Overheard on CNN.com: Enterprise, the space shuttle, brings back memories for readers
“Star Trek” cast members attend the rollout of the space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California, on September 17, 1976.
April 27th, 2012
07:01 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Enterprise, the space shuttle, brings back memories for readers

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

We've seen a lot of topics sparking conversation among our readers Friday. Check out some of the best comments we've seen.

Space shuttle Enterprise flies again

The space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a 747 jumbo jet, swooped across the New York skyline on Friday before touching down at the city's John F. Kennedy International Airport, bringing an end to its final flight. Earlier in the day, one of our readers compared the flyover of the Enterprise to the recent space shuttle Discovery flyover to Virginia. They were fairly optimistic about New York.

USInDecline: "New Yorkers are mature. They've seen things. They won't let this disrupt traffic like the Disney-minded residents of D.C. and Virginia. I swear - people abandoned their cars on a bridge and disobeyed traffic laws to stake out a place from which to view this thing 20-30 minutes ahead of its fly-by."

In regards to the Enterprise's Star Trek legacy, many readers were proudly talking about their fandom.

markmark1: "I remember running home from a friend's house to watch the Enterprise launched off the 747 and glide in for a landing. I was 5 years old and I remember that I felt like the Flash because it seemed like I was running so fast to get home."

Houston, we have a problem. Some of our readers want the shuttle to go to Texas instead.

Tannim: "New York City does not need nor deserve Enterprise. It should go to Houston for permanent display at the Johnson Space Center. New York has zero ties to the space shuttle, while the other locations (save D.C., but that's the Smithsonian) certainly do."

Joscar90019: "Let's go back to the beginning of NASA, what did Houston have to do with the space program? The aircraft industry was primarily in California, the launch facility was established in Florida, so why did the headquarters and control center go into a city and state that never had a spacecraft take off or landing? It had a lot of powerful people in Washington who insisted it go there. You got the NASA center and all the jobs that came with it for 50+ years, get over the fact you didn't get a shuttle.

And oh, the clothes.

mattski: "Man look at those outfits. Looking back, it's hard to believe we really dressed like that."

DavidLevinsn: "I have a jacket that looks just like DeForest Kelly's and I still wear it. I think they look pretty cool."

In other news, Friday was the anniversary of a sad news event. Residents of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, are looking back one year since a massive tornado hit the town and killed 53 people. Commenters talked about rebuilding and relocating.

Tornado survivors rebuild, a year later

This reader had kind words for survivors.

Ddoright: "I've lived there – been there after the tornadoes. Why so many that have nothing lost everything. Such nice folks, so many dead and their lives disrupted."

Would it be better to relocate?

mfp2waoe: "Maybe people should take a hint instead of rebuilding stuff just to get trashed again."

Ashley Seuell: "What hint? Do you think they should move and build homes in another place? What place is safe? Everyone along the coast should move because of hurricanes. Everyone in California should move because of earthquakes and wildfires. Everyone in the Midwest should move because of tornadoes and floods. Everyone in the South should move because of tornadoes. The list could go on and on and cover every spot on the globe. Telling people who are rebuilding after a tornado to move is not helpful or reasonable. As humans, we do our best to minimize certain risks (e.g. having insurance, having a basement or interior closet if you live in tornado country, evacuating if you are in the predicted path of a hurricane or wildfire), but we simply cannot avoid every possible risk by living in any certain place."

It's also the time of year for the NFL draft. But players, don't you fret if you end up being the 253rd pick. The Mr. Irrelevant tradition was started by 85-year-old Paul Salata as a way to honor the unsung heroes of the game.

With Andrew Luck, RGIII out of way, NFL Draft closes in on Mr. Irrelevant

As for the actual draft and the game itself, this reader wasn't feeling too optimistic about the Indianapolis Colts and their No. 253 picking chances.

Sean Wike: "The Colts are so bad that even Mr. Irrelevant will likely see a lot of playing time."

Beer, whiskey and fat: the new health foods?

So, it turns out you can apparently have beer, whiskey, pork and popcorn. And you can eat them, too. One reader had a nice solution for taking out some of the fat content from the popcorn.

ArchieDeBunker: "Love the taste of buttered microwave popcorn – but shouldn't be eating all that butter? Try this: Turn the bag upside down and use a sharp knife to make about two dozen small slits in the bag bottom. Fold a paper towel or napkin double and put it under the bag on a microwave safe plate – be sure to turn the bag over after making the slits. Microwave as usual. Most of the butter will run out onto the napkin or paper towel, but enough will be left in the bag to give you that buttery good taste that you love! And, you'll be amazed at how much butter you didn't eat, when you see how much is soaked up in the napkin or paper towel. So why not just use un-buttered popcorn in the first place? Because it's too dry and tasteless."

Ryox82: "The stuff they flavor the microwave butter with is horrible. Save yourself and pop corn in a pot with a little bit of oil. Much better for you, and just as delicious!"

Speaking of food, this article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta asserts that you can lose weight by cutting out soda.

Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight?

Here's what one reader had to say:

thatguy181: "I don't know if they're public enemyNo. 1 or not, but they're certainly not your friend. I used to be 350 pounds, ... I went through two or three 12-packs of soda a week. I can't even tell you how much the thought of doing that disgusts me now. When I first started my diet, all I did was quit drinking soda. Water eventually grows on you, but I drank a lot of tea until then. Anyway, 75 pounds literally melted right off. Mr. Pibb, Barq's Root Beer, Dr. Pepper ... three of my favorites were keeping at least 75 pounds on me. I eventually added in some more minor diet changes and some exercise and am now at a very good weight of 175. Now? Now I do allow myself to occasionally, maybe once a week when out with friends, have one soda, there's no denying the fact that sodas taste very good, but I've worked too hard to shed the weight to go back to that level of obesity. They're very high in calories and high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener is one of the worst ideas ever. Unlike normal old sugar, high fructose corn syrup lacks an ingredient to send to your brain to tell you you're full or satisfied. Chugging on sodas day in and day out will never tell your brain 'Hey, I've had enough, let's stop.' So, public enemy No. 1? Maybe, maybe not. Either way they're certainly something that a large portion of America, if not the world, could do with a whole lot less of."

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  1. raven

    Wow. That will teach me. No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.

    April 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      tell that to the kidney sna tching boss...

      April 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      M.s., don't sweat the small stuff...just never repeat that mistake again.

      April 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Captain Kirkstein

    This is too funny. I tried to start a game of 'Star Trick' here yesterday. "Memeber (ahem)"? Ronnie Raygun was there with his Star Wars Defense Shield doing something. Helmsman Chekovanistan (lol) had just spotted Ahlmed the terror Guy taking off from Pikes Peak after spending all winter making jet fuel out of coal. (the formula for which was in the BMW model J38 Flying Saucers' emergency tool kit next to a bottle of Bayer aspirin)
    Kirkstein out. (chrpdrpchrp)

    April 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Captain Kirkstein

    ...and don't feel bad about thinking my flying saucer stories are all b/s. I goto UFO websites and chatrooms. When I pose the question why has there never been a creative science fiction author who could imagine flying saucers being all manmade rather than just another in a thousand of the same 'outer space' variation on the theme. UFO peeps are like Trekkies, only for realsies. lol Really. They don't even want to THINK for even one second that space ships aren'r from outer space. Hence, no Hollywood blockbuster "Flying Saucers all came from evil men with evil designs in mind, not fuel economy" starring Al the Gore driving his 2031 Toyota Prius with a hose up his ass connected to an 85hp farternator engine that can run for up to 2 years off of undigested red meat stuck in his gut, longer if he drinks enough fortified lactose and shys away from acetamenophen. (liver damage) His comes with the optional port where you can plug-in your pacemaker/defibulator/personal flotation device or what you call that.

    April 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    I was just thinking that exact thing. Weird.

    April 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Not me. Very funny, troll.

    April 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Captain Kirkstein

    *Chekovanistan. I was gonna name him Chekovanistansky, but Kirk had already converted. Did you know that Dr. McCoy got into politics? Yeah. Now he says "Damn it Jim. I'm a politician."

    April 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    You really are poor at this, are't you, troll?

    April 28, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Captain Kirkstein

    (chrptprchrpt) Bridge to engineering, Scudy? We'll be setting her down here, so lets get those warp engines off line. And tell Al the Gore to get that freaking hose out of his ass. Kirk out. (chrptrpchrpt) gn

    April 28, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Captain Kirkstein

    Troll? Charachter. Sheesh. Not like my Joah Gershom, but a charachter nonetheless. Troll. How mundane.

    April 28, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Captain Kirkstein

    Bridge to crew! Bridge to crew! Battle Stations! Mr. Spock, pls. calculate what it will take to hit Chicago with a photon torpedo set to stun, or one of Scudy's scud missiles set to "so slow a Patriot Missile can't hit it" Lietenant Wart, fire at will. And then put something on that. Yeesh, his forehead is uglier than Chewbacazuela's hugoids.

    April 28, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |

    "Kirk, there is a ravine sixty meters to your left. If it can be blocked, the lava will flow past those rocks to one side."
    "Got it!"

    – Tchar and Kirk

    April 28, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |

    "That's it. End of a long hard journey."
    "We still have to go back, James. I'd tell you true, I find you an attractive man. If we were...together, the trip'd be easier. And if anything happened, why... we'd have some green memories."
    "I already have... a lot of green memories. "

    – Kirk and Lara

    April 28, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Captain: I was talking to my hijacker.

    April 28, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Me too, daz.
    Good night.

    April 28, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kirkenstein

    'Lara'? If we had moore moenie?

    April 28, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
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