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    Oldest Moon-Landing Conspiracy Reference

    I almost posted this in Conspiracy Theories, but couldn't quite bring myself to do it.

    I'm reading a collection of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories, and may have come across the earliest moon-landing hoax reference.

    His short story titled "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall," published in 1835, details the story of a man who builds a balloon and flies it to the moon.
    The trip is immediately decried as a hoax by some.

    In describing the hoax proponents, Poe delivers a statement that just might become my new signature line.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar Allan Poe
    But hoax, with these sort of people, is, I believe, a general term for all matters above their comprehension.
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    Heh. Heh, heh. I like it.

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    The beauty of the line is that it is entirely democratic - it can be used by both skeptics and believers
    The dog, the dog, he's at it again!

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    If I'm not mistaken, my memory admittedly isn't perfect on this, that story was written in part in response to an actual hoaxed balloon trip which was well known as the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnjrp View Post
    The beauty of the line is that it is entirely democratic - it can be used by both skeptics and believers
    Interesting observation.
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    "Dark of the Moon" by James Dorr (CHILDREN OF CTHULHU) actually had a blurb about a cosmonaut finding the balloon there..and other fictional ventures---beliefs-made-manifest called into being.

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