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Wacky, Wonky World

A light-hearted look at our crazy planetoid.


What Does Space Smell Like?

Depends on the proximity to Uranus.  (Those new to the blog might as well know – I’m a sucker for a Uranus joke opportunity.)

Astronauts who have gone on spacewalks consistently speak of space’s extraordinarily peculiar odor.  They can’t smell it while they’re actually bobbing in it, because the interiors of their space suits just smell plastic-y.  But upon stepping back into the space station and removing their helmets, they get a strong, distinctive whiff of the final frontier. The odor clings to their suit, helmet, gloves and tools.  Fugitives from the near-vacuum — probably atomic oxygen, among other things — the clinging particles have the acrid aroma of seared steak, hot metal and welding fumes. Steven Pearce, a chemist hired by NASA to recreate the space odor on Earth for astronaut training purposes, said the metallic aspect of the scent may come from high-energy vibrations of ions.  “It’s like something I haven’t ever smelled before, but I’ll never forget it,” NASA astronaut Kevin Ford said from orbit in 2009.  But astronauts don’t dislike the sharp smell of space, necessarily. After a 2003 mission, astronaut Don Pettit described it this way on a NASA blog:  “It is hard to describe this smell; it is definitely not the olfactory equivalent to describing the palette sensations of some new food as ‘tastes like chicken.’ The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation. It reminded me of my college summers where I labored for many hours with an arc welding torch repairing heavy equipment for a small logging outfit. It reminded me of pleasant sweet smelling welding fumes. That is the smell of space.”   (From FoxNews)


Dateline:  Madison, Wisconsin

Admit it, guys.  You’ve thought about it at some point.

A 34-year-old man was taken to a hospital after jumping out of a moving car early Tuesday morning because he couldn’t stand bickering with his girlfriend any longer.  Police said the man had taken his girlfriend out for her birthday Monday night, but as they drove home in the back of a friend’s car, he said he had it with bickering with his girlfriend.  The couple evidently spent much of the birthday night in a dispute over a possible move to another state, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.  Police said the man couldn’t stand it any longer and wanted to get out immediately, so instead of waiting for the car to stop, he opened a rear passenger door and stepped out, or fell out, onto busy East Washington Avenue about 1 a.m. Tuesday.  The victim hit his head while tumbling from the moving vehicle in the 3200 block of East Washington Avenue and was taken to a hospital with a brain bleed. An officer’s report also indicated he was intoxicated, according to the Madison Police Department.  (From Channel3000.com)


Dateline:  New Zealand

Go Pukers!!  Mess ‘em up!!

Students and staff of Te Puke High School are lifelong learners, who value their education as an asset for achieving their potential.  Students leaving Te Puke High School are technologically literate, able to gain new knowledge and skills with relative ease and have the attitude and work ethic for success in an ever changing world.  (Mission Statement of T E Puke High School, New Zealand)





Dateline:  River Edge, New Jersey

She chose the seldom used “Hackensack Dunker” package.  $25.

Some people are convinced that if they wash their car, it’s sure to rain within three days.  That didn’t happen to an elderly woman from River Edge, N.J. Instead, she drove into the Hackensack River, practically three minutes after getting her car cleaned. Luckily, a car-wash employee and customer rescued her.  The woman, whose name has not been released, made her big splash Sunday afternoon. She apparently hit the wrong pedal as she drove out of the Spotless Auto Laundry drive through, sending the vehicle into the river and narrowly missing a parked car, according to NewMilford-NJ Patch.  She was rescued by car wash employee John Goez and Jay Corsino, a customer, and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.  (From FoxNews)

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