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World War II Bomber Found On Moon

I used to work with the chap who wrote that classic headline for the infamous Sunday Sport.

Over lunch in a Shepton Mallet pub one day he told me the story behind that (and other headlines). They spent all Thursday, after the rest of the paper had been put together, sitting in various pubs around Hull coming up with more and more insane ideas, before writing up the most weird. Sober, he was a great writer, able to churn out news stories quicker than most people I know. Drunk, well, he could out-weird Charlie Stross after 3 cans of Jolt.

I don't think Chris could have realised that we were just a handful of years away from putting a satellite in lunar orbit that would have the camera resolution to see devices smaller than that World War II bomber his art guys cut and pasted onto an old NASA picture.

But here we are a day away from the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing - and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is sending back pictures of the various Apollo landing sites, including Apollo 11's. That shadow there, between those two craters? That's Eagle's descent stage.

You know, that doesn't look like a movie studio to me.

Tranquillity Base? We can see you from here.

Now to look for that bomber.


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Jul. 19th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Some of us used to spend time dreaming up ultimate-surreal headlines.

Sex-change Bishop in Wife-Swap Shoot-out at Palace was the 100% best we managed.

I was a Cannibal for the FBI came a close second.
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
they're known in the trade as gymslip vicars (as in 'gymslip vicar caught in second schoolgirl sex romp'); I guess the vicar got promoted!
Jul. 19th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Look up the story of the bomber and just where it was found - fascinating bit of technology.

(It's underwater in North Carolina, alongside a side-scan sonar factory. One day they took their new McGuffin out for a test, look what they found)
Jul. 19th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Apr. 1st, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
World War two bomber found on the moon
That was not written by anybody for the Sunday Sport, it was copied from the National Enquirer
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