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Futurama Jack-o’-Lantern

It’s been a long time since I carved a pumpkin, but this year I decided to enter a pumpkin carving contest at work. I had some trouble deciding on what to carve, but the final two themes were Futurama and Batman.

I decided to go with Futurama–Bender specifically. I couldn’t find a good bender pattern online, so I had to freestyle it. But I think the result was pretty good:

Bender Bending Rodriguez.

Bender Bending Rodriguez.

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Futurama References That Are Now Part of My Everyday Life

As a pop culture fiend sometimes quotes and references from TV shows find their way into my everyday life. Futurama is probably the best example of this (with Seinfeld, The Simpsons and The League in the runner-up spots). That was perfectly acceptable, nay, encouraged when I was living with a couple of other Futurama fanboys, but now that I’m not…psych. I’m totally going to continue to quote Futurama.

“I’m not hearing a no…”

I mentioned this previously in my post on the best five Futurama episodes. It’s from the episode where the Planet Express crew travels to the past and winds up in Roswell, N.M. The government takes Zoidberg prisoner as an alien invader and it thinks Bender is a UFO.

President Harry Truman shows up to kick some alien ass and take some alien names. He starts interrogating Zoidberg and in the process, Zoidberg accuses Truman of coming on to him. Naturally he takes offense (HOT CRACKERS!), and Zoidberg shoots back with a coy “I’m not hearing a no…”

When I was in college, my friends and I would put on our best Jackie-Mason-meets-space-monster accent and throw that line out every time we suspected someone was hiding something. Hell, sometimes we would say it even it didn’t particularly make sense in the conversation. Then we would all laugh because we’re awesome (citation needed).

“What about what?”

This comes from the episode where Fry eats a “toilet sandwich” and becomes home to a group of smartass parasites. The professor shrinks down the Planet Express crew a la’ Innerspace and while in Fry’s ear, Professor Farnsworth lets out an ill timed WHAT!?, as old kooks are wont to do. In turn, Fry asks “What about what?”

Somehow that phrase infiltrated my daily vocabulary. It was gradual, cunning even. So, when I didn’t hear someone right or didn’t understand, I started to say “What about what?” instead of the standard “What?” Friends who got the reference found it funny, but everyone else just thought (I assume) I was an idiot (and I am, but that’s not the reason).

“Good news everybody!”

Anyone who watches Futurama knows this phrase, as Professor Farnsworth says it just about every episode, whether he has good news or not.

My roommates and I used to say this sarcastically, especially in reference to our simultaneously awesome and crappy house. I’m almost positive someone said this when we got a gas bill for $400 during the winter and probably when the raccoon that sneaked its way into our walls and ceiling subsequently died in the ceiling…where we couldn’t get him out.

Those are both terribly true stories.

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The Top 5 Futurama Episodes

Recently, I wrote a list of the best Futurama episodes for Suite101. That site requires that you write in the third person, which was difficult for this particular article. You have no idea how hard that was for me. Futurama is probably my favorite show, and not being able to make the list more personal killed me. So, here’s the list with the original copy and my additional thoughts in italics. And, my policy is: if for any reason you are not completely satisfied with my picks, I hate you.

See what I did there?

#5 War is the H-Word

This episode is great for so many reasons, but mainly, it’s because of Zapp Brannigan, the totally unaware, incompetent captain and Kif Kroker, his sad-sack sidekick.

It’s also a great take on war in pop culture with parodies of Patton (Zapp delivering a speech in front of the Earth flag), M*A*S*H (the robot surgeon iHawk that has a irreverent-maudlin switch) and Starship Troopers (the brain balls as the bugs).

Fry and Bender are sent to war on Spheron 1 after enlisting in the army for a military discount on gum. Apparently, Zapp started a war despite the planet being “devoid of natural resources and possessing no strategic value.” Leela, not wanting her idiot friends to die, poses as a man and enlists, which causes some “weird and deeply confusing” feelings in Zapp. Along the way, Fry, predictably, acts like a coward and Bender, surprisingly, saves the day.

Like I said, Zapp and Kif really make this episode. Zapp Brannigan might be one of my favorite characters of all time. He’s part William Shatner, part Adam West and  part Lionel Hutz. He’s clueless mostly, but always hilarious.

This episode earned a spot on the list partly because it has two of my favorite Zapp-Kif moments of the entire series:

Zapp: “I suffer from a very sexy learning disability. What do I call it, Kif?”

Kif: *sigh* “Sexlexia.”

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Zapp: “I’m de-promoting you soldier. Kif, what’s the most humiliating job there is?”

Kif: “Being your assistant.”

Zapp:“Wrong. Being *your* assistant!”


Fry being a coward

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