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It seems to me that the realisation/delight of discovering all of these incredible benefits to society that come out of NASA carries more than enough weight without requiring the whole "wtf" twist to make this interesting. If anything, it comes across as sounding like NASA hasn't actually done awesome things ("what did they ever do for us?!"), instead of the intended emphasis on the many, many unknown awesome things that affect the world daily.

I think it's meant in an ironic "what have the Romans ever done for us!?" kind of way.

I get that, and I do usually enjoy the heavily sarcastic approach sites like this take to make their point ... it just seems to me that "wtf [organisation]" is something more akin to how i'd emphasise how unbelievably ridiculous, say, oil companies are for yet another spill/cover-up/buyout etc

In this situation, the intention is really to celebrate the fact that NASA makes awesome stuff and the whole WTF comedy angle seems a bit awkward to me :)

[EDIT] I just realised out exactly why it seems awkward to me ... http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/ works because it's sarcastically about what he's done, whereas "wtf NASA" is aimed directly at NASA and comes across as angry. The URL needs to be something like "wtfhasnasaeverdonefortheworld.com" (like the page heading) for the joke to really work I think

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