Jesus’s “burial slab” discovered?; Sunken German U-boat found; Cubs/ Indians World Series in historical perspective; Trump set to make history with huge loss?; Lady Liberty turns 130; Who invented Haunted Houses?

Restoration work takes place on the tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Restoration work in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

 

Remember that story about restoration work being done on the alleged site of Jesus’s burial in Jerusalem? Well, there is news today from the project (which is being filmed by National Geographic and a documentary is forthcoming next month). The Church of the Holy Sepulchre dates to 325 AD when the Emperor Constantine had it constructed around the tomb that was long believed to be that of Christ. After stripping away marble that had been in place since 1555, they have unveiled a slab of rock that may have been the original resting place of the body.

Marine engineers have discovered a sunken WWI German U-boat off the coast of Scotland, and it may be one that some claim was actually taken down by a sea monster. (Of course that isn’t the case, but it is fun to think of the Loch Ness monster doing her part for the war effort!)

The first two games of the World Series have been less than exciting for those of us that are indifferent to the results, but watching this historic matchup has proven interesting. How long has it been since either team won the series? The dates aside, here’s a good way to get perspective: take a look at what was going on in the country the last times these teams won.

Today in the Washington Post, conservative commentator (and quasi historian) George Will provides a tidy history lesson on American election outcomes/margins of victories, speculating that Trump may make history by garnering the smallest percent of the popular vote ever by a candidate from the major parties. The Republican finishes off his essay by noting that Hillary might be a one-termer if the Republicans revert to the practice of actually nominating a Republican.

The Statue of Liberty is about to turn 130 years old. Time has a very brief history of the iconic symbol of American freedom.

And for my Halloween season posting for today: Many of us will venture forth this weekend to “Haunted House” attractions, but where did this Halloween tradition come from? Popular Mechanics has a really interesting and fun history lesson on “who invented the Haunted House?”

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