Martian canals (Jun 7 2012) ------------------------------------------------- Astronomers in the 19th Century said there were canals on Mars. Whether this was because of the poor optics available or the construction of several major canal projects here on Earth, I’m not sure. But over time, better telescopes demonstrated that there were definitely no canals on Mars. Still, I like to imagine ancient Martians, punting gondolas from domed city to domed city, chanting Martian chants as young Martian lovers watched the clouds, hand in hand, talon in talon, tails entwined. Ah, Science! You foul destroyer of Romance! I push the astronomer’s head back into the toilet and flush again. ------------------------------------------------- © 2005-2018 Laurence Simon