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Monty Python

  1. Space

    NASA Abandons Plans to Fully Repair Kepler, Hopes For New Mission

    NASA's Kepler spacecraft used to survey space to find potentially habitable exoplanets, but that was in the before time, in the long long ago. When one of its reaction wheels failed back in May the craft could no longer operate as intended, and now NASA is giving up on trying to get it back into full working order.

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  2. Entertainment

    Right in Our Wheelhouse: New British Citizenship Test Demands Knowledge of Monty Python

    The United Kingdom has updated it's citizenship test to better reflect a knowledge of the nation's history and culture, rather than practical skills in everyday life. Questions about whether you can use the Internet or know where you're water meter is, for example, have been replaced with trivia about everything from Margaret Thatcher and Stonehenge -- the U.K.'s two most famous rock formations --  to the work of British entertainers like The Beatles and Monty Python. We're really hoping that you can skip the whole exam in favor of doing a solo show of the entire Knights Who Say Ne bit, in which case we are soooooo in.

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  3. Entertainment

    Eric Idle Declares Today “Dick Day,” Celebrates by Releasing Play Online

    Eric Idle has declared it "Dick Day," and so "Dick Day" it must be. The Monty Python alum has been working with a group of British comedy legends and also Russell Brand on a project called What About Dick? which is being released online today for the low, low price of six dollars. Why not five dollars, which seems to have become the standard price for purchasing funny things online? We assume it has something to do with the exchange rate from American dollars into British currency. Then again, maybe it's just twenty percent funnier than anything else on the Internet.

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  4. Weird

    What Was the SpaceX Spacecraft’s Secret Payload?

    Yesterday, SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch a spacecraft into orbit and then guide it back to Earth. Propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX's Dragon capsule circled the Earth twice and landed unharmed in the Pacific. At yesterday's press conference following the mission's success, CEO Elon Musk revealed that it had carried a secret payload the whole time, but he wouldn't say what it was, only that "if you like Monty Python, you’ll love the secret." This led some to speculate that it was Spam. But it wasn't:

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  5. Entertainment

    A Facebook Game We Might Actually Play: Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Games

    We can't be the only people in the universe who ever took a crack at the computer game Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, but judging by its comically sparse Wikipedia page, we don't have much company. To summarize: imagine that Myst took place in a setting made out of every Monty Python sketch ever. Those same puzzles based on figuring out the underlying logic of the setting are now based on the logic of the Dead Parrot sketch or similar. Now, imagine that just as you think you are completing the game by assembling all the ingredients for salmon mousse; you instead unlock the second half of the game, which takes place in a completely different setting that makes the last one look as straight forward and causal as a Dick and Jane book. Which is why if Monty Python makes a game, even a Facebook game, we are down for that.

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  6. Entertainment

    How One Monty Python Producer Fought Off Censorship of The Holy Grail

    No, not with a shrubbery. Via Letters of Note, a highly entertaining letter from Monty Python producer Mark Forstater to his fellow producer Michael White on the topic of The British Board of Film Classification's suggested revisions to Monty Python and the Holy Grail to allow it to attain a more family-friendly rating. As anyone who's seen the movie knows, the profane originals survived totally intact. Swearing-packed full letter below:

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  7. Tech

    Today in History: The First Spam Email Ever Sent

    On May 3, 1978, the Internet witnessed a glorious and not particularly welcome birth: The first ever spam email. Gary Thuerk, a marketer for the Digital Equipment Corporation, blasted out his message to 400 of the 2600 people on ARPAnet, the DARPA-funded so-called "first Internet." Naturally: He was selling something. (Computers, or more specifically, information about open houses where people could check out the computers.) He annoyed a lot of people. And he also had some success, with a few recipients interested in what he was pushing. And thus, spam was born.

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  8. Space

    Test Plane Performs Vertical Landing

    STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) planes have been in development and use since 1951, though only two planes have ever reached operational status. On Thursday, Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II test plane made its very first vertical landing.

    To quote the late, great Douglass Adams: It "hung in the air in exactly the same way that bricks don't."

    Video after the jump.

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