Curiosity Has Landed

safely, on Mars – the Mars Rover named “Curiosity”, that is – even if the Americans can’t spell.

Here’s explanations of how it was to work. It did.

And, here’s a video stream of a collection of very relieved, very happy, people in blue shirts.

I doubt the missing “u” made a difference; however, those who once drove British Leyland vehicles may remember the crack about the best British workmanship going into the parts that fall off.

Fortunately, nothing fell off here.



  1. Curiosity doesn’t have a u, even with the “English” spelling.

  2. Curiously enough (g).

    late Middle English: from Old French curiousete, from Latin curiositas, from curiosus (see curious)- here

  3. So, umm…

    You’re admitting your error right? If so, that’s a very obscure way of doing so (but I guess you’re a lawyer right, so admitting that you’re wrong is hard. I know, I was once one too).

    If you aren’t admitting you’re wrong, well, that’s an interesting way of doing it, but you’re still WRONG!!!!

    Cheers to all!

  4. Of course I forgot that “curiosity” never had a “u”in any standard spelling. I wasn’t taking literary licence. (Cdn and UK spelling).

    However, since’s “Mike’s” message’s, as written, was graceless, and if I had to guess so was his intent – or “he’d have said” more: something like “ummm, you do know that … etc”., or if he’d signed himself “an offended American” etc., – it got the response I thought it deserved.

    I was lucky that my post, as written, was ambiguous.