Although none of the Apollo 11 astronauts ever flew a spaceship again, they did fly in airplanes and took boat rides and probably even train rides like the rest of us.
Neil Armstrong left his wristwatch behind in the Lunar Module when it (the watch) stopped working.
Buzz Aldrin was prescribed Ritalin to cope with his post-Apollo depression.
The mission patch originally depicted the eagle landing on the moon holding an olive branch in its talons, which for some reason moved to being held in its beak, or maybe it started out held in its beak. Whatever it was on the actual mission patch it started the other way, though.
The Apollo Guidance Computer was less powerful than the Space Shuttle Guidance Computer, but more powerful than the Gemini Guidance Computer.
Some of the Apollo 11 prime or backup crew have probably ridden horses some time or other. What the heck, maybe even the support crew.
Apollo 11 set a record for human lunar population that since then has been tied, but never beaten.
Though there was a fair chance Apollo 11 would not land on the Moon, there was no reasonable chance it would land on Mars instead.
There were no woodchucks on the prime, backup, or support crews of Apollo 11.
At the time of Apollo 11, not a single person person had yet attended the Woodstock music festival.
Reference: Car Wars: The Untold Story, Robert Sobel.
Not listed: I accidentally ran across the Quora page attempting to answer “Why is it called ‘New York, New York’ if the city’s name is ‘New York City’?” and it’s caused my brain to try squeezing out of my skull.
Reference: The Numbers Game: Baseball’s Lifelong Fascination With Statistics, Alan Schwarz.
July 12th. National Day of Agreeing It Would Be Nice if Things Were Just Quiet for the Day, Maybe We Could Just Have a Pitcher of Iced Tea and Enjoy an Evening Breeze, if There Were One (United States).
July 14th. The Fourteenth of July.
July 19th. Start of Summer (Northern Hemisphere, Procrastinators); End of Winter (Southern Hemisphere, People Who Are Always Rushing Things).
July 22nd. European Pi Day.
July 24th. The Fourth of July (Belated).
July 25th. Christmas In July.
July 26th. Apollo 15 begins (1971).
July 31st. New Year’s Eve In August.
July 32nd. Day of Yelling at the Computer for Why Is It Going on Like This Still, We Tested for This Case (software developers only).
Reference: The Bagel: The Surprising History Of A Modest Bread, Maria Balinska.
Dennis Miller had a short-lived early-90s talk show, but so did every white guy in America, must be admitted.
So this one time a Senator(?) named Brockman Adams had to resign because it turned out eight women reported times he molested them, and Dennis Miller did a little sing-along bit at the start of his Weekend Update-ish segment where he sang to the tune of The Addams Family, “It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky, it’s altogether ooky, Brock Adams’s sex life!” which is the sort of tasteful thoughtful joke we were making about rape, molestation, and drugged drinks in the early 90s.
Dennis Miller had this The Case For/The Case Against format to make some quick punchy jokes about some topics.
Only, wait, Senator (sic) Brock Adams resigned in early 1993 and Dennis Miller’s show ended in … July 1992 according to Wikipedia? But, like, I remember him singing that song so clearly, can I be remembering him on a different show? What other show would he be doing news-of-the-day jokes about though?
Yeah Miller did a Weekend Update-ish bit in the middle of the show probably because if he didn’t they wouldn’t have let him have a show.
Okay so that’s six things I remember about Dennis Miller’s short-lived early-90s talk show. Well, it’s four things I have remembered in place of literally anything else, plus two things I have learned about Brock Adams while figuring this out. Good playing, all.
Reference: A House Called Morven: Its Role In American History, Alfred Hoyt Bill, Walter E Edge, Revised by Constance M Greiff, Postscript Bolton F Schwartz.
Note: everyone has some scam that they will fall for. For the purpose of a fair guideline here, I am thinking of a basic scam. Something like if I were to send an invoice for (say) $17,250 “for services rendered as per contract”, whether the listed company would issue me a check rather than ask any questions.
Dow Jones Company
How Much I Think I Could Scam Them
More Likely Than Not
They Don’t Even Pay The People They Actually Contracted To Pay
More Likely Than Not
Would Send $50,000 Just Because That’s An Easier Number To Write Out
Wait, they’re in the Dow Jones Industrial Average? Like, the thermostat people? Really? Did every other business turn Mr Jones down?
They would try to pay and somehow it would never go through
Johnson & Johnson
Not until I showed up at their headquarters in New Brunswick and asked why their offices there look more like a college campus than the actual Rutgers campus across the street does
Would either get laughed at or get the check in ten minutes with an apology, hard to say, depends who opens the envelope
Proctor & Gamble
Wait, they’re still around? I thought they vanished when the soap operas went off the air?
This company is itself a hoax slipped into the Dow Jones, so of course they’d pay, out of respect for another player of the game
More Likely Not
Don’t Get Me Started On Verizon
Walgreen Boots Alliance
I have to have copied that name wrong, that can’t be it
Reference: West Jersey: Under Four Flags, Ralph K Turp.
April 4. April Fool’s Day Observed. (Scotland, West Australia)
April 6. Graperil Fool’s Day. (National Grape-Grower’s Association keeps insisting this is a thing and sends so many whiny e-mails if you don’t list it.)
April 12 – 17. News Sites Publish Articles Explaining How Something Kind of Like Some Part of the Miracles of Exodus or the Resurrection Could Maybe Have Happened Naturally So Christianity Is True, Okay?
April 13. Friday the 13th (Unobserved).
April 15. Calendar Nerds Explain How This Is Not The Ides Of April (United States).
April 16. Your Atheist Friend Goes on About How Not a Single Newspaper From Rome From 33 AD Mentions the Resurrection So Christianity Is False, Okay?
April 17. Your Pagan Friend Goes on About How “Easter” Is Originally a Pagan Word Meaning “Christianity Is Fake but Paganism Is Real” So Connect the Dots, People, Okay?
April 21. Day of Being Haunted by the Word Sequence “Haiku’ing for Space Ghost” and Trying to Think Why That’s In Our Heads And What That Could Possibly Even Mean. (Gen X only)
April 22. Conan O’Brien’s Birthday (Belated).
April 26. Moment of Silence Followed by Embarrassed Cough. (United States, Canada, Philippines)
April 31. April Fool’s Day (Extended Remix).
Reference: The Jersey Midlands, Henry Charlton Beck.
For several months the 1956 Winter Olympics were scheduled to be held in Santo Domingo until someone asked why Avery Brundage’s geography whiz of a grand-nephew kept giggling.
If this were 1988? You could get a laugh anywhere, anytime, out of anyone, just talking about the “luge”. Just the idea of the sport was the most funniest thing anyone could imagine. By 1992, the moment had passed. Sorry if you missed it.
Although they’re formally named the “Winter Olympics”, in the southern hemisphere where the seasons are opposite they’re known as the “Winter”.
They didn’t originally plan to have the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, it’s just everyone assumed that’s where the Games would be and everyone had bought their plane tickets before anyone checked where they were supposed to be held (Santo Domingo).
Fictional nation with the greatest number of gold medals in the Winter Olympics? Freedonia. Greatest number of medals, period? Klopstokia.
Sports never played in the Winter Olympics include ice baseball, snow basketball, sleet football, frost hockey, and slush rugby.
Like you could pretend you’re trying to think of the name of “luge” and then say your brain keeps on wanting you to say “luge” and that isn’t even a word, and if it’s 1988, you’re beloved for your sense of humor.
Oh yeah and if this were 1994? It would be crazy funny for David Letterman to have his Mom asking Olympics athletes questions, and that’s why to this day we have the talk show comedy genre of “somebody’s relative does a halting, insecure interview that would be painfully embarrassing to watch if you weren’t at least 75% sure the relative was in on and liked the joke”.
Luge, though. Luge.
Olympic events added for Richie Rich include $ledding, bob$leigh, $peed $kating, and ¢ro$$-¢ountry $kiing.
They are figuring to sneak in an extra Winter Olympics in Innsbruck next year, just to stay in practice.
Happy luge, everybody! We probably missed it for this year, though.
Reference: Expository Sciences, Editors Terry Shinn, Richard Whitley.