What is a Giant Marble Crucifix Doing at the Bottom of Lake Michigan?

Giant crucifix at the bottom of Lake Michigan? For the first time in two years, the winter viewing will be held in Petoskey to see the unusual memorial through the ice.
An underwater crucifix at the bottom of Lake Michigan off the shore of Petoskey will be open for viewing

Nearly every year crowds pour onto the ice of Little Traverse Bay of the shore of Petoskey to get a glimpse of the large white marble crucifix lying at the bottom of Lake Michigan. The 11-foot Italian sculpture serves as a memorial for divers who have lost their lives in the frigid waters, but that is not what it was intended for.

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In 1956, a 15-year-old boy named Gerald Schipinski died in a farming accident in Rapson. His family commissioned the sculpture, but it was badly damaged during its voyage across the Atlantic. The family refused it, and it spent the winter behind the church. A local dive group purchased the crucifix from an insurance sale the following spring for $50.

Petoskey crucifix on display before it was sent to the bottom of Lake Michigan
Petoskey crucifix on display before it was sent to the bottom of Lake Michigan

Following the death of a local diver, the group agreed to dedicate the cross to deceased divers. It was lowered 65 feet to the bottom of Little Traverse Bay in a dedication ceremony held on Aug. 12, 1962. During the dive, the right arm of Jesus fractured and vanished. After several years the crucifix became buried.

The underwater crucifix being raised for repairs in 1985
The underwater crucifix being raised for repairs in 1985

It was raised for repairs in 1985, the missing arm returned from the desk of a photographer in Detroit who was on the original dive team. When it was completed, the sculpture was resubmerged in a new location in 22 feet of water where it could be seen through the ice under the right conditions. The first winter viewing was organized by Little Traverse Bay Dive Club president Denny Jessick the following year in 1986.

An average of 1,150 people turn out for the viewing each year. Jessick is hoping for 2,000 this time around.

Photo shows the damage to the underwater crucifix in Petoskey, Michigan
The Italian marble crucifix missing both arms of Jesus

This Saturday, March 7th, weather permitting, will be the first time the viewing will be held since 2012. A tent will cover a portal carved into the ice with a viewing box where the crucified form of Jesus can be seen haunting the cold depths.

For updated info on the winter viewing go to the Petoskey Visitor Bureau website.

Denny Jessick on the Mysteries of the Little Traverse Bay Crucifix

via Detroit Free Press

Capsula Mundi: Organic Burial Pods Replace Tombstones with Trees

Capsula Mundi would replace traditional coffins and gravestones with organic, biodegradable burial pods and trees.
Capsula Mundi organic burial pods

Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have proposed a new type of green burial that would be eco-friendly and replace cemeteries full of stone with trees.

The Capsula Mundi project would enclose bodies in the fetal position inside egg-shaped capsules to be planted in the ground like a seed. They would then feed trees growing above as they decompose. The project website says “A cemetery will no longer be full of tombstones and will become a sacred forest.”

Capsula Mundi burial pod

Capsula Mundi burial pod

The stages of the burial pod

Personally, I think an egg and a tree is a much better solution than acres of useless land being taken up by headstones and chemical-filled corpses in concrete chambers below.

More on Capsula Mundi here.

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‘Walking Dead’ Town for Sale on Ebay

Downtown Grantville, Georgia, famous for its role in the zombie apocalypse as a backdrop for several episodes of The Walking Dead, is for sale on eBay.
Town where The Walking Dead was filmed is for sale on ebay

Downtown Grantville, Georgia has been listed for sale on eBay. The “unique opportunity,” as the listing title so aptly states, includes nine buildings that were featured in several episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

For $680,000 you get 34,000 square feet of zombie stomping grounds that includes loft apartments, a restaurant, a bar and pizza parlor that served as a backdrop for Rick’s strange second encounter with Morgan in the third season.

Walking Dead filmed in Grantville, Georgia

According to former mayor Jim Sells, Walking Dead tourism is currently the town’s biggest industry. Dumb and Dumber To, along with other movies, have filmed in Grantville, and three more have signed up, including a sequel to The Ring.

Downtown Grantville, Georgia where Walking Dead was filmed

Downtown Grantville, Georgia where Walking Dead was filmed

Downtown Grantville, Georgia where Walking Dead was filmed

Interested in adding a (very large) piece of Walking Dead history to your collection?

Buy it now! Walking Dead town for sale on eBay

See the listing on eBay right here.