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(io9)   For decades scifi authors have faced a puzzlement: What do you call an alien from Uranus?   (io9.com) divider line 86
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2013-07-17 10:29:53 AM
In an ironic twist, the site returned this message to me when I checked out the link:


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Guru Meditation:XID: 1792668140
 
2013-07-17 10:31:44 AM
Hey, little anal-dwelling butt monkey. Time for you to go home, little buddy.
 
2013-07-17 11:05:30 AM
Urectumites
 
2013-07-17 11:08:11 AM
Klingon
 
2013-07-17 11:10:05 AM
Last nights dinner from Taco Bell
 
2013-07-17 11:30:34 AM
Unremarkables?
 
2013-07-17 12:07:44 PM

NuttierThanEver: Unremarkables?


intermezzo.typepad.com
 
2013-07-17 12:55:18 PM
Dingleberries, obviously!
 
2013-07-17 01:18:58 PM
A Uranian. Duh.
 
2013-07-17 01:37:06 PM
Pooh.
 
2013-07-17 02:03:35 PM
Steve.
 
2013-07-17 02:05:55 PM

MaxxLarge: A Uranian. Duh.


Maybe not.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranian
 
2013-07-17 02:05:57 PM
How about "Sashas"?

www.allmystery.de
 
2013-07-17 02:13:05 PM
 
2013-07-17 02:17:00 PM

DjangoStonereaver: How about "Sashas"?


Don't be absurd; Greys come from Zeta Reticuli.
 
2013-07-17 02:48:36 PM
Assholes, clearly.
 
2013-07-17 02:49:09 PM

UberDave: bring to a festering boil: Klingon

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2013-07-17 02:49:59 PM
 
2013-07-17 02:53:33 PM

abb3w: DjangoStonereaver: How about "Sashas"?

Don't be absurd; Greys come from Zeta Reticuli.


I'd abduct and probe her.
 
2013-07-17 02:56:56 PM
Their name, of course.
 
2013-07-17 02:59:53 PM
Hemorrhoids seems logical to me.
 
2013-07-17 03:00:02 PM
Why are (hypothetical) aliens from Uranus "Uranians" but aliens from Venus aren't "Venians"?
 
2013-07-17 03:00:33 PM
That's MR. Alien from Uranus.
 
2013-07-17 03:02:43 PM
So what should you call someone from the earth? Tellus was the goddess of the earth, which gives us Tellurian (the preferred choice of E.E. "Doc" Smith). The Greek counterpart is Ge or Gaea, from which we get words like geology and perigee. A person living on Gaea would be a Gaean.

"Terra" (and consequently "Terran" and "terrestrial") is seen a lot in SciFi, but it's no more a proper name than "earth" is. "Terra" is simply the Latin word for "dirt" or "land." It's not the name of a god or goddess, so it doesn't follow the rule for the names of the other planets.

"Earthling" is awfully retro and "Earthian" is just beneath contempt.


I think this was already settled by Futurama -- we are all Earthicans.
 
2013-07-17 03:03:02 PM
I thought it was Dingleberry
 
2013-07-17 03:03:55 PM
Frozen.
 
2013-07-17 03:06:20 PM
How about urinations
 
2013-07-17 03:10:22 PM
There are some who call them....Tim?
 
2013-07-17 03:11:20 PM

Arkanaut: Why are (hypothetical) aliens from Uranus "Uranians" but aliens from Venus aren't "Venians"?


Mind you, not just aliens, but what people will be when they eventually move there.
 
2013-07-17 03:11:57 PM

bring to a festering boil: Klingon


Came for that.  Interesting that originally their homeworld was known as Kling.  Now it's been retconned to being a city of their homeworld Qo'noS
 
2013-07-17 03:15:24 PM

What do you call an alien from Uranus?


Uranals
 
2013-07-17 03:17:27 PM
Turds.  Duh.
 
2013-07-17 03:18:16 PM
Uranus is a gas planet, and while that may funny in a middle-school sort of way (Haha! Your anus is a gas planet!!!!), it means that no sci-fi writer worth a hill of beans would have natives from Uranus.
 
2013-07-17 03:18:32 PM
From my anus?  God's little brown children.
 
2013-07-17 03:20:08 PM
Time for another goddam colonoscopy
 
2013-07-17 03:35:14 PM
Dingleberry or Charminite.
 
2013-07-17 03:36:00 PM

Mike Chewbacca: Uranus is a gas planet, and while that may funny in a middle-school sort of way (Haha! Your anus is a gas planet!!!!), it means that no sci-fi writer worth a hill of beans would have natives from Uranus.


Luddite. Have you been here? How do you know what it's like there? There could be an entire paradise planet there, with a cover designed to look like a frozen ball of methane.

It's the height of arrogance to think we know what Uranus is like, just because we have pictures and tons of data.

I'm buying a condo there for sure.
 
2013-07-17 03:36:12 PM
Excretans.

Turdles.

Copralitians.

Squirts.
 
2013-07-17 03:44:38 PM
Larry.

Dave.

Alice.

t'Ranggg'.
 
2013-07-17 03:45:11 PM
Runs.
 
2013-07-17 03:48:33 PM
Charmins
 
2013-07-17 03:49:57 PM
Uranusols?
Haemorrhoids?
 
2013-07-17 03:51:06 PM
Our Dimwitted Cousins.

oh wait...that one's already taken

Nevermind.
 
2013-07-17 03:54:27 PM
"The moons of Uranus, for example, are named for the most part after characters in Shakespeare'sThe Tempest. "
Tempest. Uranus. There's a "bad curry" joke in there somewhere.
 
2013-07-17 03:55:09 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Mike Chewbacca: Uranus is a gas planet, and while that may funny in a middle-school sort of way (Haha! Your anus is a gas planet!!!!), it means that no sci-fi writer worth a hill of beans would have natives from Uranus.

Luddite. Have you been here? How do you know what it's like there? There could be an entire paradise planet there, with a cover designed to look like a frozen ball of methane.

It's the height of arrogance to think we know what Uranus is like, just because we have pictures and tons of data.


It's true - we have much more pictures and tons of data about his mom's anus, but no one has truly plumbed its depths.
 
2013-07-17 03:58:52 PM
Poop Skywalker
 
2013-07-17 04:11:00 PM
Wikipedia says Uranian everywhere, but dad says anyone can edit Wikipedia.
 
2013-07-17 04:20:25 PM
Wouldn't it depend on whether they were from the capital city of Hemorrhoid, or natives of the rival city-state of Cyst.
 
2013-07-17 04:33:57 PM
Mike Chewbacca: Uranus is a gas planet, and while that may funny in a middle-school sort of way (Haha! Your anus is a gas planet!!!!), it means that no sci-fi writer worth a hill of beans would have natives from Uranus.

For that matter, if you insist that life has to have a solid surface on which to develop, you need an imagination upgrade.  Check the writings of Arthur C. Clarke (short story 'A Meeting with Medusa'), or EE Smith's 'Lensman' series for examples of lifeforms that evolve in non-traditional habitats.  'Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials' is another good source.  There are tons more, but I don't have time to research it now - gotta go rebuild a server.

To paraphrase Robert A. Heinlein, "Wherever there is mass to manipulate, and energy to manipulate it with, life can arise."
 
2013-07-17 04:34:12 PM
Good Morning
 
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