It wasn’t that long ago when you could turn to the Discovery Channel to find all sorts of interesting and gasp, educational documentaries. Now everytime I turn it on they have Monster Garage, Monster House, Monster Truck etc. I think the same thing happened to The Learning Channel (although it was way before I got that channel) when they used to have science shows and then gave up and just started airing shows about redecorating your house. Sigh, I still have the history channel left and a random showing of NOVA on PBS before I just pull an Elvis and shoot the damn tv.
This is truly a gem!
A pre-arranged phone call to the White House is planned. The idea is to have President Lyndon Johnson offer Commander Carpenter a formal congratulation. This is a purely ceremonial call. It should be cut-and-dried. But there’s a bizarre problem. Commander Carpenter is no longer underwater; he’s in a decompression chamber. He’s breathing air in which nitrogen- the gas which can give people the bends- has been replaced by helium. Helium is harmless, but it distorts the voice. When he speaks, Commander Carpenter sounds like Mickey Mouse.