July 05, 2005

At Least 1 Full Apostle Lost to Erosion in Australia

Year after year on the coast of Victoria, Australia a cluster of 9 limestone towers known as The Twelve Apostles has withstood constant tidal assaults by the Indian Ocean. In news today it was reported that one of the 150-foot towers has collapsed into the sea in front of a stunned family of sightseers.

On a sidenote, according to at least one loony, this event is somehow proof of a young earth. (Link=Rockstar's Ramblings)

A couple questions: If the badly named formation of 9 towers represented The 12 Apostles then does that leave 11 Apostles standing now, or 8? Or, if the 12 original apostles were represented proportionally amongst the 9 towers, at 1.33 apostles per, wouldn't that leave 10.66 apostles now?

And then, of course, which apostles have weathered away? Presumably Judas would be the one full apostle removed from the club, but then what about the 1/3 apostle? Perhaps Peter? (at a rate of .11 compensation for each instance of denying Jesus in one night. Did anyone happen to hear a cock crowing twice on the beach before the collapse?)

I'm assuming that the powers that be - the Park Service - intend on keeping the name The 12 Apostles. I mean, perhaps then the simplest solution would be to apply apostolic inflation and increase the current Apostle-Tower exchange rate from 1.33 Apostle per Tower, to 1.5 per. Would there be implications?
I'm not an economist, nor a prophet, so I can't predict the effects in Victoria State or even globally, in tweaking an exchange nearly 15% in one fell swoop.

Or might we assume from the name that maybe 12 apostles once stood there and that by implication 3 had already been lost to the sands of time before this week? I'm assuming just based on my limited knowledge of the actions of erosion in that part of Australia, perhaps thousands of apostles have stood guard there, since long before their namesakes even existed. Imagine that.

How about this: Could it be that this formation is really an indication of some grand coverup? Were there really only 9 Apostles to begin with? It wouldn't be a stretch to deduce that the same folks who once recorded their more ancient ancestors' ages as 600 years and 900 years plus, might also have padded the books when it came to counting Apostles... Hey, maybe there aren't any "lost tribes" of Israel either. And maybe "nine" is the true bakers' dozen?

Just asking.


At 6:48 AM, Blogger Rockstar Ryan said...

I wondered about the "12" moniker myself. According to the Park Victoria website, there are supposed to be 3 formations underwater. Guess they'll have to call it the "11 apostles" now.

BTW, did you know the formation was call "Sow and Piglets" in the early 20th century? Thought that was funny...

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Don Sheffler said...

Aha! The three disciples who fell asleep! Yeah, and the ocean is the garden of Gethsemane, and the stack that collapsed is Judas... and... and...

Err - let's just go back to "Sow and Piglets" already.

At 11:31 PM, Blogger Omni said...

How about we just call them "really cool rocks"? ;-)

At 1:46 AM, Anonymous rachel the godess of beaty said...

orrrrrrrrr we should just leave them alone instead of thinking up inappropriate names !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Don Sheffler said...

Is there a godess of beaty?


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