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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Close, but it doesn't float

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 8:33 AM

In an article about a mysterious fireball in the skies above the U.S. East Coast that is believed to have been caused by parts of a Russian Soyuz rocket, an official was quoted:

Chester said that U.S. Space Surveillance Network had not yet confirmed that this was the case, but said that he was "99 and four one-hundredths [percent] convinced that this is what it is."
Chester was probably too young to recall that his slightly impure estimate derives from an old 1940s Ivory Soap radio commercial that said Ivory is "99 and 44 one hundredths percent pure — it floats."

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