Space: the final novelty shop?

October 1, 2009

Okay comrades, it was partly my idea to send a billionaire Canadian jokester into space to make us a few extra rubles. Now, just two days into the flight, I admit it was a horrible mistake.

It was bad enough when Guy Laliberte put on a red clown nose with his space suit, and it got worse when he made us stop the countdown at six seconds, screaming, “I need to do number two!”

Then he put itching powder in the crew’s space suits, and rubber vomit on the control panel. He keeps unlocking the hatch, saying, “I’m goin’ out for Chinese, who wants some?”

The last straw was today’s gag, putting helium in the shuttle’s oxygen supply so everyone sounded like Alvin and the Chipmunks. That’s just too much!

But the joke is on him. We have quite a surprise for Laliberte on his first space walk.

Bye-bye, Canadian Guy! His check to us DID clear already, right, comrades?

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Above: The Three Stooges

Right: Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte jokes after putting on his space suit at Baikonur cosmodrome September 30, 2009. REUTERS/ Shamil Zhumatov

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If he can go to space, Bob can go to space.. with all due respect to you, Bob! 😛

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

That’s very kind, Shra, but he paid $35 million for the trip, and I’d have trouble just scraping up $%20 million. Guess I’ll have to start a fund.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Not to worry. I’m sure your fans would be willing to take up a collection.

Posted by detroit johnnie | Report as abusive

Will you be going with the Three Stooges or with Guy Laliberte?Also, this is proof of evolution: What used to take Three Stooges now only takes one Canadian.Eh?

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

Right, who’s contributing to Bob’s Space fund? :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Check’s in the mail. 😉

Posted by CAM | Report as abusive

Oops! Well look at that, I left my wallet in my other pants!

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

I am in for the fund.I will give you one dollar for you to go to space. You only need 34999999 more…Cheers,Caracoleta FrancesaCompra caracoletas francesas e caracois em http://www.caracoletafrancesa.blogspot.c om

Posted by Caracoleta Francesa | Report as abusive

Do you take credit cards?

Posted by M | Report as abusive

Only Cash and unbouncable cheques, M….We really do want Bob to get into outer space…. :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I’m thinking now about doing it all with frequent flyer miles… Hello, United, do you go to the International Space Station?

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive