Thursday, July 17, 2008

Flight of the Stumblebum

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the flight of Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan a pilot who flew from Brooklyn to Long Beach only to end up in Ireland (see his nickname for explanation). Oddly enough, his luggage did make it to Long Beach. Some argue Corrigan also traveled through time as well as space, for his provisions were only two chocolate bars, two boxes of fig bars, and a quart of water, thereby predicting coach air travel in 2008. Luckily, although the flight took 28 hours, and Corrigan took the quart of water, there was never a line for the lavatory. Even luckier for the middle of the country, he was flying over the Atlantic. Talk about your acid rain. Corrigan's bad sense of direction was matched by his good sense in business, as there's even a film about him, in which he stars (he's credited as "Box of Figs #2"). The man even endorsed wrong-way products, like a watch that ran backwards and a talking politician doll that only spoke the truth.



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