OMG such a scene at the school!!! Stan was driving his dad’s Mercedes like a TOTAL SHOW-OFF, and he parks it by the runway, and he’s standing around all like Aren’t I just God’s gift to girls, and he’s wearing short-shorts too cold for the weather, and you could see his blue balls!!! What a loser!!! I don’t know why he doesn’t show his face, he’s kinda cute (but not in that way!!!) And then in Blurb class Mr. Times is all A Master of Science Fiction and More One of the Deep Siprits of the Age, and I’m like, Okay, I’ll hand it in on Tuesday, and he’s all AVON and I’m all AV-OFF!!! Big laffs from the other gals.
Actually, Mr. Stein @7 is correct. In one of Ijon Tichy’s voyages in “The Star Diaries”, if I remember correctly, Ijon is supposed to go to a top-secret meeting but is scrambling to make it on time because his servant robot has gone mad and is drinking up all the lubricating oil and misplacing everything (stationery in the refrigerator, etc.) – and in fact has sent *all* of Ijon’s pants to the cleaners. This forces Tichy to put on his spacesuit so he can go to the store to buy pants.
Of course, this doesn’t explain why the astronaut on the cover
1. has the spacesuit on his torso, but is wearing his boxers below.
2. is starring in “The Busby Berkley Follies of 2518”, complete with big-finale stairs, and
3. parked his spaceship/jet (with superfluous jet air intake? on the front) on-stage, instead of discreetly in the actors’ parking lot out back, and
4. why the jet’s tail (too small do really do anything) is above what looks like the intake to the jet engine and not at the other end….