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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Mommy, why is the sky blue?

This article from the BBC asks the question, "why does the moon appear bigger when it is lower in the sky?". We are also told that NASA cannot explain the reason, which begs the question; where is all of that money going that we send to them? Can't they answer this basic question of the moon's seemingly larger appearance when low in the sky? Is the moon made of an elastic material that can expand and contract? Is God holding a magnifiying glass up to the moon when it is on the horizon? While there are many hypothesis to explain the phenomenon, we asked the question to a randomly selected panel.

  • "It is likely that the illusion is caused by the Ponzo Illusion, which occurs when the mind judges the size of objects in relation to their background. That or moon gnomes." -Ben Smolken - NASA
  • "That is so rude. You're a jerk, you jerky jerk." -Tom Cruise - Scientologist
  • "I think it is a sign from God that the debt of third world countries should be relieved by the G8 nations. That doesn't sound too reaching does it?" -Bono - Activist
  • "I love this country." -Yakov Smirnoff - Branson, MO resident
  • "Poo poo." -Cody Johnson -Age 2
  • "Here's your flippin' moon mate." -Russell Crowe - Age 2 [assuming a karate stance - sort of]
  • "That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." -Neil Armstrong - Astronaut
  • "Oh, it is definitely NOT due to the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, THAT I can assure you." -Marvin the Martian - Earth Destruction League
  • "Sam!!!!" -Darren Stevens - McMahon and Tate Agency

Proving once again that a list of banalities is far more interesting than an article about optical illusions.


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