Jeff Bezos.
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For as long as there have been missiles and rockets, there have been men being weird about missiles and rockets. Neil Armstrong boasted that the Saturn V gave the fellas "a magnificent ride" in 1969, while women's studies scholar Carol Cohn, attending a nuclear weapons workshop in the summer of 1984, wryly observed that the "lectures were filled with discussion of vertical erector launchers, thrust-to-weight ratios, soft lay downs, [and] deep penetration." The president of the United States, in 2018, would defensively bluster to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that "I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

Then on Tuesday, billionaire Jeff Bezos triumphantly launched himself into space in a rocketship that looked like … this.

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