If you are easily offended, do yourself a favor and stop reading now.
It's the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Here at Throwin' Rocks, we have the deepest sympathies for the victims of that tragedy, but we also believe in the credo of "anything for a joke," and our dedication to always keep laughing even when things are the darkest. So while everybody else does touching tributes, and "where were you when..." stories, we are going to go in a completely different direction.
The Challenger disaster provided joke writers across the country an opportunity to really test the boundaries of bad taste. As a kid, I was amazed at the speed at which these jokes began circulating. And that was pre-twitter and facebook. Topical joke tellers and gossip mongerers have it so damn easy these days.
With no further ado, here are the best (worst) jokes about the Challenger:
What does NASA stand for?
Need Another Seven Astronauts.
Did you know that there were two seating sections on the Challenger?
Smoking and unrecognizable.
How many NASA astronauts can fit in a VW bug?
Eleven. 4 in the seats and 7 in the ashtray.
Where do New Hampshire science teachers go on vacation?
All over Florida.
What color eyes did Christa McAuliffe have?
Blue. One blew this way, and one blew that way.
How did they know that Christa McAuliffe had dandruff?
They found her head and shoulders all over the beach.
What was the last thing to go through the Challenger astronauts mind?
20,000 gallons of flaming rocket fuel.
Don't worry, we won't be doing this for the 10th anniversary of 9/11......