The Great Moon Hoax

“Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.”
Proverbs 12:20

On this day in history, exactly 125 years before I was born, the August 25, 1835 edition of the New York Sun newspaper ran the first of a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon. Below is a quote from the History Channel’s website:

“Known collectively as ‘The Great Moon Hoax,’ the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. The byline was Dr. Andrew Grant, described as a colleague of Sir John Herschel, a famous astronomer of the day. Herschel had in fact traveled to Capetown, South Africa, in January 1834 to set up an observatory with a powerful new telescope. As Grant described it, Herschel had found evidence of life forms on the moon, including such fantastic animals as unicorns, two-legged beavers and furry, winged humanoids resembling bats. The articles also offered vivid description of the moon’s geography, complete with massive craters, enormous amethyst crystals, rushing rivers and lush vegetation.”

You can read the rest of this article on at here.

Also, on this day in history, Paris was liberated from Germany by Allied Forces in 1944.


About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. On this day in history, a wonderful thing happened, and it was not a hoax!

    Jon J. Cardwell was born!

    I thank God for you and all that you do for Him! May His richest blessings be upon you today and everyday!

    *•.¸¸♥¸¸.•*Happy Birthday, Jon!*•.¸¸♥¸¸.•*

    • Well, thank you, dear sister. Though I’m only 50, my muscles seem to think we’re around 112. Praise God for His glorious grace! It is truly by His grace that I have gone this many years.

      • You’ve gone this many years, and you’re still going! Much like the energizer bunny, except you don’t run off of a battery! I praise God with you for keeping you going!!! 🙂

  2. So that explains the fireworks display here in NYC!!!

    Happy Birthday brother Jon!!!!

    I pray you have a beautiful day today and I for one am glad you were born!

    • Well, thank you, dear sister. I am so glad that you and Steve were born as well; and even more blessed beyond measure that you two are born-again, from above.

      By God’s grace, the Master has kept me around for half a century, which is but a vapor that appeareth for a little while and vanisheth away. Men like myself will come and go, but God’s Word endureth forever.

      Thanks again, my dear dear friend.

      As I send my (Christ’s) love your way, please extend my love also to Steven.

      Blessings to you both.

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