Turns out the "moon rock" given to the Dutch Prime Minister by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin is in fact just petrified wood.
The Fake Moon Rock, housed at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, and which has been observed under false pretenses by "tens of thousands" of visitors every day, according to Telegraph.uk, is in fact a "Fugazi!"
According to ABC.com, "The discovery of a fake moon rock in the Netherlands' national museum should be a wake-up call for more than 130 countries that received gifts of lunar rubble from both the Apollo 11 flight in 1969 and Apollo 17 three years later."
There is a deep irony in my being able to reference Donny Brasco, a film where Johnny Depp plays Don the Jeweler, who becomes a "fake mobster" saying, "Why don't you go home and give it to your wife or something. What I'm saying is, give it to someone who doesn't know any better because that's a fugazi."
Meanwhile Mr. Aldrin and Mr. Armstrong remain "fake astronauts", and as more and more proof floods in, will be seen as the pawns they are, in a larger scheme. Of course it hurts to hear something is a fake. That's don't make it real, so why don't you take your moon rocks NASA and go home and give it to your wives or something?
"It's a nondescript, pretty-much-worthless stone," said Frank Beunk, a geologist involved in the investigation.