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June 17, 2012 / Wythe

Inspiration: moon hoaxes

Check out the story of the Great Moon Hoax of 1835 >>

This shit was tremendous, par.

[Using their new super telescope,] scientists saw herds of brown quadrupeds similar to bison, a goat “of a bluish lead color,” and “a strange amphibious creature, of a spherical form, which rolled with great velocity across the pebbly beach.

…However, the highlight of this extract was the discovery of the first sign of intelligent, though primitive, lunar life — the biped beaver. These extraordinary beavers walked on two feet and bore their young in their arms. They lived in huts “constructed better and higher than those of many tribes of human savages.” And signs of smoke above the huts of the beavers indicated that these advanced animals had even mastered the use of fire.

…The scientists discovered human-like creatures living inside a ring of red hills they dubbed the “Ruby Colosseum.” Unlike earth-bound humans, these creatures were “covered, except on the face, with short and glossy copper-colored hair, and had wings composed of a thin membrane, without hair, lying snugly upon their backs.”

Moon life getting biz. Actual 1835 illustration of Luna’s fauna.

This awesome summary image = copyright Dante Shepherd.


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