Investigate NASA

The Snopes site which responds to rumors in an attempt to kill them before they go totally viral and infect the thinking of half the population just responded to this question:

Please check out this article about the discovery of tablets on Mars proving the existence of God. The same story is already on many other sites also being repeated as if it were true.

MosesThe response from Snopes was a clear FALSE but in today’s political climate you can expect the story to be further embellished and in six months it will be treated as the truth by a significant portion of the population, at least by those that desperately want to believe in the Judeo-Christian-Moslem god (there is only one god, remember). Furthermore, don’t be surprised when that protector of the American Way, Daryll Issa, opens an investigation demanding to know what information NASA is hiding from Congress and insisting that all intelligence, real or imagined, connected with this issue be turned over to his committee without further delay.

At least this satirical story referenced the writing as being on stone tablets … definitely more god-like that a story suggesting they found god’s crib notes written in a Moleskin notebook using a lavender Biro and signed by Charlton Heston.

Here is the full response from Snopes:

On 1 July 2013, the Daily Currant published an article about a NASA announcement that the Curiosity Rover had found a message from God on the planet Mars:

NASA announced today that its Curiosity Rover has found an unambiguous message from God written on tablets in a Martian cave.

According to an official press release two giant stone slabs the size of small elephants were located deep inside a cavern abutting Aeolis Mons, a large mountain.

Upon one tablet is a copy of the Ten Commandments and the text of John 3:16 written in 12 languages — including English, Spanish, Chinese, Basque and Hebrew. On the other tablet is a simple message in English reading “I am real.”

Mars RoverBy the following day links and excerpts referencing this article were being circulated via social media (and were still being circulated and reposted several months later), with many of those who encountered it mistaking it for a genuine news article. However, this article was just a bit of humor written as a spoof on religion: as noted in the Daily Currant’s “About” page, that web site deals strictly in satire:

The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media.

Q. Are your news stories real?

A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world

Read more about this and other rumors that might be going around at Snopes.

2 responses

  1. Thanks for posting this. Help me, for much as I’d like to I can’t read everything. Is The Daily Currant more straightforward than The Onion?

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    • Not really but if you tell someone the article was from The Onion, they immediately know it was a spoof; whereas if you cite The Daily Currant, they might fall for the homophone and believe that it is real, current news.

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