Australia has a guru all it’s own - Dr. Karl Kruzselnicki. Medical doctor and all round smart guy. He’s written some twenty books as this web site attests :-
At this address you can also find a sound file of his take on “Mike the Headless Chicken” and other stuff.
In one of his books, I think it was called “Great Moments in Science” he says that the first man made object in space was the cover of a missile silo ejected into space by an accidental missile detonation within the silo some time during the cold war.
Dr Karl doesn’t tell lies and I’ve retold this story a number of times over the years but of late I’ve begun to question many things I held dear, primarily because of The Straight Dope. So I open this question to those most likely to know THE TRUTH.