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Essential news on the Shroud of Turin, KSDK's weather crew and the actual worth of a Rams' win

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The most startling discovery to come out of the Post-Dispatch's coverage of the international botany bash down at America's Center was the Shroud of Turin revelation. A researcher from Israel used scientific methods to date the pollen found on the shroud, which many Christians zealots believe was used to wrap Jesus when he was buried. The new finding is that the shroud is actually from the 8th century. That would mean Jesus was 800 years old when he was crucified. Gadzooks, those Romans were cruel.... It was a strange weekend for KSDK's weather crew. Cindy Preszler was out at the Washington (Mo.) Town and Country Fair doing her weathercast Friday, after which she was to judge a milking contest. When Cindy bent down to grab an udder herself, Elsie kicked the bucket, just missing Cindy, who scrambled away. Then, on Saturday, KSDK's Scott Connell had this to say about the day's overdue rain as a shot of a tree full of wet leaves was shown: "If these leaves could talk, they'd be a happy bunch to chat with." Anthropomorphism and barometric pressure, too. Wow. In the same broadcast, Frank Cusumano said that a Rams victory and 25 cents will buy you a cup of coffee. Hey, a small coffee at a city White Castle is 61 cents with tax, so a Rams win is at least worth 36 cents.

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