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Friday, November 02, 2007

This week's trivia...

Born in Germany he migrated to the United States after WW2 via a paperclip. Today he is known as one of the world's first and foremost rocket engineers and a leading authority on space travel. His determination to "go where no man has gone before" led to mankind setting foot on the moon. Having the ability to composing several pieces of music and recycling old automobile parts to build a new car, doesn't stop you from flunking mathematics and physics at school. When one of his rockets, the first V2, hit London he remarked to his colleagues, "The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet."

Any ideas? Go hint in the comment section!

A wonderful weekend to all.


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At 18:42, Blogger Doug said...

Via a paper clip?!?!?!

There are problems in which some men will drown
While other men sink to the ground
But the secret of flight
Is to keep all things light
And when they don't work, to find a new town.

At 20:20, Anonymous cindra said...

The daddy of the space program said, "We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming."

At 21:09, Blogger TLP said...

He had more brains than brawn.

Guess what? Niks actually worked at White Sands at the same time as this guy!!! Niks was a "junior engineer" then. He used to say, "Yesterday I couldn't even spell 'engineer', and today I are one." Okay. It used to be funny. (In those days anyone with a college degree and a little math could be called an engineer by the U.S. government.)

At 22:13, Blogger tsduff said...

Who'd a thunk a paperclip
could come from something overcast?

This mister shares a last name with Hitler's mistress.

At 23:08, Anonymous the amoeba said...

A science joke, based on the fact that Our Subject's name, in English, is Brown.

Q. What do you call the flight of a rocketship?

A. Brownian motion.

At 18:41, Blogger The Anonymous said...

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At 19:41, Blogger Doug said...

Good grief, Amoeba.

At 13:07, Blogger Theresa said...

I used to have a coffee pot by the same name, until I switched to Senseo.

At 17:35, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, yes a paperclip...big operation, you didn't hear of it? The secret to flight is keeping all things light, are you calling me heavy?

Cindra, indeed he did. Actually he has said many a wonderful adn smart thing. Quite remarkable man!

TLP, even in those days...I would not have made the cut :)

terry, yes he does and how funny would it have been were his first name Charlie???

Amoeba, I guess back in teh time when it was thought impossible...Bownian Notion would have been even funnier :)

anonymous...yeah thanks, but no thanks. I have no secrets, I am writing a blog!

Doug, what are you all posh of a sudden?

Theresa, yep...! and we do love our Senseo machine, don't we?

At 18:48, Blogger Doug said...

Minka, just something to break the ice. And no, not posh, just reacting to the second nerdiest joke ever, Amoeba already holding the record.

At 19:35, Blogger Biene said...

This was too easy, eveb I knew...
Would that be a nice colour behind our pictures?

At 01:19, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, well consider the source ;)

Mom, it could be actually! And congratulations on knowing him!

At 20:08, Anonymous neva said...

ya know, i realize the United States wound up with quite a coup when this man "surrendered" at the end of WWII, but had he had more time working as a Nazi "flunky", the war might have turned out quite differently. just saying, it was a bit of a catch-22 welcoming him to America -- despite the fact he arrived just in time to help launch rocket warfare and/or the space program.

still, this was one spacetacular mystery man, dearest Penguin, and, were it not for der History Channel, i might have been von stumped! ; ) xox

At 00:04, Blogger actonbell said...

This was a good one, that I sort of missed. That guy, in the photograph, standing on the left, looks a little like Bogart.

At 05:42, Blogger Diesel said...

Hey, I actually know this one. But I'm too tired to come up with a clever hint.

But really, I know it.

At 02:47, Blogger Minka said...

neva, the little nazi-history that I have read about in regards to him, shows him as reluctantly patriotic...that's all I know.

actonbell, now that I look..you are right...Humphrey sure was fine, wasn't he?!

Diesel, You can't come up with a hint for brown? I thought you had children...did you ever change their diapers?!

At 11:17, Blogger Minka said...

Werner Von Braun
wa sthe correct answer to last week's trivia!


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