The Week That Was #3

Week’s Most Obvious Comment

First, the context: The SpaceX Starship became a fireball on landing. That’s the “landing mishap” referred to in the excerpt.

Musk said in a tweet immediately following the landing mishap that the rocket’s “fuel header tank pressure was low” during descent, “causing touchdown velocity to be high.” – Reuters article via National Post (emphasis added)

Week’s Best Glass-is-Half-Full Comment

[Musk] added that SpaceX had obtained “all the data we needed” from the test and hailed the rocket’s ascent phase a success. – Reuters article via National Post

The ascent phase was a success? I’ve known many marketers but never one like this.

“Because it’s not the fall that kills you, Sherlock.
It’s never the fall. It’s the landing.”
Moriarty

Week’s Best Don’t-Hold-Back Statement: A Tie

“I’ve never ever been more disappointed
in an announcement. Ever.”
Premier Ford of Ontario, reacting to a federal announcement
that the carbon tax will increase from $30/tonne now
to $170/tonne by 2030.

“Justin Trudeau and Catherine McKenna lied to Canadians.
Just before the last election
they vowed that they would not raise the carbon tax.”
Premier Moe of Saskatchewan
in a written statement on the same subject

Week’s Funniest Parenthetical Comment

The set-up is long but the wait is worth it.

The Export Development Bank, always stingy with information, absolutely will not publish the names of the businesses that received $31 billion in Canada Emergency  Business Account loans. Their attitude is that they’re a bank, and the borrowers are customers. My attitude, and perhaps yours, is that having your borrowing disclosed to the public should obviously be a condition of borrowing from the public. (Editors: please double-check to make sure I haven’t left any curse words in that sentence.) Colby Cosh, National Post, 2020 Dec 09

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6 Responses to The Week That Was #3

  1. Ken from Kenora says:

    Now you’ve got me giggling, thanks to Elon we all know what happened in 1929!

  2. Jim Taylor says:

    To quote a bit of bumblespeak, the SpaceX rocket revealed its “level of underachievement.”

    Jim T

  3. Barbara Carlson says:

    A nurse friend tells me she saw this written on a chart of a person who had died.
    “He did not live up to his wellness potential.”

    She also said when someone is dying they say they are “circling the drain,” but that’s another category — bodyworkers’ humour — and not usually shared…

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