Yes, it's true! You can move something on the moon faster than the speed of light. It's all in the wrist.

You will need:


  1. Wait for full moon.
  2. Put batteries in laser pointer.
  3. Switch pointer ON.
  4. Point beam at moon.
  5. Flick wrist.
That's it! The area of the moon you're lighting up will move faster than the speed of light! If you don't believe me, work it out...


  1. No natural laws are broken in the course of this experiment.
  2. No information is transferred, either.
  3. It has been brought to my attention that concern by some elders has been expressed as to the physical possibility of said experiment. The diameter of the moon is approximately 3500km, and it subtends an angle of 0.5degrees. To attain light speed of 300000km/s, we would have traverse it in something above 0.01s. My wrist can do 90 degrees in well under 0.18s, which would translate to the desired speed.
  4. It has furthermore been brought to my attention that some elders have expressed their concern that "things" may not really be things. Are they ideas, persons or places?? The short answer is that it depends on what things are. For the same answer but without short non-technical words, I can do no better than refer the interested reader to genidentity. I can also recommend genidentity for readers who are interested in Philosophy rather than just in making fun of Physics; the long words are more needed for that purpose.
  5. If you really insist on doing it right even quantum mechanically, try quantum entanglement and faster than light communication!