Thursday, February 08, 2007

Ok. What gives?

This week's case of the astronaut love triangle, in which an astronaut who couldn't hold it drove 12 hours to confront a woman she thought was moving in on a shuttle commander she had the hots for, got me thinking again about a question that has plagued me for years.

Why do female astronauts have bangs? Their official NASA photos look like they were taken in 1982, after Dolly Parton's stylist came to visit the Johnson Space Center.

Don't believe me? Take a look.

What is up with this?

The only theory I've been able to come up with is that bangs (and buzz cuts, on the men's side) are required under NASA regulations, as a way of making astronauts unattractive and therefore keeping them from having sex in space.

I'm sticking with my idea until a more plausible theory emerges.

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, I will give a nod to perhaps the most famous example of astronaut bangs, the late Christa McAuliffe.



Blogger W said...

Maybe because it is so hard to move the hair away from your face when you have a giant fish bowl on your head and gloves thicker than the largest oven mitt?

Or maybe, NASA has had the same hairstylist for the past few decades. One who was fresh out of beauty school in 1982 and only knows that one look (and LOVES Dolly Parton, by the way).

Why change a good thing when it's working?

February 08, 2007  

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