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The crackpots among us appear to be increasing in number. You've perhaps met these people. They're the folk who believe there are such things as "Pet Psychics" and that such individuals rate time on national television, or that crop circles have some mystic meaning, even after the fellows who got them started admit to what they did and show how they pulled it off.

In somewhat more lofty circles, they're the crowd who are willing to believe, despite indisputable evidence and logic to the contrary, that you really can see the Great Wall of China from the moon. My own notes on this particular form of lunacy are found at:

[ http://www.wardell.org/jotd/pseudo_science.htm ]

Perhaps it was inevitable, but recently it was announced that NASA is spending real money (albeit a very modest amount) in support of a learned book that will dispute the claims of the crowd that believe there really were no moon landings and that the whole exercise, undoubtedly among the most successful scientific undertakings in history, was a hoax.

You may be interested in this reference:

[ http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/1%2C1249%2C415017170%2C00.html ]

Give me strength.

There is a principle commonly adhered to by historians, to the effect that if you take Twinkie-brained theories too seriously you lend an aura of credibility to them that they don't deserve. There is some truth in that view.

Lest we forget, there are crowds of folk willing to believe almost anything. Perhaps refuting the "Flat Earth Society" will be next.

If you're interested in a collection of references showing that "moon landing hoax" proponents are just "a few clowns shy of a circus" in their thinking, you might visit:

[ http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/misc/apollohoax.html ]

For my own part, I only pay attention to "hard science," and related research, such as who really killed the "little princes" and what did happen to Princess Anastasia.

I 'gotta go,


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British botanist and satirical writer John Hill (?1716-1775) was a notorious charlatan. After failing to secure a nomination to the Royal Society, Hill focused his considerable talents on making fun of the sciences.

From Portsmouth he sent a bogus communication to the society describing the case of a sailor who had broken his leg in a fall from the rigging. The man had the leg treated with bandages and tar water to such good effect that within three days he was able to use the leg as well as ever.

This revelation occasioned the most solemn discussions, which occurred over several days. In the midst of these a second letter arrived, in which the writer stated that he had forgotten to mention in his first communication that the leg in question was wooden ...

-----------------A Final Thought ...

"But that's the only place I've ever been."

- Neil Armstrong (b 1930) U.S. astronaut who was the first man to walk on the moon. It seems that Armstrong was asking a famous photographer about all the places the man had been. He made the remark when the photographer complained that he wanted to hear about Armstrong's trip to the moon.

By the way, Armstrong subsequently made a trip to Israel and was shown the Hulda Gate, which leads to the Temple Mount and which contains stones on which Jesus must have personally walked. A devote Christian, he remarked,

"I have to tell you, I am more excited stepping on these stones that I was stepping on the moon."