October 13, 1988

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1988, the Shroud of Turin was shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages. It was first ‘uncovered’ in 1357 in Western Europe (France) as a means to encourage pilgrims (tourist) to come and see it and spend their money on hotels, food, souvenirs, and prostitutes. It should also be noted that at that time (1300-1400) many cities and villages had competing items of authentic Jesus paraphernalia, such as slivers from the cross, the crown of thorns, his burial robe, and even, supposedly his foreskin (The Holy Prepuce). It is interesting to note that the Catholic Church has never officially come forward and verified the Shrouds authenticity, much less the Holy Prepuce.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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