<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head><meta charset="utf-8"><title>Printable Note - Animadversions - Loretto Chapel (Theo Todman's Web Page) </title><link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <P ALIGN="Center"><FONT Size = 3 FACE="Arial"><B><HR>Theo Todman's Web Page<HR><p>For Text Colour-conventions (at end of page): <A HREF="#ColourConventions">Click Here</a></p><U>Animadversions - Loretto Chapel</B></U></P> <P ALIGN="Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"> You can easily find information on the web concerning the supposedly miraculous spiral staircase at the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico via a quick Google search. Alternatively, start with the Wiki Encyclopaedia account (<A HREF = "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretto_Chapel" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretto_Chapel)). This site has links to other sites, such as that of the Sceptical Inquirer, that debunk the claims that there is anything miraculous either in the provenance or construction of the staircase. The basic argument is that the carpenter is most likely known (and is not St. Joseph) and that the artefact is indeed physically possible and doesn t require a continuous miracle to hold it in place. <BR><BR>In support of the latter claim, <ol type="1"><li>Firstly, the inner edge of the screw effectively acts as a supporting pole, and </li><li>Secondly, lateral movement is prevented by an innocuous-looking bracket that links the staircase to an adjoining pillar. </li></ol>The construction is in any case unsafe for use. It is a spring, and bounces like one.<FONT COLOR = "000000"></P><B>Note last updated:</B> 18/12/2010 19:58:05<BR> </P><HR> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><BR><P ALIGN="Left"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U></B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "000000">Black</FONT>: Printable Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018<LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</OL><hr><BR><a href = "../../../index.htm">Return to Home page</a><BR><B>Timestamp: 06/08/2018 09:47:40. Comments to <U>theo@theotodman.com</U>.</B></P></BODY></HTML>