On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. A few months before the flight, the Apollo 11 crew trained in the desert, in the "lunar landscape" in the western United States. There are several native American tribes living in those places, and there is a story - or legend - about an astronaut meeting with one of the natives.
One day, an old Indian approached astronauts and asked what they were doing. They said they are preparing to fly to the moon. Hearing this, the old man stopped for a while, and then asked the astronauts to do him a favor.
- What should be done? They asked.
“The people of my tribe believe,” said the old man, “that holy spirits dwell on the moon.” Could you give them some important news from my people?
- What news? - asked the astronauts.
The Indian spoke a few words in his native language and made the astronauts repeat the sounds they did not understand again and again, until they memorized the phrase correctly.
- What does it mean? - asked the astronauts.
“I can't tell you that.” This is a secret, only our tribe and moon spirits know it.
Returning to the base, the astronauts found a connoisseur of Indian dialects and asked him to translate a secret message.When they reproduced this phrase, the translator burst into uncontrollable laughter, and having calmed down, told them that the phrase they had learned meant: “Do not believe a single word of these people - they came to steal your lands from you”.
Yuval Noi Harari.