Apr 13, 2009

Cold War Fix

In light of the on-going toilet war between US and Russian astronauts aboard the International Space Station, it only seems fitting that we mark today in Cold War history as the 48th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's space flight.

Dusting off the archives, the UK's Guardian published this article from that famous day. Upon hearing that Russia's captured Nazi rocket scientists had just beat his own captured Nazi rocket scientists to space:

"[President Kennedy] said...there was no doubt that 'we are behind.' But the latest Soviet feat did not mean the free world was losing the world contest with communism."
Indeed, that day would come years later when the [former] communists would call dibs on the best public toilet in space.


Devin said...

You know this is completely-or at least kind of off-topic-but I remember reading a conspiracy theory that the Brezhnev mafia killed Gagarin because he was such a pro-Khrushchevite. Anyone else ever hear of this? I will try to remember where I read this info-there is probably nothing to it anyways-best to all of you!!

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Not off topic at all, Devin. In fact, the real shocker is that Gagarin is still alive. His "death" was a just a charade, allowing him to run a road-side Waffle House in Southern Alabama along with Elvis and JFK...

The business venture was financed by the international Zionist conspiracy and benefited from the sale of secret alien technology to the Masons.

They serve beer battered Loch Nes monster in gravy.

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

...on a serious note, I would not put anything past Brezhnev. So you might be onto something.