Would you rather have been a Beatle, or have walked on the moon?

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If you were a septuagenarian, which accomplishment would you rather boast of? Again, this poll is not about whether you'd prefer to be a Beatle or walk on the moon, but which thing you would rather have happened to you in the 1960s, from your contemporary perspective as a (hypothetical) old person.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Have been a Beatle. 58
Have walked on the moon. 53


Treeship, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 04:07 (six years ago) link

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1176/571477443_e575e41d10.jpg

Treeship, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 04:28 (six years ago) link

do you mean just having something to brag about or actually having the memories of that whole life? either way I guess I would say beatle. walking on the moon obviously trumps anything the beatles ever did but it was just a tiny event in a life that was probably otherwise filled with a bunch of tedious military stuff. beatles arguably had a much wider range of interesting experiences.

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 04:34 (six years ago) link

i meant which life you would rather have, which includes which memories you would rather have and which thing you'd want to brag about. i chose beatle too, because i would rather have spent my life around artists and musicians than astronauts and scientists. however, in terms of "memories", it's hard to imagine exactly how powerful an experience walking on the moon would be.

Treeship, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 04:38 (six years ago) link

why did you have to take the fun out of it by not just asking the simple question of which would be more fun?

dylannn, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:16 (six years ago) link

unspeakable amounts of pussy vs. fucking around in space
no brainer

dylannn, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:18 (six years ago) link

it seems to me that walking on the moon is one of those things that's only awe inspiring because nobody else has done it. like being the wright bros vs. some schmuck on a commuter flight. obviously there must be something inherently amazing about being on the moon, but how great could it really be compared to acid?

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:22 (six years ago) link

pretty sure playing the same pop songs 2389523952 times to girls who can't hear you until it's time to go inside and file lawsuits is also one of those things that's only awe inspiring because nobody else has done it, except they have

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:24 (six years ago) link

IT'S THE FUCKING MOON

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:24 (six years ago) link

luv u guys and all but i have strong opinions on tonight's topic

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:25 (six years ago) link

no, playing the same pop songs 2389523952 times is always fun

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:26 (six years ago) link

anyway i think being on the moon is awe-inspiring because you haven't done it, not because nobody has. like, sure, you could get personally bored of the moon if you were on the moon all the time. like in that movie moon.

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:28 (six years ago) link

hours and hours of practicing, sitting in a tin can flying around the world, playing your same songs over and over, and when you're done you get drugs & groupies.
vs
hours and hours of training, floating in a tin can high above the world, come back and you get to meet Nixon.

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:29 (six years ago) link

xp true

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:29 (six years ago) link

better than acid though?

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:29 (six years ago) link

I always felt bad for the dudes that didn't get to leave the capsule and walk on the moon, but I wonder if it's really so much about standing on a barren rock, or just about seeing the earth from a distance?

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:30 (six years ago) link

would have loved to meet nixon! drugs i pretty much have covered. groupies i guess i could handle a few more of.

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:31 (six years ago) link

i'm sure it's a spectrum. like if you'd asked michael collins what he really really wanted in his own personal heart, considerations of the mission aside, i can't imagine him he was totally fine with not walking on the moon. but the trip's not nothing.

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:32 (six years ago) link

*can't imagine him SAYING etc

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:32 (six years ago) link

drugs i pretty much have covered

you wouldn't if you were an astronaut!

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:35 (six years ago) link

haha, xp: as for acid, of course ideally it would have been in their little suitcases instead of that freezedried ice cream

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:36 (six years ago) link

don't all those space dudes end up being super bummed out, like life-long, at never getting to go back to space? or is that just some thing i saw in a movie or something.

j., Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:56 (six years ago) link

ringo can never write Octopus's Garden again

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:58 (six years ago) link

The idea for the song came about when Starr was on a boat belonging to comedian Peter Sellers in Sardinia in 1968. He ordered fish and chips for lunch, but instead of fish he got squid (it was the first time he'd eaten squid, and he said, "It was OK. A bit rubbery. Tasted like chicken.")[2] Then the boat's captain told Ringo Starr about how octopuses travel along the sea bed picking up stones and shiny objects with which to build gardens.[3]

this will never happen again

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:59 (six years ago) link

I guess I'd rather talk to music dudes than space dudes..

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:15 (six years ago) link

even if you got to do it through a helmet com, while you were in space?

because you don't get to do that with music dudes.

j., Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:18 (six years ago) link

which beatle and which member of moon crew?

^ sarcasm (ken c), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:20 (six years ago) link

^ George Harrison and Harrison Schmidt.

Josefa, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 08:13 (six years ago) link

Schmitt.

Josefa, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 08:22 (six years ago) link

walking on the moon obviously trumps anything the beatles ever did

Eh, even if I'd been on the moon I would think of it as something I'd experienced rather than something I'd done. A lovely ride but not a personal achievement. I would rather have written something as good as e.g. "We Can Work It Out" as my sole contribution to the world than have gone to the moon.

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:01 (six years ago) link

yeah, definitely. I didn't mean it trums anything they did as an achievement, just as a personal experience. like the writing of WCWIO is a personal accomplishment, but I'm sure the actual experience of doing it wasn't in the same league as the experience of standing on the moon.

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:46 (six years ago) link

walk on the fucking moon by a million fucking miles

Koné 2013 (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:48 (six years ago) link

The moon. Though if the option had been there to have been in Can...

emil.y, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:50 (six years ago) link

funny, when i was 7 years old the astronauts and Beatles were large in my life.

voted moon

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:51 (six years ago) link

no groupies on the moon

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:51 (six years ago) link

no fucking Beatles either, bliss

Koné 2013 (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:52 (six years ago) link

moon, no contest

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:04 (six years ago) link

just to get away from the rest of you savages

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:04 (six years ago) link

I'd rather have mooned a Beatle.

Elvis was a hero to most but he never her (ledge), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:05 (six years ago) link

walking on the moon seems like it would get boring after like 5 minutes

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:06 (six years ago) link

a rat done bit my sister Nell
And Shakey's on the moon

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:06 (six years ago) link

like okay, you're on the moon, now what, bounce around for a while, take some pictures, hit a golf ball

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:08 (six years ago) link

if emil.y goes to the moon with shakey she can have her can wish too

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:09 (six years ago) link

what if we had mass transit there which was so *efficient* that all the seats were always taken?

xp

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:10 (six years ago) link

there is no moon downtown to take that mass transit to

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:11 (six years ago) link

the moon will be cool when we have a space city

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:11 (six years ago) link

like okay, you're on the moon, now what, bounce around for a while, take some pictures, hit a golf ball

take acid and listen to the Beatles

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:12 (six years ago) link

i would hijack the moon and crash it into liverpool in 1962

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:13 (six years ago) link

you can take acid and listen to the beatles while on a vacation on earth too, and it's cheaper and you are less likely to die

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:14 (six years ago) link

like the way Nick is thinking

Koné 2013 (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

I'm glad the choice was about being a member of the Beatles rather than a member of the Police, which might have led to some confusion.

moley, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 05:11 (six years ago) link

terrible if that was to happen

Mark G, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 05:34 (six years ago) link

2 hours. if you haven't voted yet, make sure to do so, otherwise you will regret it for the rest of your life.

Michigan seems like a dream to me now (Treeship), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 21:40 (six years ago) link

no reason to go to the moon anymore guys http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/10068945/Dubai-style-island-off-coast-of-Barcelona-provokes-dismay.html

wk, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 21:57 (six years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:01 (six years ago) link

really?

ḉrut (crüt), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:03 (six years ago) link

looooooool

mookieproof, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:03 (six years ago) link

close and vicious

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:03 (six years ago) link

Fite

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:04 (six years ago) link

did you guys think the moonpeople were gonna win just cuz we're all ornery dicks?

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:05 (six years ago) link

Result otm but too close

my name is louis and i'm an acoleuthic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:13 (six years ago) link

Goes to show moonpeople are loudmouths. All having been to the moon and bragging about it in this thread about the final frontier and shit. Well not this Beatle!

Random ASMR Memories (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:16 (six years ago) link

Le Beatle Ivre

ḉrut (crüt), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:25 (six years ago) link

offtm

the league against cool sports (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:29 (six years ago) link

Paul pic is a shop, yeah?

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:55 (six years ago) link

BOOOOOOO

emil.y, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:56 (six years ago) link

Hate those fucking eyebrows.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:07 (six years ago) link

Paul Mc Cuntney.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:08 (six years ago) link

"Remove Bookmark from this Thread"

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:10 (six years ago) link

fuckin lurkers amirite

mookieproof, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:37 (six years ago) link

So which Beatle did you guys have in mind

sleepingbag, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:41 (six years ago) link

i think this thread was a success. we all learned a lot about each other's views on both the beatles and space travel. good job everyone.

Michigan seems like a dream to me now (Treeship), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:43 (six years ago) link

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b224/ambic/FarSideCowRocket.jpg
gary larson prescient forever

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:47 (six years ago) link

lol what is the joke there, is it just "cows can't build spaceships, they are stupider than NASA"?

Michigan seems like a dream to me now (Treeship), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:12 (six years ago) link

well they sure as hell aren't trying to be Beatles...

random access maladies (hypehat), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:22 (six years ago) link

how can u be so sure. it seems like the cows are trying to be lovable goofballs up to silly antics.

Michigan seems like a dream to me now (Treeship), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:27 (six years ago) link

the joke is that the cows are smart because they want to go to the moon and are building a spaceship, ᴡʜᴇʀᴇᴀs the farmers are dumb because they want to be beatles and think the moon is stupid but it's not stupid they are

sleepingbag, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:29 (six years ago) link

oh i see it now

Treeship, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:32 (six years ago) link

The cow is saying "Yeah yeah, whatever, go toddle off to your zebra crossing, ay?"

Mark G, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:30 (six years ago) link

http://youtu.be/q6OWVHlbdYk?t=35s

DavidM, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:33 (six years ago) link

Guess a "Hey diddle diddle" joek is pretty far afield

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:53 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

happy anniversary! this had me enraptured the way certain people get enraptured by flacs of only the rhythm guitar from lady madonna or wtfever.

"""""""""""""stalin""""""""""" (difficult listening hour), Saturday, 20 July 2013 20:13 (six years ago) link

77!

how's life, Saturday, 20 July 2013 20:15 (six years ago) link

o shit i am experiencing it

IIIrd Datekeeper (contenderizer), Saturday, 20 July 2013 20:49 (six years ago) link

44th anniversary of the moon landing & my 22nd wedding anniversary, what an auspicious day!

it itches like a porky pine sitting on your dick (Phil D.), Saturday, 20 July 2013 20:50 (six years ago) link

2 month 6 day anniversary of the creation of this thread

Treeship, Saturday, 20 July 2013 20:51 (six years ago) link

Also:

Today is Saturday, July 20, 2013

Today in
Beatles History

1964 - The Beatles single "And I Love Her"/"If I Fell" was released.

1968 - Jane Asher appeared on BBC-TV's "Dee Time." She announced that her relationship with Paul McCartney was over.

1969 - The Beatles viewed a rough cut of the movie "Let it Be."

That's right, even The Beatles would rather have watched themselves than the moon landing. Suck it, moon!

it itches like a porky pine sitting on your dick (Phil D.), Saturday, 20 July 2013 20:52 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

Maybe a little less than the widespread acclaim would have it, but I enjoyed Apollo 11. Like CNN's Tricky Dick (CNN did Apollo 11, too), all the footage and sound is contemporaneous--for now, anyway (until this too becomes a cliche), I much prefer that approach to the standard talking-heads documentary. Nixon acquits himself very well during his ceremonial phone call with Neil Armstrong. (For all their similarities, you can bet Trump would have somehow made the moon landing about himself--Nixon seems to sincerely be humbled by the moment.) What I really liked, as much as the space-related activities themselves, was the footage of people setting up on the beach to watch the lift-off. There was something very beautifully everyday about that footage, everybody calm and happy and waiting--a nice contrast to the chaos that you always get in late-'60s footage. (Our Nixon had that too.)

clemenza, Sunday, 12 May 2019 19:17 (three months ago) link

(No mention of the Beatles anywhere, so walking-on-the-moon retakes the lead.)

clemenza, Sunday, 12 May 2019 19:18 (three months ago) link

I've a copy of Full Moon, compiled by photographer Micheal Light (most of the folio pages are reproduced in small scale in the image gallery).

I absolutely would have preferred to have been one of the 12 humans (maybe the last) to walk on another planetary body, especially the later missions Apollo 15-17, where they had multiple extended surface EVAs with the rover, and hammocks to sleep in. Neil and Buzz had to "sleep" seated on the engine in their suits. As for the promiscuous sex & drugs, those were undoubtedly difficult when they were under a NASA and public microscope in the 1960s until they did their landings at ages 36 to 47, but thereafter? There was no shortage of willing groupies.

Related news: we may spend millions of dollars to retrieve Apollo astronauts' poop.

April 9, 2019: NASA Plans Mission to Bring Apollo Astronauts’ Poop Back From the Moon

nonsense upon stilts (Sanpaku), Monday, 13 May 2019 21:20 (three months ago) link

i was ecstatic watching this in the theater, but i booed nixon. come on.

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:32 (three months ago) link

i'm awfully garrulous itt. forgot about its curious operating assumption that if you've walked on the moon you're not allowed to drop acid.

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:38 (three months ago) link

I just want to jump in and say that dylann's point, upthread, about groupies is basically irrelevant. I'm sure Buzz Aldrin had/could have had his share of effortless sex.

lol PBS are running a documentary about this at the moment

Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:26 (three months ago) link

I believe the relevant term is “Cape cookie.”

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:31 (three months ago) link

Also, over the weekend learned and reported on another thread that the engineer on Double Fantasy contributed to the soundtrack of the documentary For All Mankind. DO U SEE?

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:34 (three months ago) link

forgot about its curious operating assumption that if you've walked on the moon you're not allowed to drop acid.

drop acid while you're on the moon imo

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:32 (three months ago) link

Winston on the moon.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:07 (three months ago) link

“Cookie!”

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:07 (three months ago) link


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