In the truth is stranger than fiction category comes two articles today.
First of all the son (Raphael Haim Golb) of an expert (Norman Golb, University of Chicago) on the Dead Sea Scrolls was arrested in New York, accused of trying to discredit Lawrence Schiffman of New York University. Schiffman believes that the scrolls are Essene, whereas Golb claims they were compiled by a number of different Jewish sects. Apparently Golb’s son felt his father’s case needed a little extracurricular augmentation. He may have lots of time in a small cell to think about it, much like the monks of old.
Secondly, there was the story of the auction of Ghandi’s personal possessions. The seller played the media hype expertly and netted $1.8 million! Not bad for a few possessions from a devout Hindu who dedicated his life to living simply. I’m sure Ghandi would have words for those who have $1.8 million to blow on his personal items. Do they want to remember him so they don’t have to live like him?