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A successful failure… like Apollo 13 =P

Many searches of why Apollo 13 was a successful failure has inadvertently led many views to this post. I find it kind of unfair, so let me make it up to you! I shall explain everything as much as possible.

Apollo 13 was one spacecraft in a series of 17 I believe. The Apollo program’s purpose? To beat the Russians to the moon. Apollo 13 had many superstitious attacks and comments before launch. It was meant to leave the launchpad at 1:13pm. In military time, that would be 1313 hours. It was due to enter the moon’s orbit on April 13th.

Apollo 13’s flight was barely covered by the media. Apollo 11 and 12 have already successfully landed on the moon already and the media began ranting about how “NASA made landing on the moon as exciting as a trip to Pittsburgh.”

Apollo 13’s bad luck caught up with them after an accidental volatile chemical reaction left their spacecraft crippled. Suddenly, it was a race against time. Energy was in short supply and there was more than enough carbon dioxide. The crewmembers of Apollo 13 would die in a few short days if nothing was done. All of a sudden, a dull and seemingly routine flight was anything but. And as far as the media became concerned about, it was suddenly more exciting and received more coverage then a… trip to Pittsburgh.

So when NASA finally brought back all of the crew members alive, it was nothing short of a stupendous feat. It was a battle against the odds, a limping spacecraft that was missing an entire side of it’s plating, and crewmembers sick from exposure and fatigue. While Apollo 13 never made it to the moon, such genius and capability of NASA’s ground control in bringing the astronauts home alive would leave a mark in history known as “NASA’s finest hour,” or “a successful failure.”

<– a famous photo shot by an Apollo 13 crewmember after detaching from command module’s body. I think if you examine the picture closely, you can appreciate the sheer severity of this situation. This is the closest time that NASA had ever lost men in space (other disasters resulting in death happened inside the atmosphere, such as  Apollo 1 fire, Challenger, and Columbia) Image from

Scene 2:

Setting: Practice Code Red Drill in 4th period


B: You know, it might be a better idea to head off campus if you’re close enough.

M: You’d have a hard time. There’s barely any cover.

B: You can hide in the bushes.

M: Or play dead.

B: Well maybe. But the killer won’t see any blood, just you. He’ll figure out you’re not dead and shoot at you point blank range.

M: Well, all Saurav has to do is strip naked and lie on the dirt.

B: OMG, HELLLA messed up! Racist bastard! haha.


The first assassin game is deemed a successful failure. Failure because I’ve received complaints about clues and some people die waay too quickly. And despite what I thought was an amazing organizational feat in my part as god, more people wanted to play, and too many people died too quickly. Teresa, Eddie, and Edwin died within hours. Teresa wasn’t even sure whether she died or not at first. >.< Successful because everybody seemed to have a lot of fun and things went along smoothly (for awhile).

So okay, three extra players have joined the game. Also posted shall be additional rules.

Player roster:
1. Martin
2. Van
3. Vikki
4. Saurav
5. Eddie
6. Nam
7. Marcus
8. Teresa
9. Edwin
10. Kevin
11. Audrey
12. Igor

If you’ve read this post, please inform as many people as possible on the roster as possible to call me or leave me a message on AIM about their two clues.

Here’s the new part. The clues may be as obscure and vague as you want. It’s the assassin’s responsibility to figure it out for themself. Torture them or drug their chocolate milk and I won’t give a damn. If the clues are too hard, that’s your problem. On the flip side, if you’ve given a clue and your assassin figures it out too quickly… you shall be laughed at. (even though this time around it was totally my fault.)

Your opponent must recognize that he/she has been killed. That totally adds to the hilarity of the game. (this rule is still pending. Martin must see it first.)_

No more than five people can witness the murder. You and your victim don’t count.

The game starts for you the instant you receive your kill assignment.

I’m adding a new safezone also: Eddie’s and Edwin’s house. Since they live together, I don’t want a silly game to interfere with their normal lives outside of school =P

And just so you know, the names I pick are totally random. I tear paper with each of you guys’ names and throw them all into a bowl. Soo if you don’t get the person you want to kill, don’t bitch about it to me =]

If you want in on the game, gather yourself and two other people, or else there will be extra people. Please notify me by today. You must be willing to commit yourself to the game =]

Anything otherwise and god shall smite you. =P

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6 Responses

  1. Viandaraf says:

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  2. Jane Goody says:

    The style of writing is very familiar to me. Did you write guest posts for other bloggers?

  3. sandra742 says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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