Web Development optimize

Geek Trivia: Prior to Wikipedia, what work held a centuries-long record for longest encyclopedia ever written?

In 2007, Wikipedia became the most extensive encyclopedia ever written, displacing a reference work that had held that title for nearly 600 years.

This week's quibble comes from the Dec. 9, 2011 edition of Geek Trivia, which asked what onboard Christmas gifts did the Apollo 8 astronauts leave famously unopened?

Member jpnagle59 recounted a personal anecdote that may have explained the astronauts' anti-Santa stance:

I met these great men after about 3 years from that flight. They all seemed to me to be a very level headed gentlemen...but there was an underlying sense of humor with these guys...One said to me after I asked the question--'...what would you have done if something had gone wrong on the Apollo 8 flight that would have prevented you from coming back home?...' He smiled and said...'...we had special rocket fuel to do one of two things, zoom our way back to Earth...or take a one way trip to Mars...it's classified son...'.......I wonder if the Brandy was the 'secret' fuel?... I do hope it was the good stuff...

Thanks for the inside scoop, and keep those quibbles coming!

About

Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger -- amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

7 comments
BALTHOR
BALTHOR like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

The Internet gives your truth sensing muscle a work out.It's a big planet and some tell powerful lies.

Robiisan
Robiisan like.author.displayName 1 Like

Simply spout off what they THINK is true. I am reminded of some of the lyrics of "A Puzzlement" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I: That tho' a man may be in doubt of what he know, Very quickly he will fight... He'll fight to prove that what he does not know is so!