the onion takes a shot at moon hoaxers

September 1, 2009

On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo landings, I made a post about those who think that the moon landing is just a government hoax and somewhere in Area 51, past a captured flying saucer and next to one of those canned aliens that wasn’t sent to Wright-Patterson AFB, lies definitive proof of how the whole thing was faked, along with a hilarious blooper reel from the top secret set. Now, after decades of bombarding the world with their stubborn paranoia, they’ve officially been granted recognition by The Onion as a brand of crackpots who are famous and loony enough to become the butt of their new satirical article

Apollo 11 mission commander and famed astronaut Neil Armstrong shocked reporters at a press conference Monday, announcing he had been convinced that his historic first step on the moon was part of an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the United States government.

According to Armstrong, he was forced to reconsider every single detail of the monumental journey after watching a few persuasive YouTube videos, and reading several blog posts on conspiracy theorist Ralph Coleman’s website, […]

“Yes, at the time I thought those thousands of NASA employees were working round the clock for the same incredible goal, but if anyone would know what was really going on, it would be Ralph Coleman,” Armstrong said of the 31-year-old part-time librarian’s assistant. “He knows a lot more about faked moon landings than I ever could. He’s been researching the subject on the Internet for years.” [ read on ]

Ah yes, who needs to listen to experts when you can get a doctorate from Google U and appoint yourself as a valid authority in subjects you actually know nothing about? It’s also strange that on the web, you can find all sorts of great, peer reviewed scientific information that very accurately explains almost anything you want to know about. Today, there’s no shortage of serious academic sources on the web, but for some reason, most of the experts in astrophysics, autism, vaccination and evolutionary biology coming from the aforementioned University of Google seem to miss them as they “embark upon serious research.” You have to hand it to The Onion. When their writers set out to skewer cranks, they attack from all fronts.

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  • You know, I like to think I’m a fair skeptic but even I started to question the moon landing about five years ago. Why, you might ask?

    They know the secret: keep repeating it and,eventually, we will believe.

    It wasn’t that I really thought it was untrue, I just kept hearing about the faked moon landing through various sources. It just planted a seed…that started to grow…if I hadn’t rooted the weed out before it established…who knows what I’d be thinking now! :)

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  • um, duh.

    The Onion was just joking, Mr. Fish, if that IS your real name.