Re: "The Sun DID Stand Still (sic)"

Glenn Morton (
Tue, 04 Mar 1997 19:29:17 -0600

At 07:00 PM 3/4/97 -0500, D. Eric Greenhow, M.D.,Ph.D. wrote:
>I was given a copy of a one page article entitled The Sun Did Stand Still.
>This purports that "astronauts and space scientists", were "checking the
>position of the sun, moon, and planets out in space where they would be 100
>years and 1000 years from now. We have to know this so we don't send a
>satellite up and have it bump into something later in its orbits" The
>article goes on to say that no matter how they manipulated the data, they
>were left with one day unaccounted for. Some scientist then remembered from
>his Sunday School days something about Joshua and the sun standing still,
>and Hezekiah being visited by Isaiah who made the sun go backwards ten
>degrees. These two events added up to the missing time, and so the
>scientists were amazed etc etc. The article ends with the statement "Our
>God is rubbing their noses in His Truth"
>I recall somewhere in my distant memory that this story has previously made
>the rounds in evangelical circles, and after being given the hype that one
>would expect, was demonstrated to be patently untrue. (It also reminds me
>of the recurrent story of satanism in the Proctor and Gamble Company logo.)
>In my account, the only name listed is one Harold Hill, President of the
>Curtis Engine Company of Baltimore Maryland. I immediately thought of
>Professor Harold Hill, the musical instrument salesman and con artist of The
>Music Man.
>Can anyone tell me if my memory is correct, that this story circulated
>I will fax the copy I have to anyone who is interested, or if enough are
>interested, I will type it into a file for circulation on this reflector.
It is a hoax.


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