The American approaches the NASA board and asks to take his 125 lb wife.
The Japanese astronaut says, "I've always wanted to learn Greek.
I want 150 lbs of books to learn Greek with."
The NASA board approves.
The Russian astronaut thinks for a second and says, "It's gonna be two years
up there. I want 150 pounds of the best Cuban cigars ever made."
Again, NASA okays it.
Two years later, the shuttle lands and everyone is gathered outside the shuttle to see what each astronaut got out of his personal entertainment.
Well, it's obvious what the American's been up to, He and his wife are each holding an infant. The crowd cheers.
The Japanese astronaut steps out and makes a 10 minute speech in absolutely perfect Greek. The crowd doesn't understand a word of it, but they're impressed and they cheer.
The Russian astronaut stomps out, clenches the podium until his knuckles turn white, glares at the first row waving a chewed up cigar at them and says:
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