An article from Yahoo News yesterday has a "group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers" claiming they found Noah's Ark up on Mount Ararat. There are several things wrong with this story, so I'll just go ahead and point everything out that I can think of.
1) The story is mythological, not literal.
2) The story was not original, but was rather copied from surrounding cultures, notably the Epic of Gilgamesh from the Babylonians.
3) The group of people who discovered it, are bible-bashers on a mission to prove their faith, they aren't archaeologists, they aren't scientists at all, they aren't historians, they aren't scholars of any sort. The article specifically states that they are evangelical explorers, so who gives a damn about a piece of wood they found on a mountain??
4) This is not the first attempt that Fundies have made to try and prove the Biblical Flood story.
5) There is no geological evidence to support a region-wide flood up to 3000m and most certainly no evidence to support a worldwide flood
That's all I can think of that frustrates the hell out of me right now about this article. If anyone else can think of any other problems with this 'find' let me know and I'll tag them on the end with your name by it.
ThatAtheistChick: These bible-thumpers supposedly carbon dated the wood to say that it was from Noah's non-existent flood, too. Again, they're not scientists, so how exactly did they "carbon date" this wood? If no archaeologists or historians studied this and confirmed this, then obviously it's a hoax.