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New terminology: "Apollo 13 kitchen"

For a couple years now I've been using this term "Apollo 13 kitchen," which I'm pretty sure is of my own coinage, and which I'm now going to share with you on the grounds that it's useful.

Remember that scene in Apollo 13, where a guy at Mission Control comes in and dumps a box of pipes and duct tape and random junk on the table, and tells everyone, "This is what they've got on board. Invent something that will save them"?

Similarly, an Apollo 13 kitchen is when you have very sparse and limited food resources at hand, but must invent dinner anyway.

Example: "We seem to have an Apollo 13 kitchen here. We've got two eggs, leftover rice and turkey, a small chunk of mozzarella, half a head of romaine, some half-and-half, and some pickle relish. Let's see what we can make."

You get the idea. Now you, too, can use it.

Note: this is not to be confused with "college student kitchen" or "bachelor(ette) kitchen," both of which imply never having anything actually worth eating, aside from take-out food. Apollo 13 kitchen is more applicable to responsible grocery shoppers who happen to be getting low on supplies.


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Mar. 9th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
That is my absolute favorite scene in the movie.

And, actually, less is said. Guy goes into the Geek Room and holds up the two connectors that don't fit. He says "Okay, guys. We've got to make THIS fit into THIS using nothing but THIS" at which point he dumps out a box of random junk on the table.

The folllow-up scene has the Geeks running proudly into the Control Room, bearing some strange looking contraption they have concocted. But hey - it works! Great scene.

And I love the concept of the "Appolo 13" kitchen!
Mar. 10th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
Ahh, thank you. I was hoping someone remembered it more clearly! So what I really meant is, "We've got to make dinner using nothing but THIS."

Geeks rule.
Mar. 9th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)

I will SO be using that phrase later tonight.
Mar. 9th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)
This is what I like to call a "McGuyver meal" (yes, I grew up in the 80s). You take a bunch of seemingly unrelated spare food items and somehow pull off something reasonably decent. :)
Mar. 10th, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hee. That's probably a better term, really - more concise and intuitive. Doesn't require so much explanation.
Mar. 11th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
Perhaps, but yours does have a more entertaining story to go with it. :)
Mar. 10th, 2004 12:27 am (UTC)
Great term! I was raised in a house with an Apollo 13 kitchen - we just didn't know what to call it.


Mar. 10th, 2004 04:01 am (UTC)
That's great. You're right, students can't do it so well, as they tend not to have the useful cupboard full of spices and herbs and vinegars that responsible grown ups have that can pull together weird ingredients!
Mar. 10th, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I am reminded of the time when my younger sister was in college, and called home to ask my mom, "Is there anything you can add to catsup to make it into spaghetti sauce?"
Mar. 10th, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
Hmmmmm - if that happens to me I just go and find someone else to give me dinner.
Mar. 13th, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC)
something about being "resourceful" and "inventive" and I have mastered the "Apollo 13 Kitchen" phenomenon as well...

reminds me of a joke from the original Batman and Robin movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward...

Riddle me this Batman...
There are 3 men in a boat with 4 cigerettes and no matches... How do they manage to smoke?

Answer: They throw one cigerette overboard and make the boat a cigerette lighter...
Mar. 14th, 2004 08:09 am (UTC)
Hehehe. Took me a second, but I got it. :P
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