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Fascinating Facts about the Moon in our Life and Culture

The since time immemorial the moon has been an inspiration to writers, artists and musicians. Miscellany uses lists, charts, pictures and words to take a light hearted look at the moon in popular culture. The you will find songs, music, films, literature, advertising and verse that are linked to the moon. The chapter Neatly outlines the main Apollo landing conspiracies: Did NASA actually go to the Moon? Was the whole thing filmed by Stanley Kubrick in a locked studio in the Walt Disney Studios? Where do the photographs of Buzz Aldrin wearing a Masonic Apron over his spacesuit come from? Miscellany is essential reading for Trivial Pursuit and pub-quiz fanatics.

Odd Moon Info

Moon Idioms

• Moonlighting: holding down more than one job at once
• Moonshine: non-existent rubbish; or illicitly distilled or smuggled alcohol
• Moonstruck: lost in fantasy
• Mooncalf: a foolish person
• Moonraker: a native of the county of Wiltshire, taken from a traditional story

Food and Drink

Blue Moon beer: a Belgian white beer manufactured by Coors
Apollo Astronauts
who are Masons
Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11
Virgil Grisson Apollo 1
James Irwin Apollo 15
Hoaxes & Conspiracies

Edgar Allen Poe's Moon Hoax

In June 1835 in the Southern Literary Messenger, Poe published the 'The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaal', a supposedly true story. The story went that Pfaal had travelled to the moon using a revolutionary new balloon and a device for compressing a vacuum into oxygen. The journey took 19 days. He had lived on the moon for five years and sent a message back to earth using a local moon inhabitant.

Miscellany details the important Apollo 'Did they really go there' myth.

The Apollo Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories are everywhere. The holocaust didn't happen, Elvis is alive, the CIA blew up the World Trade Centre, British Intelligence murdered Lady Di. It must be true: all you have to do is read the evidence, play the record backwards or watch the film. There will always be anomalies. The unexplained explosion, the fourth shot, the white car. The moon is no exception. Conspiracy theories have been around since Apollo 8 did (or did not) orbit the moon.

Apollo Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Summed Up

NASA went to the moon but is unwilling to tell us how they really got there or what they found. The chapter lays out the evidence for and against the Apollo conspiracies.

Evidence to prove the conspiracy: Anomalous shadows in lunar photographs.

PROS: Shadows in lunar photographs appear to contradict the position of the sun.

CONS: the lunar surface is highly reflective and uneven. The cameras were fitted with wide angle lenses. Both these factors would lead to distortion and anomalies in photographs.

The conspiracy section includes lists of the conspirators in-chief, such as: Deke Slayton, NASA Chief Astronaut in 1968. Visited Stanley Kubrick on the set 2001: A Space Odyssey. He referred to the making of the film as being at 'NASA East'.

Fascinating Medical Facts

Moonface: A symptom of Cushing's Disease (Exogenous Hyperadrenocorticaism). A large round face.

The plant and animal kingdoms feature heavily:

Blue Moon: a variety of lilac rose

Moonflower (Ipomoea Alba): an American tropical climbing plant with sweet smelling white flowers, which open at dusk and close at midday.

Plenty of Film, Song and Music Facts


La Lune à une mètre ( The Astronomer's Dream), 1898: 4 minute hand coloured short film by Georges Méliès. An astronomer is tormented by the Devil who makes him to see a gigantic moon. After seeing fairies he is eaten by the moon. In the last seconds Phoebe the goddess of the monn saves him and gives him back his life.

Le Voyage dans la Lune (Journey to the Moon), Georges Méliès. 1902: 14 minutes long. Fairies beat up creatures from the moon.


Moonlight in Vermont, 1943 (Johny Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf). Cover versions have been recorded by:

Thomas Anders, Ray Anthony, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Johnny Hartman, Acker Bilk, Stanley Black, Les Brown and his Band of Renown, Jimmy Bruno, Johnny Smith, Charlie Byrd, Benny Carter, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, The Dorsey Brothers, Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, Billy Eckstine, Percy Faith, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie...


2002: Ice, by Shane Johnson. The marooned Apollo 19 crew discover an ancient but working lunar base.
2004: Once In A Blue Moon, a series of graphic novels written by Nunzio DeFilippis.
2008: The Moon Book, by Jimmy Joe Hughes. A hand-made book of lunar miscellany, in full colour. Privately distributed and extremely rare.


They dined on mince and slices of quince
Which they are with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand on the edge of the sand,
They danced to the light of the moon
The moon, the moon,
They danced to the light of the moon.

Edward Lear, 1812 - 1888

Poster for La Belle Isabelle
Poster for La Belle Isabelle at Palais Royale Paris, 1934
Logo for MoonPie
Logo for MoonPie, the original marshmallow sandwich
From the Earth to the Moon

There is no one among you, my brave colleagues, who has not seen the moon, or at least, heard of it.

Jules Verne, 1828 - 1905

Miscellany is the ideal companion to moon gazing on the long winter evenings. Read it and amaze your friends with your general moon knowledge. Miscellany will be enjoyed by lunatics the world over.
Book Contents
1. Astronauts, cosmonauts and lunar exploration

2. Astronomers and mapping

3. Facts and figures

4. Gardening and the weather

5. Gods and myths

6. Magic, the occult, astrology, alchemy, prophecy, fortune telling, spells and superstition

7. Medicine, madness, werewolves and science

8. Miscellany. Fascinating facts about the moon in our life and culture
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