TIL about Joseph of Cupertino, a Franciscan friar who is honored as a Christian saint. He was prone to miraculous levitation. He was deemed disruptive by his superiors and church authorities, however, and eventually was confined to a small cell, forbidden from joining in any public gatherings.

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  1. From the Wikipedia page:

    > Skeptical investigator Joe Nickell concluded that: Joseph’s most dramatic aerial traverses were launched by a leap—not by a simple slow rising while merely standing or kneeling—but, moreover, I find that they appear to have continued as just the sudden arcing trajectories that would be expected from bounding. They were never circuitous or spiraling flights like a bird’s. Invariably, Joseph’s propulsions began with a shout or scream, suggesting that he was not caused to leap by some force but chose to.

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