Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Neil OH Neil ...

Neil Armstrong was the first man who set foot on the moon. (OK. I know you all know about it, just making it clear who am I talking about...).
Undoubtedly he is one of those "special" men whose words are etched in gold. Here are some tit-bits about him :) These are NOT true stuff, just some rumors which were around. Maybe some of you have read it before, but I read it for the first time today. So here it goes ...
  • Immediately after Neil Armstrong uttered his famous "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind" quote during the historic first moon landing, he added the cryptic phrase, "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky!". Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs. Not until over twenty-five years later did Armstrong reveal that Mr. Gorsky was a former neighbor, whose wife had proclaimed that she would give him oral sex "when the kid next door walks on the moon."
  • On 21 July at 5:56, the first man, Neil Armstrong, stepped onto the surface of the Moon, after which he was joined by Edwin Aldrin. The astronauts, wearing space suits with automatic life-support systems strapped to their backs, inspected the ship from the outside, set up a television camera, deployed scientific instruments on the Moon’s surface, and collected approximately 22 kg of moon surface samples. They brought to the Moon five medals with the images of deceased astronauts: Yuri Gagarin, Vladimir Komarov, Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chaffee.
    Armstrong and his two fellow astronauts, Aldrin and Collins, saw an object on the Moon’s horizon, which looked like an open book, and then they heard some mysterious “music.” They reported this back to Earth. At first, no one on Earth believed them: how could there be a book on the Moon and music in airless space? But the “music” was also heard on Earth over the radio transmission, and the “book” was photographed.
    …..
    In February 1983, fourteen years after his flight to the Moon, Astronaut Neil Armstrong went to Egypt to participate in a scientific conference. During the meeting, the azan sounded. Armstrong, sitting in the presidium, went pale and asked: “What is that music?” Surprised by the astronaut’s behavior, participants explained that it was the Muslim call to prayer. “That voice. That’s what I heard when I first stepped on the Moon, hearing it is giving me goose bumps!… O Allah! I found You not on Earth, but on the Moon!… I stepped onto the Moon without praying, but now I will pray, you can consider me a Muslim.” So the first person to walk on the Moon, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, became a Muslim.

13 comments:

Sojourner said...

hmm.. never read this before! (urban legends?? interesting anyways! :)

more info: Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. This was during the cold war and well... then the US put men on the moon.

Hope u are having a nice weekend!

Slim said...

At first, I thought Armstrong's neighbor's wife was going to give him an oral... and I was wondering why he was wishing his neighbor luck. The downside of speed reading ROFL!

The last fact sounded suspiciously like an extremist Islamic way of spreading their religion. I did a bit of research, and I was right! Take a look at this.

Good post!

pavan kumar said...

hmmn interesting.. but I never heard these nuggets, guess the rumor mills need to work harder (better marketing).. maybe something like this "Fwd this message to 20 people, or else Neil's neighbor wont get oral sex"

bellur said...

This is a very important fact which you have forgotten (Maybe you didn't know). Ok, here it is:
On 21 July at 5:56, Neil Armstrong, stepped onto the surface of the Moon...and before he could feel elated that he was the first one on the moon, he was shocked to see a Mallu pouring a few cups of Tea in his stall out there.

Vin said...

hmm. never heard of these... sounds intrseting though!!

shark said...

@sojourner: Oh I knew this more info ;-) forgot to put in the post!

I had a fantastic weekend.. details will be up soon :)

@slim: LOL!!! Oh ya! these are not "facts". These are just some rumors as usual ;-)

@pavan: ROTFL!!! You are too much da...:)))))

@bellur: Oh yes! How could I forget this! I knew it :)

@vin: :)

Ashish said...

Interesting nuggets; enough that I did a bit of look around like Slim, and found that the part about converting to Islam is not true. Not sure about the others.

Ashish said...

Just saw something interesting when I was going to delete a duplicate comment that I had added by mistake; when you delete a comment, you get an option to go back to the post. However, at that time, the comments section is in a different colour pattern than what I see when posting a comment. Try it out, maybe some more tinkering with the template.

shark said...

@ashish: By color patterns did you mean the color of the links? If yes then I have set them that way. I.e some will be in blue and some in green depending on whether you have visited that link before or not...
If there is anything else, please let me know so that I can correct them Thanks! :)

Ashish said...

Will try again

Ashish said...

Try viewing the following link for the images of comments page
http://www.flickr.com/photos/20013071@N00/?saved=1

shark said...

Oh! I got you this time.. thanks for taking so much trouble. But I don't know how to fix it. It will take some time for me to figure it out.. but sure will..:)

GuNs said...

Aila, what is all this?

BTW, where had you disappeared? No news form you and even the blog link on your profile was wrong, I think.

Anyhow...check out my blog to see some interesting news from me (after ages!!)

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---GuNs