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ilbasso
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posted 09-27-2012 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hilarious article in The Onion!!!
Carol Held Knight told reporters on Wednesday that, though she was still mourning her husband Neil Armstrong's death, it was frankly a relief to finally be able to clear out all the "space hobby crap" her late husband kept lying around the house. "I loved my husband very much, but, honestly, what am I supposed to do with a pile of useless rocks, a moon man figurine of some kind, and a stack of journals he wrote about space in?"
Come on, guys — if we can't laugh at this one, who can?

randy
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posted 09-27-2012 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish she'd send it all to me! I'd even pay for shipping!

p51
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posted 09-27-2012 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hilarious, that's great satire.

Sadly, though, plenty of people would have really thought it was just 'space crap' for real...

englau
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posted 09-27-2012 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for englau   Click Here to Email englau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hah!

Knight confirmed she planned on giving the spacesuit Armstrong wore on the moon to a thrift store, noting that “it doesn’t fit [her].”

spaceman1953
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posted 09-27-2012 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I gotta tell my sister about this! She's gonna flippin' love it!

Ever since I showed her my new wallet one Christmas years ago, and she say my photo-snapshot of the Apollo 11 crew I took at Oshkosh — but NONE of the family! — she has never let me forget! "Throw that crap away! Nobody is going to want it!"

GoesTo11
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posted 09-27-2012 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Onion is still responsible for my favorite Apollo 11 front page... (SERIOUS LANGUAGE WARNING)

moorouge
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posted 09-28-2012 02:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by englau:
Knight confirmed she planned on giving the spacesuit Armstrong wore on the moon to a thrift store, noting that “it doesn’t fit [her].”
Isn't the Armstrong 'moon suit' the property of the Smithsonian and on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington?

uk spacefan
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posted 09-28-2012 02:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for uk spacefan   Click Here to Email uk spacefan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I nearly believed it for a minute ....very clever!

gliderpilotuk
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posted 09-28-2012 03:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
The Onion is still responsible for my favorite Apollo 11 front page...
Aside from the "f" words that's hilarious. What would a signed copy have been worth? I love the "We can put a man on the moon but...". True irony.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-28-2012 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by moorouge:
Isn't the Armstrong 'moon suit' the property of the Smithsonian and on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington?
The Onion is satire and parody. But yes, the suit belongs to the Smithsonian (it hasn't been on display though since 2001 and is not slated to return to display until 2017).

YankeeClipper
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posted 09-28-2012 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
The Onion is still responsible for my favorite Apollo 11 front page.
Geez that was so funny I nearly wet myself laughing!!

Thanks for the post - that just made my week.

GoesTo11
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posted 09-28-2012 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had that framed on my dorm room wall in college, and it made everyone who saw it laugh...even friends and random visitors who couldn't have cared less about space or Neil Armstrong.

There's just something hilariously whimsical about imagining Neil and Buzz bounding around on the surface of the Moon, punching the "air" and swearing and whooping like 99.9999% of the rest of us would have done if we were in their boots.

Of course, that difference is a not-insignificant part of why they actually got the job and we didn't... but that contrast is what makes the notion so funny.

cspg
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posted 09-29-2012 04:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I prefer the headline on the right down hand corner, though.

Murph
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posted 09-29-2012 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Murph   Click Here to Email Murph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Its also on YouTube, very funny! NSFW!

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