Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't forget your towel!

Did you see that NASA is planning to send a ship on a one-way trip to another planet?

According to news reports, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding a NASA project to send some people on a one-way trip:
In a talk at San Francisco's Long Conversation conference, Simon “Pete” Worden said DARPA has $1M to spend, plus another $100,000 from NASA itself, for the program, which will initially develop a new kind of propulsion engine that will take us to Mars or beyond.

There's only one problem: The astronauts won't come back.

The 100-year ship would leave Earth with the intention of colonizing a planet, but it would likely be a one-way trip because of the time it takes to travel 35 million miles
Who would make the trip?
  • hairdressers
  • tired TV producers
  • insurance salesmen
  • personnel officers
  • security guards
  • public relations executives
  • management consultants
  • telephone sanitizers
Well, actually, I'm not sure about that list. That may be a list from somewhere else entirely.

But, as long as NASA is sending a ship on a one-way trip, why not use that list? Or something like it? Why not turn the 100-Year Starship into a B-Ark and include the useless third of society? I think we could include:
  • Democrats
  • MSNBC anchors
  • daytime TV talk show hosts
  • moderates
  • liberals
  • bloggers
  • community organizers
Any other suggestions?


  1. Don't forget your toothbrush. Maybe Sinbad can pick who goes and who stays

  2. The Gentleman From Massachusetts, Barney Frank.

  3. Ya' know Basil, I've been pondering all day what/who/whatever I would send on a one way trip.

    My thoughts range from Pelosi, to Lane Kiffin, to the retard that invented the snuggie, to Lada Gaga (whoever she is...I don't know, but I see pictures of her all over the web).

    But, I finally settled on cats. Yep! Load up the truck, and send every stinkin' one of 'em!


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