Vespertilio Homo by Holley Bakich
In 1835, the New York Sun newspaper published the first example of “yellow-dog” journalism. They wrote that British astronomer Sir John Herschel had spied life on the Moon with his new telescope. One race of life-forms were people covered in copper-colored fur with bat-like wings. They happily flew around all day, except when they were sitting cross-legged on the ground eating a yellow gourd-like fruit. The series of six articles made the Sun the largest-selling newspaper in the world.