Have you ever noticed how by the time most people use the phrase “Well, to make a long story short,” it’s usually too late? You know what I mean ... You’re standing there listening patiently to someone for like five minutes, hearing all about their Aunt Gertrude and the locusts in her cornfield or something, and you’re starting to wish for the welcome sting of death when you finally hear those oft-misused words, “Well, to make a long story short ...”
And then another five minutes pass.Well, I’m not going to make that mistake. So, to make a long story short, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Rich Talcott conducted a great interview with the Milwaukee Fox television affiliate, WITI, yesterday about asteroid 2005 YU55. The interview aired that evening shortly before this asteroid reached its closest point to Earth at 5:28 p.m. CST. and you can watch the video clip here.
For more information about the asteroid — including a radar image taken November 7 when the asteroid was approximately 860,000 miles (1.38 million kilometers) from Earth — click here.
It's been in the news since early 2006. The object passed within the moon's orbit. It presented no risk to our world. It did, however, afford experts a unique close-up glimpse at one of these celestial bodies. I read the article here: <a href="www.newsytype.com/.../">Battleship-sized asteroid buzzes the Earth closer than the moon</a>.
Thank you for the video clip, but you really didn't make a long story short. That first paragraph seemed excessive to me.
Here's how you could have made your long story short:
Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Rich Talcott was interviewed by Fox TV affiliate, WITI, yesterday about asteroid 2005 YU55. You can watch the interview (link).
For asteroid 2005 YU55 information, click (link).
See, you made the story long by pointing out that you were REALLY going to make a long story short when IN FACT you are guilty of the same transgression as Aunt Gertrude's kinfolk. I'm not saying I was waiting for the sting of death or anything that serious, but if you're going to say you're going to make a long story short, make it SHORT. And get off Aunt Gertrude's kinfolks' backs! That cornfield story sounds AWESOME.
HA, you're absolutely right, S-CO :-) Since reading your comment, I've wondered what's the absolute shortest I could have made my post, other than just posting the link. Your suggestion is pretty tight, but I probably could've just said: "Fox interviews Astronomy's Talcott re near-Earth asteroid (link)." Eight words, and way less than the 140-character Twitter max.
Oh well, live and learn. Thanks for your comment!
Still, I really wanna hear about what happened in that cornfield!