A Nobel Prize winning physicist has astounded the world's science community by throwing doubts on the basic rules of the Cosmos and it's "furniture".
"It's only a paper moon," announced Professor T.T.O'Neal to students in a Kansas State University science symposium.
"And furthermore it's sailing over a cardboard sea," he added.
But fellow physicist Doctor Peter Bogdanovich cast scorn on Prof O'Neill's outburst.
"Old TT's been at the Three Feathers again, I fear - probably home-made hooch from across the Missouri state line. He goes to a strange place when he's like that.
"It's a Barnum and Bailey world, just as phoney as it can be," he said sadly.