On the Flight of the Cheese Wedge

Some news of the weird for the previous week.

To commemorate the 40th-anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon, a group of cheesemakers in Somerset, England, decided to send a piece of cheddar into space on a high-altitude weather balloon.

The logic of this, so it seems to me, is that some thought in the past that the moon was made of cheese. I’ve never understood why our long-ago ancestors thought this. Clearly they were drunk on fermenting cheese or something similar.

In any event, the cheese set forth to the edge of space on the 27th, where it ran into problems.

The GPS system onboard the balloon failed.

The plan was that the balloon would reach the upper atmosphere where, thanks to the very low air pressure, the balloon would “pop,” allowing the cheese capsule to fall back to earth on a parachute.

But, with the GPS failure, there was no way for the cheesemakers to track where their precious cargo would fall.

Fortunately, the cheese was recovered in Cressex. The cheese wedge was recovered intact.

What Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin thought of this bizarre celebration of their first moonwalk we shall likely never know.

Cheese, glorious cheese. Pinky would approve. I think I shall put an Animaniacs CD in the stereo and listen to the madly mental mouse extoll the virtues of the cheese.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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