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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

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Business or Pleasure?

As soon as spoof science reporter Gail Farrelly read the article, "International Space Station Will Get First Inflatable Addition" in Florida Today, she launched an investigation into this very unusual contract deal. She'd like to find out how the additional room will be used, but all she's been able to discover so far is a lot of speculation.

Since it's a Las Vegas company that's selling the room, some think it's likely that the room will be used as a spacey gambling casino. Lots of U.S. ladies used to traveling to gambling casinos are pleased. Says longtime enthusiast Gloria Gambler, "I'm sick of constantly boarding those same old buses. Blasting into space will be so much more exciting."

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is equally ecstatic. "I don't care what it's used for, I just want to go there. The nice soft padding in an inflatable room really appeals to me. This way, if I fall and hit my head, I should have a happy landing."

Executives at Portable Playrooms of America are giving the project a "thumbs up," sure that the room, loaded up with trampolines and similar equipment, will make a perfect playground for kids.

Those in charge of New York City Fashion Week, tired of the same old venues on land, are hoping that they can rent out the facility for an intergalactic fashion show that will truly be out of this world.

But a lot of folks interviewed by Farrelly couldn't care less about an inflatable room in space. Apparently they agree with what the late screenwriter and director Walter Reisch once said, "Do you realize we know less about the earth we live on than about the stars and the galaxies of outer space? The greatest mystery is right here, right under our feet."

Exactly.

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