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Curious about Curious Earth

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Recently Joel emailed to ask about Curious Earth, a creation evangelism display that was featured in Creation magazine many years ago.

“I’d like to contact Wayne Olling and Marc Kay, the two who do creation evangelism. I have a small creation display board I use for evangelism, and I would like to ask them what kind of content they include on their displays. Thanks.”

Wayne Olling responded:

The article you saw from Creation magazine was 14 years ago and a lot can happen in that time—and it has.

Marc relocated a long way from the area and was unable to keep manning the display. I continued with the display with help of other CMI friends and supporters. Eventually, age, relocation to an area more distant from where the festivals were being conducted, and then major surgery all resulted in me ceasing to conduct the display and handing it over to another CMI supporter.

To try to give you some information that might help you I can say that most of the laminated posters were from images which appeared in Creation magazine and used with permission of CMI.

The tables below identify images used at certain times. There would be other suitable images which appeared in Creation magazine subsequent to when I was conducting the display.

Essentially, the display comprised five panels with images about geological ‘anomalies’ on each panel according to Geological Age: Fossils, Early People, Technology, Evolution, and Dinosaurs.

In another document see table 3 below you will see an example of the sort of captions I had with the images.

An encrusted teddy bear from the Petrifying Well at Knaresborough, Yorkshire.

Some might say I had too many images on the display. Perhaps so, but my idea was to have sufficient images for people to spend a lot of time looking at them so that, eventually, they would be provoked to ask a question of me or be more disposed to engage in discussion. I didn’t jump at people the moment they stopped at the display. I would just stand back out of the way and wait for when I thought the time was right to speak.

I also wrote up and had printed some brochures which challenge the long age, evolutionary view of origins and had them in packs available for a visitor to pick up and take.

I hope this information is a help to you.

Best wishes,

Table 1. Images used on Curious Earth display

This table includes a great deal of detail, to demonstrate the sort of images and topics that work well, and that people show an interest in.


Magazine reference

Piltdown Skull Model 16(1):17
Model Stegosaur 16(1):37
Components of Carbon battery 16(2):11
Artist’s impression of battery 16(2):12
Petrified water wheel 16(2):25
Rock around keys 17(1):45
Ancient calculating device and reconstruction 17(2):42
Goby fish & shrimp 17(3):12
Cleaner Wrasse fish 17(3):12–13
Fossil jellyfish 17(3):31
Petrified miner’s hat 17(3):56
Petrified tree with Bee Hollows 17(4):8
Petrified Ham 18(1):18
Mt St Helens Stratification 18(2):29
Representation of Pithecanthropus alalus 18(2):34
Swanscombe skull Model 18(3):44
Java Man article 18(3):45
Fossil fern & accompanying images 18(4):51
Stratification at Greenmount beach 19(1):39
Rock painting 19(2):23
Clock in stone 19(3):6
Stalagmite 19(4):37
Model T-Rex 19(4):40–41
Model Sauropod 19(4):41
Blood cells in T-Rex bones 19(4):42
Fossil wood in Basalt 20(1):26–27
Petrified fencing wire 20(3):6
Rock filled gas pipe 20(4):6
Coal stump 20(4):49
Fossil bat 21(1):29
Fossil Triceratops 21(1):55
Fossil dinosaur eggs 21(2):9
Petrified trees at Yellowstone 21(2):18
Logs in Spirit Lake 21(2):21
Wood in sandstone 21(3):39
Fossil fish 22(2):9
Fossil fish Coelacanth 22(2):56
DNA Code 22(4):35
Manufactured and natural Opal 23(1):5,10
Petrified bowler hat 23(1):10
Stalactites 23(1):10
Fossil fish eating another fish 23(1):11
Petrified flour 23(1):17
Petrified teddy bear 24(3):49
Canyon in six days 24(4):54
Coral on shoe 25(1):31
Bishop Bell tombstone & highlighted Sauropods 25(4):42–43
Helium in granites (whole article) 26(2):42–44
Bacterial Flagellum 27(1):24–25
Fossil Pterosaur embryo 27(2):35
Coelacanth 27(3):8
Model car in stone 29(4):49
Angkor carvings & close-up of possible Stegosaur 29(4):56

I also use the errant museum model of Neanderthal Man and the corrected computer model which appeared in Creation 25(4):10-14.

Table 2. Images I obtained from other sources

From Dr Donald Chittick who wrote the book The Puzzle of Ancient Man:

Gold Plan Type Artifact Mayan Observatory Pyramid & Sphinx
Zimbabwe Wall Boat in Lake Titicaca Faces in Wall at Tiahuanaco
Stonehenge Sacsayhuaman Rocks Nazca Plain
Spider Image on Nazca Plain Stone Heap Dog on Wheels
Carved Human Faces

From the government department Heritage Victoria I obtained permission to use the Bell in Rock image in Creation 20(2):6.

I have a photo of a fossil flower I found at Bugaldie, NSW.

From Joachim Scheven I obtained two A2 size posters of living fossils, namely of “Insects in amber/Today’s descendants” and “Fossil leaves/Today’s descendants”. I replaced the German language centre panels with English language panels.

Staatiches Museum fũr Naturkunde, Stuttgart granted permission to use the image of the fossil Ichthyosaur giving birth.

Master Books granted permission to use the image of the Petrified Cowboy’s Leg shown in the book Geology by John Morris.

I used an image of a Geologic Time Scale but I don’t now have the details.

I have six A5 size texts of historical accounts of sightings of dinosaur type creatures. The same accounts are contained within the book After The Flood by Bill Cooper.

Table 3. Further images with accompanying text



Model Car in Stone Creation 29(4), page 49 Strolling along the shore of Victoria Point, Brisbane, Chris and Sandra Barnes picked up a rock. It was about hand size. They turned the rock over and found it encased a model car. It does not take long ages for rocks to form.
Angkor, Cambodia, carvings and close-up of possible Stegosaur Creation 29:4 back page These carvings are said to be 800 years old. One carving looks like no other animal but a stegosaur. How could the carver of the image have seen a stegosaur? Perhaps dinosaurs didn’t die out millions of years ago!
Wollemi pine Based on the traditional ‘Index Fossil’ method associated with the geological timescale, the Wollemi pine was thought to have died out 65–150 million years ago. The species hadn’t died out at all. The ‘Index Fossil’ method is an unreliable measure of dating the earth.
Petrification does not require a long time This teddy bear is one of many objects which became petrified when placed in a waterfall at Knaresborough, York, England. Petrification took 3 to 5 months—not millions of years!
A canyon in six days! Burlingame Canyon, Walla Walla, Washington, USA, emerged in 1926 when the diversion ditch (top photo) was used to divert an abnormally high flow of water from a nearby canal. The ditch had been no more than 3 m wide and 1.8 m deep, but the diverted water took just six days to erode this canyon.
Eroding cliffs at Joggins, Nova Scotia These abundant polystrate tree trunks point to rapid and catastrophic (not gradual) burial.
Vomiting fish fossil This fossil suggests catastrophic burial rather than slow and gradual burial. Copyright: www.ianjuby.org

Once again, I hope this information is a help to you.

Best wishes,

Published: 22 January 2022