The shroud is a religious object, believed by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus and hence a relic. We should not be surprised that after the carbon dating, many people attempted to challenge the results, often inventing highly imaginative, creative explanations. One was that the images of Jesus, seen on the cloth, were created when Jesus dematerialized and rematerialized during the Resurrection and this may have (somehow) rejuvenated the cloth and made it appear newer than it was. Dematerialize: the very word, was an invitation to mockery. We have all seen Hollywood’s version of dematerialization. “Beam me up, Scotty,” says Captain Kirk asking to be dematerialized from the planet on which he is standing and rematerialized on the starship Enterprise.