Calling Joe Nickell, Calling Joe Nickell – Film Claims to Have Found 2 Nails Used to Crucify Jesus.

I smell crap!  The article below is suggesting that the nails that were used to crucify Jesus Christ were found.  This isn’t anything new, Christian relics have been collected and presented as authentic for the last 2,000 years.  Everything from the crown of thorns, the chalice used in the last supper, pieces from the cross, the shroud of Turin and the nails from the cross, have been found numerous times.  One of my favorite quotes says “It has often been said that if all the relics of the True Cross were brought together, there would be enough wood to build Noah’s Ark.”   

 I would love to see Joe Nickell tackle this project.

 Article By Ari Rabinovitch, Reuters

JERUSALEM – Could two of the nails used to crucify Jesus have been discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Jerusalem?

And could they have mysteriously disappeared for 20 years, only to turn up by chance in a Tel Aviv laboratory?

That is the premise of the new documentary film “The Nails of the Cross” by veteran investigator Simcha Jacobovici, which even before its release has prompted debate in the Holy Land.

The film follows three years of research during which Jacobovici presents his assertions — some based on empirical data, others requiring much imagination and a leap of faith.

He hails the find as historic, but most experts and scholars contacted by Reuters dismissed his case as far-fetched, some calling it a publicity stunt.

Many ancient relics, including other nails supposedly traced back to the crucifixion, have been presented over the centuries as having a connection to Jesus. Many were deemed phony, while others were embraced as holy.

Jacobovici, who sparked debate with a previous film that claimed to reveal the lost tomb of Jesus, says this find differs from others because of its historical and archaeological context.

“What we are bringing to the world is the best archaeological argument ever made that two of the nails from the crucifixion of Jesus have been found,” he said in an interview, wearing his trademark traditional knitted cap.

“Do I know 100 percent yes, these are them? I don’t.”

CONSPIRACY, SLIP-UP OR BASELESS?

The film begins by revisiting an ancient Jerusalem grave discovered in 1990 which was hailed by many at the time as the burial place of the Jewish high priest Caiaphas, who in the New Testament presides over the trial of Jesus.

The grave, along with a number of ossuaries, or bone boxes, was uncovered during construction work on a hillside a few kilometers south of the Old City. It has since been resealed.

Caiaphas is a major figure in the Gospels, having sent Jesus to the Romans and on to his death, and one of Jacobovici’s assertions is that the high priest was not such a bad guy.

Two iron nails were found in the tomb, one on the ground and one actually inside an ossuary, and, according to the film, mysteriously disappeared shortly after. Jacobovici says he tracked them down to a laboratory in Tel Aviv of an anthropologist who is an expert on ancient bones.

And if they are indeed the same nails — eaten away by rust and bent at the end, almost purposefully — was their disappearance a conspiracy or a logistical slip-up?

No definite answer is offered.

Either way, Jacobovici shows why those nails could have been used in a crucifixion, which was a common practice two thousand years ago. He then offers his theory about why they may have been used in the most famous crucifixion in history.

“If you look at the whole story, historical, textual, archaeological, they all seem to point at these two nails being involved in a crucifixion,” he said. “And since Caiaphas is only associated with Jesus’s crucifixion, you put two and two together and they seem to imply that these are the nails.”

The Israel Antiquities Authority, which oversaw the Jerusalem excavation, said in reaction to the film’s release that it had never been proven beyond doubt that the tomb was the burial place of Caiaphas. It also said that nails are commonly found in tombs.

“There is no doubt that the talented director Simcha Jacobovici created an interesting film with a real archaeological find at its center, but the interpretation presented in it has no basis in archaeological findings or research,” it said.

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Happy Birthday Paranormal Field!

I just wanted to take the time to say happy birthday to the paranormal community.  The modern spiritualist movement was founded 163 years ago on March 31st 1848.  It was this day, the Fox sisters claimed to have made contact to an entity the dubbed Mr. Splitfoot but later claimed it was the ghost of a murdered peddler named Charles Rosma. 

Though it doesn’t sound like much, Margaret, Kate, and Leah Fox are largely responsible for the birth of modern day paranormal investigation.

The best part of this whole thing is that Margaret Fox admitted the sisters had hoaxed the whole thing.  In 1888 published in the New York World a confession was given by Margaret.

“When we went to bed at night we used to tie an apple to a string and move the string up and down, causing the apple to bump on the floor, or we would drop the apple on the floor, making a strange noise every time it would rebound. Mother listened to this for a time. She would not understand it and did not suspect us as being capable of a trick because we were so young.”

“Mrs. Underhill, my eldest sister, took Katie and me to Rochester. There it was that we discovered a new way to make the raps. My sister Katie was the first to observe that by swishing her fingers she could produce certain noises with her knuckles and joints, and that the same effect could be made with the toes. Finding that we could make raps with our feet – first with one foot and then with both – we practiced until we could do this easily when the room was dark. Like most perplexing things when made clear, it is astonishing how easily it is done. The rapping are simply the result of a perfect control of the muscles of the leg below the knee, which govern the tendons of the foot and allow action of the toe and ankle bones that is not commonly known. Such perfect control is only possible when the child is taken at an early age and carefully and continually taught to practice the muscles, which grow stiffer in later years. … This, then, is the simple explanation of the whole method of the knocks and raps.”

Margaret also talks a little bit about the psychology of the people whom they duped.

“A great many people when they hear the rapping imagine at once that the spirits are touching them. It is a very common delusion. Some very wealthy people came to see me some years ago when I lived in Forty-second Street and I did some rappings for them. I made the spirit rap on the chair and one of the ladies cried out: “I feel the spirit tapping me on the shoulder.” Of course that was pure imagination.”

I have always loved this story and it is nice to see 163 year later, people are still perusing something that was admittedly based on a lie.  Happy Birthday Paranormal Field!!!!

“Anatomy of a Bigfoot Hoax” DVD Review

Shortly after conducting the interview with Tom Biscardi I received an email from one of Tom’s “people” offering to send me a review copy of the “Anatomy of a Bigfoot Hoax” DVD.  The interview can be heard by going to https://porkrhine.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/interview-with-bigfoot-hunter-tom-biscardi/

Let me just start off by saying Tom Biscardi is very full of himself and this DVD shows this.  For the first 15 minutes all we see is Tom blabbing about irrelevant nonsense which will quickly lose the attention of anyone watching, I literally had to force myself to pay attention.  Finally after a multitude of terrible transitions we see Tom Biscardi and/or JavaBob sitting in front of a black backdrop telling the same story, almost word for word, that Tom shared on Strange Frequencies. 

Now in the interview I conducted with Tom, I was told that everything he was saying was videotaped and was in the DVD.  I must say that this is an absolute lie, there is about a total of 10 minutes of actual footage and none of it was part of this grand story Tom told on SFR.  No shots of him being blind folded, no shots of this “scary” car ride, no shots of the men with Uzi’s, no shots of the private helicopter, no shots of any of the scientists or people who tested the material that labeled it half man half primate, basically everything that Tom said was “all in the movie” wasn’t in the movie.

We do however see a phone call that was supposed to have been videotaped in 2008.   This is video of JavaBob breaking the news to Tom that the Bigfoot was just a costume.  Though I can’t be 100% sure, I believe that this was faked for the film.  I say this because JavaBob looks exactly the same as he does during the interview portions which were shot in present time.  It was easy to compare, being that there was footage of JavaBob from 2008 and they simply do not match side by side.  Also the footage from this “phone call in 08” was shot with the same camera the documentary was shot with and not the camera that the footage from 2008 was shot with.  It literally looks like JavaBob changed his shirt and staged the phone call.  But the one thing that hung out in my mind was after the phone call was over JavaBob looks at the camera and says “We didn’t hoax anything.”

There are also a few sketchy portions of the film where other phone calls were made, supposedly to Matt Whitton and Rick Dyer, none of which can be confirmed that either was on the phone at that time.  Again this footage was shot with the same quality of film that this documentary was shot with and not the camera all the other 2008 footage was shot with. 

In all I thought this was a lame attempt at Tom Biscardi to try and reconcile his credibility as a Bigfoot hunter.  This video is nothing what Tom makes it out to be, it is just his words, his story and from what I can gather it is not truthful at all.  It looks rehearsed and some footage looks staged, typical Tom Biscardi, I wouldn’t expect anything more.

Interview with Bigfoot Hunter Tom Biscardi

Here is a recent interview I conducted with Tom Biscardi.  Tom Biscardi is one of the most controversial names among Fortean enthusiasts. You can’t Google him without the words fraud, hoax, and liar appearing in the search results. In this interview he will answer his critics and tell, what he says, is the “true story” behind the Georgia Bigfoot Hoax.

Direct download:  www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show136_hour2.mp3

Another “Weeping” Virgin Mary

A few hours away over in Reading, Ohio, many are claiming that a weeping Virgin Mary statue is housed at a small local religious library.  It is claimed that both believers and non believers have witnessed this statue crying. 

Many are claiming this to be a religious miracle.  This isn’t surprising being that almost every one of the thousands of “weeping” statues has been called a miracle. 

A Still from Video taken by local News

A Still from Video taken by local News

Here are a few quotes that the locals are saying about the crying statue.

‘Well I have faith that it is. We can’t always be sure, but I prayed to her and I feel better about it and I’m glad I came.’

‘Out of curiosity I went over and looked and it’s unbelievable. It’s forming. The tear is there. It does not look like it’s water or anything. It’s real weird, very weird.’

‘I believe it’s true. They were there. I saw them. I would imagine it’s a miracle.’

“You hear about it in other countries and then it’s here in Reading of all places. It is a miracle. I think something will come of it, hopefully, something good.”

Some are saying that the owners of the shop wanted to keep this spectacle a secret, fearing that the statue would stop crying if too many people found out.  Yet many locals consider this a sign from the Heavens and feel it should be shared with the community. 

There are many speculations as to why this statue has started to tear up; some are saying it happened when the rosary of Rev. James Willig, who has been dead for almost a decade, was placed into the statues hands.  Others are saying it started when a visionary, a person with unusual powers of foresight, came to the library for a visit last week.  I say it started when the owners or someone made of human flesh started to tamper with the statue; however I can’t be certain, I have not examined the statue myself.  Believe it or not, there are some clever ways one can make a statue “cry.”

In a book titled “The Unexplained” Doctor Karl P.N. Shuker, mentions a paper by Dr. Luigi Garlaschelli on how to make a statue weep.

“What is needed is a hollow statue made of a porous material such as plaster or ceramic.  The icon must be glazed or painted with some sort of impermeable coating.  If the statue is then filled up with a liquid (surreptitiously, through a tiny hole in the head, for example), the porous material will absorb it, but the glazing will stop it from flowing out.  If the glazing, however, is imperceptibly scratched away on or around the eyes, tear-like drops will leak out, as if materialising from thin air.  If the cavity behind the eyes is small enough, once all the liquid has dripped out there are virtually no traces left in the icon.  When I put it to the test, this trick proved to be very satisfactory, baffling all onlookers.”

So before one jumps to miracle status, perhaps this statue should be examined scientifically and skeptically.  The reason why this should be done is because, every weeping statue that has gone under examination has been found to either be a natural explanation such as dew or it has been tampered with by human hands, in other words hoaxed.  Statues do not cry.  But the 2 big red flags in this case are, outside cameras are not allowed inside, although people have been snapping pictures with their cell phones and that the statue of Jesus that is housed in a different part of the building has also started to cry.

Hopefully, Jason Korbus and I can set up an appointment to have a look at this miraculous weeping statue.  Thanks for reading Pork Rhine.