Before there were men on the moon, even before there were pigs in space, two tiny turtles were hurtled into lunar orbit as part of the Soviet Zond space program. The pair of plucky reptiles, named Myrtle and Shelly if my Russian translations are accurate, became in 1968 the first earthlings of any species to circumnavigate the moon.
Could space gold bring about the collapse of the U.S. economy? Over the last few weeks, several articles from Fox News to Bloomberg.com to various British tabloids have broached the subject of the dangers extraterrestrial precious metals could pose to global commerce.
This month, way back in 1847, Sir Charles Isham introduced garden gnomes to the world of English horticulture. He hoped that by placing the sturdy statuettes strategically on his grounds they would attract real gnomes to his residence. This idea was vehemently opposed by the laborers on his estate.