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Dutchman builds modern Noah's Ark
BBC ^ | 3-28-06

Posted on 03/30/2006 7:46:16 AM PST by narby

Dutchman Johan Huibers is building a working replica of Noah's Ark as a testament to his Christian faith.

The 47-year-old from Schagen, 45km (30 miles) north of Amsterdam, plans to set sail in September through the interior waters of the Netherlands.

Johan's Ark is a fifth of the size of Noah's and will carry farmyard animals.

Mr Huibers, who plans to open the vessel as a religious monument and zoo, hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands.

Although Mr Huibers has tried to remain true to the ark described in the Bible, Johan's Ark is constructed with American cedar and Norwegian pine, rather than "gopher wood".

'Smell of dung'

According to Genesis, Noah kept seven pairs of most domesticated animals, and one breeding pair of all other creatures.

Noah's wife, three sons and three daughters-in-law lived together on the boat for almost a year while the world was flooded.

Mr Huibers' vision is more modest - he said he plans to stock his ark with horses, lambs, chickens and rabbits - mostly baby animals to save space.

"This will speak very much to children, because it will give them something tangible to see that Noah's Ark really existed," Mr Huibers told the Associated Press news agency.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be just under 1m euros (£0.7m; US$1.2m) and was funded with bank loans.

Mr Huibers plans to charge people to tour the boat and said a drink and religious pamphlet will be included in the admission price. At least 100,000 people will need to visit for the project to break-even financially.

Mr Huibers said his wife was not very keen on the idea.

"She always says: 'Why don't you go dig wells in Ethiopia?'," he said. "I've been involved in projects there before but she understands this is my dream."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: ark; dutchman; evolution; noahsark
I like the last part:

Mr Huibers said his wife was not very keen on the idea.

"She always says: 'Why don't you go dig wells in Ethiopia?',"

1 posted on 03/30/2006 7:46:16 AM PST by narby
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To: PatrickHenry; Coyoteman

Good morning;


2 posted on 03/30/2006 7:47:26 AM PST by narby (Evolution is the new "third rail" in American politics)
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To: narby; wardaddy; sit-rep
Mr Huibers said his wife was not very keen on the idea.

She must have misunderstood when he said he was taking two oars.......

3 posted on 03/30/2006 7:48:51 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: narby
"She always says: 'Why don't you go dig wells in Ethiopia?',"
Very good question.. seems a waste of energy..
4 posted on 03/30/2006 7:50:06 AM PST by mnehring (http://abaraxas.blogspot.com/.)
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To: narby

This is awesome!


5 posted on 03/30/2006 7:50:42 AM PST by survivour (survivour of flood)
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To: narby

Some guy out in Western Maryland is doing the same thing, except his ark is made with giant steel beams. I think he wants it to be a church.


6 posted on 03/30/2006 7:56:11 AM PST by AirForceBrat23
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To: mnehrling
" Very good question.. seems a waste of energy..

Ethiopians seem to think it is. But there never seems to be a shortage of guilt ridden westerners who keep coming to their country to dig more wells.

7 posted on 03/30/2006 7:56:27 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Nathan Zachary

Can't be more useless, however, than building this ark.


8 posted on 03/30/2006 8:03:28 AM PST by mnehring (http://abaraxas.blogspot.com/.)
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To: narby

Why don't Ethiopians dig their own wells?


9 posted on 03/30/2006 8:04:08 AM PST by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: narby; longshadow; VadeRetro; balrog666; Senator Bedfellow; RadioAstronomer; js1138; whattajoke; ...
Noah's Ark Ping List
Don't ask to be added to or dropped from this list. Just don't.

10 posted on 03/30/2006 8:04:20 AM PST by PatrickHenry (Yo momma's so fat she's got a Schwarzschild radius.)
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To: AirForceBrat23
Some guy out in Western Maryland is doing the same thing,...

There's a failed restaurant here in MO that is shaped like Noah's Ark--and its huge. I have no idea how long its been vacant....

11 posted on 03/30/2006 8:10:38 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: narby
horses, lambs, chickens and rabbits

Hmmm, nine thousand species of birds on Earth, several thousand mammals, a thousand or so reptiles and amphibians, hundreds of thousands of insects and other arthropods. He builds are ark one fifth of the biblical size, and he can only get four species on board.

Well, I'm convinced!

12 posted on 03/30/2006 8:10:55 AM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: PatrickHenry

I think I saw a made-for-TV movie about this...


13 posted on 03/30/2006 8:11:56 AM PST by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: Squantos
If I had a wife, the scourge of my life, I'll tell you what I would do.
I'd buy her a boat, and set her afloat, and paddle me own canoe.
14 posted on 03/30/2006 8:14:08 AM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: narby

Considering all the immigrants invading the Netherlands, not to mention euthanasia, it might not be such a "crazy" idea if he can make a getaway in an emergency.


15 posted on 03/30/2006 8:22:21 AM PST by Nextrush (The Chris Matthews Band: "I get high..I get high...I get high..McCain.")
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To: Right Wing Professor

Your numbers are actually a little low: as of 2004 there are around 8,163 reptilian species, 4,629 known mammalian species, 5,699 Amphibian species, and 10,000 species of birds.


16 posted on 03/30/2006 8:52:08 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz
Your numbers are actually a little low

What can I say? I'm a conservative :-)

17 posted on 03/30/2006 9:25:17 AM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: Right Wing Professor
Well, I'm convinced!

LOL!

18 posted on 03/30/2006 9:42:31 AM PST by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Nextrush

My thought exactly. As a Christian he will need it to sail out of the Netherlands when the Moslems take over.


19 posted on 03/30/2006 9:58:07 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: narby
Johan's Ark is a fifth of the size of Noah's and will carry farmyard animals.

By length, deck area, or volume?

20 posted on 03/30/2006 10:00:54 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: narby

"one-fifth the size"

hrmn... what is meant by that?
one fifth the VOLUME, or one-fifth of each linear dimension?
in other words, should that not read "will be at 1:5 scale"?

remember the square-cube rule.
a model of similar proportion but one-fifth the length would be 1/125th the volume of the original.


21 posted on 03/30/2006 10:47:41 AM PST by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal. this would not be a problem if so many were not under-precise)
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To: Doctor Stochastic

you beat me to it.
I'm assuming the author meant "the model ark will be built on the 1:5 scale"


22 posted on 03/30/2006 10:48:31 AM PST by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal. this would not be a problem if so many were not under-precise)
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To: King Prout

Well, if it's length; he will be about 25 times stronger.


23 posted on 03/30/2006 11:22:27 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Doctor Stochastic

scaling the forces, are we?

;)


24 posted on 03/30/2006 11:24:33 AM PST by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal. this would not be a problem if so many were not under-precise)
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To: King Prout

Easier than scaling the ramparts.


25 posted on 03/30/2006 11:27:42 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Right Wing Professor; spetznaz
"Your numbers are actually a little low: as of 2004 there are around 8,163 reptilian species, 4,629 known mammalian species, 5,699 Amphibian species, and 10,000 species of birds."

Most of those species have evolved since the time of Noah. Back then there were only about 20 of each....;-)

26 posted on 03/30/2006 11:35:46 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: narby

Good for him. I'd send the wife to Ethiopia.


27 posted on 03/30/2006 11:38:56 AM PST by OB1kNOb (America is the land of the free BECAUSE of the BRAVE !!)
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To: Doctor Stochastic
ram parts? this guy's building a model mesopotamian ark, not a toy mediterranean dromon
28 posted on 03/30/2006 11:40:03 AM PST by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal. this would not be a problem if so many were not under-precise)
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To: King Prout
"ram parts?"

I think there will be some parts for the ewes, too.

29 posted on 03/30/2006 11:41:30 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: narby
Johan's Ark is a fifth of the size of Noah's

So the volume is 1/125, less that one percent.

30 posted on 03/30/2006 11:45:07 AM PST by Virginia-American
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To: King Prout

The Good News (for the rowers): Double servings at breakfast.

The Bad News: The Captain's going waterskiing this morning.


31 posted on 03/30/2006 11:52:14 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Joe 6-pack

why would an ark need ewe-joints? it has no shafted propulsion system at all


32 posted on 03/30/2006 11:53:33 AM PST by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal. this would not be a problem if so many were not under-precise)
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To: Doctor Stochastic

hehhehheh


33 posted on 03/30/2006 11:53:59 AM PST by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal. this would not be a problem if so many were not under-precise)
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To: narby
said a drink and religious pamphlet will be included in the admission price

Well, that alone should be worth the price of admission.

34 posted on 03/30/2006 11:55:39 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: narby

Maybe Noah's wife said something similar. :-)


35 posted on 03/30/2006 11:56:49 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: King Prout
"why would an ark need ewe-joints? it has no shafted propulsion system at all"

Now you're really trying to get my goat.

36 posted on 03/30/2006 12:14:06 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Is it a green-eyed goat?


37 posted on 03/30/2006 12:19:11 PM PST by patton (Once you steal a firetruck, there's really not much else you can do except go for a joyride.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; Darkchylde

oh, sahib, sir, by jove good golly no! the only goat I am being after is that which belongs to Darkchylde.


38 posted on 03/30/2006 12:23:29 PM PST by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal. this would not be a problem if so many were not under-precise)
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To: Right Wing Professor

LMAO !!.....:o)


39 posted on 03/30/2006 2:16:35 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: narby

Noah's Ark is on Mount Ararat in Pennsylvania. Take US Rt. 30 West from Jennerstown or Ligonier, or East from Bedford. Make sure you have good brakes and tires.


40 posted on 03/30/2006 3:49:02 PM PST by JohnCliftn (In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.)
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To: King Prout; Joe 6-pack
"oh, sahib, sir, by jove good golly no! the only goat
I am being after is that which belongs to Darkchylde."

Oh, my Vishnu.... I'm late! But I am thinking you are recalling
wrong, I believe I was gladly accepting of your goat. ;-)

41 posted on 04/02/2006 9:56:48 PM PDT by Darkchylde (Don't try my brother's coffee!)
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