This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This Day in History...

Another rather slow day in history (August has been like that...either its something really interesting or absolutely nothing at all). Had trouble finding something to post, though I think this little tidbit was funny enough (if not very historical).

August 25, 1835 - "The Great Moon Hoax," a series of articles in a New York newspaper, written by Dr. Andrew Grant, claimed that his collegue Sir John Herschel had found amazing life on the moon. Some of the "amazing life" he had found were supposedly unicorns, 2-legged beavers, and furry humanoids with wings that seemed to resemble bats. There were also great descriptions of the moon's surface with features that included lush vegetation, huge crystals of amethyst, and flowing rivers.

Readers completely believed the story and it even fooled some Yale science professors. In September the newspaper admitted it had all been a big hoax.

So this is what the little creatures
from outer space look like!

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