One Giant Leap for Sock-Kind

In case you haven’t heard, there is a Kickstarter campaign to save Neil Armstrong’s space socks (and the rest of his space suit).  From the Smithsonian’s “Reboot the Suit” page:

For the Smithsonian’s first-ever Kickstarter campaign, we are proud to announce plans to conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit in time for this milestone anniversary. We want to preserve Armstrong’s spacesuit – and the story it tells of its incredible journey – down to the particles of lunar dust that cling to its surface. Just like the Apollo program, we will accomplish this in collaboration of [sic] thousands of people across the country and around the world. And that’s where you come in.

Go help them out:

One Small Step for a Sock

Forty-six years ago today the first humans landed on the moon.  Buzzfeed may have the scoop on how the moon walk was filmed.  But, we have firsthand (or foot) knowledge of the historic event.

I received no special training, however I went through an additional fire-prevention treatment to supplement the naturally resistant characteristics of my Nome fibers.

I was assigned as the primary left sock of mission commander, Astronaut Neil Armstrong.

However, during the preparations for the lunar E.V.A. it was discovered that Astronaut Aldrin’s socks (both primary and reserve) had been left behind on Earth.

Upon discovery, the astronauts consulted with Mission Control in Houston and it was decided that Astronaut Armstrong would give his primary socks to Buzz Aldrin.  And so, Astronaut Armstrong’s back-up socks became the first socks on the moon, and I followed shortly afterward with Astronaut Aldrin.

But I’m not bitter.

Excerpt from the official statement given by Neil Armstrong’s sock.

Happy National Ice Cream Day

Today is National Ice Cream Day!  And our friends at How Stuff Works provided a concise history of the wonderful summer dessert:

“The earliest reports of people enjoying flavored ice desserts come from the Romans and the Chinese. Marco Polo returned from his famous expedition with fruit-flavored ices, reporting that Asians had been making them for thousands of years. These delicacies became popular in France in the 1500s, but only among royalty. Over the next few centuries, the process of making them evolved from hauling mountain ice to salt/ice freezing methods. Cream was introduced as an ingredient, and by the 1700s, people were enjoying a dessert that was very similar to today’s ice cream.”

Josh and Chuck devoted a whole episode to ice cream.  Check it out.



In one of those miracles of the meteorological kind

Night is warmer than day

My feet disregard the socks

On the other side of the world

Through the stargate known as television

Men in lycra peddle the Tour de France

If I step into the wormhole of time

I too could be cycling in Normandy

I could storm them on the beaches

As long as I don’t wear socks

Copyright July 2015

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