To: All Jun0194 18:00:58 Subject: Fasold book As promised, here is my report on The Ark of

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From: Robert Curry To: All Jun-01-94 18:00:58 Subject: Fasold book As promised, here is my report on _The Ark of Noah_ by David Fasold, the book that "Raoul Newton" calls evidence for his claim that he has a boat at over 7,000 feet above sea level. For those who requested an ISBN, it is 0-922066-10-8. Copyright 1988 by David Fasold (self-described "Ark-ologist"), and published by Wynwood Press. Now for some questions to be answered in no particular order. 1> Q: What's the location of "Raoul's" boat? A: Fasold says it's 16 miles SW of Ararat, buried underground: "I have every anticipation that the boat will eventually be excavated by the Turks..." (p. 120) 2> Q: Is it really over 7,000 feet about sea level? A: Not quite. The site in question is said to be 6,350 feet above sea level. (chart on p. 46) Perhaps "Raoul" was too befuddled trying to make pi closer to 10/3 than to 3 to worry overmuch about accuracy. 3> Q: Are there photographs that clearly show the boat? A: No, as it is supposedly buried, but there are some pictures of rocks and of ribbons stretched along the grass and dirt. There are _drawings_ of a boat, by Fasold himself, where he "shows" the building of the ark, the inside of the ark, a cutaway view of the bow, and more. Quite an imagination. 4> Q: What does Fasold think the Ark is made of? A: I refer you to his own words - "a solid reed raft covered with a bituminous mixture of cement... "Unfortunately those scientists visiting the site at earlier dates were geologists rather than geochemists. What they failed to realize was that what they considered a clay upswelling was in actuality decomposed cement!" (p. 272) 5> Q: Did he dig up something on which to base that conclusion? A: No, it is merely the product of his fanciful and selective patchwork of various flood stories from a few cultures. His group was restricted to surface investigations. (p. 253) 6> Q: So what did Fasold do to investigate? A: The details are unclear. He claims to have detected iron under the surface of the site in 1985. Helpers attached survey ribbons to stakes that he placed in the ground where iron was supposedly detected by what he calls "the frequency generator." He claims that this device was "a new prototype, actually the fourth one in existence," obtained from someone named John Fales whom he met while diving off the coast of Florida. This is the only mention of Fales. (pp. 103-105) Suspiciously vague? That's nothing compared to the bizarre description he gives of this mystery device in operation: "With the frequency set on iron I gave the pulse some time to spread out through the structure. The response was strong. The object was so hot the frequency wave came up above the ground almost eighteen inches." (p. 115) Later, he wrote that "the frequency generator [heats] up the iron in the Ark." (p. 317) 7> Q: What? A: No need for explanation. Surely we can trust Mr. Fasold's knowledgeable use of an instrument that came from nowhere, and his objective connection of the dots to discover the "iron lines" revealing the structure of an underground boat. No need to mention his fanatical desire to find the "Ark of Noah" nearly bankrupting him, according to his own report. The obsession couldn't possibly have affected his completely unbiased credibility. 8> Q: Is Fasold some kind of nut? A: By all means, judge for yourself. "The Bible plainly declares that in pre-Flood times, and also for a brief period after the Flood, the earth was visited by extraterrestrials. They took up residence on the earth, having direct dealings with man. If the comment by Jesus in Matthew 24:37 ("as the days of Noah were") can be taken in this regard, then we might be looking toward a close encounter with the Nephilim in the near future." (p. 75) 9> Q: So what is the main theme of his book? A: That he is the One True Ark-ologist, who found the Real Ark of Noah where the poor, misguided would-be Ark-ologists simply refuse to look because they all unreasonably insist that the Ark must be on Mt. Ararat. A considerable portion of the book is spent criticizing these other nuts, and in trying to defuse their criticisms of his One True Site of the Real Ark of Noah. The usual religious squabbling over imagined things.

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