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Not to be super schmaltzy, but this is a fair representation of how I feel today.
On January 27th 1967. Hoosier test pilot and veteran astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom died along with Ed White and Roger Chaffee when their Apollo 1 space craft caught fire.
Born in Mitchell, Indiana, Grissom is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
I went to Grissom Elementary School, and there were framed photos of the astronauts and lunar missions all over the halls, and the Apollo 1 patch was in marble on the floor in the main hall and you got in trouble if you walked on it. Our school song had the line “like the astronauts bravely flying in the sky, we are proud our flag to fly" but no one really ever got into the details with us of how the astronaut our school was named after actually burned up on the launch pad, even after we watched the Challenger explode live on TV.
The first flight of a pig took place at Leysdown, Kent, England. Lord Brabazon of Tara took the pig for a flight of about 3.7 miles from Shellbeach airfield on the Isle of Sheppey, 1909 (via)
That pig has earned its smug face.
Lorraine Robinson created this guitarhouse as a gift for her daughter’s birthday. Read more here
That wallpaper… top… part!
Graham Norton, Lena Dunham, and Idris Elba help an audience member reply to a text message. [video]
You know how to tell if someone’s from Texas? Their parents own the Time Life ” Old West” series and they’re wearing lipstick before they can drive.
This is all true, plus hot sauce is a breakfast table item.