Friday, January 27, 2006

Do you know what tomorrow is?

I heard my brother ask my wife during one of our friday afternoon calls. January 26, she said. 28th day of Tevet, was her second guess.

January 26. I thought for a second. Veev, I whispered, hoping my brother wouldn't hear on the other and of the phone. It's the 20th anniversary of the Challenger disaster.

And perhaps this is a fitting topic for some serious discussion about where I was when it happened, blah blah blah. But the thing I remember most are the jokes. yes, i remember my dad yelling at me, telling me that they were insensitive. And then i remember him coming home form the hospital a few days later, telling me that another surgeon walked over to him and started telling space shuttle jokes.

Anyway, here are a few of my favorite, that have stuck with me all these years. Feel free to add more in the comments section.

What was the last thing that went through Christa McAuliff's head? The Engine (Clean Answer) Her Ass (Less Clean Answer)

What kind of shampoo do they use on the space shuttle? They found head and shoulders all over the beach.

What was the last thing they said on the space shuttle? No, Bud Light.

What does NASA stand for? Needs another Seven Astronauts

How were the Patriots better than the space shuttle crew? Because they got past Miami.

16 Comments:

Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

I'm all for inappropriate jokes, but none of these are actually funny.

January 28, 2006 2:29 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Haha,I disagree OC...I like these!!!

January 28, 2006 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oc, once again demonstrating her lack of sense of humor.

January 29, 2006 3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Christie McAuliff's ass. How do you know it was her ass that went through her head? Maybe her ass went through somebody else's? Conversely, maybe somebody else's ass went through her head?

The possibilties are endless.

January 29, 2006 3:58 AM  
Blogger rockofgalilee said...

i seem to remember that being the end of the ban on insensitive jokes in the house.

January 29, 2006 5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gross. i'd say grow up but if you haven't done that by now it probably ain't gonna happen

January 29, 2006 11:05 AM  
Blogger weltate said...

there was also, What color were Christa McAuliff's eyes? blue, one blew here and one blew there. i have to agree they arn't so funny now, but in 4th grade whew hew.

January 29, 2006 11:15 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

They were out before the shuttle even finished falling in the water. I was faking being sick and in home in bed watching Price is Right (incidentally, so was Air in Michigan) They cut to the take-off, and I watched the breathtaking image. When it exploded I was completely devastated.

January 29, 2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger The Zwicker said...

Like our parents' generation with JFK's assisination, the first Space Shuttle explostion was, until 9/11, the moment where we could probably all say where and how we heard the news. For me, it was in the kitchen in school. We were starting to set up a pizza lunch that our class was doing to make money for our yearbook and class trip. When a friend told me the news, I thought he was joking. After all, as far as I knew, spacecraft didn't just explode. That shows how ignorant I was of the space program's history.

I am definitely one who can appreciate a morbid sense of humor. As an adult, I can now more appreciate how people would have found the space shuttle jokes vert tasteless at the time. On the other hand, I read a newspaper article few years ago (I don't remember when or to which historical event it related) explaining the psychology of people telling jokes about tragedies. It should be no surprise that the conclusion of the quoted doctors was that humor is often a coping mechanism.

January 29, 2006 1:04 PM  
Blogger SportPsych Detroit said...

I was in the very back seat of our 1979 Chevy Caprice wagon heading home with the entire family from our eye doctor appointment in Howell, MI.

We were on winter vacation, and as we tended to during vacation, we took family trips to various medical appointments.

So, as you can see, much of my entertainment as a child required visualizing myself taking vacations, hanging around important people, and gathering important sports-related data.

BTW can you name the other 6?

January 29, 2006 8:09 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

I can only name Judith Resnick. I have no idea what the other five names were.

January 30, 2006 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Blum???

January 30, 2006 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Menachem said...

Where did the astronauts take their vacation?
All over Florida
How were the astronauts like the NE Patriots?
They were doing fine for the first 90 seconds

I do remember our english teacher walking in, and saying you all know about the challenger exploding, and of course noone bothered telling us.

January 30, 2006 11:18 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Last thing said on the space shuttle? "Hey, what does this button do?"

Weather Forecast over Florida: Overcast with a chance of scattered fingers.

Zwicker: Even ZAKA in Israel makes internal jokes from time to time. Without a bit of wry humor, you can go insane.

Seen the new ZAKA slogan? (With Zaka spelled out in the same font as Nokia)

ZAKA: Collecting People.

Fine, I'm gone. Sorry for intruding.

January 31, 2006 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tasteless joke -

"Hey, did you hear -- the Israeli government is coming out with some new currency. It's going to be a 17 shekel bill with the face of Prime Minister Sharon on it."

Why wiil the bill be for 17 shekels?

"17 -- Almost "Chai."

January 31, 2006 12:28 PM  
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