Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lazy Sunday # 256: The Fake Moon Landing

It has been said that the fanciful mind is indiscriminate about its phantoms. Anything beyond some people’s intelligence or experience becomes automatic fodder for a conspiracy.

Personally, I’m a fan of conspiracy theories. I don’t believe most of them because I know how impossible it is for almost anybody to keep a secret. And conspiracies usually rely on a whole ton of people keeping quiet, making the probability of an ongoing total news blackout that much more improbable.

But do I admire the imagination and dedication to detail required to develop and sustain one.

Among our longest running conspiracies, consistently revived and retooled with each new age of technological advancement, is that Apollo Eleven didn’t land on the Moon and all that “One giant leap for mankind” stuff was manufactured on a soundstage in Hollywood.

Most conspiracy theories evolve from a desire to make sense of inexplicable inhumanity like 9/11. But the Moon Landing Hoax appears simply bent on proving that one of the human race’s greatest accomplishments never happened.

Why? In the words of Tom Hanks, “There is no law against making money in the promulgation of ignorance." And in the words of P.T. Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

The odd thing about the suckers who fall for this shit, is they never search out somebody who might know how you’d have to go about faking a moon landing in a movie studio.

Somebody who might explain that while we had the technology to fly to the moon in 1969, we didn’t have the technology to fake doing it.

Sorry to pop the balloon. But the explanation is just that simple.

Here, courtesy filmmaker S.G. Collins, is the proof. Enjoy Your Sunday.

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