Tuesday, February 06, 2007

What Happens When an Astronaut Gets Nervous in Flight? Depends...

This story started out as one of those "weird news" entries this morning and turned into a major headline. Of course, I'm talking about the astronaut who drove 900 miles to intimidate a woman whom she considered a rival for the affections of another astronaut. Here's the paragraph, buried in this initial story, that caught my attention:
When she found out that Shipman was flying to Orlando from Houston, Nowak decided to confront her, according to the arrest affidavit. Nowak raced from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers so she wouldn't have to stop to urinate, authorities said.

Astronauts wear diapers during launch and re-entry.
Diapers? Who knew...

(That does sort of dilute the image we usually have of astronauts, though, doesn't it?)

Be sure and check out her mug shot in the article; she looks as though she should've been in a love triangle with Nick Nolte instead.

Oops... On the island of Grenada, a new stadium was being inaugurated. China had the major finiancial stake in the structure, and Chinese officials were present at the ceremony. But there was an awkward moment when the band played the wrong national anthem, and not just any other country's, but Taiwan's.

When Wookiees go bad: A Chewbacca impersonator was arrested outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre after he allegedly head-butted a tourguide. (Key quote, from a police spokesperson: "The lesson here is you can have the force with you. You just can't use illegal force."

Yet another reason to be wary of red-light cameras: A car allegedly ran a red light in Manhattan, and its license plate number was captured on camera. Yet the number it supposedly read was traced to an upstate New York man's aluminum rowboat, which hadn't left his yard in years.

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