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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/14/2007

Comment Box: Kirk Cameron on 'Nightline'?

By Liz Kelly

Kirk Cameron, not one to be left behind in the debate of God's existence. (AP)

Kirk Cameron on "Nightline" what? I had such a thing for him back in the day and now he just creeps me out. -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion

That's right, the actor who earned his berth in our pop culture lexicon by playing the son of Alan Thicke on super-sappy '80s sitcom "Growing Pains" (watch online) is all grown-up: The "atheist turned follower of Christ" and father of six plays a starring role in the "Left Behind" series of evangelical movies and produces and co-hosts "The Way of the Master" -- a reality TV show aimed at "saving" as many people as possible by inspiring Christians to "reach out to the lost."

Last Wednesday, Cameron and "Way of the Master" co-host Ray Comfort appeared on Nightline to "face-off" against two atheists to debate the existence of God. Who won? Watch the entire mind-numbing broadcast (moderated by Martin Bashir, who you may remember from previous responsible documentary news events, like his 2003 Fox interview with Michael Jackson) over at ABC.com or get the highlights from this handy Slate review. For more fun, spend a few minutes on this entertaining critique from the Christian Post, which compliments Cameron's "likable, articulate persona" as "almost Reaganesque."

I read that Prince Philip made inquiries while at Goddard about how astronauts take care of ... I think the phrase was something like "natural functions" while in a flight suit. All I could think was that Fleet Street had really let Britain down on this one. I mean, everyone in America knows the answer to this question, thanks to a certain love-sick astronaut in a wig. How could Prince Philip have missed this important fact? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live chat

Indeed, according to several semi-credible Internet sources, Prince Philip did ask British astronaut Piers Sellers about how he dealt with the call of nature while on a space walk. London's Evening Standard carried their conversation, supposedly verbatim:

Philip seemed fascinated with the space walks and asked Sellers, "What do you do about natural functions?"

Sellers told him he wore an adult nappy -- but waited until he was back inside the space station.

Later he said, "It was a good question to ask. I told him that I would wait for ten hours and then once back inside get someone to help me off with the suit and rush to the bathroom."

While some used the exchange to observe that Prince Philip is not, in fact, smarter than a fifth grader, the BBC took the royal's question seriously and posted this highly technical explanation of zero gravity bathroom behavior:

"The unisex toilet resembles a conventional loo, but with straps over the feet and bars over the thighs to make sure that the astronauts don't drift off mid-go."

I hate when that happens.

Liz, what is a widget and how can it make my life better? -- Imaginary Reader

I'm glad you asked. The new Celebritology Widget (available below) is a handy tool that allows anyone to include the latest Celebritology news on your Web site, blog or MySpace page. Simply follow the simple instructions here (even Prince Philip would understand) to get started.

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By Liz Kelly  | May 14, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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