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Old 09 October 2009, 03:19 AM
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Has anyone here read "The Hiram Key"? It's a pretty silly book, although I did find it wildly entertaining, and it gives a really, really imaginative explanation of the chemical process by which the shroud *could* have been formed. Basically, they claim that some guy was tortured by flogging and nailing, then wrapped up in a shroud to further humiliate him, and the fact that he was steaming off proteins from the stress of the torture impregnated the cloth. They also have a really neat way to account for the false perspective on the "front" side.

Now I don't happen to think they're correct - modern considered opinion is a painting, and I'm not about to argue with those people - but I appreciate the thought that went into the book's explanation.

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