One of your Curmudgeon’s peculiar talents is noticing what doesn’t exist. It’s not easy to see what isn’t there, but often the thing that’s missing is very revealing, so we try to be aware of things that don’t happen when we expect that they should. (It’s like Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn’t bark in Silver Blaze).
A week ago, on 20 January, the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia — posted Ark Encounter Tickets Now on Sale, in which they announced, with our bold font for emphasis:
With more than 1.4 million visitors expected to tour the life-size recreation of Noah’s Ark known as Ark Encounter its first year, the organization behind the attraction, Answers in Genesis, has just opened an online ticketing system to help manage the requests. With a nod to the number of days and nights it rained while Noah and his family were on the Ark, tickets will be sold for separate daytime or evening visits during the first 40 days of opening, starting July 7.
While the Ark Encounter can accommodate about 16,000 guests per day, research has shown that more could be expected during the first few weeks of opening, especially during the summer time frame. This was the reason for establishing daytime entry tickets and nighttime tickets for the first 40 days.
Back in December, in How To See Ken Ham’s Ark, we wrote about Hambo’s announcement that because of the expected demand, “we had to create an online reservation system to handle the number of ticket requests.”
Okay. It’s been a full week since ticket sales began. We’ve been led to believe that millions of people have been eagerly waiting to see Hambo’s Ark. There is an enormous demand for tickets out there — at $40 for each adult, plus $10 for parking. If that were true, Hambo’s reservation website had to be set up with a vast capacity or it would crash due to the … ah, deluge of customers.
So, we’re all wondering: How many tickets have they sold during the first week?
For some reason, AIG hasn’t told us. At least not yet. Maybe they will, soon, and then your Curmudgeon will look foolish for posting this. Meanwhile, their silence could be telling us something.
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