This is the news you’ve been waiting for. It’s at the website of the Ark Encounter project, a religious theme park under construction in northern Kentucky, promoted by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
They just posted Ark Encounter to Open July 7. Isn’t that exciting? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis and visionary behind the Ark Encounter, announced today at a press conference on the Ark that the massive re-creation of Noah’s Ark will open to the public July 7, 2016. In looking for a creative strategy for comfortably accommodating the anticipated crowds, the Ark Encounter will be open for “40 days and 40 nights” during its first 40 days of operation, in reference to the 40 days and 40 nights of rain as the Flood commenced. AiG anticipates starting normal hours of operation after August 15 unless crowds continue to be large.
Forty days and forty nights? [*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The news continues:
“We are so excited that the construction progress and schedule landed on this 7/7 date. Genesis 7:7 states that Noah and his family entered the Ark. So it’s fitting we allow the public to enter the life-size Ark on 7/7,” Ham said.
A biblical prophecy! [*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Let’s read on:
“While the Ark Encounter will be able to accommodate 16,000 guests per day, our consultant’s research has shown that we could possibly expect more than that during the first few weeks of opening, especially during the summer time frame,” Ham continued. “So, to make sure this themed attraction remains an enjoyable experience for everyone, we are adding a nighttime shift for the first 40 days.”
Try to imagine all those droolers assembled in one place. It’s going to be the event of the century! Hey — look at this:
Ham added, “Some supporters who have been watching the construction of the huge ship have said they believe this Ark will be one of the ‘new wonders of the modern world.’”
No doubt about it! Here’s more:
In addition to announcing the project’s opening date, Ham confirmed that the majority of the funding for the Ark Encounter’s first phase has been raised — about $80 million of the $91.5 million needed. Ham is confident the rest will come in before construction is completed, including through sales of Ark memberships (called boarding passes).
Your Curmudgeon has never been so thrilled. We’re making plans to be there during the historic 40 days and 40 nights. We have no doubt, dear reader, that you’ll be there too.
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