If you're a pastor, or someone who goes to church or who likes to make fun of people who do, then you may have already seen this in your email. In 2006 Netherlands resident Johan Huibers built an exact replica of the ark as described in the book of Genesis. It's not a hoax; even the BBC covered this one.
My favorite part of the story is his wife's reaction. Being not very keen on the idea she told him, "Why don't you go dig wells in Ethiopia?" My feeling exactly, especially since the cost of the ark's construction was approximately the equivalent of $1.2 million U.S. I wouldn't doubt that like Mrs. Huibers (ironically no, we don't get her name either), Mrs. Noah also wasn't too fond of her husband's project.