Because the Internet is the Internet, an image of a sand penis supposedly drawn by the Mars Rover circulated earlier this week as everyone wondered whether the people at NASA had a juvenile sense of humor or whether we just needed to stop seeing penises in the sand wherever we went. But because the Internet is the Internet, it was also too quick to assume that this sand penis was an original creation. Animal NY’s Andy Cush did the journalistic legwork, getting in contact with NASA to reveal that the photo was actually taken back in 2004 by the rover Spirit, and that it’s been circulating ever since. As NASA’s description reads:
“The location is within the transition from the relatively smooth plains to the more rocky and rugged blanket of material ejected from Bonneville by the force of the impact that dug the crater.”
AKA sand dicks, duh, created by God’s will/accidental tire treads. Which means chill out, Internet: While it’s very entertaining, this sand dick is nothing new. Just another day where your fun is ruined by knowledge. Happy Friday!