Maybe it's sheer lunacy, but thousands of people have called a 900 number to find out the weather on the moon.
American Express started its 1-900-WEATHER line Aug. 1, providing temperatures and forecasts for 600 places around the world, and one place out of this world.It turns out more people have called for the moon's weather than any other location, except New York City, the company reported Tuesday.
"I think we've struck a whimsical chord among callers," said Jess Bander, an American Express vice president. "There's a sense of wonderment about the moon, a fanciful enjoyment."
The whimsy has, of course, carried over to the Christmas season, with North Pole forecasts now available.
After New York and the moon, the places most frequently asked about are London, Chicago and Boston, said Bander, who wouldn't say how many people have called for the moon weather.
In case you're wondering, it's hot on the sunny half of the moon, about 264 degrees, and cold on the dark half, about minus 272. It's been like that for millions of years, and the information is in most encyclopedias.