It’s amazing how far popularity can take you. Stephen Colbert’s been riding high for years now via his fanbase at Colbert Nation. They somehow manage to get him everything from his own flavor of ice cream to a sea turtle (that actually won the great race) to... Official NASA space equipment?!?
I’m serious. NASA’s Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill... or C.O.L.B.E.R.T. is an actual piece of astronaut exercise equipment to be taken aboard the International Space Station in 2010.
Now I’m a fan of Mr. Colbert: I’ve read his book, watched his show, and enjoyed him for years before that on the Daily Show... but I’m just completely amazed that his fans stretch so far and wide. He has infiltrated NASA! Does this baffle anybody else?!