You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

I know it’s Sunday and all.

But it has been a long, hard, exhausting week, and I have been needing a laugh.

It came from a place I have found to be a most trustworthy source for humor.

Here’s the report from the Louisville Courier-Journal:

The owner of the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in Northern Kentucky has sued its insurers for refusing to cover, of all things … rain damage.

Ark Encounter, which unveiled the 510-foot-long model in 2016, says that heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road, and its five insurance carriers refused to cover nearly $1 million in damages.

In a 77-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Ark Encounter asks for compensatory and punitive damages.

The ark itself was not damaged and the road has been rebuilt, according to the suit.

The park is open, said Melany Ethridge, a spokeswoman at the attraction’s Dallas-based public relations firm, who only laughed when informed that Ark Encounter had sued over flood damage.

“You got to get to the boat to be on the boat,” she said.

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Read Chaplain Mike’s classic essay, “The Disney-ization of Faith,” which was written when the Ark project was being announced and promoted.

30 thoughts on “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

  1. In most policies flood coverage is for “rising water”. That’s not what caused the damage.


  2. I wonder how long before maintenance of a 500 foot long wooden building starts to get a bit steep. Their termite treatment bill all by itself has got to be huge.


  3. The KY side of Cincinnati (Covington, KY) was a hotbed of organized crime “back in the day” and not considered all that safe. Think of NYC vs. Newark.

    But then again it wasn’t too hard to find a casino.


  4. I predict a complete win for the insurance carriers.

    Yes. They work very hard with large numbers of lawyers to make sure of such.

    Way back when I was involved in the insurance industry (P&C if you must know) there was a big issue about a standard form that had a yellow border. If it wasn’t yellow it wasn’t valid per an adverse ruling by a judge (in AL I think) so the move to laser printed forms on plain paper was a very slow slog.


  5. If these rainy conditions keep up much longer, I’m going to need a good ark. Anybody have a well-maintained used one for sale?


  6. Cafeteria No-Popery.
    One from Prot Founder A, one from Prot Founder B…
    As long as it isn’t Catholic(TM).


  7. Because these guys are SO Predictable.
    (And they claim a Rabbi from Nazereth who specialized in being unpredictable..)


  8. Suppose the lawyers are lining up two by two? Hat tip to the churchcurmudgeon.


  9. I think the bottom line comes down to “If you don’t buy flood insurance, you don’t get flood insurance.” It’s a separate policy, and it’s not cheap. The Ark wasn’t damaged, it was the private road that leads to the property that flooded and suffered a landslide. It wasn’t covered by the existing policies. Oops.


  10. Good post, CM. Thanks for the levity.

    A couple of thoughts have rattled through my mind…
    1) Something about “beware of making idols.” Something about, maybe this project is kinda like an ido… Oh, nevermind.
    2) Noah built the ARK to survive the flood, not so much the roads leading to it, so maybe these Ark Encounter folks should realize they’ve got an additional “Ark” experience they can point their visitors to!


  11. Then they’ll likely claim that the Ark’s failure is due to either: 1) PERSECUTION; or 2) FURTHER EVIDENCE OF GOD’S JUDGMENT UPON THE USA!


  12. Another “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” happened in our church this morning. Our supply pastor for today was a modern Martin Luther who left the Catholic priesthood, married his sweetheart and had 2 kids, and became a rostered ELCA pastor. His sermon started with a joke referencing a statue of the “Blessed Mother”, followed by a Baptist/Pentecostal message with an invitation followed by the Eucharist by Intinction.

    I am so thankful I didn’t roll over and go back to sleep this morning. That was once in a lifetime.


  13. Yup, this is it. I expect bankruptcy. The hard core fundys that wanted to see it already have. No one else will pay $40+ for this tax payer subsidized boondoggle. They may get through summer tourist season, then bankruptcy this fall.


  14. Take it for what it’s worth… Recall viewing a video taken by a visitor inside of a sign that gave evacuation instructions in case of high water. Can’t point to the website now.,so TIFWIW. Peace.


  15. It may be just a contractual dispute, but it’s also part of an ongoing pattern with this boondoggle. Demands for tax breaks, refusal to pay fees, inflating attendance numbers… This latest news does not surprise me.


  16. LOL, you could be right, looks like the reds hold noses areound Cincinatti:
    Moore, Trump’s pick for the Fed, said “You don’t want to live in Cincinnati or Cleveland, these, you know, armpits of America”


  17. What do you actually know about “that part of the country”?
    The ark park is actually part of the greater Cincinnati area. The good ole’ boys got displaced quite some time ago.
    Richard’s comment above is more spot on. Yours – not so much. But keep those stereotypes going, makes the generalizations easier to lord over.


  18. in that part of the country, the ‘rule of law’ is what the judge and jury say it is

    them’s good ole boyz and all that


  19. The devil is in the details, but this sounds like a fairly routine contractual dispute. These contracts are usually quite specific about what is and is not covered. The need for 77 pages for the complaint, and the request for punitive damages, suggests that there is a lot of huffing and puffing involved, likely with a healthy dollop of victimization. I predict a complete win for the insurance carriers.


  20. Something something house built on sand something rains came down… Well, you know the rest.


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