Best lede of the day

From the Atlantic:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a popular new technology in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a government agency. And this was the problem with space travel.

A Jane Austen reference crossed with astronomy geekery! I was immediately hooked. Alas, the article didn’t continue in quite such a delightful manner, but it was still an interesting read. I had no idea that the agency-that-would-become-NASA might have been put under the aegis of the Atomic Energy Commission. What could possibly have gone wrong with that?

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Best lede of the day

  1. Alma says:

    Brilliant paraphrasing! Also, props to you for using the word aegis, it’s so pretty. 🙂

  2. Lisa Shaw says:

    Aegis: When “auspices” simply won’t do. 😉 (Two words I’ve been mispronouncing all my life, incidentally, not unlike “assuage.”) And props for spelling lede in the manner of the fourth estate.

  3. Lilaine says:

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that an eclectic blogger in possession of a rich vocabulary must often please an appreciative audience.
    And props for the final joke. 🙂

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