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10 February 2007 @ 09:25 am
Concerning Astronauts and "Diapers"  

Okay, this has now come up in enough of my friends’ posts that I guess I need to post here on my top level this link to John Scalzi’s blog: The Driving 900 Miles In A Diaper Thing Is Not As Crazy As It Sounds.

In the justly famous words of Eeyore: “That Accounts for a Good Deal, It Explains Everything. No Wonder.”

Current Mood: productiveproductive
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on February 10th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Driving in Diapers
Um, it is as crazy as it sounds. It was the one fact that made that story.

Carol Kennedycakmpls on February 10th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
This is really edging into TMI territory...

I may never look at an astronaut quite the same way again.

Mayor of "There"rmjwell on February 10th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
Why? Because of the MAG angle on her or on astronauts in general?
Carol Kennedycakmpls on February 10th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'll always mentally picture them in diapers!
Mayor of "There"rmjwell on February 10th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Because I know waaaay too much about the astronaut program
Heh. Are you aware of the *cough* liquid contianment issue they had on the first US manned flight?

For a brief but inaccurate recollection of the story take a look at http://www.cnn.com/US/9807/22/obit.shepard.02/. CNN has it wrong that Shepard was imitating Chuck Yeager, though; Smilin' Al was fond of Bill Dana's "Jose Jimenez" character and did variations on his routine throughout Mercury training. When al had to pee in his spacesuit, he was mimicking Dana, not Yeager.

The story can be found in Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff,</a> a marvelous book to read or re-read.
Matthew B. Tepperasimovberlioz on February 11th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Re: My name ... Jose Jimenez
Bill Dana ... now there's a comedian whose career is deader than dead. I can imagine Michael Richards making his comeback before Dana.

As for jokes about astronauts going to the bathroom in place, don't forget Don Knotts in "The Reluctant Astronaut."
Crystal Cleartalyen on February 10th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
I guess my thought was, "sure, she won't have to stop to use the bathroom, but did she have a 900-mile tank of gasoline, or lots of those little red plastic ones in the trunk?"
dd-bdd_b on February 10th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
I was thinking along similar lines; that the diaper idea is probably used for long-duration fighter missions regularly. And the astronauts come from near enough that community for information and attitudes to leak over.
kip_wkip_w on February 10th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, so astronauts wear them in space. I didn't really think they were chosen for their freakish bladders. It's all part of their training. Should we have found it unworthy of comment if she had been wearing a silver suit with a helmet and air tank the whole way too?

The point of my story (in response to which you posted a link to Scalzi) was that Colbert blew the gaff on my years-old idea of diapers for busy executives who can't take time away from their dreadfully important business. All that money, down the... well, gone.