There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff — we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity.
If everyone seeing this today donates $5, we will meet our goal for 2018.
| Fighting pseudoscience isn't free.|
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate $5, $20 or whatever you can today with !
| The poetry of reality|
|Extraordinary claims with|
|Hot from the|
They are also, if Christian writer Constance Cumbey is to be believed, a secret symbol used by New Agers who put it on their cars to identify each other. (To her credit, when she wrote that, the rainbow flag hadn't yet become popular as a gay symbol — but since when was that an excuse?)
They are also Jesse Jackson's favorite political motif.
However, God had other plans for the rainbow. According to creationists, back in 2500 B.C. or thereabouts there was a great flood. After Noah's Ark saved all the animals from extinction, God promised Noah he would never again flood the planet, and he instituted the rainbow as the symbol promising it wouldn't happen again. You do believe in young earth creationism, don't you?
Rainbows are not just diurnal or limited to visible light. Nocturnal rainbows (moonbows), produced by the Moon, have been documented since Aristotle and they also extend into the infrared and ultraviolet