Of all the entertaining things about Super Bowl XXXVIII, no one stood around the water cooler and talked about the tribute to NASA done during the pre-game show. In case you missed it, it was a reenactment of a space-suited astronaut planting a flag on the moon. But there are those among us who would call it a reenactment of an elaborate hoax.
It seems that a large number of otherwise functioning human beings believe the NASA moon landings were a deception perpetrated by our government to make believe we had more military technology than the Soviets. After all, anyone could see that on that first landing, the flag was blowing in the wind, and everyone knows there’s no wind on the moon. Other evidence includes shadows that intersect but shouldn’t, and soil beneath the landing craft’s engines that wasn’t disturbed but should have been.
What is disturbing is the belief there’s a secret movie set in the desert where the government faked the whole thing. Ditto for all the Mars landings, including the two rovers allegedly there now. Those who believe that know nothing can get past the lethal Van Allen Radiation Belts that extend from 1,000 to 25,000 miles above the earth. Do they also believe the earth is flat and the Holocaust never happened?
I wish I could figure out why the same people who believe multi-level marketing pyramid schemes are real don’t believe crop circles are, too. If you believe the surgeon’s photo of the Loch Ness monster is real, do you also have to believe the young girls’ photographs of fairies are also real?
Don’t you wonder about the cleaning power of laundry disks or the healing power of magnets? When was the last time you pondered the possibilities of cold fusion or a flat earth or that perhaps Andy Kaufman faked his death?
It’s difficult to know what to believe. Are things mysterious because they are unknown, or are they anonymous because they are false?
Kurt Vonnegut could have given the “wear sunscreen” commencement address at MIT, and Kristen Clougherty’s could have had cancer deserving of the $50,000 people so generously donated and not just the desire for liposuction and a new car.
Was the whole Y2K bug just something dreamed up by two MIT graduate students? What about the “missing link” Piltdown Man and the Shroud of Turin?
I have always been critical of conspiracy theories, yet I find myself believing the government had something to do with President Kennedy’s death and a UFO cover-up.
I am certain that I wish Richard Simmons was not for real. And, every day for months, I woke up hoping that this would be the day the Great World Trade Center Hoax would be unmasked as a CalTech prank, much the same way the War of the Worlds radio broadcast turned out to be a radio play and not a newsflash in 1938.
If Milli Vanilli and New Kids on the Block faked their own talent by lip-syncing concerts in 1990, might not Dan Quayle have done the same thing back then, too?
We tend not to challenge information sources, even when they are vague, mislabeled, unedited, behind-the-scenes, misspelled, passing references or diary entries.
Is the truth really out there? And can we handle it? I don’t know.
Did we go to the moon? If you weigh the evidence, I tend to believe the 840 pounds of rocks brought back from there. But then, you might think I have rocks in my head. After all, I believe Spirit and Opportunity are on Mars right now looking for Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction.
02/05/2004 Lynn Woike, zwire.com