‘We can’t have landed on the moon because we didn’t have Pong’ – 11 takedowns that were out of this world
There’s a Twitter account called Classic British TV which, as the name suggests, tends to specialist in sharing clips of, well, Classic British TV.
Except on the 50th anniversary of the moon landings it thought it would branch out by doing this.
And to think, for all these years we’ve never drawn a direct line between people landing on the moon and … Pong.
It prompted a lively response, as you might imagine, of which these are definitely our 11 favourites.
Cost of the Apollo missions as of 1973: $25.4bn
No. of Apollo mission staff: 400,000
Cost of creating Pong: $75
No. of Atari staff (at that time): 3
— liam (@lmhrpr) July 17, 2019
Of course it happened. Your comparison is like saying you don't believe the Egyptians built the pyramids because we've only just invented the microwave oven.
— Andrew Langstaff (@cowboycoder) July 17, 2019
Anyone who doubts the moon landing (and there are a few of you on this thread) is not only a nincompoop, but also lacks the most basic reasoning skills.
400,000 people worked on the Apollo programme. Scandals slip out when there are only two or three people involved. Grow up.
— Gareth Dennis (@GarethDennis) July 17, 2019
There is over 55,000 hours of film footage connected to the moon landing missions .
That would have cost more to fake than to really go to the moon .
— Jeff Birch (@Jeffbirch66) July 17, 2019
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) July 17, 2019
It’s like how they claim some guy just upped and circumnavigated the ‘globe’ hundreds of years ago even though Neverwinter Nights wasn’t out yet. Madness.
— Nick Luckham (@nickluckham) July 17, 2019
This is what happens when someone with no scientific or engineering ability wonders how scientists and engineers achieved something.
— Billy McCarron (@cagian) July 17, 2019
You're misunderstanding how computers were used back then. Computers were used very much as an adjunct to very clever people sat with pencils and paper working out massively complicated calculations. An amazing achievement. Dont piss all over it with ignorance.
— StretchMonkey (@stretchmonkey) July 17, 2019
This was a nice account while it lasted.
— John Rain CBE (@MrKenShabby) July 17, 2019
We did have the technology for Pong in 1969, it just wasn't commercially available yet. You couldn't buy Apollo 11 in shops either, that doesn't mean it didn't exist. https://t.co/ym760SsW7D
— Eddie Robson (@EddieRobson) July 17, 2019
In the last century computing was too expensive for most things. Now its cheap enough to waste all our time on here.
— Comsat_Hat (@Comsat_Hat) July 17, 2019
To conclude …
TV nostalgia account goes moon landing truther, what a time to be alive https://t.co/T481t1ogT2
— . (@twlldun) July 17, 2019
Next up, did Aliens Kill JFK and what’s best, Steptoe or Porridge?
— . (@twlldun) July 17, 2019
AND EVEN MORE
Anyone fancy a game of Pong?