This is an actual press release from Gov. Steve Beshear (R-KY). Again, this is not an Onion article – this is real. (Click photo for full press release)
So, hey, why’s everyone so excited? Again, from the governor of Kentucky’s actual press release:
One of the factors in getting the Ark Encounter to launch the Ark project at this time was a November 2009 CBS News survey, which revealed that the remains of Noah’s Ark would be the greatest archaeological discovery of our day. CBS News stated: “CBS’ 60 Minutes news program, in conjunction with Vanity Fair magazine, recently conducted a web survey asking which archaeological discovery people would most want to see made next. The response: Noah’s Ark (43 percent); Atlantis (18 percent); Amelia Earhart’s plane (16 percent); Nixon’s lost tapes (13 percent); and Cleopatra’s barge (5 percent).
In other words, this will be the most exciting tourist trap ever! More exciting than an Atlantis theme park featuring Amelia Earhart’s plane where the soundtrack is the missing Nixon tapes. Holy shit, Kentucky! You just blew our minds.