I have a few guilty pleasures. One of which is that I actually listen to NPR once a week. On Monday morning in Guam, they replay a news/quiz/game show called "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me."
This week, they had Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, as a guest. At one point, he was asked what was the first thing he did once on the moon. I assumed it was something like marking our territory by planting the US flag. Well, I was right in one sense.
According to Aldrin, once they could, the first thing he did was urinate on the moon and empty the urine tanks. Its astounding to me that the first thing we do as a species that has conquered such a technological milestone is to engage in the primal urge to mark our territory.
Thanks to the dehydrated asparagus we fed our astronauts, the Russians instinctively found themselves incapable of landing near our turf on the moon.
Oh, the rich jokes that can be made from this revelation. Amazingly, not one of the comedians on the show made a witty retort regarding this. How could they be handed such a great setup on a silver patter and let it pass them by? Perhaps our tax dollars funding NPR are going to waste after all...