Nasa / Space

Geek Trivia: What Apollo 1 practical joke became unofficial NASA policy after the loss of that mission's crew?

An Apollo 1 practical joke became unofficial NASA policy following that mission's fatal accident, in part as a memorial to the astronauts, and in part because it was a good idea.

This week's quibble comes from the list of top Geekend posts in 2011, wherein member and contributor Sterling "Chip" Camden has clearly lost his mind:

" Getting Jay back was the best thing you could have possibly done for this space."

Clearly Chip is hitting the Romulan ale a little too hard. Getting John Scalzi or Charles Stross or any of my comrades from the Functional Nerds or SF Signal would have been much better use of TR's freelance budget than paying me. Luckily, no one but Mary reads these quibbles so the secret is safe. As to to Chip's point, the always enigmatic BALTHOR has an oblique but appropriate response, posting a link to the most boring sequence of Star Trek footage ever filmed. I'm going to interpret that as an assessment of my own entertainment value, and strive to improve.

Thanks for the compliments (and weirdly humbling video), and keep those quibbles coming!

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5 comments
Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

OK, I admit it: Mary pointed me to it. Thanks for the mention! And if you know where I can find some Romulan Ale, please advise.

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

2011 - 1967 does not equal 55. Try 45. I was 11 and I remember it. I don't remember anything from age 1.

Rexxrally
Rexxrally

It helps to explain why Jay is a writer and not a mathematician

J_G_Stitt
J_G_Stitt

Shouldn't that be 45 years ago?

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

... and then sends them back in time for publication. It's an artifact of procrastination.