It's certainly not the first time that phrase has been used, but I'm pretty sure that's how I found myself immersed the last few years in various podcasts & blog feeds.
I think what fundamentally started it was the conspiracy theories describing why we supposedly didn't land on the moon. I've been an astronomy buff since I was a little tucker, and I thought I could rebut many of the arguments myself, but I thought I'd arm myself with more facts. Somewhere along the line I stumbled across the old Bad Astronomy site. A simple example of common misconceptions (which leads generally to pareidolia, which itself is a fascinating topic) is the illusion created by craters - depending on your perspective.
|(thanks to Bad Astronomy)|
To ignore all that and simply move to today's science news, and providing more evidence to the moon-landing deniers - where they'll probably just move the goal posts again, here is part of an awesome shot from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, found in one of my RSS feeds.
|Apollo 11 landing site from 24km up|
And if you rotate that shot 90 degrees left or right, you'll see the illusion Phil Plait talks about. He's written a few books too, I recommend Death from the Skies - these are the ways the world will end. It includes a fascinating chapter on "heat death".
And some people say science isn't cool!