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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for Aug. 12, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the July 29, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "A body (shop) in space." TechRepublic member hcwjr disputed Jay Garmon labeling Harrison Schmitt as the penultimate man to walk on the moon.

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This week's quibble comes from the July 29, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "A body (shop) in space." TechRepublic member hcwjr disputed my labeling Harrison Schmitt as the penultimate man to walk on the moon:

"Gene Cernan was the penultimate man to walk on the moon. Harrison Schmitt was the antepenultimate man to walk on the moon."

Luckily, TechRepublic member tjbud had my back:

"Nope. Harrison Schmitt WAS the penultimate (next to last) man to walk on the Moon. Eugene Cernan was the ultimate, last. The antepenultimate (before the next to last) was from Apollo 16, John Young."

For his part, hcwjr took was a good sport:

"Yeah, that's right. I should pay closer attention."

Hey, any excuse for a vocabulary lesson or a chance to namecheck John Young. Thanks for the quibble, and keep 'em comin'!

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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...

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