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(Reuters)   Astronauts forced to subsist on candy for five weeks   ( divider line
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12173 clicks; posted to Main » on 02 Jan 2005 at 11:40 AM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-01-02 05:21:18 AM  
"It was not an unhealthy diet..."

That isn't what my scale told me last time I tried :-P
2005-01-02 05:49:56 AM  
"Both of us ended up losing a few pounds,"

What the hell? I'm pretty sure that's the same kind of diet I was on for the holidays, but I gained weight.

Oh. It must be those "weightless" conditions that make all the difference....
2005-01-02 11:45:10 AM  
To be an astronaut and to eat nothing but candy. It's a dream come true for every 10 year old on the planet.
2005-01-02 11:46:13 AM  
All that sugar? They must have been bouncing off the walls..

/Thank You, thank you, here all week. Be sure to tip your Progress
2005-01-02 11:46:26 AM  
The ultimate childhood fantasy..
"I wanna be an astronaut and eat candy all day!"

On a side note, "I'm mister pickle mustache, so gimme some candy."
2005-01-02 11:47:31 AM  
farking hell americans can be a bunch of pussys without their creature comforts.

ohh no we cant have three, five course meals each day panic send more food!!

ohh noo we are running out of candy only 3 tonnes worth left panic!!!
2005-01-02 11:47:34 AM  
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2005-01-02 11:47:49 AM  
Just don't open the potato chips. They'll clog the instruments.

Careful, they're ruffled.
2005-01-02 11:49:17 AM  
now we'll never know if ants can be trained to sort tiny screws in zero gravity!
2005-01-02 11:59:51 AM  

Great minds think alike. Or maybe we really both just have the mentality of children.
2005-01-02 12:01:24 PM  
You know that NASA has saftey on their minds when the space station crew doen't have enough food on board for 5 weeks and then relies on a Russian rocket to bring their men food because the shuttle is too dangerous.
2005-01-02 12:04:40 PM  
But what gets me is that Russians astronauts are always called cosmonauts.
2005-01-02 12:05:11 PM  
Shadow Fairy:


Great minds think alike. Or maybe we really both just have the mentality of children.

I don't know about you, but for me it's probably the latter :)
2005-01-02 12:10:25 PM  
I call that diet "Fall Semester 1991"
2005-01-02 12:15:02 PM  
Speaking of candy, I want my "Priceless 420" free pixs back in working order..

/ need free bootie thang pixs
2005-01-02 12:27:46 PM  
IvyMike: I call that diet "Fall Semester 1991"

Hmmm, that fits nicely with my "Fall Semester 1992" diet which consisted almost entirely of Cluck-U Nuclear Wings.
2005-01-02 12:32:09 PM  
2005-01-02 12:42:10 PM  
What? no one posted the obvious? They must have gotten sick of eating MARS bars & Milky Ways!
2005-01-02 12:47:14 PM  
Is it just me, or does this not sound like that great of a thing? I wouldn't want to eat candy for a week.
2005-01-02 01:09:16 PM  
They couldn't've lost pounds. They're weightless.
2005-01-02 01:11:48 PM  
2005-01-02 01:40:15 PM  
the longest i ate Candy for was about 5 minutes till I got a Pube stuck in my teeth
2005-01-02 01:45:11 PM  
midbc = amateur!!!
2005-01-02 01:48:40 PM  
hey it was a long one
2005-01-02 02:13:06 PM  
of course it's not a good thing, that's why the headline says "forced" instead of "allowed to"
2005-01-02 02:15:53 PM  
Kosta: They couldn't've lost pounds. They're weightless.

*rimshot* :-D
2005-01-02 02:23:15 PM  

Wow, you're absolutely right, since pounds is weight, not mass (like kg). A hearty golf clap for you.
2005-01-02 02:24:40 PM  
I hope that included all four food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn, and Syrup.
2005-01-02 02:30:06 PM  
I'd like to know what candy we're talking here, because I'd consider subsisting on Necco wafers roughing it too.
2005-01-02 02:37:21 PM  
meh. I do that all the time right here on earth.
2005-01-02 02:49:43 PM  
Feh. I've got a kid that's been doing that for 6 years...

/No. He ain't fat nor overweight.
2005-01-02 02:51:48 PM  
how are his teeth though?
2005-01-02 03:22:16 PM  
Good thing they made out like bandits on Halloween.
2005-01-02 03:42:33 PM  
"it was not an unhealthy diet"

What's this? One rule for us earthbound coach potatoes, one rule for them? How's that work?

2005-01-02 04:00:58 PM  

Hoe would YOU have done on Halloween if you showed up in a farking SPACESUIT?

/kid at heart
2005-01-02 04:03:10 PM  
Hoe = How. Crap.

/preview before post = friend
2005-01-02 04:12:10 PM  
candy is dandy
2005-01-02 04:16:27 PM  

The ISS has turned into almost as big of a joke as Mir. There's no farking reason for us to be continuing to spend billions on trying to shoestring this thing along. It's already a pathetic shadow of the original plan; now we can just barely keep a skeleton crew alive there.

I so wish that we could summon the political will to take our lumps, admit the whole thing was a big mistake, and splash the ISS boondoggle. Then we could get back to funding actual science with our NASA dollars, in the tradition of great missions like Viking, Voyager, Cassini and the Mars rovers, along with eye-opening observatories like Hubble and Chandra. Yes, this means deep-sixing the bogus Moon-Mars program, too!

2005-01-02 04:23:44 PM  
Sparkyx, I want to punch you in the face for even thinking of saying that.
2005-01-02 04:44:21 PM  
I agree about cancelling ISS. Also, space shuttle too. The US space program died when the Apollo program was shutdown. That was 30 years ago. We were actually on the moon, many times. But then we discovered the moon was dull and the public lost interest. Since then, the space shuttle has had a few bright moments but, on the whole in my uninformed opinion, has been a waste. It is obvious that we are not ready for human space travel. There are major hurdles to clear and we arent even close. The 2 Mars rovers show what can be done with a little budget and lotsa imagination.

Someday we will be ready to send humans out. Maybe in my lifetime. I hope.
2005-01-02 05:11:32 PM  
I'm workin on it send2cbd. hopefully with video by xmas in 2005
2005-01-02 06:06:57 PM  
Did they have Milkyway bars
2005-01-02 06:39:29 PM  
Wouldn't you think, that with all the things NASA has to check to make sure the astronauts don't end up extra crispy while getting to the station, someone would check that they won't starve once they finally get there?
2005-01-02 06:57:16 PM  
Seeing as it cost millions to send up those 2.5 tons of supplies, the previous crews should pay for the food they shouldn't have eaten.

I'm guessing each meal about $300.

Someone with mad math skilz take a crack at that.
2005-01-02 07:20:34 PM  
HAA HAA Watch there fat butts droop 6 inches once they hit gravity again..
2005-01-02 08:06:21 PM  
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2005-01-02 08:15:38 PM  
Nerf Herder
I Only Eat Candy

Nerf Herder I Only Eat Candy lyrics
I don't kill and I don't murder
Or manufacture atomic weapons
And I don't eat meat
And I don't eat vegetables, no no no
'Cause I only eat candy
I only eat sweets
Yeah I only eat candy my friend
I only eat Candy
I don't believe
No I don't believe in your corny old Jesus
And I don't worship Satan
No, not like Charlie and Steve, no no no
'Cause I only eat candy
I only eat sweets
Yeah I only eat candy my friend
I only eat candy
I'm angry!
'Cause I only eat candy
I only eat sweets
Yes I only eat candy my good friend
Oh I only eat candy
The longest... line
2005-01-02 09:18:38 PM  
I think that carpbrain and send2cbd are robots from iRobot. No reason to want people to fly in space, only robots. Humans can waste away on Earth, but robots will be able to leave.

The ISS is just getting started.
2005-01-02 09:27:23 PM  
"Last year, an astronaut moved into our neighborhood, and simultaneously, all the leaves started dying and falling off our oak trees!"

farkin' astronauts get to eat all the candy they want with no weight gain and they still complain? They should be glad it wasn't edible panties!

2005-01-02 11:02:21 PM  
I wonder if they had nothing but Snickers bars.

"Not going anywhere for a while?"
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