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We're not sure what John Glenn will make of it, but NASA's Image of the Day is currently showing a rather unflattering 1960 snap of the seven original Mercury astronauts: NASA's Image of the Day shows seven rather scruffy astronauts dressed as Arabs Well, it's hardly the sort of space apparel available to the modern space …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Caption

    5'4", 160lb RINGO STARR HAS A POSSE

    Or something about Ringo Starr drinking in Los Angeles in the 1970s, with John Peel and The Fugs.

  2. Jesse Melton

    Use of Exotic Materials

    in mission based clothing has always been a hallmark of NASA. As you can see creating turbans from parachutes was only the beginning of the diaper wearing missions of today.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dissapointed!

    I am really disappointed about your title "Mercury astronauts join al-Qaeda", it just goes to show what stereotypes most people in the wold are, who ever said that you belong to al-Qaeda if you dress that way???

  4. Dan

    WTF with the title?

    If thats all it takes to join the terrorists (looking scruffy, bearded, and in self-fashioned survival clothing) I'm going to spend less time outside and more time playing World of Warcraft before I get shipped off to Guatanamo.

    Actually, I end up scruffy and bearded when I do that anyway, but also get fat enough that no one will mistake me for anything other than an American.

    Seriously, you'd think there might have been a more descriptive title for this story.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Crikey lord oh lummee

    I went into a church the other day, and cor blimey, I saw some geeza oo looks just like those fellas in that fota. Blinkin flip oodathunkit - the Church of England is supporting Al Qaeda. Cor gibberly jasmin, i'm all in a paranoid high-strung tizz now. Gonna switch to Catholicism, least in their churches they have the geeza strung up on a cross. Too right, 'angin' ain't good enough for 'is kind.

    But 'ang on, something smells like fish, and it ain't those loaves of bread. Aren't terrists identified by their actions rather than appearance?

    /End sarcasm

  6. Jason

    Title

    "who ever said that you belong to al-Qaeda if you dress that way???"

    All in the name of comedy, stop being so goddamn politically correct

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Could be worse

    Just be glad that technology hadn't evolved to the point where you could smell them too...

  8. Tim Petlock

    Reminds me of that scene towards the end of Jackass 2

    I don't care who they look like, I want to know if they did the beards the same way as the guy in the "Terror Taxi" bit at the end.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Have they been shipped to Gitmo yet?

    Hopefully you'll be forwarding the photo to Homeland Security forthwith - they can always be relied on.

    I don't think our American allies fully understand their peril. Some really don't understand that every scruffy, bearded ruffian with a good sun tan has not only not had a bath for weeks but absolutely is a terrorist.

    So well spotted, I'm sure a fair few of them are still alive and can be immediately shipped off to the appropriate Cuban retirement retreat.

  10. MD Rackham

    Story?

    1960, eh?

    So how come Deke Slayton has a digital camera at his waist?

    And "Seriously, you'd think there might have been a more descriptive title for this story."

    You know, there is no "story" here. The title is the whole thing.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why not a more descriptive title?

    Because if it had said, 'Stupid photo of some astronauts' no one would have read it.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Look out Peter Cook, John Cleese, Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks: here comes Lester Haines...

    "All in the name of comedy, stop being so goddamn politically correct"

    Yep, the kind of comedy Jim Davidson and Bernard Manning spew. Funny stuff, real high brow, groundbreaking originality there.

    No comedy is better than comedy done badly.

  13. Mike Richards Silver badge

    Title

    MD Rackham asked:

    'So how come Deke Slayton has a digital camera at his waist?'

    It came from the Roswell flying saucer.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Only two of the original seven still alive

    That's Scott Carpenter & John Glenn.

    RIP Gordo Cooper, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard & Deke Slayton (with digital camera!)

  15. Ciaran Tracey

    Re: Crikey lord oh lummee

    so you're allowed to use sarcasm but the headline writers can't display a touch of irony??

    (or is it just that you need the tags to identify it?)

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not a digital camera

    That's a signaling mirror.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Re: Crikey lord oh lummee

    <<so you're allowed to use sarcasm but the headline writers can't display a touch of irony??>>

    First, there is nothing ironic about the headline. Check a dictionary for the definition of irony. Save yourself the embarrassment of malapropism in the future.

    Second, there is a vast difference between creating an article on a widely-read news site, and responding to that article, tags or no tags. First, the comment would not have been written if the article didn't take the form it took. Second, comment writers are not professional journalists, with codes of ethics and conduct to uphold. Third, all comments are edited by the staff of the Register, who deemed the comment in question to be appropriate and acceptable.

    Ciaran, I wonder if you found the anti-Irish jokes told in England during the period of IRA terrorist atrocities to be 'ironic'.

  18. Ciaran Tracey

    RE: Crikey lord oh lummee

    The essentail feature of irony is the indirect presentation of a contridiction between an action or expressions and the context in which it occurs. This headline, if taken as meaning all arabs are terrorists, would appear to be in direct contradiction the general tone El-Reg takes on the "War on terror" as peddled by our government and the mainstream press, and as such I consider it ironic.

    I was not intending to imply that your comment was either in-appropriate or un-acceptable, I was merely pointing out that you were using a similar brand of humour to the article.

    As for the anti-irish jokes, I can assure you that I take any joke with the intent with which it is delivered.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Semantics wot makes a man tick

    <<This headline, if taken as meaning all arabs are terrorists>>

    The headline is "Mercury astronauts join al-Qaeda?". Your justification for the original use of the word 'irony' does indeed stand on excellent ground for those individuals who believe:

    "Mercury astronauts join al-Qaeda?" = "All Arabs are terrorists"

    Quite what mindset such an individual has, doesn't bear thinking about. Most others here would interpret the article as a whole, with picture, as "Scruffy bearded people are terrorists".

    <<I was not intending to imply that your comment was either in-appropriate or un-acceptable, I was merely pointing out that you were using a similar brand of humour to the article.>>

    Your first comment questioned whether it was okay for the 'crikey' comment to use sarcasm, but not for the headline to employ irony. You were clearly asking whether one could be acceptable, yet not another. The 'crikey' comment at no point questioned the acceptability or appropriateness of the article. It extrapolated the interpretation of the article that "scruffy bearded people are terrorists", in a heavily sarcastic way, in the same vein as many other Register articles. If anything, playing the same game implies acceptance of the game.

    So your question on acceptability actually came out of nowhere, which suggests that acceptability was very much on your mind at the time.

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