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State Department Once Thought Auto Parts Were 'Spaceballs,' 1970s Cables Show
USNews ^ | April 18, 2013 | Elizabeth Flock

Posted on 04/30/2013 3:21:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Newly released diplomatic cables from the 1970s reveal that the State Department once believed that old automobile parts were actually fragments that fell from space

Officials excitedly relayed the discovery of space debris found in New Zealand to the Secretary of State, NASA and the Department of Defense, according to the cables, which were acquired by transparency group MuckRock in a Freedom of Information Request shared with Whispers.

"Two apparent space fragments have been located in New Zealand... both are spherical, perhaps pressure vessels, bear no identifying marks, and caused no physical or personal damage upon impact," an unnamed official from the U.S. Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand wrote in a cable marked "secret" and "immediate," and addressed to the Secretary of State. The official also reported that the "space balls" had been initially picked up by local farmers.

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"May the Schwartz be with you!"
1 posted on 04/30/2013 3:21:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Spaceballs? Oh sh**, there goes the planet.


2 posted on 04/30/2013 3:28:14 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: BenLurkin
Typical State Department official.

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3 posted on 04/30/2013 3:29:33 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: BenLurkin

Yo Got’sta to be kidding me..... no wonder our nation is in trouble, morons at the helm.


4 posted on 04/30/2013 3:30:50 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: BenLurkin

5 posted on 04/30/2013 3:31:40 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight,, he'll just kill you.)
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To: BenLurkin
Well, Russian satellite fuel tanks do actually fall back to Earth, occasionally, so I can see the confusion factor in all of this.





Cheers!
6 posted on 04/30/2013 3:34:12 PM PDT by DoctorBulldog (Obama sucks. End of story.)
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To: Vaquero

Another completely un-funny movie by that guy. I think I just don’t have the gene that makes that guy’s movies even remotely funny. Heck I’ve been forced to see all the movies and can’t even remember his name.


7 posted on 04/30/2013 3:35:45 PM PDT by golux
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To: BenLurkin

Just harmless auto parts.

8 posted on 04/30/2013 3:36:37 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: mnehring

“I’m surrounded by A##holes!”


9 posted on 04/30/2013 3:37:37 PM PDT by Califreak (11/6/12 The Day America Divided By Zero)
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To: golux

Everything was downhill after Young Frankenstein.


10 posted on 04/30/2013 3:38:34 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: golux

Wow. Well we all like what we like and don’t what we don’t, but I didn’t think there was a person alive that didn’t laugh like a mainiac at Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks BTW)


11 posted on 04/30/2013 3:38:50 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Guilty as charged.

While watching Django the other day, there were some parts that reminded me of Blazing Saddles.


12 posted on 04/30/2013 3:41:16 PM PDT by Califreak (11/6/12 The Day America Divided By Zero)
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To: BenLurkin

13 posted on 04/30/2013 3:41:47 PM PDT by Patriot95
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To: American Constitutionalist

When I was living in Corpus Christi they shut down a section of the beach and called out the bomb disposal squad from the Naval base for a clutch that had washed up.

Yes people really are that stupid.


14 posted on 04/30/2013 3:44:12 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Califreak

The campfire scene and Korman yelling “Faggots!!!” in the musical scene floor me every time.

I need to watch it again...been a few months.

Scuze me while I whip this out....


15 posted on 04/30/2013 3:44:12 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: golux

Mel Brooks is fantastic! But understand the missing gene...

Feel the same about Ben Stiller in everything but the outlandish roles (zoolander, Dodge ball...), the anchorman guy, and happy Gilmore...

Cheers


16 posted on 04/30/2013 3:53:01 PM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: American Constitutionalist
Yo Got’sta to be kidding me..... no wonder our nation is in trouble, morons at the helm.

I'll say. We're surrounded by @$$holes!

17 posted on 04/30/2013 3:54:17 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: golux

Mel brooks?

Space balls was one of his mediocre films

But he made 4 superb comedies. The producers, blazing saddles, 12 chairs and my favorite comedy of l time “Young Frankenstein”


18 posted on 04/30/2013 3:54:28 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight,, he'll just kill you.)
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To: IMR 4350
When I was living in Corpus Christi they shut down a section of the beach and called out the bomb disposal squad from the Naval base for a clutch that had washed up.

I can believe it... However, today they would close the beach and scrape up all the sand, on the off chance it were an old clutch with asbestos friction material.

Yes people really are that stupid.<

And getting dumber all the time, especially in government!

Mark

19 posted on 04/30/2013 3:58:58 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: petro45acp; Vaquero

No, friends, I really have seen all of those movies. I think that maybe because I am Jewish I just don’t get it, but I have other Jewish friends who think he’s funny. Really, I just find it crass and and just... Not good. Love Marx Brothers, adore other directors that clearly influenced him... But I just don’t, ummm, find him funny at all.


20 posted on 04/30/2013 3:59:23 PM PDT by golux
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To: Future Snake Eater
And the @$$holes who voted for them.
My theory is ? @$$holes, and arrogant SOBS are attracked to other @$$holes and arrogant SOBS.
@$$hole and arrogant SOBS voters vote for @$$holes and arrogant SOBS.
21 posted on 04/30/2013 3:59:53 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: golux

(and please forgive me for hijacking this perfectly good thread with my inane and useless movie comments.)


22 posted on 04/30/2013 4:01:04 PM PDT by golux
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To: MarkL

Fluid clutch. They thought it was a land mine.

The guy that put on the big head bomb suite that made him look like a green Pillsbury Dough Boy wasn’t too happy.

Navy boys really do cuss like a sailor.


23 posted on 04/30/2013 4:04:45 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Vaquero
'Blazing Saddles' isn't just one of Mel Brooks' best comedies -- if not *the* best -- I regard it as one of the top five best Westerns ever made.
24 posted on 04/30/2013 4:08:47 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Demand Common Sense Nut Control.)
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To: Vaquero

Didn’t like The 12 Chairs all that much, but Frank Langella was a handsome dude back in the day. (I say handsome because I’m a guy, but with his looks I could have done very well indeed)


25 posted on 04/30/2013 4:11:25 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: MarkL

Driving down the road one day, I passed a 5 gallon bucket in the roadway. It was a bucket of asphalt sealer, clearly marked “Asphalt Sealer.” Returning home from my errand a few minutes later, the HAZMAT truck had the road shut down to clean up a bucket of asphalt sealer. Yup, it was an asphalt road.


26 posted on 04/30/2013 5:28:14 PM PDT by cyclotic (In a society of wolves, you do not fight back by creating more sheep-Dan Bongino)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I love 12 chairs. Ron Moody was phenominal. Dom Deluise hysterical. And langella made it all work. Loved brooks as the former servant.
Ron Moody’s straight faced comedy was truly Incredible as the duke who lost everything.

And The real vlllain was communism.


27 posted on 04/30/2013 5:48:51 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight,, he'll just kill you.)
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To: BenLurkin

"Mmm mmm aliens!"

28 posted on 04/30/2013 5:57:52 PM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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