Monday, May 09, 2005

Look who fooled you!

Everybody's heard it before: "The Great Wall of China is the only man made object visible from space." hmmm.... well that's not quite true... Actually its quite false. No matter how long it is, you have to remember that its only 30 Ft wide at the thickest part of the wall, and on average only 25 Ft tall. Just about any airport has a much better chance of being seen than the Great Wall.

However it was only last year that the Chinese government actually admitted that it was wrong.
Now education officials have ordered school textbooks rewritten to remove the decades-old claim that the wall is the only man-made structure that an orbiting astronaut can view with the naked eye.
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No wonder the communist are a little behind the time. I guess they thought that all the images from NASA were actually created in my neighbors back yard.

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2 comments:

Roxie said...

I love being right...

London Dan said...

I'm sure I read somewhere recently that an astronaut confirmed that he could actually see it from space (though I'm sure it's not the only manmade object that's visible).