Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dutch Rocked By Fake Moonstone

'Moon rock' in Dutch museum is just petrified wood
The Dutch national museum said Thursday that one of its prized possessions, a rock supposedly brought back from the moon by U.S. astronauts, is just a piece of petrified wood.

Rijksmuseum spokeswoman Xandra van Gelder, who oversaw the investigation that proved the piece was a fake, said the museum will keep it anyway as a curiosity.
It is rather fitting that a nation that is famous for wooden shoes was given a piece of petrified wood passed off as a moon rock.

Thank goodness the prankster didn't give them a genuine Moon Tulip Bulb, or we could have had a real craze on our hands.

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