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03/15/2003 Archived Entry: "Lamest. Hoax. Ever."
Posted by CKL @ 01:26 AM PST

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl-shuttle-explosion.htm
Yesterday was Albert Einstein's birthday, and this hoax brings to mind a quotation commonly attributed to him: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former."

As David Emery, the guide for urbanlegends.about.com, puts it:

"It's amazing to think that after being bombarded with news footage of the Space Shuttle Columbia's fiery disintegration as it re-entered the atmosphere at 12,000 mph on February 1, trailing smoke and debris for hundreds of miles, anyone could believe a month later that these images [from the movie Armageddon -CKL] depict the same event; but such is evidently the case, this being one of the most widely forwarded emails in early March."

I don't have much to add, except to say this: people believe what they want to believe. And apparently, they want to believe in alien abductions and anti-gravity devices and government conspiracies. Which is why, even though unimaginable wonders litter the universe out there, we're still stuck on this planet. Sigh.

Where can I get an electronic thumb?

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