"Pssst! I got something out of this world for sale! It's a Moon Rock. Yep, it was picked up by an astronaut on the moon, taken to the spaceship, flown back to earth, and now I got it. It's right here in my overcoat pocket. Shhh! Keep it down...this baby is valuable. Yeah...you can have it. Half a million Euros!!" Sound too fantastic to be true? Well, the above conversation really happened to JOSEPH GUTHEINZ JR. The man known as the "Moon Rock Hunter" has tracked down 77 missing moon rocks and returned the irreplaceable artifacts to their rightful homes in the museums where they belong. Talk about a superhero!
You must be asking yourself...how does something as valuable as a Moon Rock end up in the pocket of a jacket of a shady dude from the Bronx? Here's how it all started: During the Apollo 17 Mission, astronaut EUGENE CERNAN (TRIVIA: He's the last man to walk on the moon) snatched up the hugest boulder he could find. He took it to the module, transported the brick back to Earth and gave it to PRESIDENT NIXON. Dick loved it! He loved it so much, he wanted to share "the greatest human accomplishment" with the rest of the world. So the president ordered the Moon Rock be split up into 185 pieces. One fragment was sent to each of the 50 US state governors. The remaining pieces sent to the 135 heads of state Nixon deemed worthy enough of a Moon Rock. All rocks were mounted on plaques with the respective flag and a brief, pompous statement.
|The Honduras Moon Rock.|
This really pisses off The Moon Rock Hunter. Like the famous movie icon Indiana Jones, he lives a double life. By day, he is a mild-mannered teacher at Alvin Community College in Houston, Texas. But...at night...he changes into a renegade! He dawns a cape, cracks a whip and hunts down deposed dictators in muggy Central American jungles...searching for stolen artifacts. Currently, JOSEPH is busy trying to find Cyprus' Moon Rock. It seems the artifact has slipped into the hands of a diplomat's son who has been trying to sell it on the black market in Dubai. He's also on the case of Ireland's lost Moon Rock. When fire engulfed the observatory where it was held, it was presumed destroyed. The Moon Rock Hunter knows these babies are tough and can survive any earth fire. He has tracked it to Finglas Landfill and wants to start digging!
|The DUNER BLOG salutes you, MRH!!|
Keep on Hunting, Moon Rock Hunter! Keep on Hunting!