I found this image today while perusing some blogs – 70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been praying in the same spot at his temple in Tongren, China for over 20 years. His footprints, which are up to 1.2 inches deep in some areas, are the result of performing his prayers up to 3000 times a day. Now that he is 70, he says that he has greatly reduced his quantity of prayers to 1,000 times each day.
There was some debate about whether these images were photoshopped in the comments section (and whether praying is a waste of time, whether god exists or whether the monk had been talking to himself all this time etc. etc. but that is beside the point!) I however like to believe the images are real and value the story for what it is 🙂