Baywatch Actress Looking for Noah’s Ark


To the list of such luminaries as Ron Wyatt, add the name of Donna D’Errico. She was apparently one of the lifeguards on Baywatch and now she’s climbing Mt. Ararat looking for Noah’s Ark. But only looking, mind you; she says she doesn’t actually expect to find it:

Former Baywatch star Donna D’Errico is determined to continue her search for Noah’s Ark, despite suffering injuries and having to cut her trip to Turkey short.

D’Errico, 44, said that journeying to Turkey’s Mount Ararat to search for the Ark has been a “lifelong dream” of hers. The Bible says that Noah’s Ark came to rest at Mount Ararat and D’Errico has wanted to search for it ever since she saw a movie about the Ark as a child.

“We all have childhood fascinations that sometimes subside over time, but this one never did,” D’Errico told ABCNews.com. “The key word is ‘search,’ not ‘find.’ I don’t have any wild notion that I’ll be the one that finds Noah’s Ark.”

No, you won’t be. Neither will anyone else, of course, because it doesn’t exist. That hasn’t stopped lots of people from claiming to have found it, in many different places. But there’s always some magic reason why they can’t provide any evidence for it. Funny, that.

Comments

  1. says

    They don’t even know their Bible very well, since Mount Ararat is not specifically cited as the final location for the Ark, just the “Mountains of Ararat”.

  2. says

    It’s kind of amusing to think about the ark searches when we live in an era of high resolution remote sensing. I would think a serious searcher would look over satellite images and/or buy a flyby with an aerial camera, determine possible finds and then climb to those spots to verify on the ground. I also wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere there’s a database containing all the known cave systems in case someone claims Noah conveniently parked it in a cave.

    The impression I usually get is that these people are still doing it the medieval way, just climbing wherever they feel like and hoping to randomly bump into it. Of course, that makes for good publicity, since random searches are unlikely to succeed, keep the mystery alive, and create the illusion that people are actually trying. Kind of like all the pro-alien/cryptid/ghost shows that always end inconclusively.

    The most pragmatic and sensible pro-flood answer is one I generally don’t hear from flood theorists: That Noah and family cannibalized the ark after landing. Wood is a valuable commodity, and the ark presumably already had much of its wood already in plank and beam forms. Heck, even rotten wood would probably make decent firewood, so it’d still find a use. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make for good TV ratings.

  3. Chuck says

    They don’t even know their Bible very well

    Well, she certainly doesn’t, since I highly doubt being a Playboy playmate is considered in keeping with conservative Christian beliefs, and that was her first claim to fame, like several other Baywatch babes.

  4. KG says

    Last week I looked for Bigfoot in all the pubs in Aberdeen. I wasn’t expecting to find it, mind, I was just looking.

  5. KG says

    Well, she certainly doesn’t, since I highly doubt being a Playboy playmate is considered in keeping with conservative Christian beliefs – Chuck

    Well at least she wouldn’t have been wearing a garment of mixed wool and linen.

    Leviticus 19:19 Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

  6. mrbongo says

    Well, Ed ignored Asia Bibi – the christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy – instead he even praised pakistani’s for being peacesul sufis (that was right before they killed the minister for minority affairs who suggested the blasphemy laws be repealed).

    Now in Pakistan an 11-year-old Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome arrested for blasphemy.

    Will Ed stand up for her? Oh hell no, too busy entertaiing the mentally ill chiroptera and demmocommie.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/11-year-old-girl-arrested-in-Pakistan-on-charges-of-blasphemy/articleshow/15549076.cms

  7. F says

    Yeah, Ed. Jeez. You’re another blogger posting the wrong stories.

    Oh, I forgot my personal complaint: I already knew about this story, and even linked it in the comments somewhere at FTB. And you should have known that, too.

    Not looking good for you, Ed. What will you do next? Ignite the powder keg by posting about something that is a year or more old again?

  8. keith says

    Is Ed supposed to be the Associated Press now?

    Start your own blog if you think Ed misses important stuff.

    Sometimes people just like to read about wacky playboy bunnies.

  9. says

    The most pragmatic and sensible pro-flood answer is one I generally don’t hear from flood theorists: That Noah and family cannibalized the ark after landing. Wood is a valuable commodity, and the ark presumably already had much of its wood already in plank and beam forms.

    Yeah, that’s what I would say. Even if it really did exist, it would have been cannibalized for building shelters, having firewood, etc.

    Of course, if the story was true, all the evidence would show human and animal migration into Africa, which it doesn’t. The oldest haplotype marker is found among the San and Bushmen of Southern Africa, which is what one would expect if humans migrated out of Africa.

  10. says

    Yeah, how terrible of me. I’ve posted dozens of times about the outrage of blasphemy laws in Muslim countries, but I apparently didn’t write about one specific case. That means I’m obviously a fascist, Muslim-loving terrorist sympathizer. Or it would mean that to someone who is a first class fucking moron.

  11. KG says

    instead he even praised pakistani’s for being peacesul sufis – mrbongo

    There’s a noun missing there, chum, after “pakistani’s” (which should have an upper-case initial letter), and you haven’t specified which Pakistani it is that whatever it is belongs to. I’m afraid my dictionary doesn’t contain the adjective “peacesul” either. Before you set up your own blog to cover all the stories you think are important, I’d recommend a remedial English class.

  12. zmidponk says

    And there’s mrbongo at #7 ignoring the news about the ongoing war in Syria, especially about how it’s recently become apparent how intense the bombardment of Azaz was, and how many lives were lost there. Instead he comments on how only one person was sentenced to death and another was arrested in Pakistan. Obviously, this means that mrbongo does not care in any way about the ongoing conflict in Syria.

    However, to actually say something relevant to this blog post, the ‘ark hunters’ have always puzzled me. I mean, even accepting the frankly ludicrous premise that Noah existed, the Flood happened, and the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat, and also assuming that, for whatever reason, the ark was simply abandoned, instead of salvaged for wood, time and weather would have caused the ark to break down, rot and be destroyed in the last 4000 years. The only time we have found ships or boats of that age is where care was taken to preserve it (such as the ‘solar boat’ of Khufu, an Egyptian Pharoah from the 4th dynasty). The closest we’ve come to actual ships just left lying about, as far as I’m aware, is timbers thought to be the remains of ships discovered lying amongst what seems to be the detritus of a shipyard preserved inside six caverns in Wadi Gawasis.

  13. keith says

    It is preserved via miraculous intercession of course.

    Or, to put on my AIG hat and pull reasons out of my ass, the wild ass guess might run that gopherwood is too hard to rot, and too dense to burn. This makes it a perfect construction material for an impossibly big wooden boat.

    I don’t think ark hunters give it even that much thought.

  14. Nancy New, Queen of your Regulatory Nightmare says

    15 years or so, I went to the archeological dig at Masada–it was shortly after they’d finished filming the TV miniseries, and the production company had left a bunch of large props–seige-engine / catapult type items and so forth in place on the plains below the plateau.

    My hand to the FSG, I overheard someone there with a tour ask the tour guide how those items had been preserved so well for so long.

    !

    Reality check needed for those searching for Noah’s rowboat.

  15. busterggi says

    M. D’Errico should have no trouble at all finding the Ark. Christians have claimed they found it many times and, if they were;nt lying, there should be a well-worn path leading right up to it.

  16. Larry says

    If I were in charge of the Turkish tourism board, I’d be up on that mountain seeding it with shards of gopherwood and dried-out animal turds and then promote Digging for the Ark tours in all the xtian magazines. Turkey would be making a fortune off the rubes.

  17. Chiroptera says

    As far as finding something in the neighborhood goes, I’d be surprised if no monk ever had the idea of nailing some planks together and claiming that it was the True Noah’s Ark.

  18. raven says

    I’d be up on that mountain seeding it with shards of gopherwood and dried-out animal turds and then promote Digging for the Ark tours in all the xtian magazines. Turkey would be making a fortune off the rubes.

    It’s been done many times already.

    There is a boat shaped structure on Ararat that dates from the middle ages. Apparently the early monks thought there should be a boat up there, and since there wasn’t, they built a replica.

    Ron Wyatt had Turkish workmen carry old wood up the mountain so he could claim he discovered Noah’s Ark.

  19. matty1 says

    If I were in charge of the Turkish tourism board, I’d be up on that mountain seeding it with shards of gopherwood and dried-out animal turds and then promote Digging for the Ark tours in all the xtian magazines. Turkey would be making a fortune off the rubes.

    The problem with this is that Ararat is in an area where the Turkish army are fighting Kurdish separatists and visiting, while possible is not encouraged. In fact a quick search suggests Ms D’Errico ran into this very problem.

    “Early this morning I was awakened by one of our Kurdish guides saying that we had to leave the mountain immediately because there was trouble with the PKK and the Turkish Military on the mountain and that we were in serious danger,”

  20. left0ver1under says

    Using telescopes, astronomers can locate and identify asteroids as small as ten metres long, despite the rocks travelling at tens of thousands of kilometres per hour, at a distance of at least three hundred million kilometres from Earth.

    Meanwhile, the religious cannot find a 200 metre boat on a 5000 metre high mountain in a fixed location. Maybe goblins are moving the wreckage around the mountain when people try to look.

    Just how dim are people that they can’t grasp the non-existence of the “ark”?

  21. says

    tommykey “Yeah, that’s what I would say. Even if it really did exist, it would have been cannibalized for building shelters, having firewood, etc.”
    Not if the dinosaurs were guarding it! Checkmate, Athiesm!

  22. grumpyoldfart says

    Did the Christians con her into financing the expedition, or did they use her name to con money from others?

  23. caseloweraz says

    Keith wrote: “…the wild ass guess might run that gopherwood is too hard to rot, and too dense to burn. This makes it a perfect construction material for an impossibly big wooden boat.”

    Especially when you need to build said boat in a hurry, using primitive, muscle-powered tools.

  24. says

    They should be glad they haven’t found anything. Why? Carbon dating. There’s just too high a risk that they might discover conclusive evidence that the flood occurred in 1985!

  25. says

    I’d be up on that mountain seeding it with shards of gopherwood and dried-out animal turds

    Don’t forget the coproliths! Just because… you know, satan’s work!

  26. birgerjohansson says

    I should dig up some really old logs that have been preserved in peat bogs. Then I should carve them into planks and and plant them at Mt.Ararat.
    .
    Later, everyone will be surprised when isotope studies reveal Noah lived in north Sweden!
    (or maybe the nephilim dragged the timber down south, thinking to use them for IKEA furniture)

  27. says

    that’s what’s sad and fascinating about religious belief. In order for it to be legit, the stories have to have actually happened. I’ve heard the opposite said about Shakespeare and Socrates. Either one of them could have not existed or have been the work of numerous people, but that doesn’t change the value of the work in the least

  28. says

    “My hand to the FSG, I overheard someone there with a tour ask the tour guide how those items had been preserved so well for so long.”

    It’s the marine grade stainless steel (or silicon bronze) fittings and McCloskey’s “Man-O-War” spar varnish that keep the Ark in such fine fettle!

  29. d cwilson says

    Well, she certainly doesn’t, since I highly doubt being a Playboy playmate is considered in keeping with conservative Christian beliefs – Chuck

    No, but it does make her an expert on vaccine safety.

  30. d cwilson says

    They should be glad they haven’t found anything. Why? Carbon dating. There’s just too high a risk that they might discover conclusive evidence that the flood occurred in 1985!

    Pfft! According to Banana Man, carbon dating has been proven to be unreliable. How else can you explain that it says stuff is really, really old when the Babble clearly says that the world is only 6,000 years old.

  31. d cwilson says

    tommykey

    “Yeah, that’s what I would say. Even if it really did exist, it would have been cannibalized for building shelters, having firewood, etc.”

    You’re not thinking like a fundjelical. Obviously, gawd would have miracled all the firewood and shelter that Noah and his family would need. That way, the ark would be preserved for thousands of years so that, one day, it will be found by True Christians (TM) and expose those evilotionist lies.

  32. cjcolucci says

    The story doesn’t really make clear whether she thinks there ever was an Ark up there. If given a chance to go on such a trip, I’d go because it would likely be fun, and I wouldn’t expect to find anything either because I never believed the Noah story. That said, it’s probably the safe bet that she does believe it’s up there somewhere, even if she doesn’t expect to find it, but that’s just my guess; nothing in the story actually tells us that.

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