Creationism and Lilypads

Hat tip to smart lady Pam Rosenthal for sending over a link to a Salon article about the opening of… wait, before I say it. Candy, sit down. No, really, sit down and maybe put your head between your knees for a minute. Ok. Are you near any cutlery? Ok, good.

Behold: The new anti-Darwin Creation Museum in Petersburg Kentucky.

That brings a whole new meaning to the word “breathtaking” in my world.

Of particular note is the shot of the diorama of Adam and Eve. In the Garden of Eden. In the event that your browser can’t see the link with all the Salon members-only stuff that loads, here is the photo, which is Copyright 2007 by Monica Lam:


Pam Rosenthal’s email to me called it “esthetique de romance cover.” I call it a straight-up ripoff of my very favorite Up-the-Hershey-highway cover:

My name is Slut-Who-Takes-It-Up-The-Ass

Or wait, maybe it’s this one:


Good heavens, the possibilities are endless. Perhaps we need our own creationism cover art contest. Stay Tuned.

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  1. 1

    It looks a bit like Eve is saying, “Yo, Adam, no touching the hair until I get some lily pads…pay up!”

  2. 2
    Jen C says:

    The existence of this ‘museum’ makes me want to move to Europe. 

    That is all.

  3. 3
    cecille says:

    Adam and Eve in a pond and the idea of intelligent design immediately reminded me of the ‘church of the flying spagetthi monster’. OMG, Adam’s going to touch Eve with his noodly appendage… in a pond? Now that’s got to be unintelligent design!

  4. 4

    This is sad at so many levels that it just boggles the mind.


  5. 5
    Kaite says:

    I’ve gotten to the point where shit like this just makes me laugh, in a rather fatalistic sort of way…..

  6. 6
    Carrie Lofty says:

    I lived in Cincinnati, which is right across the river from Petersburg, when the owner was fundraising to establish the museum. That was, oh, five years ago? He has stick-with-it-ness. And tacky taste. And bad science.

  7. 7
    Najida says:

    Oy Vey!

    It has it’s on thread at Darwin Central. ;)

  8. 8
    Kimber says:

    Is it just me, or does Adam closely resemble the male model in all the illustrations for the 1970s edition of “The Joy of Sex”?

    (I saw this article in the Washington Post and it made me sad.)

  9. 9
    Kalen Hughes says:

    Is it just me, or does Adam closely resemble the male model in all the illustrations for the 1970s edition of “The Joy of Sex”?

    Oh, God! My eyes. It burns!!! You’re so right. I knew there was something very very very wrong about that beard . . .

  10. 10
    Stephanie says:

    And she looks like Kira, the gelfling from The Dark Crystal.
    Creation is magical, indeed.

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    Raina_Dayz says:

    Oh no, getting flashbacks of stealing Joy of Sex from under my parents bed 15 years ago.

  12. 12
    Jess says:

    I wish I could laugh at the mind-boggling absurdity…

    But I’m a biochemist.  This makes me want to scream in frustration.  Although the anti-evolutionsist have their head so deep in the sand they wouldn’t hear it anyway.

    “Every word in the bible can be supported by Modern Science”?  Huh?  There are two mutually exclusive stories of creation. MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE!!  You’d think something like that would trip them up when it comes to the whole literal interpretation of the Bible.

    I have to ask, does their astronomy wing explain about the great bowl in the sky?

    The only thing more terrifying would be Ann Coulter doing a book signing of Godless at the museum…

  13. 13
    Rachel says:

    Adam & Eve and dinosaurs…

    1) I could make so many comments about eating out right now. 

    2) “Love Among the Dinosaurs” anyone?

    3) It could definitely be a new romance sub-genre…*insert icky visual here*

  14. 14
    Kalen Hughes says:

    There’s a bit in the fabulous book CATAPULT by Jim Paul in which he’s standing in some museum in Utah in front of the eohippus exhibit and overhears a woman say to her kids, “And then Jesus came and made all the animals the right size.” This woman and her spawn are CLEARLY the target audience for this new “museum” (and yes, I must use quotes). Is it just me or do you marvel at how frequently Kansas makes you shake your head in disbelief?

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    SandyO says:

    Jesus saved the dinosaurs by cutting them down to size?  How did I miss that one in Sunday School?

    And I’ve wondered where the dude from Joy of Sex went.  Now we know.

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    Jenyfer says:

    Maybe they actually have fins under all those lily pads…

  17. 17
    Yvonne says:

    Apologies, I have been playing blog drinking games all afternoon.
    Tomorrow, I will find the references and specific statistics, but…
    Americans are at the very bottom of the world’s list (behind other “backward” countries) when it comes to understanding/believing evolution.
    I was shocked! shocked I tell ye!
    I had always believed that all Americans were as educated and intelligent as, well, SmartBitches?
    I do not believe that evolution and spirituality are mutually exclusive.

  18. 18
    carlotta says:

    Sarah, a very astute comparison to romance covers!  That diorama is all about bringing teh sexxy to Eden.  Without teh sex, of course.  Because how could Adam have a trouser snake without a trouser?

  19. 19


    Ye Gods, no.

    Have you not seen the Jesus-fish decal devouring the Darwin-fish-with-legs decal? Clearly Jesus is superior.

    (Clearly. My spam word? “higher55”)

  20. 20
    mcnappy says:

    See, now I can’t even drive through Kentucky. I might have to stop for gas or food and accidentally support uber-stupidity.

    Look at her. She can’t even look him in the face, it’s so silly.

  21. 21
    Canaduck says:

    Yvonne—I’d guess that the majority of people do not believe that spirituality and evolution are mutually exclusive.  I’m not spiritual myself but even I can see how they could work together.

    Creationism and basic intelligence, though…

  22. 22
    Gagme Witha Sauropod says:

    She can’t even look him in the face

    She keeps her gaze downcast like a good girl, and raises a hand in tender supplication. Aww. Bashful and trusting. With a strangely long face.

    She’s Bambi!

  23. 23
    Liz C. says:

    Hey, mcnappy, at least you don’t live in Kentucky. Like we don’t have enough reasons for the rest of the country to mock us. Valid or not.

    I can’t say I’m terribly surprised though.

  24. 24
    Ann Bruce says:

    The only thing more terrifying would be Ann Coulter doing a book signing of Godless at the museum…

    Why?  Why did you have to go and taint this site with by mentioning that woman?  THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

    (Hehe…my word’s “science75”)

  25. 25
    Sallyacious says:

    Does it look to anybody else like Eve is telling Adam, “Don’t touch my hair.” That does not look like an encouraging hand on his arm.

  26. 26
    Sallyacious says:

    Right. Just read the first comment again. Apparently it does look like that to others. I’m an idiot. And my spam guard word is nothing28. As you were, bitches, as you were.

  27. 27
    DS says:

    A friend and I were talking about whether we would be thrown out or “witnessed” to if we decided to go look and were over come with laughter.  I think being witnessed to would be the worse fate.

    What a week, to see this and also to hear an NPR segment on Phyllis Schafly.  She’s still anti-ERA by the way.

  28. 28
    Ines says:

    Laughs and silly comparisons aside, I must agree with the biochemist.
    I am a biology student and find surprising and dificult to believe that a country with such science level at universities, and development programs that shames my little country can have this side. That ones wild theories are actualy studied at schools and ones president has the nerve to support them. It really is sad. And terrifying.
    Returning to more happy matters, I’ve just discovered your site and I am enjoying it very much!

  29. 29
    Ines says:

    I’ve forgotten to say that I am from Spain. Please excuse my rusty English

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    monimala says:

    Well, Eve would be Bambi except that Bambi is a MAN, BABY! [/Austin Powers voice].  Okay, so he’s not a man, he’s an ambiguously gay deer… but it doesn’t quite have the same impact.

    And I think Eve totally looks like she’s asking Adam for some money before he puts that hand anywhere else.  “I don’t care if you’re the only man on earth, shell out the dough or you’re not getting any of this fine temptation-laden ass.”

    Now pardon me while I go weep.  My father and my brother are microbiologists and this hurts.

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