Our friend Theresa was talking to some co-workers on Wednesday. "Did you know that you can see Mars for the first time in 60,000 years tonight?" they asked her.
"No, no," Theresa explained, "You can see Mars on many nights, it's just closer than it's been in 60,000 years."
"Oh no!" they insisted "Mars has never been seen in 60,00 years!"
It didn't matter how emphatically my friend tried to explain that what they were saying was illogical, that if it was true, how would we even know Mars was there, that planets rotate around the Sun, etc, etc... They wouldn't budge...
Now, if you find this anecdote as appalling as we did, please consider this: