Random Noise #17 : They Sure Fooled Me!
    By Patrick Lockerby | September 5th 2009 05:47 PM | 1 comment | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Random Noise #17 : They Sure Fooled Me!

    Well, they sure fooled me!

    I like to think that I know a thing or two about science and engineering.  Quite apart from that, I have read enough court transcripts to know when someone is telling porkies1.  Or so I thought.

    I was utterly convinced that the U.S.A. had really landed men on the moon.  Everything seemed to fit.  I recently wrote an article about the parallax problem.  From any place on Earth at a given time and date, the moon is in a different part of the sky.  So: to convince everyone on Earth that a live feed was coming from the moon, it had to come from the moon.

    To my shame, I now have to admit that I am not as good at science as I thought I was.  There is no way I am going to argue against Neil Armstrong.  If he says the moon landings were fake, that's good enough for me.  And he does, as you can read here.  But I have to say, that was some hoax!  It even fooled Hank, and that's a world class achievement by itself!

    [1] - Porkies - Cockney rhyming slang: pork pies = lies.

    Further reading: moon hoax


    According to Armstrong, he was forced to reconsider every single detail of the monumental journey after watching a few persuasive YouTube videos
    Indeed.  As I have said before, he needn't have spent all that time going over YouTube data in order to be convinced he did not actually take a cosmic walkabout for humanity.  One episode of Futurama would have done the trick: