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Geek Trivia: Why (and how) did the real-life US government rule that the fictional X-Men aren't human?

Why did a real-life court of US law rule that mutants like the X-Men are definitively non-human -- ironically fulfilling the villainous role that the X-Men's comic book adventures always predicted?

This week's quibble comes from the Jan. 27, 2012 edition of Geek Trivia, which asked what Apollo 1 practical joke became unofficial NASA policy after the loss of that mission's crew?

Apparently, I can't do math, as member oldbaritone (among others) pointed out:

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

Fellow contributor Chip Camden tried to run interference:

"Jay writes these articles ten years in the future...... and then sends them back in time for publication. It's an artifact of procrastination."

Dude, if I had a time machine, I can promise scamming deadlines would be far from my primary use of the device (link is NSFW).

Thanks for the correction (and the cover story), 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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