Trivia: When Leonard, Howard and Raj are contemplating who to have as the fourth member of their Physics Bowl team, Raj says, "You know who's apparently very smart is the girl who played TV's 'Blossom'. She got a Ph.d in Neuroscience or something." The girl he's referring to is actress Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler in later episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Interestingly, she is the only recurring cast member on the show that actually does have a Ph.d in real life.LittleWildman
Factual error: There is not a snowball's chance of Howard becoming an astronaut. He suffers from cardiac arrhythmia, something about which he is completely open. "Transient" or not this is easily detectable by a simple electrocardiogram, which is a fundamental part of the many medical examinations a potential astronaut will have to pass. He wouldn't even be allowed to start basic training. Note also that during his basic training he shows signs of severe stress and trauma which would inevitably trigger a cardiac episode. Even if it didn't the fact that he was falling apart at the seams would have him removed from the programme for his own good.
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