hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive


When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Lunar Lander Project, it took the
astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training. One day, a
Navajo elder and his son came across the astronauts practicing walking
among the rocks in their space suits. The elder, who spoke only Navajo,
asked a question. His son translated for the NASA people:

 "What are these guys in the big suits doing?" 

One of the astronauts said that they were practicing for a trip to the
moon When his son relayed this comment, the Navajo elder got all excited
and asked if it would be possible to give the astronauts a message to
deliver to the moon. Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw
one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, "Why certainly!"
and told an underling to get a tape recorder. The Navajo elder's
comments into the microphone were brief. The NASA official asked the son
if he would translate what his father had said.

The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he
refused to translate. So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby
Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too
laughed long and loudly but also refused to translate the elder's
message to the moon.

Finally, an official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing the translator relayed the message: 

"Watch out for these assholes. They have come to steal your land!" 

neIN, Zone5

To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement