Like most of us, I suppose, I’ve had my fair share of frustrating conversations regarding the moon landing. I had one debate recently which really took the biscuit.
My opponent on this occasion was of the “make a rash statement, allow three words in reply, interrupt, blindly go on to the next point” style of which you are all too aware I’m sure! His “facts” seemed to have been sourced from dodgy websites and “documentaries”, so it was your standard bunch of moon hoax arguments. Along with the “fluttering flag”, “shadows”, “radiation”, “no stars” arguments he even threw in the “Coke bottle incident”. He actually admitted having not seen the footage but had heard about it, and that was enough for him.
I usually try to extract myself from these situations as quickly as possible because I do find them very stressful. But then he threw in two arguments that were so absurd that I couldn’t help but get sucked back into the argument. I was wondering if anyone else here has had these beauties laid on them, and if they were as incredulous as I was when it happened.
Argument One – Back in the early 1960’s NASA issued a directive to Hollywood that night scenes in films had to contain stars.
Where do you start with this one…? I explained that NASA was not in a position to issue directives to movie studios. But even if they were in a position to do so – why would they? What would be the point - to drum up interest in stars or something? He seemed to think that it was a vital point in “proving” the landing was a fake. I could perhaps understand where he was coming from if stars were visible in the moon photos. I didn’t really get a chance to knock this one aside because he had already interrupted me for his next bombshell.
Argument Two – The moon doesn’t rotate and it keeps the same face towards us – and nobody can explain why…
I said “I’m not surprised nobody can explain why as it is physically impossible.” He wouldn’t have it – “the moon does not rotate”. And thus begun an excruciating 20 minute explanation of the moon’s rotation and why it is so. At one point I stood him in the middle of the room while I orbited around him. Nothing worked. Like most of these crackpots he wasn’t even interested in learning something. If only I could have emailed it to him with lots of caps-lock I might have been able to swing him. But anyway, what does any of this point have to do with fake landings? Beats me, but apparently NASA or “The Government” or the CIA (who knows, they’re all the same to these people) is knee deep in it.
From that day I swore I would never again get sucked into discussions on the moon landing. And oh how I’ve failed…