I had no idea that such a short post would be so popular and attract so many silly comments. The post has had over 7,000 visitors and growing.
It seems the post was picked up by a couple of "prophecy" web sites that are excited about the ark's discovery since, according to their eschatology, this means that the third temple will be built and the end of the world can start. I had no idea that anyone was that interested.
Well I was wrong. One of my students sent me a youtube link to a History Channel story on the Ark of the Covenant in which the guests claim that the Ark was used by Israel to carry a manna machine. This machine was given to the Israelites to help them survive their 40 year journey in the wilderness. Below is the 10 minute clip from the show. I am not sure how anyone on history channel kept a straight face while producing it.
If you thought the manna machine was "interesting" check out this other clip on the "money pit." This time the same characters in the above clip claim that the ark was probably hidden in a pit on an island off of Canada. Of course the Knight's Templar are involved. Enjoy!