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Geek Trivia: What onboard Christmas gifts did the Apollo 8 astronauts leave famously unopened?

Apollo 8 was the first spaceflight crew to open Christmas gifts in space -- except they did not open all of them. Why not?

This week's quibble comes from the Oct. 14, 2011 edition of Geek Trivia, which asked what outside group forces the Large Hadron Collider to shut down every winter?

Member Spitfire_Sysop demanded I acknowledge another individual who "forced" an LHC shutdown on April 1, 2010:

It was mentioned that a previous month long shut down was due to failure of a coolant system but there was no mention of the uncanny cause of this coolant failure. A time traveler (Eloi Cole) from the future was aprehended at the LHC site for walking around without an access badge. He said he dropped a baguette in to the air intake system in order to change the course of history where in the future the LHC project had unforeseen consequences.

How foolish of me to have overlooked this four-dimensional interloper (and his uncanny sense of timing). Thanks for the trans-temporal heads-up, and keep those quibbles coming!

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