Tuesday, February 6, 2007

One small step for man...

neil armstrong moon myth
On July 20, 1969, as Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, he proclaimed: "One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." Several remarks followed, including the usual technical banter between him, the other astronauts, and Mission Control. Before he re-entered the lander, he said "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky."

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning a rival Soviet Cosmonaut or other astronaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs.

Over the years, many people questioned him as to what the "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" statement meant and Armstrong just smiled, refusing to answer.

On July 5, 1999, following a speech, a reporter brought up the 30-year-old question to Armstrong. Since Mr. Gorsky had died Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

When he was a kid, Armstrong was playing baseball with his brother in the backyard. His brother hit a fly ball which landed in front of his neighbors' bedroom window. The neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As collected the ball, Mrs. Gorsky shouted, "Oral sex? You want oral sex? You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"
This is a funny story and it's obviously a joke.
It started "surfing" the web in 1995 and it took 12 years to get to me :)

snopes.com explains it all :

At its most basic level, this tale is a humorous anecdote that plays on the stereotypical portrayal of Jewish wives as reluctant to engage in recreational sex (and especially oral sex). In variant forms of this legend the last name of Neil Armstrong's neighbor is different, but the name used is always a "Jewish-sounding" one, such as Gorsky, Seligman, Schultz, or Klein; the unusual word order employed by the wife in her refusal ("Oral sex you want?") is also a stereotypical speech pattern attributed to Jews. On another level, this legend can be seen as an attempt to humanize a cultural hero by associating him with a story that is both humorous and racy: Neil Armstrong, the world-famous astronaut, is made to seem like a "regular" guy.

Any doubts about the veracity of this legend are laid to rest by the NASA transcripts of the Apollo 11 mission, which record no such statement having been made by Armstrong. Armstrong himself said in late 1995 that he first heard the anecdote delivered as a joke by comedian Buddy Hackett in California.

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