Museum of Human Achievement
"...Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Our Lady of Guadalupe "Tepeyac de San Antonio" at the Oblate Missions in northwest San Antonio combine replicas of two religious shrines into one unique holy site...."
"...A member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order, Gollbach built much of the mountain himself. The rocks were gathered from around Roma with petrified wood found near Escobares..."
"...Beginning around 1849, the friars of the Oblate order camped near the site of the chapel on the banks of the Rio Grande as they traveled from Brownsville to the isolated ranches scattered around the region. Known as the "Cavalry of Christ," the mission began with five priests from France..."
"...Marcus: The Earth, capitalization mine, is an oblate spheroid. Oblate spheroid is the best pickup line I managed to learn in graduate school...."
"...But then, Pan American Airways had started back in 1927 and would continue in various incarnations until its sad financial collapse in 1991, so there's a whole lot of history that the international powerhouse of travel covers as it once covered the geography of this oblate and rapidly warming spheroid. And if you think that's a worthy topic of investigation, that vibrant history, then there's a new book you'd probably enjoy reading..."
"..."It is interesting that the embodiment of respectability for an idea is still a museum, as if a Museum of Falsehoods were a theoretical impossibility. I look forward to a Museum of Flat Earth as a counterbalance to all those oblate spheroid enthusiasts."..."
"...The Earth, our enormous, oblate spheroid its poles slightly flattened, its tectonic plates moving in the very definition of geological time is the point at which our sense of place in the universe begins to jell. Even if we could disregard the compelling illustrations and the precise methods of annotation, when maps or globes show us our own place in the context of the rest of the world ....."
"...The New York Times, Aug. 3, 2002: "Over the last four years Earth has been getting fatter around the middle." Wha? Over the last four years??!! "Earth is wider around its Equator than a perfect sphere, but recently it has become even more oblate or pumpkin-like..."