Out of all the obscure jokes and references in Futurama, this one puzzles me the most: In The Luck of the Fryrish, the professor says that "dirt doesn't need luck" and looks very content. What does he mean by that?

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    Are you of the opinion that dirt needs luck? – Dason Jun 14 '12 at 16:33
  • The great thing about this TotW is that it remembers me of all these awesome quotes and makes be chuckle every time :) – bitmask Jun 14 '12 at 17:27
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    There needs to be an explain-this-joke.SE – Mark Beadles Jun 14 '12 at 17:39
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    Why the downvotes? – Jakob Jun 14 '12 at 17:43
  • I put this quote on our winery's t-shirts. As a Pinot Noir specialist, this quote needs no further explanation. I recall PF saying 'Dirt Doesn't Lie' at some point too – user67220 Jun 7 '16 at 20:13

We shouldn't read too much into this joke, but I believe there is an actual "science fiction answer" to this line.

Farnsworth is a scientist, and by extension a science buff. A better portion of this group (I'm afraid this includes me) likes to make Spockanian comments, state the obvious, technical corrections or wisecracks (call it what you like). In this instance he's correcting Fry's sentiment that the four-leafed clover is now bringing luck to some lump of dirt (something along those lines). This explains his content look, because he's correcting Fry allegedly thinking dirt would require the features provided by the clover (while this is without doubt obvious, even for Fry).

  • This is no doubt possible, but I'm still puzzled by the professor's content look, because he usually reacts to stupid comments with anger. It got me thinking that it was really a reference to something else about dirt in some obscure science fiction material. – Jakob Jun 14 '12 at 18:08
  • @Jakob: Possibly, but it's quite vague, if it is. At least it doesn't ring a bell with me. – bitmask Jun 14 '12 at 18:11
  • @Jakob - The content look is probably meant to suggest his self-satisfaction at just having corrected Fry on this "misconception", which is funny because it's such a stupid point to make. – Hypnosifl Aug 9 '16 at 20:24

My take on this was that the Professor was claiming that soil was inherently lucky and so didn't need the extra luck that the clover would give.


Dirt like war is ever lasting it doesn't need luck because it is everlasting no matter how barren it may become it will always exist.

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