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Astronaut Tim Peake Calls the Wrong Number From Space (independent.co.uk) 27

An anonymous reader writes: British astronaut Tim Peake was trying to call his parents to wish them a Merry Christmas from the International Space Station, but he dialed the wrong number, giving a retired teacher one of the best pub stories ever. According to the Independent: "The pensioner who Tim Peake accidently called from space said she thought the British astronaut 'had been out down the pub.' Betty Barker, a 79-year-old retired teacher, told the Daily Mirror: 'He said, "Hello, is that planet Earth?" So I said "no"'. 'I thought it was someone who had been out down the pub who was having me on. Then because it was quiet with no giggling or noise from a pub I thought it was someone looking to go to a nightclub called Planet Earth.' Mrs Barker said she put the phone down because she didn't want to 'take any more notice of it.'"
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Astronaut Tim Peake Calls the Wrong Number From Space

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  • by Ecuador ( 740021 ) on Tuesday December 29, 2015 @08:34AM (#51201161) Homepage

    First time that "Is this planet earth" is a legitimate question and it is answered incorrectly.

    • Is there another planet, space body, orbital object that has phone collection? Unless there is it is not a legitimate question :)
      • by Anonymous Coward

        Is there another planet, space body, orbital object that has phone collection? Unless there is it is not a legitimate question :)

        The caller?

      • Is there another planet, space body, orbital object that has phone collection?

        I can't definitively answer that in the negative. Can you?

      • The Chinese have an orbiting habitat. Not quite a space station, but it might be routable for phone conversations.

    • by plover ( 150551 )

      "Hello, OnStar? I'm looking for nearby Chinese take out. Can you let me know the nearest restaurant, thanks!"

    • First time that "Is this planet earth" is a legitimate question and it is answered incorrectly.

      Aliens: "Excuse me, is this planet Earth?"

      Old Lady: "You again! Bugger off!" *CLICK*

      Aliens: "Hang up on me, will you? Power up the demolition beam!"

    • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

      2070: "High, I'm calling from Uranus..."

      *CLICK*
         

  • From the summary:

    '...I thought it was someone looking to go to a nightclub called Planet Earth.' Mrs Barker

    The article doesn't actually say where she is but there is a nightclub called Planet Earth in Edinburgh, UK.

  • I'm not sure I understand why the astronaut had to ask if he reached Planet Earth.
    What other planet was he expecting to reach?

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