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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.


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.