, the nickname "Touchdown Jesus". Some people called it "Big Butter Jesus" because of its resemblance to a butter sculpture.
On June 14, 2010, during a thunderstorm, the statue was struck by lightning and burned (photo below). There was much speculation in the area about why lightning happened to strike here.
Leaving a skeleton that stood for two years:
The church promised to replace the statue. The new one was completed in September. Here it is:
They say this one is fireproof and fitted with lightning rods.