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Geek Trivia: What were the 'controversial' call signs for the Apollo 10 spacecraft?

The crew of Apollo 10 chose unorthodox nicknames for their lunar command module and lander. The Trivia Geek asks: What were those call signs?

This week's quibble comes from the April 29, 2009 edition of Geek Trivia, The 20 all-time favorite columns. Member turbinepilot bemoaned my once upon a time resignation as follows:

Jay - no more Geek Trivia? This news is more difficult to accept than... ...watching the original Enterprise being destroyed in Star Trek III. ...hearing that Col. Potter's character (MASH) was shot down over the Sea of Japan. ...the news that Brittney Spears is making a come-back. Good luck, Jay. I'll truly miss your weekly trivia column!
Of course, even in farewell my quibblers were on the case, as member michael pointed out:

Col. Henry Blake's plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan, not Col. Potter. I recall reading somewhere that that part of the script was not told to the M.A.S.H. cast in advance, or perhaps was told to them at the last minute, because the director wanted to capture the actors' real reactions to that plot twist. Anyway, I'm sorry to see Jay go.

Yeah, I was sorry to leave, which is why I couldn't stay away. Thanks for the trip down memory lane — and keep those quibbles coming!

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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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