...since I've learned that the inexplicable female behavior that has -- shall we say -- messed with my head is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Even astronauts, educated and trained to a fine edge, can act is if their mental circuits aren't all wired up properly.
Consider Lisa Marie Nowak, A Navy Captain and astronaut with flight time in the Space Shuttle. The 43 year-old Ms Nowak, married with three children, seems to have gotten the hots for another astronaut, Cmdr William Oeferlein, who is unmarried and apparently is in a relationship with another astronaut, one Colleen Shipman.
Distressed with the situation, Nowak jumped in her car and drove 900 miles (wearing a diaper to cut down on the need for stops along the way, according to some reports) from Houston to the Orlando (FL) Airport to confront Ms Shipman.
Unfortunately, Nowak had a can of pepper spray -- which she used on Ms Shipman -- and a BB gun, a steel mallet, a 4- inch folding knife, rubber tubing, $600 and garbage bags inside a bag when she showed up to discuss the situation with Shipman. Nowak has been arrested for kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.
Fellow astronaut Chris Ferguson said he was "perplexed" by Nowak's alleged actions.
That's a nice way of putting it....
If you haven't read the rest of the details already, you can find most of them here or here.
Up to now I thought Gavin Newsome was going to be the champion in the Total Wack-job sweepstakes. Lisa Marie has him beat seven ways from Sunday.
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