A 66 year old man from Orange just paid $200,000 to be the 33rd passenger on Richard Branson's new civilian space flights that are planned to begin in 2009 sometime, the Register's Sciencedude blog is reporting.
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Bob Walters, who failed as a younger man to pass the eye test required for pilots, is a big fan of Star Trek. So big, in fact, that this isn't the first time he's shelled out the big bucks for a space-themed purchase. he bought Captain Picrad's command chair at an auction for 51 grand.
But here's the quote from Walters in the article that reads oddly:
“It was great fun to quietly sit in the chair. I even bought the 3 movies in which it was featured so I could better grasp its actual use in those shows.”
So wait -- 51 grand for the chair, no problemo. But then he "even" bought the three movies, like, afterward? Methinks this fan may have things a little bit backward. You're supposed to obsess over the movies first, THEN shell out lotsa money for related products. Trust me, I know.