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Alien Globes

Saturday February 27, 2016 Written by Smith

In 1905, American astronomer Percival Lowell made a big announcement: he’d discovered canals on the surface of Mars – evidence that aliens were transporting water to grow crops.

Of course, the whole thing turned out to be bunk, but the theory wasn’t completely forgotten; over a hundred years later, German craftsman Michael Plichta discovered a map that Lowell had made to illustrate his theory, and decided to turn it into a globe.

It was a massive labour of love – Plichta had to learn traditional globe-making techniques in order to pull it off. The project turned out a treat, though, and he now sells replicas through his business Planetenkugel Manufaktur. A perfect gift for the inventive thinkers out there.

This tidbit first appeared in Smith Journal volume 17. Buy a copy at our online store, find your closest stockist or subscribe.