Monday, February 03, 2003
So I actually found an original Columbia joke that isn't just a recycled Challenger joke in the alt.tasteless.jokes newsgroup, but before I give the direct link to the joke, I must point out that I'm fully aware that "gallows humour" isn't for most tastes, which is why I'm not just cutting-and-pasting the joke here in this blog. So consider yourself warned, if you're not into that sort of joke, don't click on the link, because, should you click on the link below, you aren't seeing the joke by accident, you are intentionally going out of your way to be offended, and, as such, your angry e-mail will be ignored. Most people don't like "black humour" ("black" meaning "morbid" in this case), especially immediately following a tragedy, and that's fine, but a few of us like using humour to cope with tragedies and we don't like being told what is the "proper" way to react. However, I should point out that most of the mainstream media made a big deal about a shuttle with an Israeli astronaut disintegrating over a city named "Palestine" (Texas), as though it were poetic justice... isnt't that sort of a joke, and one that would offend many Israelis because of the presumption of "injustice" in regards to the so-called "occupation" of "Palestine"? Plus, I've seen the "Need Another Seven Astronauts" joke in the first paragraph of several news stories about bureaucratic and/or funding problems at NASA... exactly when did it become "acceptable" to repeat that joke? Anyhow, withour further ado, the link to the joke.