Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Armstrong finally gets the moon quote right

Armstrong's popular quote:
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

has been the subject of much debate among the "correct" grammarians (or whatever they are called) because he (apparently) missed the "a". According to them the sentence should've read:

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

and that in its present form, it sounds as "That's one small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind." But now, thanks to advanced sound processing techniques, an Australian programmer claims he has found the "a" that has eluded researchers (and listeners) for decades. According to him, it's there alright. Seems like the amreeki equipment at the time weren't sharp enough to transmit the whole thing in clarity...!

Read the whole story here.

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