Space Shuttle Challenger

Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world, knowing they’re going to light the bottom, and doesn’t get a little worried, does not fully understand the situation. — John Young, after being asked if he was nervous about making the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981. Sadly prophetic. The image…

A reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy

English is the language of a people who have probably earned their reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy because their language itself is so flexible, so often light-headed with with statements which appear to mean one thing one year and quite a different thing the next. — Paul Scott, The Jewel in the Crown Being English, I…

Damn fine cup of coffee

You know. This is – excuse me – a damn, fine cup of coffee. — Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks, a TV series by David Lynch