Creation Museum’s ‘Ark Park’ in Danger of Collapse After Risky Bonds Go Unsold January 5, 2014

Creation Museum’s ‘Ark Park’ in Danger of Collapse After Risky Bonds Go Unsold

Ark Encounter, the Creationist theme park that was supposed to break ground in 2011, has hit yet another snafu:

Even though $26.5 million of securities have been sold, the project needs to sell at least $55 million in total to avoid triggering a redemption of all the bonds, Ken Ham, the nonprofit’s president, said in an email to supporters Thursday. Without the proceeds, construction funding will fall short, he said.

“We still need those Ark supporters who weren’t able to purchase the Ark bonds at closing to prayerfully consider participating in a secondary bond delivery at the level they had indicated to us,” Ham said. “Will you please step out in faith with us?”

Industrial-development bonds are considered the riskiest municipal debt because they account for the largest proportion of defaults in the $3.7 trillion municipal market. Williamstown issued the bonds without a rating, making the prospect of repayment even less clear.

The documents cite at least 39 risks to buyers, including that Answers in Genesis has no obligation to back the debt. Bondholders’ sole revenue stream would come from money spent by visitors.

In short, Answers in Genesis wants you to invest millions of dollars in risky bonds for which they will never have to pay you back. It makes so little logical sense that you’d think Creationists would have fallen for it by now.

In the actual email to his supporters, Ham placed the blame not on a lack of investors, but on atheists for creating the lack of investors:

As you have read in some of my prior emails, many challenges and road blocks came up as we worked through the stages of the bond offering and the first closing. From atheists attempting to register for the bond offering and disrupting it, to secular bloggers and reporters writing very misleading and inaccurate articles about the bonds, to brokerage firms saying “yes” but after reading these incorrect reports saying “no” in allowing the Ark bonds into their client accounts — the obstacles were numerous and disruptive. Frankly, it has been an extremely stressful and frustrating time for all of us.

I don’t know how prayer is going to help Ham when random bloggers can create a roadblock large enough to ruin his plans. With that level of confidence, you get the feeling that even if the Ark Park came to fruition, it’d be closed in the event of a drizzle.

It’s a waste of money for the purpose of miseducation and indoctrination. As fun as it is to watch Ken Ham struggle financially, this really shouldn’t even be a topic we’re talking about in the 21st century.

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  • WallofSleep

    “In the actual email to his supporters, Ham placed the blame not on a lack of investors, but on atheists for creating the lack of investors:”

    Heh, I was gonna say that when this whole boondoggle winds up in the shitter where it belongs, they are gonna start blaming convenient boogymen rather than laying blame where it belongs, with that crook Ham.

  • skeptical_inquirer

    I’m glad it’s going down the toilet. Nobody in their right mind in the investment world would make this part of someone’s portfolio unless they want to be fired for incompetence.

  • God’s Starship

    If god wanted it to happen, he would find a way to make it happen. That’s supposedly how it worked with the first ark.

  • WallofSleep

    Fiscal responsibility has an anti-christian bias, apparently.

  • WallofSleep

    I suppose it never occurs to them that their god might answer their prayers with a “No”.

    It’s funny, though, that when things go their way it’s “God’s Will”, and when they don’t it’s some goddamned atheist’s fault.

  • Svelaz

    I don’t get it, really. Ken Ham want’s to build a replica of the ark and I assume an exact replica since it would demonstrate his argument about how some dino critters could fit in it. Here’s an interesting question. Why doesn’t he do it the way Noah did? A few tools and some tar and some wood and his whole family. If Noah did it without…ahem bonds. Ken could do it too? Come to think of it building the ark nearly 6000 years ago didn’t cost millions. Just good ol’ fashioned faith and a big nearby forest for building material. Even is he manages to build it how do the Brachiosauruses get onboard? You’re talking two 60 ton animals along with food for these two for 40 days and then there is the problem of who will clean up their waste and also their need to move around. I’m sure that 120 tons of weight shifting would move the boat considerably.

  • He blames atheists? No, the lack of funding is because of Obamacare, so that makes it the fault of Muslims. These guys need to get on the same page.

  • Svelaz

    God decided to flood the world because everyone bought Obamacare….except Noah. He built an ark! It’s better than Obamacare.

  • Neko

    In short, Answers in Genesis wants you to invest millions of dollars in risky bonds for which they will never have to pay you back. It makes so little logical sense that you’d think Creationists would have fallen for it by now.

    Ha! Have faith, investor, have faith!

  • LesterBallard

    This is the main reason he’s doing the debate with Nye. Publicity and a chance to fund raise. Whatever the outcome he’ll spin it his way and try to rile up his followers and fleece their pockets.

  • Lark62

    If god is omnipotent, why does he need so much money?

  • WallofSleep

    “From atheists attempting to register for the bond offering and
    disrupting it, to secular bloggers and reporters writing very misleading
    and inaccurate articles about the bonds…”

    If I had known that being an atheist gave me super-powers strong enough to thwart the will of a god, I would have converted a long time ago.

  • WallofSleep

    And no matter how large they make this fictional boat, the first thing that always comes to mind when I think of the monumental space needed to store the mountainous amount food and fresh water needed for so many animals, not to mention the animals themselves, is that line from Jaws.

    “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”. Perhaps one the size of Australia.


    They should just pray for the funding.

  • WallofSleep

    God works in mysterious ways, and in this case he seems to be employing beggars, deadbeats, and the criminally stupid.

  • Dantoine64

    Maybe it’s like the Tardis… bigger on the inside. 🙂

  • I’m just surprised they didn’t blame Obamacare.


    It seems he/she/it so often does.

  • Well, how do you think Australia got where it is today?!

    Checkmate, atheists.

  • WallofSleep

    I think I’m gonna start responding to christian fables with nerdy D&D equivalents.

    From this point forward I shall refer to “Noah’s Ark” as a “Boat of Holding”.

  • RoverSerton

    why so expensive? all it took was 8 people to build the first one. I suspect that Noah didn’t have the heart to have others build it and then not let them in on why they were doing it. Lets hire 8 people at $10/hour and a pile of logs. Just let them whittle on them and build a sea worthy craft. $25,900.000 of logs and $100,000 in labor ought to make one heck of a craft. It would be the biggest wooden ship ever by far and wouldn’t really need to be watertight. That is, unless God got pissed again and broke his promise of never flooding us again.

    Perhaps the movie Noah will add more detail to the above.

  • NotThatGreg

    well, according to the detailed and thorough analysis on AiG (based on data in Genesis, and Genesis, with additional supporting information from Genesis) it took about 60 years to build the Ark. So, Ham shouldn’t be so impatient, Noah didn’t need junk bonds. Maybe the Lord will suffer him live to be 950 like Noah.

    And it makes you wonder about this Lord. “Go gather all that gopherwood, and build this boat. It’ll take you about 60 years; then you can start on the animals. When you’re done I’ll make it rain for 40 days. In, um, yeah, 60 years from now. So let’s go over this plan again: (1) Noah: 60 years, build ark; Lord: playing golf; not thinking about other possible plans not involving genocide. (2) Noah: gathering animals. Let’s put down one year for that. What? OK, Two? Two. Lord: probably, um, heli-skiing. But with firm resolve. (3) Milestone: all critters on Ark. Then, (4) Noah: 40 days of boat captainry, keeping animals fed; shovelling crap overboard. Lord: 40 days of rain. OK then, can you go ahead and do this, and meet that milestone? I gotta know that you can do your part in My Plan. Also, you’re going to want to get some insect repellent. Imagine the deerflies once you’re the only boat on the water. And you have both of the deer”.

  • PrimateZero

    Why doesn’t Ham use all the profits from the “highly successful” Creation Museum to help fund the Ark Project? ….Oh, wait…that’s right. Forget I mentioned it.

  • invivoMark

    Oh, don’t worry. I hear Bill Nye is going to help them do some fundraising.

  • jdm8

    “I would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you meddling atheists!”

  • Barbara Baker

    There was a ride at Disneyland in the seventies called Inner Space. Cars and their passengers were shrunk to microscopic size so that they could ride inside a human body. I went on that ride many times. So, if Disney could do that, couldn’t that have been a feature on the original ark?

  • WallofSleep

    Instead of asking his followers for money, why doesn’t Ham ask them for materials and labor?

    Oh, right. This was a criminal scam from the very beginning.

  • Terre Moto

    You misspelled “prey”!

  • A3Kr0n

    Either God doesn’t care what happens to Ken, or he can’t do anything about it. Either way, I doubt there will be skeet shooting from the stern anytime soon (shotguns for Jesus!).

  • Jeremiah Traeger

    Came here to say this. At the debate he’ll try and use it to get as much publicity as he can from Christians so they can help fund this.

    Thanks, Bill.

  • Godlesspanther

    Can anyone think of a legitimate use for a half-built ark?

  • WallofSleep

    Though I’d bet that’s Ham’s motivation, I am starting to doubt that it’ll play quite the way he hopes. If the True and Faithful aren’t already tripping over themselves to fund this project, I doubt that Nye will be quite the “atheist enemy” needed to circle the wagons around that drain.

  • Artor

    What does it mean when they say “the project needs to sell at least $55 million in total to avoid triggering a redemption of all the bonds?” If they don’t reach the threshold, does that mean Ham will have to pay back the cash from the few bonds that did sell? That would be glorious to see!

  • WallofSleep

    “Fuck ‘Burning Man’! Come to ‘Burning Ark: 2015.”

    Venue Opens: July 5th, 8:00am.
    Ceremonial Lightning of the Ark: July 8th, 9:00pm.
    End of Festivities: Probably some time in September, or the next heavy rain, whichever comes first.

  • OhioAtheist

    As someone who actually does bond issuances for a living…AIG is on very thin ice here. The fact that AIG pledged nothing to pay off the bonds is incredibly problematic, and stupid on their part. And rating agencies (like Standard & Poors) isn’t going to look at bloggers to influence their ratings. Ham’s claims are either incredibly ignorant, or an excuse to deflect what are some serious problems at AIG.

  • Jim Smith

    Fire… burn it with fire.

  • Chris

    You know, if he had something worth building, he probably would attract many more investors. Hell, we would even offer to help!

  • Lark62

    What do you wanna bet that the $27 mil has been long spent? Fundraising is expensive, and ziplines don’t grow on trees.

  • Svelaz

    That should be lightning proof zip lines. The normal ones are prone to lightning strikes when zip lining during thunderstorms. I guess for the extra thrill of potentially being struck by lightning one can shell out a few extra bucks.

  • midnight rambler

    They have no choice; they have nothing to pay off the bonds unless the park is both built and becomes wildly popular beyond anyone but Ken Ham’s expectations. They’re running the same scam as The Producers, only they’re being upfront that they’re not going to pay anyone back.

  • Lark62

    We dusn’t need no lightnin proof ziplines. God loves us….

  • Artor

    That’s exactly what I’m assuming. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of delusional Xians finding out what a bad investment they made, and Ham having to file for bankruptcy, or maybe going to jail for fraud. I’d wager some of that money may have gone to…dubious ends.

  • Ruud van der Weele

    Come on, we, atheists, should confess that we prayed for it! 😉

  • OhioAtheist

    Agreed. They could pledge park receipts, but if that doesn’t pan out (which is all but certain, especially with annual declines in visitors), goodbye park.

  • WallofSleep

    “And rating agencies (like Standard & Poors) isn’t going to look at bloggers to influence their ratings.”

    I don’t know shit about the finer points of economics, but I would think that something like that would be self-evident.

    It’s like Ken’s version of Occam’s Razor was ground down into a blunt instrument.

  • offwiththeirheads

    GUYS! GUYS! GUYS! it RAINED for 40 days. it took another 110 days for the water to recede. they’d have to feed the animals and put up with all that animal shit for 150 days.

  • OhioAtheist

    “I don’t know shit about the finer points of economics, but I would think that something like that would be self-evident.”

    Bingo. His disdain for atheists and his constant scapegoating is an embarrassment.

  • …and your dog!

  • tsig

    Maybe we’ll get to see the Hamster in a cage.

  • WallofSleep

    And most of those animals eat other animals, so you’d also need at least 149 days of food, and fresh water, for the animals that later become food. And a lot of those animals eat insects, and insects also need food, so now we’re into food for the food that will also be food, and it just spirals out of control from there.

    That’s why I’m going with the “Boat of Holding” hypothesis from now on. Noah was no servant of Jehovah, he was an epic level lich that destroyed the world.

  • OhioAtheist

    That’s exactly what it means. I hope he didn’t start spending.

  • Savoy47

    “Will you please step out in faith with us?”

    How many elderly true believers’ life savings will step away with Ken?

    Someone needs to write a book teaching the believers how to spot the vultures
    that sustain themselves feeding off of them. Too often victims wind up shell shocked and crying, “…But he seemed like a such a good Christian man”.

  • Ditto to JT Rager. He’s obviously starving for oxygen. We could have witnessed him snuff out. Still, he’ll rally his faithful, skeptics will come see Nye, and in the unlikely event people will pledge for these bonds after the debate, I doubt anyone will be swayed to honour shonky bonds.

  • Roll 12D against bond recall.

  • Really surprised they’ve gone with the “dumber animals swim slower and sink faster” apologetic when it was more economical to take the “what did the carivores eat? Dinsosaurs!” Logic. Tossing bones over the side would explain the fossils! 🙂

  • trj

    Ken Ham want’s to build a replica of the ark and I assume an exact replica

    No, he can’t even manage that. Ham’s ark, should it ever be built, will never come near water. It will stand immobile and supported on dry land, never subject to any appreciable amount of stress. Also, you can bet the hull will be held together with bolts, screws and metal plates, in contrast to the wood wedges and bronze spikes which were state of the art in shipbuilding around the time of fictional Noah.

  • Daniel Webb

    I doubt they already spent any of the money raised by the bond offering. The 14+ million raised for donations on the other hand…probably. From what I’ve read, they’ve been trying to prep the land for construction and they’ve had to spend $ on permits and whatever else one needs to make a fairy tale become reality.

    All those lifetime boarding passes will probably just be applied into unlimited zip line rides or perhaps buy one get one free burgers at the zagat-rated Noah’s cafe in the museum. It’s a win-win.

  • Liz Erbe Wilcox

    Maybe if he had Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell as spokespersons…

  • Sue (Yet, She Persisted) Blue

    I have to admit some really good schadenfreude-y feelings are bubbling within me right now at the probability of Ham getting nailed to a wall with all those bonds. At least all the years spent hoping that an asteroid would obliterate the Creation Museum (while it was closed, of course – I wouldn’t want even a creationist to get hurt) weren’t totally wasted.

  • LesterBallard

    They’re boiling over with me. All the tax dollars being wasted on his lies. I hope it all fails.

  • Dan Robinson

    I do wish Bill Nye woulda told him to shove it. I love and respect Bill but I think he’s making a mistake here. These clowns are not worthy of any serious debate.

  • Dan Robinson

    He could bunk with Kent Hovind.

  • Gabriel

    Don’t good news stories make you feel happy?

  • smrnda

    Maybe… they’ll say atheists have infiltrated Standards and Poors and all the credit evaluation agencies *just* to prevent good honest Christians from getting capital to finance winning ventures.

  • koseighty

    Ken should just give up already. He’ll never succeed. Why?

    Because God HATES Ham!!! (Leviticus 11:7-8)

  • Greg G.

    ziplines don’t grow on trees.

    How do you think they got there? Next you’ll be telling us that Mt. Rushmore was sculpted.

  • OCRazor

    Sounds like they’re having trouble keeping their ark project…afloat!

  • Greg G.

    There’s another partially built ark along I-68 in Maryland. I think I saw the beginning of it in the late 1970s, before construction of 68 began.

  • Greg G.

    It’s sink or swindle.

  • Greg G.

    I heard an anecdote today that Willie Nelson and Roger Miller were riding in a car and saw a beautiful sunset. Roger turned to Willie and said, “Imagine what God could do if he had money!”

  • Greg G.

    You just can’t get gopher wood these days.

    Maybe Noah used the same fund-raising scheme knowing he wouldn’t have to pay off the bonds. People who lived 900 years were more patient.

  • Carol Lynn

    I love that explanation! currently giggling madly

  • squinney

    More prayer needed.

  • unbound55

    I think Ham is running into a bit of reality that he can’t wrap his mind around (I know, nothing new for him). The rich Christians aren’t stupid enough to invest bonds that risky, and there aren’t but so many of them anyways. The simple majority of Christians are poor who have no money to purchase such things, and the remaining middle-class Christians are becoming increasingly tapped-out due to corporate America continuing to take their bite out of the economy for the past decade.

  • Remarkable, isn’t it, that clearly prayer hasn’t done much to save them? Almost as if.. wait, I’ll think of it.

  • Castilliano

    Forgive me, I couldn’t help myself…
    “So who would win in a fight: Mordenkainen or Jesus?”
    “Heck, Tenser came back from the dead by his own powers. Big whoop.”
    “Sure Jesus cast ‘Raise Dead’, but wouldn’t ‘Blade Barrier’ to keep the Romans away have been way cooler? Or at least Holy Smite?”
    “Send demon-pigs into the sea? Without cutting them open to check for swallowed treasure!?!”
    “Power Word: Creation” Conjuration (creation) Level: Epic (divine)
    “Believe in an empty tomb? Heck, who’s ever seen a tomb without undead.”
    “Why’s everybody in the party a male, human Cleric? And with no favored weapons?! One of us is gonna die for sure.”
    “Hair cutting really shouldn’t have prevented him from raging. It must have hurt his ability to have a morale bonus. Or he didn’t know the rules, which makes sense because who uses improvised weapons against hordes?”
    “I am so not taking Leadership if they can just betray me like that.”
    “Elisha must have have Extend Spell because them bears lasted at least 21 rounds each.”
    “Hah, Devil thought Jesus would fall for the ‘Divine casters can cast Feather Fall in this edition’ trick.”
    “Apple of Fallen Souls”
    Save vs. Saltification, ooh, a ‘1’
    Weapon Specialization (Sling), for the win!!
    Do you think the magi were classed Magic-User, or Magus?
    “Man, second edition sucks. Where’s all the AoE spells and swordfighting and people gettin’ it on? Wait, Zombie hordes and demon lords? Cool. What’s the loot like?”
    I think I might start calling the NT, second edition. 🙂
    Or maybe beta version & gold?

    Thanks for the prompt, WoS.

  • Castilliano

    Ooh, and
    “Occam’s Razor”: +1 Keen Dagger, Outsider (made-up) Bane, with bonus to saves vs. illusions +4, which doesn’t insure a save, but is equivalent to somebody saying, “No, dude, that’s fake.”

    “Russell’s Teapot”: Minor artifact. Location: unknown
    Need not be carried to be wielded. Creates ‘Dead Magic’ zone, but only vs. opponents with Int 3 or higher.

    “Pink Unicorn”: CR (cute)
    Natural Invisibility, Etherealness, Astral Travel, and immunity to detect spells/divinations.
    Grants Wishes. Casting time varies.

    Flying Spaghetti Monster: Outsider (native) CR (epic)
    Attacks: 3d6 Noodly Appendages/round (+ grab)
    Immunities: Divine privilege, dogma
    Resistances: ID magic
    Vulnerabilities: Beer
    Domains: Brews, Community, Law, Piracy, Strippers, Trickery
    Special Attacks: Sauce Breath, Enchanting Smell, summon pirate

    Richard Dawkins: Expert 19/Warrior 1/Mythic Tier 5
    Ken Ham: Cleric 1 (Trickery/Artifice)/Rogue-Scoundrel 1
    Note: Lacks Wisdom score to actually cast.

    Cheers again.

  • Castilliano

    That’s okay, Cassidy, we’ll wait for your ‘yes’.
    Or ‘no’.
    Or ‘maybe’.

  • Tor

    I think you are right – the middle class Christians I know, if they have money to give, tend to give to their local congregations first.

  • randomfactor

    Lots of free food for the carnivores and scavengers floating in the water. Some of it two-legged, but…

  • Tor

    At least Disney World/Land can introduce a new character, such as a new princess or fuzzy animal, every year or two to keep the public interest, and money flowing in. Poor Ark Park is stuck with Noah and his family – no hope of expanding the franchise, unless there is a booming business in plush animals, two-by-two.

  • mhelbert

    As a follower of Jesus it’s just sad that we’re still playing this creationist gig in 2014. Ham, give it up already!

  • Castilliano

    Well, yeah, that’s like saying “God made everything & everything happens because of Him.”
    Eventually, it’s just a given, believed without evidence, but a given.

  • Castilliano

    Answers are in Genesis, buddy!
    Ham stopped there because his brain was full.

  • randomfactor

    That’s brilliant, and likely Ham’s strategy: finance the ark by selling bonds to the doomed-anyway…

  • Have you forgotten? Obama is an atheist Muslim. Also a Nazi Communist. Somehow.

  • Daniel Webb

    Unless… they expand to the XXX market by dwelling a bit more on the parts where Noah gets drunk and naked. That could bring a whole new demographic into the park. Noah exiting his cave after that could be billed as the very first walk of shame.

  • TCC

    In fairness, there’s evidence that God hates Ham in Genesis 9 (although he took it out on Ham’s son Canaan instead).

  • cag

    Perhaps next time Ham will use a web-cam instead of a s-cam?

  • Mario Strada

    If I recall correctly, that was from the Isaac Asimov novel “Fantastic Voyage” or from the movie made after it. Awesome story.

    That’;s a story ready to make a comeback with modern CGI

  • Lark62

    Dont bet on it.

  • jdm8

    If he could get $1 from each adult US citizen that believes in young earth creationism, he would have been there already. I found a Kickstarter where one Ark project got $825 in pledges out of $1.5M. The fact that his own huge potential audience didn’t go for it suggests this project won’t work out.

  • trj

    I don’t think I want to get my picture taken on that ride.

  • ginalex

    also a Kenyan Socialist.

  • JA

    And a lizardman member of the Illuminati.

  • Tor

    Sounds pretty good, but even the legs will wear off of that one. It’s a self-limiting proposition. Now if they add a Sodom and Gomorrah ride….

  • Tor

    That would be a very helpful and worthwhile book. Especially for those of us who have vulnerable older relatives.

    Also, senior dementia is often overlooked by well-meaning family members, while grifters like Ham are very well aware, and able to use it to their advantage.

  • Daniel Webb

    If you hide your face like Noah’s sons, you and your descendants won’t get cursed.

  • Tor

    I’ll bet he has…… It’s not going to be pretty for certain people.

  • Camorris

    Don’t forget, to be authentic, the boat must be constructed using pre-iron age tools or fasteners.

  • Tor

    Just like the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore was formed 5,500 years ago by erosion from the receding flood.

  • Tor

    Sounds like good old fashioned Pagan fun!

  • Daniel Webb

    With salt figurine collectibles

  • Tor

    I thought it would be built of Styrofoam and paint.

  • IDP

    Or they give to say, disaster relief/feed the starving missions and not theme park construction. That’s been my experience anyway. I have problems with missionary trips, but I have to give them that.

  • Tor

    So Australia really is that mysterious floating continent? Groovy.

  • Tor

    God is omnipotent, not omniwealthy. Oh, wait, has anybody been to Rome? God was obviously omniwealthy in the 16th-17th centuries. Apparently his shares have gone down since then.

  • Tor

    There is no possible debate. Each side says the other is wrong. End of show.

  • Tor

    Well, he did not have to face any Death Panels, did he?

  • Tor

    Styrofoam and glue.

  • Tor

    It’s a possible growth industry…..

  • Tor

    Yes, you filled in the blank I could not think of.

    My Norwegian Lutheran grandfather never gave to missions. He always said “the heathens have their gods, they don’t need ours.” I think it was because he was super-cheap, not because he was especially enlightened.

  • Jeff

    Crap, I snorted so hard at that I feel like a broke a rib. So now, I NEED Obamacare.

  • Jeff

    And the answer is : Yes.

  • (Not) A theist.

    As world gets smarter, stupid views will die with the idiots articulating them.

  • And gay crackhead.

  • If there was a god, the ark would fall on Ham.

  • $925105

    So Noah was able to build this ark all by himself but Christians need millions of dollars?

  • jdm8

    Ham’s suggestion that investors and brokerage firms read blog posts without bothering to read the actual paperwork sounds contrived at best.

  • Lark62

    One small problem, there was no shipbuilding technology at the supposed time of noah. Just small boats that had to stay within sight of land. Noah magically created an advanced technology just for the ark, which was then completely forgotten after the flood. (Source- a recent NCSE blog).

  • You know, if God wanted it built, surely atheists wouldn’t be able to prevent it. I mean, all those years ago, God saw humans cooperating and smashed their little tower in a fit like a two-year old. This is why to this day we can’t have nice things. Surely if he can destroy, he can also create.

  • Knp447

    I am dismayed there were enough people to purchase 26.5 million dollars worth to begin with. If I was a less honest person this sounds like a great scheme to take advantage of the simple minded.

  • Cesar Valdespino

    Perhaps they can just SAY “MITH MUSEUM” thow Thor, Quetzalcoatl, and other Gods, and then Maybe I will go…

  • Timothy R Alexander

    Some one needs to make a musical of this whole thing now.

  • TVG

    And your ‘facts’!

  • TVG

    That’s all? Must have gotten somebody to take over as Rob Ford’s crack dealer then…

  • TVG

    I bet Ham has as much evidence for that as he does for his myth.

  • TVG

    Work with what you’ve been given. Don’t be a pig, Ham.

  • Intelligent Donkey

    And it still won’t be sea-worthy.

  • David Eriol Hickman

    I want him to finish building it, so that it will be clear to all that the biblical story cannot be literally true. Having said that, I aint givin him a cent. And Haha Ken. Don’t ever come back to Australia, you epic neckbearded tool.

  • MerchantMariner

    Nah, whenever I’ve come back from a trip it’s been right where I left it. 🙂

  • MerchantMariner

    Even on dry land, a wooden structure of that size would be subject to considerable stress just from it’s own dead load. Once you started filling it with visitors and – presumably – animals, things would get very interesting if it were built only using the technology available to Noah. Then the headline would probably just read “Ark Collapse”.

    The vestigial rudder in the picture amuses me, as it would be useless, but I’d really like to know what that thing on the bow is meant to be? I take it Noah never heard of weathercocking?

  • SpankMe

    Are you kidding? What could this possibly have to do with Obamacare? It’s amazing how some idiots blame everything on Obama. The reason why this failed is because it is a stupid project based on a stupid mythology and there aren’t enough zombies left who buy into this weak myth.

  • Bob Jase

    Ham needs to look at the bright side – his non-profit status is locked down & solid.

  • Oranje


  • allein

    vestigial rudder

    evidence of evolution?

  • Oranje

    There’s a Behe joke here somewhere, but I can’t find it.

  • OK, I’m not a lawyer, nor in finance.

    However, as I vaguely understand, the point of disclosures (such as the 39 risks apparently listed) is compliance with federal laws intended to protect investors. Investments come with risks; but as long as the reasonably forseeable risks are put in the investment documentation, it’s considered that the would-be investor has enough information to make up their own mind whether to accept the hazard to their investment principal.

    Ken Ham appears to be blaming the failure at least in part on atheist bloggers publishing disparaging and (allegedly) misleading information about the project and/or bond investment “opportunity”. However, given Ken Ham’s worldview and history of interaction with the atheist community, should he not have considered this a reasonably forseeable hazard? Was this one of the 39 risks enumerated?

    And, if “atheist bloggers may mock the project to death” was not enumerated, does Ham’s public statement count as an admission that gives rise to either civil or criminal cause of action over failure to disclose a reasonably forseeable risk?

  • WallofSleep

    Mein Gott! I’ve created a monster. :wipes single tear from eye: I…. I couldn’t be more proud. *sniffle*.

  • katarn

    How come they don’t have one old guy just build it alone? I mean, that’s how you build a boat that big right? I read it in a history book but I can’t remember the name of it. But if its in a book, it can’t be wrong!

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