Green Turtle - Poem by Patti Masterman
The rocket went off like a bat out of
Pell-mell, it ricocheted, son of a
Ditched the boosters to head for the blue
Another fudruckers going straight to heaven
Tuckfards aflame, news at eleven
Aug 6 2009
Operation Green Turtle
During the early days of the NASA space program, the astronauts were determined to avoid the professional embarrassment of using profanity over the airwaves, well aware that the entire world was eagerly listening to every word they transmitted from outer space. The astronauts established an informal incentive program among themselves, which they referred to as “Operation Green Turtle.” When an astronaut slipped up and used a curse word during his radio transmission, the first astronaut to key up his mic and blurt out “green turtle” became the recipient of dinner for two at a restaurant of his choice.
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