Last night, the CW's Legends of Tomorrow attempted to thwart the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914. Coincidentally, yesterday I traced back the origins of the occult claim that the car carrying the archduke also carried a curse that killed a dozen people or more. It turns out that Smithsonian magazine was wrong about ufologist and Fortean broadcaster Frank Edwards inventing the story, just as occult writers are wrong about the story being true. My findings, with translations and transcriptions of the original documents can be found here.
In his newest podcast appearance, former TV personality and current Templar Gold future podcaster Scott Wolter claimed that the Ark of the Covenant was not a single artifact but one of many and that these arks were batteries that were used to power the Egyptian pyramids. Wolter took issue with Uri Geller's claim to have psychically located the one true Ark using his magical spoon-bending abilities. "He's kind of misinformed from the get-go," Wolter said before adding that he has "sources" that he "trusts" that explain the electrical powers of the Ark. The "reliable sources" making those claims trace back, of course, to Chariots of the Gods: "Undoubtedly the Ark was electrically charged! If we reconstruct it today according to the instructions handed down by Moses, a voltage of several hundred volts is produced." This claim was later popularized on Ancient Aliens. The claim goes back at least to C. B. Warrand, who wrote about it in the Savannah Morning News in 1894.
Wolter is conflating this claim with Charles Piazzi Smyth's claim that the sarcophagus in the Great Pyramid is the same cubic volume as the Ark, a claim later bastardized into the false claim that the Ark was designed to fit inside.
You can read more about the efforts to connect the Great Pyramid to the Ark of the Covenant in my recent book, Legends of the Pyramids.
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