There have been a couple of interesting blog posts I’ve read over the last few days that seem important to share with my readers. First is Andy White’s latest exploration of Jim Vieira’s claims for lost giants. This time he takes on a supposed first-person account of witnessing the excavation of a giant. According to the gigantology version of the story, a man in 1938 claimed to have seen a giant skeleton in 1876 and used that memory to carve a wooden model of the same. I’ll leave you to read for yourself the detective work that reveals this story to be a trick of memory, but the fact that Vieira failed to trace back the easily accessible primary sources that clearly reveal that the story is false shows how threadbare the research behind gigantology really is.
A large number of readers have asked me to check in with the History Channel’s most popular current fringe series, Curse of Oak Island, after its episode on the Knights Templar, conveniently labeled S02E07 “The Trail of the Templars,” which aired December 16. I have no particular interest in Oak Island, which in 200 years has never provided any evidence that it is the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, pirate booty, the lost works of Shakespeare, or the treasure of the Templars as fringe believers have claimed. However, I’m going to give this a go and see what this series has to say about the Knights Templar and their imaginary voyage to America.
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