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After Bill Nye and Ken Ham debated the merits of creationism and evolution weeks ago, I got a lot of letters asking if I had watched them. I had not. I had no interest in a single word said by either man. If you want to believe that humans walked with dinosaurs and the planet is a few thousand years old, that is absolutely fine with me. If you want to teach this to your kids, I don't care. If states want to teach creationism in their schools, there is nothing I can do about it, so I don't sweat it.
I mention this because in Williamstown, located in Northern Kentucky, plans are under way to build a scale model of Noah's Ark. The ship will be as it was around 2304 B.C.: 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, with three levels. Just so you can get your head around this, 510 feet is the length of 1.4 football fields. Go run that back for a touchdown.
This amazing news has been brought to the world's attention by Ken Ham at the Answers in Genesis ministry. The organization is called the Ark Encounter project. In a recent "online press conference" that you can watch at answersingenesis.org, Mr. Ham says that, besides the cross, the ark of Noah is the greatest reminder of the message of salvation. So a knockoff of the ark will be a Post-It of the message of salvation.
I watched the entire 48-minute "press conference." It was fascinating. Well-spoken adults took turns addressing all the good that building the ark will bring to Kentucky and Williamstown. Their research estimates that there will be 1.2 million to 2 million visitors to the ark every year. AiG estimates that some 2 million people have visited the Creation Museum in nearby Petersburg, Ky., since it opened seven years ago. It hopes the allure of one big-ass boat sitting in a field right off I-75, exit 154, will draw even more
In case you want to get involved on the ground floor (as it were), for a nominal fee, parts of the ark can be built in your name. One hundred dollars gets you a peg, a plank costs a grand, and a beam is only $5K. It's kind of like naming a star. (You can do that, you know. It's only $19.95, down from $49.95, at nameastarlive.com.) Upon the ark's completion, you will be able to use your computer to find the peg, plank or beam you pledged. There are also lifetime and family memberships available, for visiting the ark.
One of the ark's designers said there will be animatronic and still animals on display, just like in Congress. There will be also camel rides.