Two of our clandestine operatives have sent us links to stories about the low number of people showing up to see Ark Encounter, the latest creationist tourist attraction by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and other creationist enterprises.
A scan of our previous posts reveals that according to ol’ Hambo’s estimated attendance figures, the ark should attract 1,400,000 visitors a year — see Why No News about Ark Ticket Sales?. That means the ark should be getting over 3,800 ticket-buying visitors a day, and presumably that would be even more on weekends. Yet on the most recent Sunday, the parking lot was almost empty.
The video above this post is three minutes long and it has no sound, so it’s safe for work. It purports to be drone footage taken a couple of days ago, on Sunday, 28 August, a day when massive crowds of drooling creationists would be expected to gaze in wonder as they tour ol’ Hambo’s “exact replica” of Noah’s Ark.
The video was posted by “microwizard,” who says it was made at 11:30 on Sunday morning. According to Hambo’s website, Ark Encounter Park Hours, the ark is open for visitors at noon on Sunday — presumably so the good folks can go to church first. Thirty minutes before noon is when crowds should be expected to start showing up.
But as the video reveals, there aren’t any crowds. Could that be the reason ol’ Hambo has never posted actual figures for the number of visitors who show up and pay the $40 admission charge — plus another $10 for parking?
Something seems to be terribly wrong at Hambo’s creationist wonderland. What could it be?
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