By 2009, that number had grown to around 20 per cent for heterosexual couples, and 60 per cent for same-sex matches.An estimated 30 to 40 million North Americans now use online dating sites.The lost correspondence of Francis Crick, who built the first three-dimensional model of DNA with his Cambridge colleague Jim Watson, was found mixed up with the personal archives of Sydney Brenner, a scientist who shared an office with Crick between 19.

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Countless horrible wounds to the body are revealed through the images on the fabric, from slashes to gouges, piercings and welts.

These images strongly indicate to proponents the evidence of crucifixion and the Biblical description of the death of Jesus.

At a press launch, Facebook reps showed off the new product, explaining that it could be used to search for restaurants, or for job recruiting.

At one point, a Facebook employee stood to demonstrate a search for “friends of my friends who are single and living in San Francisco.” And that’s when Facebook entered the online dating game, doing away with what was, until now, a fragile divide between quotidian online activity and the act of browsing for potential mates.

Historical record can place the shroud in the late 1300s.

Scholars debate its existence previous to 1390, describing the period before that as “very murky territory.” Even during the middle ages there was disagreement over authenticity of the cloth, with written claims at the time between church officials suggesting it was a forgery.

In 2003, a young Mark Zuckerberg sat in front of his computer and instant-messaged a friend.

Back then, “the facebook thing” was still a rough idea, and 18-year-old Zuckerberg was trying to finesse the concept. “I don’t think people would sign up for the facebook thing if they knew it was for dating,” Zuckerberg wrote.

However, historians raise the possibility that several such ‘shrouds’ were making the rounds at the time, and forgery claims might have had nothing to do with the cloth found today in the cathedral in Turin, Italy.

Since the 15 century, the existence of that shroud is well documented.

“I think people are skeptical about joining dating things.” A decade later, a somewhat savvier Zuckerberg has had a change of heart.